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Best ways to get free access to a metal shop Answered

So im looking for ways that people are able to get access to metal working tools for quick projects for free. All I need to do is just turn a flashlight body on a lathe and make the inside of the body 18.5mm (from 16.5mm) so that i can fit 18650 size batteries. I was thinking maby I could call up a metal shop and ask to machine the body if I help clean up the shop at the end of the day or see if I could find someone in my area with a lathe.
If anyone has any ideas or proven ways to get quick metal projects done please post away.

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Kiteman (author)2012-08-02

You have a local Hackerspace: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/CT_Hackerspace

Go, smile nicely, and tell them you're working on an instructable...

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tomtortoise (author)Kiteman2012-08-03

I never heard of Hackerspace before but it looks pretty awesome, its closer then Techshop, and its cheaper. I may just have to apply for a membership.

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canucksgirl (author)2012-08-02

Not sure where you live, but TechShop is a great option if there's a facility close by... 

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tomtortoise (author)canucksgirl2012-08-02

I was thinking about that but the closest one is an hour and a half away.

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canucksgirl (author)tomtortoise2012-08-02

Maybe find a bunch of projects that you could do there to make the trip worth while. They have a ton of machines and other equipment (including a lathe).

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tomtortoise (author)canucksgirl2012-08-02

But if I was to go there just for the day would I need to pay for an entire month of membership or can I pay a daily rate?

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canucksgirl (author)tomtortoise2012-08-02

That I don't know.... I'd check their website or give them a call.

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kelseymh (author)2012-08-02

Look in the phone book under auto-body shops, metal shops. Your idea of offering to clean up in exchange for access (which doesn't interfere with paying jobs) is a good one. Most machinists are glad to have someone interested in learning the trade.

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