Necessity is the mother of invention.
Like many businesses, My Own 2 Hands, was a business idea born out of a real-life problem that its owners Jeff and Trista experienced after moving into their new home. They wanted custom-sized barn doors but they cost more than they wanted to spend. Jeff, an avid DIYer, knew he could make the doors himself if he just had the tools and space to do it. Luckily, a friend came to the rescue with some shop space he could use and the doors were made but the situation got them thinking. They couldn’t be the only ones who would do things for themselves if they only had more space, the right tools and a little bit of guidance. After lots of hard work, My Own 2 Hands, a makerspace for everyone, opened in October 2018.
We stopped by to check it out for ourselves. A wall of windows makes the space light, bright and very inviting. The larger floor tools (planer, jointer, table saw, band saw, lathe, shaper & CNC router) are in a back room with garage doors that open. Not only does this let in more light but it also makes it easy to load and unload large projects. It’s not an intimidating space and even novices will feel at ease. There are also mentors on site who can help you as much or as little as you need.
Their monthly classes make for a great girls night out, guys night out or a date night. Imagine how proud you’d feel showing off the salt and pepper shakers that you made at your next BBQ. They also host group events everything from corporate team-building events to boy scout and girl scout troops trying to get their badges. All of them can be customized to meet your specific needs.
One class they are really excited about is their “How To Be Handy” class. The idea for the class came from an article they read on how Millennials don’t know a lot of basics about tools and DIY home improvements. So, they designed a class that covers some of the basics that’s open to not just Millennials but anyone who feels they need a little handyman 101.
MO2H also works as “an incubator for other small businesses” according to Trista. They provide a cheaper alternative to subcontractors who don’t need a shop full time but maybe just 4 0r 5 days a month. When you add up all of the costs to rent space, buy tools, maintain tools, carry insurance, etc…, a monthly membership or day rate at MO2H is a much less expensive option. Monthly memberships start at $119 per month and the day rate is $39. An orientation class is also required before using the equipment.
We also had a chance to chat with a happy customer, Richard, who comes to MO2H to work on projects for restoring a boat that he made.
The shop’s hours are:
- Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Closed Monday
Feel free to come by and check it out for yourself. You can also visit their website to find out more about My Own 2 Hands. They’ll also have a booth next week at Western Welcome Saturday 8/17/19 where you can come say “hi”. They also donated a 10-pack to use their space to the Western Welcome Week silent auction that you can bid on Wednesday night, 8/14/2019.