Congrats to Mike Russell, Our Shop Makeover Winner

Mike-RussellMike Russell, of Rochester, Minn., is the lucky winner of the 2014 “$8,000 Shop Makeover” sweepstakes.

A plumber who took up woodworking eight years ago, Mike got involved in the craft through city-sponsored community education classes that allow classes to be taught in local middle and high school workshops (a cool idea). (He’s also a member of the DIY Wood Studio in Fargo, N.D. … another cool idea.)

Mike’s first project was a coffee table, and he’s currently in the midst of building a dresser and matching nightstand, and looking forward to making a complete set of bedroom furniture.

He works out a two-car garage, and is excited about the win because now, he says, he won’t have to beg time in other shops for the tools he needs.

Congratulations, Mike!

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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