I intended to do more blogs in this series as I did little by little to the new shop but I have been so busy I didn’t get around to it.
Quick recap – I moved to a new house at the beginning of this past summer. The thing I dreaded most about the move was moving my shop. My old shop was in a very large detached garage but at this new house my only option was a basement shop. I was not thrilled with the idea of a smaller basement shop but I really did not have a choice. To make matters worse the basement at my new house was filled with junk..
Here is what I started with..
It took me a couple months just to get all the clutter and junk out of there. While I was doing that my old shop sat in boxes so I really couldn’t do any woodworking at all for most of the summer.
Here is what the back of the shop looked like once I got most of the clutter out.
Once the clutter was out I primed and painted all the walls with semi gloss white paint.. The lighting in my new shop is very poor so I wanted to make it as bright as I could as I wont be able to get better lighting for a while yet.
My first big concern was how to set the shop up. I didn’t want to mess with dust collection and the basement only has a few electric outlets so I decided to put my radial arm saw, miter saw and jointer/planer up in the garage. I also had to put one of my large work benches in the garage as it would not fit into the basement. This actually works perfect for me as I only really use the radial saw and miter saw for rough cuts. So I can cut the lumber to size in the garage, joint it and plane it then bring down into my shop. This saves me lot of space in the shop and I don’t have to worry about dust collection as much. So I have half of my two stall garage set up as part of my work shop. I am mostly working with hand tools now but if I need to use router or do any sanding I have the bench in garage I can use..
The first part of my basement shop that I set up was my work bench and hand tool area. This is where most all of my work is done. I put plywood up over the concrete walls so that I could hang my tools easier. I do plan on adding a cabinet/plane till in the big open area between the two shelves.
I put up a lumber rack along the back well behind my work bench. That is my wood storage for now. I have the smaller pieces in bins on the floor. I plan on making it more organized in the future but it works for now.
Along the back wall I also have my drill press and sharpening station. There are also some drawers in the back corner for misc storage.
I added the peg board and a couple shelves above my sharpening station for misc tools that I use often. I also plan on doing all my tool restoration at this station so it is nice to have everything I need right at arms reach. The sharpening station is just an old oak office desk. The height is perfect and the drawers are nice for storage of my restoration tools and misc sharpening supplies.
There is also a nice brick area with a wood stove for the winter time.
This next picture shows the other side of the basement. This part is still kind of cluttered but it is not an area I need to use right now. The room off the back on the right side is the laundry room/bathroom. That is a plus with this shop. It is nice having a bathroom just a few steps away. In my old shop I had to make a trip to the house. I also share my shop with my cats as their food and litter area are in the front of the shop.
After working in the shop a little I have to admit I love having my shop in the basement. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I also love that I still feel close to my family when I am working down there. I can hear what is going on upstairs and if my kids need me they can easily call down to me or come get me. It also feels a lot more cozy.
The only big dust maker I have down there is my table saw but I have my DC hooked up to that so it is not that bad. The next big thing I want to do is put in a ceiling and add more lights and possibly some more outlets.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"