One thing stopping a lot of us from trying home repairs or "do it yourself" projects is the price tag. The right tools don't come cheap. There is a workshop in Omaha that has a "fix" for that problem.
“It's just something I love doing. And I wanted to be able to teach other people to do this,” said Ben Petersen. “I love building furniture, I love making things with my hands.”
It’s a passion that he wanted to share with others. So he and a friend opened Bench, a fully functioning co-working space. It’s located at 2452 Harney Street in Omaha.
“We're able to let people come in and work on any size project they want, and pretty much any complexity,” said Petersen.
All it takes is a membership fee and the workshop is yours. Members have access to machines and tools they might not otherwise have at home.
“A lot of times seeing a tool they may not have seen before or not had access before. Gets their imagination working,” said Petersen.
Matt Baker is what they call a weekend warrior.
“I don't do enough projects to merit a full membership,” said Baker “We’ll be finished with my project in a day.”
His project was a door bell cover. He was working, with the help of experts in shop, to build it from scratch. He says the finished product gives him pride.
“It shows me that I can do myself, which I can put together myself and have in my home. Show people I put that together and I made that,” said Baker.
And that sense of pride is exactly what Petersen is trying to do.
“Just watching the transformation, maybe someone in a day someone getting very comfortable,” said Petersen.
If you’re interested in using Bench’s tools, you can become a monthly member for $150. If you’d rather buy a day pass, known as a “weekend warrior” you can purchase that for $25. Bench also sells various lumber and wood supplies to help you complete your project.
For more information you can contact Bench at 402-882-2735.