Remember TechShop? I mentioned it over 2 years ago, it's a membership based workshop that has practically everything you could imagine if you wanted to design and construct a project or work on an idea. Machine tools, electronic gear, computers, it's hard to think of a tool or resource you might want or need to build something not already included in what you'll find on site.
This kind of workshop is really great for everyone who has big ideas but not enough available space or very few tools. You sign up, just like a gym, and you get to use all of the equipment plus you can take classes from the old hands who know how to do what you're trying to figure out. Cool.
Back when we first looked at it, TechShop only had the one original location in Menlo Park, California. The good news is TechShop is growing with 2 new locations, one in Durham, N.C. and the other Beaverton, Oregon.
There are a few similar shops popping up around the country, maybe not quite as well equipped as these, but if the idea spreads, you might see something like this near you. Let us know if you've found one in your area.
Related: Privateers Garage