I love old houses. I like old things in general because they always have stories, but old houses…old houses have legacies. When we bought our very first house this past fall (a charming 1911 farmhouse on a big wooded lot), much of the attraction (for me, at least) lay in the beautiful, antique pine floors, built-ins, tall baseboards, picture rail, and trim, but I immediately staked my claim to the basement.
This corner, to be specific. It gives me two spaces (a cutting room and a finishing room, each about 14’ x 10’) which in total takes up about 1/3 of the basement floor space, and it already has the walls and doors. I didn’t take good “before” photos, unfortunately, so this one photo plus progress shots are all I’ve got. As of now, I’m about halfway through the overhaul of the cutting room. The tools I’ve got to work in are a miter saw, table saw, and a router table. Plus, you know, the wood hoard.
I started by ripping out the existing storage built by the previous owner (presumably out of the wood salvaged from the old barn they tore down in the ‘90s). The good bits of antique board I’ve stashed…the crap pieces got turned into these. (The old workbench top was a solid core door…that I happily ripped down to top these two tables).
And this beauty was a craigslist find that we’d kept sitting empty in the previous rental place’s garage due to lack of workshop space. All those drawers! Finally seeing some use!
My table saw is nothing special; just a Lowes brand jobsite saw. But it came mounted on wheels, and with storage on both sides of my 10-foot-wide shop, the wheels had to go (they worked very nicely for portability…just not for tight space). I needed as slim a stand as possible, so…
Everything I’ve done so far has been scrap plywood pieces, scrap wood from the storage that was previously there, re-used screws, a couple of nails, and a box of self-tapping deck (?) screws. I’m under no illusion this will be the prettiest workshop you’ve ever seen, but I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve spent about 7 dollars so far on this pretty major shop build (well, $100 if you count the craigslist dresser thing).
My next project (sort of concurrent with the shop build) is a Thien tophat separator for my new HF dust collector. Another post (or several) for another day.