Basement workshop #1: The first bench

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Blog entry by Nighthawk posted 01-04-2012 11:41 AM 3994 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When my partner and I bought and moved into this place just over nine months ago, the basement was a total shabbles… the basement as now just a shabbles. I still have to save my pennies to get the floor concreted. But in the mean time still have a workable area just for tinkering. (we all like to tinker right) Not being on a huge wage and still really recovering from the shock of owning a home when we moved in I just slapped a bench together with bits I found about the basement… (an old bed frame a few bits of 4×2) it was well… ok it allowed me to tinker…

Now the floor being concreted is not in the budget for at least another year or 2, so I have to make do with what I have… but it doesn’t mean I can’t try and make things look tidy and good… But it does mean I am limited to what I can do…

This will not be my main work bench but one for doing smaller jobs…

The tinker bench before

The tinker bench after

Paint bench add new MDF top and paint… add new tool board and paint… Over all it was MDF we were given

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 02:23 PM

Quite a transformation using limited means. Resourceful and a great result. A clean looking well organized shop never fails to inspire a woodworker to mess it up a little, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 03:12 PM

Nicely done, a great save

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 03:13 PM

I too, am in the process of converting a basement that was a total shambles. Currently prepping and painting the walls. Then it is onto shop layout, DC upgrades & ducting, build an air cleaner, wood storage rack and finally make some jigs. Then I’ll be ready to really make some sawdust!!!

Good progress on your shop. Keep up the good work. Remember to update your blog….It maybe just the “kick in the a$$” to help motivate me in my basement/shop rehab.

I’ll be watching…

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 01:05 AM

What ? You think that is called shambles, then you haven’t seen my shop. if you think it is disorganized than you can come and organize my shop. ( 2 stall garage and nothing is hanging on the wall ) like yours.

Maybe it’s cause I run a furniture repair shop from mine !

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 07:52 AM

ah but the trick is to keep it that way… (My guess it will last one project) lol

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 03:36 PM

Looking good and very neat compared to the before picture. You make do and that shows good workmanship.

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

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