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Edgewater Workbench Opens DIY Community Workshop on Thorndale Avenue

 The center boasts 3-D printers, a laser cutter and other tools.
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EDGEWATER — Edgewater Workbench, the do-it-yourself community workshop, opened on Thorndale Avenue this week.

Stuart Marsh and Ally Brisbin announced plans earlier this year for the communal shop, which intends to help people fix their broken stuff.

On Wednesday, 29-year-old Marsh was working to put the "finishing touches" on the space, at 1130 W. Thorndale Ave. The doors are now open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

For $8 a day, anyone is welcome to stop by to fix that old busted lamp or anything else that might need tweaking.

Edgewater Workbench certainly isn't lacking the gadgets to get the job done. It boasts three 3-D printers, a high-tech laser cutter, laptops and plentiful workspace, including free coffee and wifi.

Marsh said he's hoping the new shop, which doubles as his workspace for freelance design work, will "be a cool-looking place to hang out."

Eventually, the storefront will have a retail section featuring local artists' work, such as, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, paintings and photographs.

Marsh also plans to teach classes, such as an intro to 3-D printing course.

Marsh and Brisbin raised money in an online fundraiser earlier this year and took out a small-business loan to help with start-up costs. They also were one of four winners in Absolut Vodka's Transform Today Challenge and won $20,000.

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