I've recently gotten into a few projects that require the use of tools that I don't own, nor do I really have the proper space/safety equipment to set up (grinders, a welder, basic metalworking stuff). Would anyone here know if there is some sort of space that might have tools like this available for public renting/use? I've checked the local hackerspace (I live in Ottawa ,ON) but it caters mostly to electronics design rather than heavier stuff. I've also been using the machine shop at my university, but they're hesitant letting students use the welder and grinder, plus I'm working a 9 to 5 now, so I can't actually find time to use it. Buying the equipment to use myself is a no-go right now, as I've got no garage space, nor a lot of money .
Gosh, for someone who's not OP, you sure are getting pretty worked up about this. Maybe it's time to take a break from 4chan and cool off.
As far as the hackerspaces go, if OP has indeed searched for *all* the hackerspaces in his area, and none of them fit the bill, then the answer to his question is no.
Find a local metal fabricator shop and befriend them, tell the truth, you're interested and looking to learn and space to work.
If not metal fabricator, local artist or designer will have space, might dice a corner off for 30 bucks a month.
They may allow you to use the space and tools, assuming you know how, show proper respect, pay your own usable materials etc, might work out.
I have a grinder and welding gear and im an idiot. One time i had hold of the grinder with one hand it jumped out of my hand, hit the wall and landed on my inner thigh. If im not dead or mutilated, burned or electrocuted yet i think ull be fine opie
I know this feel.
My local hackerspace was not really to my liking...
>filthy workspaces and mistreated tools
>sort of insular
>mandatory (paid) classes to use most equipment
>significant tools omitted because "that was joe's and he took it with him when he moved".
for the cost of a few months of membership, I would easily be better off paying for a few basic tools of my own and gas for the drive out to a friend's farm for more intense stuff.