Admittedly I have lived in Ohio my entire life….and there are much colder places to live. Experiencing temps in the single digits with wind chills between -30 and -40 listening to the furnace barely kick off and being extremely thankful that the windows had been replaced so the majority of the heat would stay inside instead of escaping – showed me how much of a pipe dream it was that my little heater would be able to warm half of the garage well enough for me to work even on warmer days. Heating my workshop will not happen until I have a space of my own instead of the garage, so it will be a few more years.
I began mulling over the possibility of there being room in the unfinished side of our basement that I might be able to have a small work area for DIY projects, hand tool practice. I began muling over what kind of bench would meet all of my needs, be cheap enough to put together, fit my skill level, and hopefully not frustrate me too much. Enter Paul/SW with his mini V8 Bench. I’m getting ahead of myself though.
Last weekend I was able to get approval for the space to use to set up my area. It’s about 5 feet from the water heater and furnace so it will be toasty warm in the winter and cooler months. The wall the bench will be on is about 64 inches long – so plenty long and wide enough. My plan currently is to install blocking on the metal studs and possibly some drywall (if I must), but I already have pegboard hanging across from the space that can be used. I’ll need to run an extension cord for light and/or power. There is a small ceramic one bulb fixture near the pegboard (not even sure what you call them), but it doesn’t throw enough light far enough. Any constructive input on the space/journey appreciated. Working through this from a newbie perspective so we’ll see how this goes!
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades