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Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 01-04-2016 01:17 AM 896 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2016 01:17 AM

Hey Guys, quick question. It gets cold here during the winter. My mini lathe is in the garage and its unheated. I mostly only turn pens and maybe some bottle stoppers. Do you think its possible to bring it into my basement? If so, what would I need…..Thanks in advance for taking the time to write to me…...Dave

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 01:25 AM

What would you need? Maybe some muscle and a place to plug it in :) Really, there is nobody who knows but you.


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 02:40 AM

Dust collection for sure.You don’t want dust seeping into your house.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 03:01 AM

My shop is in the basement – including my mini lathe. you will need space for your lathe, your sharpening system, your tools (turning tools and mandrels, etc.), sandpaper/micromesh, CA, wax, etc. and electrical outlets. Dust collection is a plus given the dust will find its way to your living space. Good luck!

-- Antiques made, while you wait

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 04:31 AM

Mine lives in the basement, along with the rest of the Dungeon Shop

Along with two bandsaws, and a workbench. Stairs up out of the basement are enough to knock any dust or shavings off of me as I wander up the steps.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 04:35 AM

Why not!.
My whole shop is in the basement.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 01-04-2016 06:11 AM

Brad: looks like you have a Troll following you around? His responses seem to add ZERO to the threads he has posted on, other than attack you. Flag him..

I did….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 01-05-2016 04:34 AM

Mine’s in the basement (along with the rest of the shop). Power and an overhead light. Dust collection is nice to keep the wife happy.

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

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#8 posted 01-05-2016 11:39 AM

My shop is in the basement/garage. I partitioned off a section to keep the dust from going all over the garage. Plus the garage door isn’t insulated. It has been down to 52 degrees in the winter. I put a heater in the shop early in the morning. Takes about 2-3 hours for it to warm up where I can work in the shop. Trying to decide whether to close off the garage door area or install an insulated one. Shop would be too small unless you have a real small car.

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#9 posted 01-07-2016 10:00 PM

My workshop is in a bedroom with hardwood floors. I live literally only seven blocks from the White House. A large lathe, drum sander, large table saw, 14” bandsaw, compound mitre saw, drill press, scroll saw and so on are all crammed in there, with all but the lathe on wheels. Good dust collection and the will to use it is the secret. I always run my dust collection hood near the piece I am turning when I am turning or sanding (I turn almost exclusively kiln-dried wood) and connect the hose to every tool as I use it.

I don’t really have any issues with dust getting outside the room. The issue is tracking wood shavings outside the room. :)

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#10 posted 01-12-2016 11:14 AM

I have my shop stuffed in to a 12 X 12 room in the basement. Lathe, table saw you name it in there. Just keep it as clean as you can, get a good shop vac and have at it. I really like being able to wake up walk downstairs with a cup of coffee in my hand wearing shorts and t-shirt off to make some shavings. Trust me I live in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada it gets a little chilly here.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#11 posted 01-25-2016 03:17 AM

Hi Ho: Actually you ask a good question. My shop is in the basement which was unfinished when we moved in. First thing I did when we moved in is to put up stud walls and finish one room as the shop. We have about 3000 sq. ft. downstairs, so my wife wanted the rest finished. I did plan ahead and isolated the shop acoustically so that the movie room (which is adjacent) and the bedroom upstairs can hardly hear when the power equipment is being used. I have about 40 dB of sound attenuation.

The best thing about the basement (really a walk-out basement in our case) is that the shop is always the same temperature as the house and the humidity remains relatively constant. Aside from acoustic isolation I used outside doors into the shop and put fans in an open window to blow the dust out and provide a negative pressure relative to the rest of the house to keep dust in the shop.

If you do plan to finish the rest of the basement be sure you wire the shop with adequate power before you start closing up walls. I have a 70 amp sub panel with 5 ea. 220 V breakers and 6 ea. 20 amp 115 volt circuits. It is not too much.

If you need acoustic isolation that is not simple, but can be achieved. Let me know and I can give you details.

-- Dirk

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