OPEN SHOP MEMBERSHIPS & List of Machines and Tools


Take your woodworking skills to the next level with Open Shop access to our Rebuilding Exchange woodshops!

What does an Open Shop Membership at the Rebuilding Exchange include?

  • Access to Sunday afternoon Open Shop hours at the Rebuilding Exchange Chicago location at 1740 W. Webster Ave., including tools and supplies. See a listing of shop tools below.
  • 20% off lumber purchases for the duration of your membership. 

  • Storage. Members get a 15″x35″x60″ bunk included for the duration of membership (included in membership cost)

  • Expert advising. A Rebuilding Exchange instructor will be on-site during Open Shop hours and available to help problem solve.

How much does an Open Shop Membership cost?

  • Memberships come in 3 levels:
    • Pine: 3 months ($300) 

    • Cedar: 6 months ($550) (save $50)

    • Walnut: 1 year ($1,000) (save $200)

  • Single session tickets for $70 will still be available.

How do I purchase a membership?

  • Step 1: Memberships are sold as a “gift card” option through this link
  •  Step 2: You will receive an email with a PROMOCODE to use when signing up for your Open Shop sessions. PROMOCODEs are valid for 3, 6 or 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Step 3: Sign up for Open Shop sessions through the Eventbrite listing that’s posted on our Workshop Calendar. Input your PROMOCODE when you sign up to reserve your space at no additional charge.

With a membership am I guaranteed a space in Open Shop?

No. The shop can accommodate up to 6 people per session. We are limiting the number of memberships available with the goal that members will be able to reserve the dates they want. If we find that members are having difficulty getting reservations, we will expand the days and times Open Shop is offered.


What if I reserve a time in Open Shop then can’t make it?

If your schedule changes and you can’t make your open shop session, send an email to no later than 48 hours ahead of time and we will remove you from the reservation list. We reserve the right to terminate a membership if the member has 3 or more “no shows” with no notice.


Are Open Shop memberships refundable?

No. Open Shop memberships are non refundable but you are able to transfer the remainder of your membership to another person.


Is there any type of training required to attend an Open Shop?

Yes, new members will be required to go through a shop orientation with an instructor prior to using the shop for the first time. This may be completed at the beginning of your first session.


Any additional questions?



List of Machines and Tools

Chicago Open Shop Machines & Hand Tools


Hand Tools & Power Tools