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South Central, PA
United States

My inner sanctum (aka the dusty old basement). It occupies about half of the total space- all my wife will permit. Machines are set at odd angles and elevations to allow working with 8 to 9 foot long material. Also, my back gives me fits if I stand bent over for too long. Because space is tight, I have my drafting board attached to the ceiling and it swings down for use (Saw pix). The basement does not have an outside entrance so projects are now carefully planned (obvious by the molding around the center of our china corner cupboard).

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 03:12 AM

Looks like a nice tight little shop. Reminds me of my garage shop.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 04:25 AM


This is a nice shop. You have maximized your use of space by going vertical. Good idea.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 04:32 AM

That’s a very nice shop you have there. You have it laid out real nice.


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 05:09 AM

Wow! Nice little shop with a lot of good stuff. Don’t build a boat.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 09-21-2008 08:43 PM

Thats a nice little shop, Lew.

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#6 posted 10-03-2008 07:01 PM

who needs a big fancy above ground shop when you can have a cozy tight basement? Us basement guys have to stick togather your shop looks great

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#7 posted 12-17-2008 03:19 AM

Nice shop Lew. (I need more jigs!)

-- Brian

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#8 posted 01-14-2009 06:17 PM

You have nice workshop, man.
I am only dreaming about the mashinery you have got.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#9 posted 01-14-2009 06:19 PM

nice setup, only sucks that there is no easier access to get in there … esp. for the lumber going in, and the projects coming out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 01-14-2009 08:34 PM

nice workshop

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#11 posted 02-19-2009 05:58 PM

It looks nice and is well thought out. Like you, I had to have things drop down in order to be used in my old shop. I’m hoping Her Royal Majesty will allow me more space this time! But it seems to get the job done for you, and thats good! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#12 posted 09-18-2009 04:39 PM

Is dust a big problem-does it travel into the rest of the house?

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#13 posted 01-10-2010 10:10 PM

Wow! What a mess! I love it! Now I know where all the good projects come from. Thanks for letting me have a peek.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 06:15 PM

That’s quite a shop you have there. I like it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-22-2010 06:37 PM

Gee, this is some nice workshop, even if it only occupies half the basement. Here’s a tip: Show your wife some nice photos or drawings of projects you really want to do and ask her opinion of them. Flip through some magazines to see what she thinks are nice pieces. Get her involved in decision making of a project you’d like to tackle. When she picks something out tell her you like her choice(s), but then tell her it won’t happen because you “Just don’t have enough space.” (Now, pause, flip through drawings, sigh, – sigh ~, don’t say a thing!) “But maybe if I could use a few more feet of the basement I could make some arrangements, oh, but no, I don’t want to impose on your project/the laundry room, the storage space . . . .” Now walk away and drink a cup of coffee and go to the shop. Make a few more drawings, dog ear magazines, etc. to show you’re thinking of really neat pieces to make for her and the home.

Let’s see how long it takes for her to “come over” to your side of this thought.

I shouldn’t do this to my fellow females but I have seen how giving up major basement space for the woodworkshop has benefited the house and my own interests. I still have to purge stuff from other projects to make room for wood related items.

Good luck!


-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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