Seeing this forum made me think how much easier it is to do some projects with the proper tools. When I got early retirement aged just 52, I couldn't believe my luck, but by heck I missed having access to an engineering workshop. A few weeks ago I discovered there is now a Menz Shed in Blenheim, and while it is currently only equipped for wood working, it is well on its way to having an engineering extension. OK the average of the members is kind of on the old side, but there is at least one lad in his twenties, and more importantly, they have big saws, planers and thicknesser, wood lathes, drill stands, radial saws etc.
When the Blenheim shed extension is kitted out it will have Arc, Mig & Tig welding (steel, aluminium and stainless steel). That's the only item I know has been approved, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't have a metal work lathe and vertical milling machine, and I know there is talk of a sheet metal folder.
So if you ever wish you had the use of a decent workshop, check out the list to see where your nearest shed is.