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Workshop by mmh posted 09-13-2009 07:47 AM 4828 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Rockville, MD 20853
United States

My wood workshop is actually my husband’s wood workshop, but he claims I’ve taken over since I’ve started my cane business. It’s actually a business for both of us to be creative but I’m able to spend more time in it while he does the 9-5 routine. I hope to develope the business enough so that when he retires we have something to keep us busy and bring in an income.

Meanwhile I have stocked up on some fancy domestic and exotic woods and I’m having a fun time learning new techniques and creating new designs. I’m also meeting some interesting people, each who have unique needs in a walking aide. It’s amazing how no one has bothered to offer cane users a custom made cane, as my designs are made for an ergonomic use and sturdiness and with a sense of style, as who wants to look like an old cripple with an ugly store bought cane? Let’s have some style with our needs and enjoy using a cane one can be proud to show off.

So here’s some photos of what we’ve done to make storage of lots of tools, odd sizes, some old, some new, and a few too many, but you can’t throw them away, so you have to find a place to put them where you can find them and readily reach for them. You can see that one photo has the pegboard system in the background and how messy that situation is. The new slot system is so neat and adaptable, as you can move the slotted holders around to fit more tools on the wall.

This system was posted earlier by a fellow LJ and he found it in an article, so I do not take credit for the design. We used scrap wood and replaced the old peg board system with this and I made custom holders to suit the inventory of tools, rather than buying store bought racks that don’t hold the amount or size of the tools you really have.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 10:29 AM

Hey MMH,
Nice cosy little little shop you have there with some nice toy’s to play with along with the neatly layed out shelving and good use of space….well done.

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 02:10 PM

This is a nice shop that you have to work in. It looks like you two have organized it well and you have room to manuever around the shop between the various tool stations. And you have managed to accumulate a pretty nice collection of hand tools and clamps along the way. And you are right about the versatility and convenience of the cleat system vs pegboard. This is a definate improvement for tool storage.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 03:01 PM

Well at least he has not allowed you to hang any frilly curtains, but there does appear to be a rather feminine piece of art visible in the first photo. :-)

Kidding aside, you’ve really got as well-organized and well-equipped workspace. I’m envious.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 04:30 PM

Mellie: The workshop looks great. I didn’t notice any big power tools. do you have a bandsaw and a lathe for your cane work?

Ops I see the lathe.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 07:12 PM

A very nice place to work.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 07:17 PM

Wow Mellie
Very Nice shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 05:20 AM

Hey Charlie, I don’t like frilly curtains myself, but there is a pinkish one that covers the doorway where that watercolor/print is. That’s actually the weight room/storage area that houses the TV/DVD/CD players.

I need to add photos of the rest of the shop and include my creation of a dust collector for the radial arm saw. It looks like the Tupperware Lady came to visit, but it makes cleaning up a lot easier. We had a flooding from the wall above the ceiling where the foundation wall is and I had to clean up 2”-4” of sawdust from behind the work tables. My new system makes it easy to vacuum up the saw dust from the plastic bins it collects in.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 09-14-2009 05:35 AM

Nice looking shop.

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 09:50 AM

So in order. I cant do that.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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