My wife and I bought our house on the east side of Cleveland in spring 2007, and this past fall I was granted the rights to a small corner of the basement to use as a shop. I’ve been slowly transforming it into a more respectable work area. I’m going to try to keep track of what I’m doing/have done, in hopes that others can either benefit or steer me off the wrong path if I start to stray.
DISCLAIMER: This is lagging behind real time by a few months, but I should be caught up shortly. Please excuse any verb tense errors :o)
So without further ado, here’s about where I started:
The especially observant of you will notice that this space is pretty small. I have about 2’ to the left of the picture before running into the furnace, and on the right I run into the laundry area. Of course, even 100 square feet is better than 0. I’m kicking myself now for not having a picture, but there used to be a massive shelving unit in this corner. There’s a piece of PVC on the floor that used to run around the perimeter of the shelves and serves as a drain for the sprinkler system I didn’t know I had until I chopped through it with a shovel.
After removing the rest of the wood, rerouting the pvc, attacking the wall with a wire brush, and several coats of dry-lok paint, I arrived at this point:
So I think we’re on the right track here, the space seems bigger and cleaner just with a simple coat of paint. If only everything were that easy.
At this point, the plan is to put the workbench on the left wall, and my current miter saw stand (plywood on saw horses) on the right wall.Planned improvements:
- Tool wall on the left wall above the workbench
- Better miter saw stand with lots of storage for the right wall
- Clamp rack on the right wall towards the corner
- Better lighting and outlet selection. Thankfully I’m within easy reach of 2 different 20 amp 120V circuits, and 1 30 amp 240V circuit (although I don’t think I can fit anything big enough to need that kind of juice). Currently the only outlet in the area is the one that was on a vertical 2×4 in the first picture, and I’ve rotated up to the ceiling for the second picture.
Next time I’ll post some pictures of the rest of the basement and a floor plan.