Mike Doerner's grandfather introduced him to saws and hammers and wood when Mike was seven years old. Mike has loved woodworking ever since.
Mike worked in various cabinet shops throughout high school and college, never dreaming he'd ever have his own shop. Then, several years ago, looking for a house, he latched onto the dream of having his own garage workshop. His wife Amanda agreed, as long as she would always be able to park her car in the garage. To this day, Amanda can still park her car in Mike's 21' by 21' two-car garage workshop.
Today, that wall is one of the most impressive sections of Mike's workshop. But, even the wall of tools has undergone several transformations. Until recently, the tools were mounted to pegboard; but Mike discovered that some of the planes were rusting in patterns that matched the pegboard holes. Never one to do things halfway, Mike replaced the entire pegboard surface of the wall with 1/4" poplar plywood, and then put in insulation and a vapor barrier behind the wall.
In addition to parking her car in part of the workshop, Amanda gets the
benefit of handmade furniture to her order throughout the
house. In return, Amanda provides the calligraphy for labels
that go on Mike's pieces and offers a critical eye for
matching stains on certain pieces.
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