— Maple and Mahogony Office —
For the past 16 years I was the owner and developer of the number one trade and tax accounting software program for active traders. The product is known as TradeLog™ and can still be found at www.tradelogsoftware.com.
Since sitting in a chair for many hours at a time while developing software is not the most healthy profession, I definitely needed a comfortable and ergonomic home office and computer workspace (shown above).
I designed the office cabinetry using Sketchup™ CAD software. The cabinet faces are made from solid maple, the boxes from maple plywood, and the desktop from mahogony and mahogony plywood. The desktop features a recessed keyboard shelf sits neatly in the corner of the desktop.
The completely dimensioned Sketchup™ drawing was sent to a local cabinet shop HMC Custom Cabinets Inc for construction and installation. It has served me well and continues to be a most comfortable office work space.
In January of 2017 I sold the business to my brother-in-law and have since retired from the software world. I now am refocused on what I love most, working with wood.
A few months before I retired, I began setting up a woodworking shop in our basement. Sad to say, my tools had been collecting dust despite the fact that a large part of our basement was tricked out with pegboard and MDF cabinets. It was about time to put this to good use.
Our basement garage area was divided by a wall into two separate garage bays. I commandeered the larger bay which is 15' wide x 22' deep and includes an 9'x7' garage door and 32" man door.
The first thing I concentrated on was rebuilding my table saw and router table into a mobile station.
Next, I moved some base cabinets around so I could drop a shop vac and vortex dust separator under the counter to service my Bosch sliding miter saw as well as my Grizzly 14" band saw.
I then moved on to building a solid workbench and out feed table from an existing laminated maple counter top. I built a custom end vise and added a Veritas twin screw front vise. I originally had a shelf just below the bench top, but decided to add a full depth drawer to better organize my most used tools such as chisels and marking tools. I re-purposed some 300# full extension drawer slides that were originally used on an entertainment center slide out for a 36" television.
Since there already was pegboard on 3 walls I was able to hang most all of my tools so they are visible and within reach.