My woodworking hobby started a couple of summers ago. A friend gave me a router as he was downsizing. I was not too sure whether my new hobby would stick and was not sure how much gear I would acquire. in February of last year I decided I would continue with woodworking and purchased a ShopSmith Mark V model 500 and started setting up a shop in a 9×13 area in the basement. For my small shop the SS MKV was a great idea. I added SS belt sander, jointer and band saw to the shop, with the band saw having its own stand. Also eating up floor space is a SS Dust Collector. Space is tight in the shop, but I have made it work up to now.
Last month I got a second SS. It is a Model 510, which about doubles the table space for the table saw function. Then last week I got a SS 20” Scroll Saw on its own base and no I have not even tried to put them in the current shop. I had to deride if I wanted to sell one of the SS machines or move into an area of the basement I had thought would have a pool table and bar. I am a beer geek and play league pool 3 times a week so this was not an easy idea to give up. (BTW it’s once a week for league pool in the summer 8-]).
So, the decision is to move the shop to a 13×28 room has been made. The room has a single light and no outlets, so I will be having an electrician for more than just moving the 230 outlet used by one of the SS MKVs. Thinking this all out and documenting my progress is the purpose of this blog. The blog may not be of interest to anyone but me, but I would love to have comments from others make this a better experience.
My current idea is to create a storage wall or two down the line of this system
The next step would be to put in a couple of rows of fluorescent fixtures and a couple of 20 amp circuits of wiremold mounted on the exposed floor jousts overhead. The basement is about 7’ from floor to main level floor joust, so the outlets would be an easy reach for me.
Another item I will have to deal with is staging the storage of existing stuff/junk when I start moving from the current shop to the new shop and vice versa. A lot of this problem is the volume of stuff currently stored in the new shop area.
So here is the current shop starting looking at SW corner and going clockwise around the room:
By rolling gear around, I have been able to work in the shop up to now.
The new, larger area is a total mess, but here are a couple of pictures:
-- Sam -- Northfield, MN