Basement Workshop #1: Preparing the floor

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Blog entry by Jason Tetterton posted 03-18-2010 08:01 AM 5339 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got the go ahead from my better half to move my workshop from my 1 car garage to my basement. The basement is technically a “finished” basement, however, when we moved in the carpet was beyond salvageable so we tore it out and really haven’t done anything with the space. Now I have a purpose for it :) There is a full bedroom/office beside the stairs, and a full finished bath opposite the bedroom.

The first step was removing the tack strips from the concrete and repairing a crack running across the floor. I rented a concrete grinder/sander with 10 grit blocks to sand the floor and remove the mastic, paint, etc that was covered by the carpet.

image The slotted door in this picture is a utility room, to the left of that is the full bath, to the right is a small closet, to the right of that is the bedroom.

image The door/wall in this picture is a basement partition and there is a 12×8 room on the other side with an external door with a doggie door and this serves as a “doggie” apartment, they come and go as they please.


Plenty of sweeping, shop vac’ing, and mopping and the floor is ready for paint. I painted the floor with one coat of Valspar porch/floor paint in grey. It went on well and covered sufficiently in one coat.

Next step is to build a wall with a door near the steps. A closet to the right of that to house my DC. And then I’ll jump into the wiring. Stay tuned. I’m really excited about setting up a proper workshop :)

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 08:45 AM

Looks like a great space to setup a shop in. Looking forward to future updates.

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#2 posted 03-18-2010 10:26 AM

Jason, that is going to be one beautiful workshop. Just one small hint. If you are not putting down a wood floor get yourself some heavy rubber floor mats to stand on at you workbench and some of your other tools that you will be using a lot. Your feet, legs and back will thank you for it.
Good luck and keep the photos coming.

-- Guy Kroll

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#3 posted 03-18-2010 10:43 AM

Congrats on setting up a great shop. If you have a window there it can sometimes be easier to bring longer materials through it into the shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-18-2010 01:07 PM

Ah I really admire that you are going to have a nice shop there!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#5 posted 03-18-2010 11:51 PM

Another suggestion for anti fatigue mats here. Concrete is hard on the feet, ankles, knees, hips, oh heck just work your way up…

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 04:10 AM

Great idea on the mats! I’m definitely going to be spending some time down there so they will be a must.


-- Jason, Central Virginia

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 05:32 AM

I use 2 3×5 rugs that I usually leave in front of my tablesaw and next to my work bench but I can move them out of the way when I am sweeping the floor.

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