Welcome Brooklyn, always glad to see another NYer. If you're interested, I know of a place in Brooklyn where you can rent shop time by the hour and they have very good equipment. Shoot me a PM if you want details.
The really nice thing is that, being retired and available most any day, they told me I'd pretty much have the shop to myself most of the time during open hours- sweet!
Of course, once I get myself a bit more settled there I'll be in the market for some stabilized wood
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