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.
Old office that will be emptied