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Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

Hi,

I just moved into my new place, and i'd really like to make some side table myself out of logs as a little side project to keep me entertained. Does anyone have the faintest idea where i'd start in either attending a workshop class or where I could buy the logs from?

I'm looking to make something simple to start like this:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/258323728599572102/

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Old 27.07.2015, 15:06
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Hi,

I just moved into my new place, and i'd really like to make some side table myself out of logs as a little side project to keep me entertained. Does anyone have the faintest idea where i'd start in either attending a workshop class or where I could buy the logs from?

I'm looking to make something simple to start like this:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/258323728599572102/

Why don't you phone Grün Stadt Zürich. They are the city's official gardening department and they must fell dozens of big trees every year.
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

If you want local wood it would probably be a good idea to talk to either your local "Förster" or "Wald-Kooperative". If you have no idea where to start, you could contact your Kantons forest service, e.g. for Kanton Zürich. In all likelihood you're not the first, they should be able to guide you further, perhaps even including workshops.

Other than that, "baumscheibe kaufen", perhaps combined with Zürich or Schweiz, gives promising results.
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

I am new on the forum also interested in carpentry workshops. I have heard that some Gemeindes offer classes/instruction/work-space/tools. I suspect that if you find one of these, they can lead you to a lumbar source. Sadly, I have only recently acquired adequate German skills to consider taking a such a class, but now I really don't know where to look. Anyone have the scoop?
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

I've been looking for something similar but haven't had much success. Let me know if you find something or find a decent deal on renting a work space. I'd be really interested. I'm in Zurich.
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

A quick google of 'hobby+Schreiner+Werkstatt+Zürich' brings up the following:

http://www.gz-zh.ch/gz-buchegg/holzwerkstatt/

Note that the Holzwerkstatt is at present heavily used, and they suggest that you look at other Gemeinschaftszentren, links given.

However one should contact the center for more information, perhaps get an idea of availability going forward.

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FYI, OH sometimes buys his lumber from a local Schreiner. Hardwoods other than the usual found at DIY stores are sometimes hard to come by in CH, and expensive. OH mostly does small projects so has let the local guy know that he might be interested in buying off pieces, leftovers, etc.
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

This might be a difficult thing to find in Zürich - believe me - I tried for ages to find a workshop there and the prices were outrageous and many potential rooms not permitted for that purpose (noise ).

But I found another solution : I have a large workshop with some interesting tools in Flums - right at the bottom of the hill up to Flumserberg. Great for a bit of building first thing, then a bit of skiing while the glue dries, then doing the finishing late afternoon or evening. It's over 100m2 with 380v power and a cargo lift to get there. I used it to build skis and snowboards - then test them out just up the hill. It's also running 100% off hydro power generated onsite - super green !

I've got a bandsaw, pillar drill, compressor, overhead belt sander, ski & snowboard service machine, various hand tools - drills, angle grinder, orbital sanders, router, thickness planer, tons of clamps, plus one huge one for wood lamination (for making panels from strips or planks of wood) and many other goodies.

I'm considering ending my tenancy there due to relocation, and if a group of makers were interested in taking it over then we could look into that.

I could propose a couple of options :

a) I'd be willing to sell the whole machine inventory at a super low price and hand over tenancy lock-stock to a group who'd be interested in taking over. This would involve a startup cost from your group to take over my refundable rental deposit and buy the tools at a low one-off cost.

b) I'd be willing to start a 'maker club' and then sublet usage of the room and tools to individuals who want to use the facility themselves and they'd pay me a monthly membership fee to cover my costs - rental and insurance. We'd also put a portion of the fee towards machine upgrades and consumables to make it sustainable.

Flums is about 40-60 minutes from Zürich, and the room is on the 5th floor of a lovely old mill with lots of other interesting tenants. Waste disposal onsite included too for all your scrap and waste. The one restriction in the room is welding : I don't need to do that, but they asked specifically as the place has automatic fire detection and welding smoke would probably trigger the Feuerwehr to pay a visit ! For limited welding I'm sure they'd provide a solution as there are other shared spaces and sheltered outdoor areas downstairs which would be suitable.

PM me for more information.
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Re: Carpentry workshops and where to buy logs??

Wow! That is amazingly helpful... you're a star!
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