New business spotlight on Williamsport Community Woodshop
Got a yen for woodworking and carpentry?
Come to the Williamsport Community Woodshop in the city’s Pajama Factory. Here, area residents can practice their woodworking skills as hobbyists or as a business interest. John Meyer, woodshop manager, helped start it last year.
The whole concept of the woodshop, he said, is to provide space for those who either don’t have their own woodworking equipment or space to practice their craft.
“I’m here 40 hours a week,” said woodshop member Adam Gunderson. “I am finishing up a custom kitchen right now.”
Right now, nearly 20 members pay $100 in monthly dues to be part of the group. Meyer, a retired Alcan Cable manager, said he was looking for a place to do his woodworking when the spot in the Pajama Factory opened up. Others soon showed interest as well.
“I agreed to get the thing (woodshop) going,” he said.
The woodshop was made possible in part through a community fund-raising drive. Meyer and others brought in some of their own equipment, and the operation was launched.
“You got just about everything you need to build anything from birdhouses to furniture,” he said.
There’s plenty of space, he noted, for the table saws, lathes, drill presses and other machinery. Meyer said he brought a lot of his own wood, some of which he sells. Members can also get discounts on wood from a local lumber supplier.
To make way for the woodshop the Pajama Factory room underwent renovations that included new lighting and an exhaust system for gathering sawdust.
“It’s a well-lit space,” said woodshop member Ken Nuttle, who specializes in period furniture. “This is cleaner than most shops you’ll work in.”
Nuttle, of Eagles Mere, said he likes the community atmosphere of the woodshop. For many years, he worked alone in his own shop.
“I like sharing information,” he said.
Added Meyer: “We kind of collaborate on different things.”
Members agreed the woodshop is a work in progress.
Meyer would like to introduce a spray-painting area and transform another part of the site to make room for a lounge area.
“I’d like to put lathes in over there,” he said, pointing across the room.
Nuttle said there’s also some machinery in storage that could be added. He wants to replace the Delta table saws with safer, state-of-the-art models.
“We could use a wide belt sander,” he added.
More information on the woodshop is at www.williamsportcommunitywoodshop.com and at 570-916-8145.