kdc68's Workshop #1: My basement retreat

This is my retreat. It’s 10′ × 30′ total. There’s a masonry wall dividing the whole basement in half. Eventually the ideal scenario would be spread more of the workshop into the other half and have it organized and functional. If I did this, then my shop space would about double in width. Maybe someday. The other half (not posted) is storage and is packed full. I have a lumber storage rack, tool boxes and miscellaneous household storage.

I live in an older house and the stairs are narrow and steep. Getting all the equipment down there took some doing. Each had to be disassembled into smaller easy to carry pieces and then reassembled. Luckily I’ve had help from family, friends, and my neighbor to help with each new tool delivery. Sheet good are cut outside into manageable pieces then carried inside through the living room, dining room, kitchen, and then downstairs. Solid wood (on the other hand) isn’t a big deal as they are rough cut to length either by my lumber supplier or myself outside and are easier to deal with. So needless to say I tend to do smaller projects.

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Jeff Vandenberg ...

Very nice shop. Very clean and well organized. Love your router table. I see you’re a Grizzly man too. I love my Grizzly products.

kdc68 ...

Thanks Jeff. I’ve had all good experiences with Grizzly customer service, tech support, and their equipment. Thanks for the compliments !

Steve66 ...

Really cool shop! You have spent alot time in there making it nice and it shows.

kdc68 ...

Thanks Steve. I think it’s a good hobbyist workshop.

Brian ...

That is the tidiest shop I’ve ever seen. Very nice. It’s tough fitting a lot of stuff in a small space. You’ve laid it out very efficiently.

kdc68 ...

Thanks Brian. I try to put things away when I’m done and clean up afterwards, otherwise it gets out of hand quickly. Been there done that. Thanks for the compliment !

Thorreain ...

Very nicely set up, beautiful shop.

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

I see some equipment is on wheels . I’m the same way . Then when your done you can clean up and get valuable floor space back . Nice shop

kdc68 ...

Thorreain…..Thanks for the compliment !

Wheaties…..Yep those mobile bases are a great thing to have in a small space. And thanks for the compliment !

whitebeast88 ...

Nice shop.well organized and very clean.

kdc68 ...

whitebeast88….Thanks for the compliment !