The Basement #16: shop evolution - a video

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 04-01-2011 03:52 AM 2691 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Router Table x4 Part 16 of The Basement series Part 17: The Wood Room »

I got interested in woodworking about 2-1/2 years ago and this video shows how my shop grew – taking over the rest of the finished basement…....oops.

It’s about 9 minutes long – with Tommy Bolin on the soundtrack. You’ll notice the space filling out – the tools changing – hope you enjoy.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 04:07 AM

I think it’s time to admit. You have an addiction.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 04:18 AM

Oh man… I want your shop…. and your supplies… and that wood pile…... Ok.. time to wipe the drool off my keyboard.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 05:12 AM

Jeff , that was

A W E S O M E ! ! !

Really enjoyed.

Love how the tiny shop back in October started, without haste and without pause, to get crowded of toys. Lol

Nice clip, Astonishing shop you made.

Thanks for the video

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 05:15 AM

most impressive. It looks like you started small found what you wanted and grew into it. Man thats great stuff and a great shop. All I want is your wood pile. WOW
thanks for posting
Good tunes to. Now I think I will go listen to some Tull ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 05:30 AM

@RG – I don’t think I ever denied it…..if you hang around LJ too long – it’s nothing but enablers

@alphageek – just keep watching Craigslist – that’s where 95% of the wood and toys came from…..far less than retail!

@fernanado – thanks man! Really makes my day. Your work has really inspired me, so it’s all a give and take.

@superdav – thanks for the cool comments – the wood pile is a series of really good finds. The motherload was a truckload of exotics I found for pennies on the dollar – I probably shouldn’t say this – but I have more in the utility room, garage and shed that I didn’t put in the video.
Here’s the deal, when I got interested in this stuff, I never had “real wood” to work with. Ran to the big box and picked up a piece here and there, it sucked.
I made a point to find some good material and let it acclimate to the shop, so I can just grab some material and build.
That’s how I like to go. My skills don’t include planning ahead, and then buying wood. I am more from the school of “what can I build from this….

Thanks again for the great comments…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 05:34 AM

Geez, that was amazing man, really. Loved that video….. Your lumber stock is incredible!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 06:12 AM

I like the difference from start to finish. It’s a great looking shop!!


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#8 posted 04-01-2011 11:27 AM

Great job all the way around on this! It was fun to watch you grow not only in work-space area but the quality of tools and your collection as well. You have some very cool storage ideas and great dust collection plumbing. Seems you are addicted like alot of us. Wife and I are talking about tearing our garage and shop down to build a 2 story garage making the whole 1st level a woodshop and move the game room up to the 2nd level. Triple the space. Your wood collection is quite impressive as well.

Very nice post thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 03:11 PM

Yes, you are a true woodaddict.

You can buy the pin now!

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 05:22 PM

Man, that is a transformation. Well done. Now the real question, what does the wife say about you taking over the basement?

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 05:37 PM

Jeff, please DON”T post any more. You are making me begin to think I should just give it up and become a hobo. Seriously, what you have accomplished is just short of remarkable….. no, it is remarkable, especially when most of it has come from the sources you mentioned. Keep up the good work!!!!!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#12 posted 04-01-2011 07:50 PM

Wow, what a shop. I love the swing down clamp rack.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 11:02 PM

I have been watching a lot of your projects as you post them as your storage solutions have always intrigued me. It was a lot of fun to watch it all more or less come together in this video / slideshow… You are either single, or have a VERY understanding wife though, it looks like you took over 75% or more of your basement!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 11:26 PM

Wow – more great comments – THANKS! It is probably obvious that I’m not married – I certainly was as one time and then we wouldn’t be debating about this post, if you know what I mean. I have 2 very understanding kids (well young adults, my youngest turns 18 next month). They put up really well with the racket from below.

It is an obsession that many of us have – Ken – good luck on your 2 story garage project, sounds like your wife is behing the plan, so go for it!

As far as the tools go – I clearly can’t afford the best tools, but I try to maximize the abilities of the tools I have, whenever possible.

Bottom line, which I believe is true for most of us, this is only a snapshot of what can be a great journey.

And Rowdy – don’t kid yourself – the stuff you are doing is incredible and really inspirational – it’s folks like you that fuel my interest to build on.



-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 11:53 PM

Another one, awesome video ! And, Yes, that is some wood pile, love the labels !!


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