Worshop Rebild #1: After the flood, ready to rebuild

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Blog entry by Kaytrim posted 11-30-2014 07:59 PM 1057 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last June we had the Derecho blow through. The storm had winds of over 80 mph and left several inches of rain. We lost several trees and had no power for 22 hours. Because we had no backup power on the sump pump we ended up with about 4 inches of water in the finished basement. This is also where I had my workshop.



Thankfully my tools were up on the walls or on shelves. My prize lumber had some damage but there was can be cut off as they were longer boards. Most of my lumber is smaller pieces and was also on shelves. That said we still had a full size roll off dumpster full of stuff that couldn’t be saved.

Now that the basement is fully dry we are beginning the reconstruction. However pinched nerves in my neck are slowing down the process. I can’t thank my family enough for all the help during the cleanup. My 15 year old son is helping with the reconstruction as well. There is a silver lining though, I get to move my shop to a slightly larger space and reorganize the mess that I had. This blog is going to chronicle that process.


My original shop space was about 9×12 feet. This space was fine when I started woodworking as I didn’t have many tools or supplies. However like any woodworker I have outgrown the space and was considering what to do when the storm came through. I had my office down in the basement as well and now that I am done with school I don’t need as much space. This room is 15×12 feet. The plan is to swap the two rooms.

Right now we are working on redoing the drywall throughout the entire basement. Once I get one one room done I am shoving all the stuff into the corners. This will include the stuff from my old office area so I can begin the real work on the shop.

Storage room

Old office that will be emptied

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 09:58 PM

Sorry for your mess. Sounds like a real pain to deal with but many times with the bad comes the good. I hope your pinched nerves get better. I’m all to familiar with neck pain. Physical therapy helped me quite a bit.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 08:07 AM

I have run the full gambit on treatment options for my pinched nerves with some relief but not complete. This due to the cause of the pinching, bone spurs. Looking at the last option soon, surgery. I am not sure what to expect as far as recovery but I will not let it stop me entirely. Work on the basement will continue as my son and I are able.

I have several projects in the planing stages. Thus the desire to get my shop back up and running. Some are shop related and others are on a larger scale than anything I have done up to this point. I’ll keep you posted as things progress.

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