I'm into DIY lately, so am expanding my basic skill set across wood, metal, and electrical. A friend turned me onto this place, and it sounds like a dream come true! The cost of buying all of the machinery to do various wood and metal projects is easily over 20k. Better to pay $125 for 1 month to use the equipment that you have passed their basic training/certification tests on. Portland TechShop "TechShop is a 33,000 square foot membership based workshop that provides members with any skill level to have access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a creative and supportive community of like minded people so you can build the things you have always wanted to make. TechShop is perfect for inventors, "makers", hackers, tinkerers, artists, roboteers, families, entrepreneurs, youth groups, FIRST robotic teams, crackpots, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to be able to make things that they dream up but don't have the tools, space or skills."