Tube Factory Toolshop

About Tube Factory Toolshop

The Tube Factory Toolshop is Big Car’s wood shop and studio located in the lower level of the Tube Factory artspace. It serves as our space for fabrication needs as well as a space for providing shop classes, other print and trade workshops, and space for community to build.

We work with young people – primarily TeenWorks and Herron High School – to build both physical objects and important skills with individuals.

Once community members complete the necessary safety classes and offer volunteer support to make the space available to themselves and others, individuals have access to tools and facilities, allowing artist and communities members alike affordable workspace. Classes include a fee that can be waived based on need for safety classes. See photos and video clips of our work in the shop here. We trade volunteer hours on projects in support of the space and the community for hours in the shop.

TFT is also home to future Big Car’s developing tool library. Members will be charged a yearly fee based on their income level and will be able to take certain tools offsite for a period of time, easing the cost on individuals for home repair. We researched a variety of programs like this, including a visit to Station North Tool Library in Baltimore.

We always welcome donations of new and good used tools to the library and shop. Volunteers are welcome to sign up to help as we work on further renovations to the shop. 


Open hours are paused for the moment while we get the shop in shape for the public.

Once we are open again, people who have passed safety classes and have logged volunteer exchange hours can work during the shop’s open hours.

email hidden; JavaScript is required Elliot Thornton, staff artist and builder at Big Car, with questions about donations, volunteering, and anything else related to the shop.


Bottom Level Tool Shop