Open shop

Have a project you want to complete, but don’t have the space, experience or tools you need? Along with our regularly scheduled skills-building classes, we open the Education Shop to provide maker space access to the community. The Shop is at the ReBuilding Center at 3625 North Mississippi Avenue in Portland.

how to get started

  1. Pay a $55 annual membership fee.

    This fee includes one shop orientation and training session, offered monthly, and allows access to Open Shop sessions for a full calendar year.

  2. Sign up to attend an Open Shop orientation and training session.

    Anyone looking to take advantage of Open Shop shifts will need to attend this orientation, even you've taken our classes. The next scheduled orientation is listed below - claim your spot now!

    November 12th: 1:30-4:30pm

  3. Attend Open Shop!

    During Open Shop, a ReBuilding Center staff member is on site, and equipment and tools are available for your use (see list below). Sessions are available up to 4 times a month for our Open Shop Members. Sessions will be available on Saturdays and Sundays for now, with the potential to include weekday evenings depending on interest.

2019 Open Shop Calendar

Mark your calendars!
All events are password-protected. Members will receive the password at shop orientation.


Open Shop Pricing

  • 0-1 Hours: $25 for first Open Shop hour (paid during sign-up to secure your spot)

  • Additional hours (or portions of hours): $25/hour or $12.50/ half-hour, to be charged on site by credit card.

  • For example, if you join for just one hour, you’ll only pay the $25 during registration, and can drop in any time during the Open Shop time window for the day. You’ll sign in and sign out to indicate your arrival and exit times.

  • If you stay for more than one hour (5 hours max per session), a team member will collect your payment for any additional time as you leave. Please note that any time over each half-hour mark means you will be billed for another half-hour, so make the most of your time in the shop and get all your projects done! For example, if you stay for one hour and 15 minutes, you will be billed at the one-and-a-half rate ($37.50).


tools and equipment available

Not seeing what you need on this list? Hit us up - it’s VERY likely that we have it. If not, count on us to do what we can, and we’ll be in touch!

  • Chop/Miter saws

  • Bandsaws

  • Planers

  • Jointers

  • Table Saws

  • Coping Saws

  • Jigsaws

  • A WIDE variety of needed hand tools and measuring tools

  • Circular saws

  • Drills and Drivers

  • Nail guns

  • Clamps

  • Sanders

  • Glue

  • Sandpaper

  • Routers

  • Expert guidance and a rockin’ work environment


Please let us know if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns. We are here to make this resource as sustainable and available as possible and need to hear from YOU on how to make it happen!

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