|Workshop by guitar1999||posted 686 days ago||746 reads||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My workshop is in a 16 by 16 corner of my 24×32 basement. I started setting up the shop and collecting tools (mostly from craigslist or yard sales) about 3 years ago when we bought the house. Prior to that, I worked on the patio of our rental condo with hand tools, a router, some Ryobi cordless tools, and a belt sander. Needless to say, this is a nice change. For most of the time that we’ve lived here, I spent my spare time in the shop working on things for projects around the house, which involved a lot of moving piles of things around. Lately, I’ve had a little more time to start actually organizing the shop and working on some fun projects. I learned most of what I know from my grandfathers and father. When my grandfather sold his house a few years ago, he gave me many of the tools that he still had in his shop.
The major tools are:
Milwaukee 5625 Router in a Rockler Table
Old Delta drill press
Delta 46-250 Midi Lathe with bed extension
Delta 22-580 13” thickness planer
Delta 14” Bandsaw
Craftsman 10” Radial Arm Saw (with a Forrest Chopmaster)
1950s Craftsman Jig Saw
Ridgid R4511 Tablesaw
Delta DJ-20 8” Jointer
Harbor Freight Dust Collector with Wynn Filter (Currently collecting dust from the Tablesaw, Jointer, Thickness Planer, and Router Table)
One of my next tasks for organizing the shop will be building some walls to enclose that part of the basement. Even with the dust collection, I’m still making a mess of the rest of the basement, which contains the laundry area, a large open pantry, lots of storage and the mechanical equipment. Because I don’t have the walls yet, I haven’t really felt cramped in the small space. I’m hoping that strategic placement of the doors will still allow me to run some longer stock through the table saw and jointer when necessary. I’m also hoping to get some wiring done. Right now, I operate the tools off of the 20A outlet by the washing machine. Needless to say, I’m pretty sick of dragging an extension cord around and switching plugs every few minutes! The dust collector runs off of the outlet by the electrical panel, but that requires unplugging the dehumidifier and freezer.
I’m looking forward to spending more time down here getting things organized and turning out some fun projects!
-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA