Broomfield, a community of 67,000 near Denver, possesses a unique woodshop.
This community woodshop contains tools youu2019d find in most home shops. Efficient layout and organization make the shop usable for its 150 users per month.

Broomfield, a community of 67,000 near Denver, possesses a unique woodshop. At first glance you might think it could be anyone's garage or basement setup. But this shop occupies a room in the city's Community Center and is open for use by anyone in the city.

The shop began more than 30 years ago with five local woodworkers who donated their time and tools. Any profits they made from the pieces they built were put right back into the shop in the form of tools and supplies.


It wasn't long before the city recognized the benefits of a community shop. Broomfield includes the shop's upkeep in the city budget and in return, woodworkers contribute many projects to the local library, board of elections, veterans museum, and police headquarters.

Users of the shop construct many pieces for the city and county. These cases in police headquarters display historical memorabilia.

Volunteers using the shop commonly repair furniture for local residents. But residents can also work on their own projects. Several supervisors ensure that each person receives thorough training on the safe use of the equipment, and everyone who uses the shop signs a liability waiver. Supervisors are always available to assist when needed. Users thoroughly clean the shop every day.

Hardware and small tools reside in a side room. Corralling small items here controls clutter in the shop.

Local companies often donate supplies for the shop. Hardwood vendors provide off-cuts and seconds at no charge, which the shop stores in outbuildings.

Efficient layout provides room to work. With two lathes, two drill presses, three scrollsaws, and two bandsaws, several people can work at the same time.

The shop's small space requires efficient layout and storage for tools and supplies. It can accommodate 4×8' sheet goods, and there's ample room to maneuver around equipment. Many supplies and smaller tools are stored in adjacent rooms.

The shop offers civic benefits. Residents can use the shop to work on their own projects.

Dr. Joseph Marr, one of the shop's long-time supervisors says, "The projects and personal interactions have made the woodshop an integral part of this community."