Do You Live In Tokyo Too?

Ring stretcher affixed to the table with a mounting plate.

Ring stretcher affixed to the table with a mounting plate.

When you live in a small house there is never enough space. So how do I cope? Pretend like I live in Tokyo of course. This coping mechanism began years ago after seeing a program on how Tokyo residents organize their lives in tiny apartments. After doing a little research for this article I realize I have been living in the wrong city – it should be New York! The average apartment is 700 square feet in Tokyo and Mayor Bloomberg encourages architects to design 275-300 square foot apartments! So, now that I am pulling up roots and moving my mind to the Big Apple, I will tell you what point I am trying to make here.

This is the mounting plate that is bolted to the table.

This is the mounting plate that is bolted to the table.

It’s about studio space – there is never enough, right? Never enough because with each new skill we develop, there are new tools to acquire, and thus, to store. This is one of my recent acquisitions that helps me deal with limited surface space. It is a mounting plate made by Gil Jemmott.

Here you see the mounting plate blank that is bolted to a piece of equipment. I recommend getting Gil's help with this procedure.

Here you see the mounting plate blank that is bolted to a piece of equipment. I recommend getting Gil’s help with this procedure.

The ring stretcher in the first image is securely affixed to the table with a mounting plate. Actually, there is a mounting plate permanently bolted to the table and each piece of equipment has its own mounting plate blank that slides right into the permanent fixture. This allows me to have an unlimited number of items that can be quickly and securely affixed to the table.

No slips and shifts that can occur when you use clamps.

No slips and shifts that can occur when you use clamps.

So, if you too “live” in New York or even Tokyo and want to pretend like you are a country girl or guy, contact Gill Jemmott at http://www.debjemmott.com/shop/.

~Connie

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3 Comments

  1. Ruth Redfern

     /  January 25, 2013

    Great idea – great concept. Thank you. Also, where did you find the vise; I like the anvil at the rear.

  2. Connie Fox

     /  January 25, 2013

    Duane, one of the things I particularly like is how quickly I can change out the pieces of equipment. If I have to futz too much with an item I use it less – not the case here. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Excellent idea. We’ve done something similar with wood for our swap-able tools, but I’m pretty sure that this would work better.

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