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featured, Fly Tying Desks & Tying Areas — By on December 21, 2011 2:07 pm

Tom from Magnolia Texas sent in some pictures of his “special workshop” and an interesting sidekick.

Brent says..

This is a stand-while-you-work setup. I built a 42 inch high countertop in an 8×5 foot L-shape for maximum usable work area with storage underneath. Slatwall comes in 4×8 sheets. I split it the long way and mounted it about 7 inches above the desktop. It gives me about 13 feet of 6-row slats right at eye height.

Most of the material is hanging from pegs various length. You can get all manner of other hangers, too. I added 8 inch shelf brackets at the top of the long wall with LED puck lights underneath.

If you have the luxury of a dedicated work area, this wasn’t very expensive and no special tools required. Circular saw, driver drill, etc.

Slatwall – $60/sheet
Closet Doors for countertop – $40
Melamine shelving – $50
Porch paint. $25

One meellion pegs. – Priceless.

Bob Vincent writes…

Here’s my desk and storage in my MANCAVE as my wife calls it. I am a newbie to tying, have tied about 175 flies total and maybe 20 or so different flies. But I am an OLDIE, just turned 74. Been seriously tying for about 6 months. I built the desk and wood storage cabinet from butternut (my favorite wood to work, do a little woodworking also) I tie flies but do not fly fish. Try to catch some blue gills with a lightweight spinning outfit. Hope to use some of my flies with a bubble on the line. Most of my flies go to fishing friends and as display gifts. As you can see there is also a metal stand with plastic storage bins. The upright pieces on the tool rack are held in place with magnets so can be folded down to slide into the desk. There is also a bent metal rack like device behind where the tool rack is to hold book or magazine I may be working from. Although the vice is not in place, I tie with the vice not over the desk and almost below the level of the desk top, works best as I have had two rotator cuff surgeries on my right arm, I am a leftie. I have taking a liking to tying classic wet flies and streamers using Don Bastain dvds for my learning. HATCHES has been another one of my learning tools as well as the forum.

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  1. A+

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  2. BRILLIANT AND MUCH NEATER THAN MY DESK. OFF TO CHILE FRIDAY TO SEE IF MY FLIES CATCH THE BIG BROWNIES

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    Could you send me a link for the plans on the tall cabinet with all the drawers. Than You!

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