I'm starting to get a small basement woodshop setup. My father was a general contractor for his daily business but also a finish carpenter for his favorite work for years. My youth and teens were spent in his shop and the smell of fresh sawdust has always brought back memories and a smile. While I didn't follow in his footsteps I've always wanted to have a small woodshop of my own to do.. my thing. If that's building a small plaque for the horseshoe my 2 year old son received while on vacation, building those Barrister Bookcases the wife has wanted for her book collection, ripping out that custom baseboard trim for the new house or to just kickback, listen to some tunes and sip a cold beer, in "my space".. well then that's my thing.. regardless of if its for the wife, the son or myself!
Rule #1 however.. It gets done when it gets done!
Our attached 20x21 2-car garage houses my lawn tractor, 1 of our classic cars, the wife's of course, and the tools and space required for its maintenance. There is no room available here. Since the wife wants nothing to do with the 1400sq/ft unfinished basement, except for some storage, I've decided to setup shop down there for now. Eventually I need to build a decent sized garage/shop out back for our classic cars which will contain a showroom parking area for the completed cars but also a backroom shop for both woodworking and restorations. I'd like this to be roughly 30x42 (or so) giving a 30x18 (3 bays) showroom and a 30x24 shop. With front/rear dormers above for a low but still usable 2nd floor.
I've started to staple up a roll (9'x150' iirc) of Tyvek and taping seams for a fairly inexpensive yet durable and breathable ceiling to keep the bat insulation dust down. Hanging it print up; white backside down will help with lighting as well. This can remain later with a drop tile ceiling when I finish the basement. Bought 5 gals of Behr Basement & Masonry waterproofer paint tinted a light blue called Nordic Sky for the walls to brighten it up a bit. A couple gallons of 1-part Epoxy Behr Concrete & Garage Floor paint for the floors with an abrasive mixture added for a textured and not smooth floor. Think safety you know! NO water issues in basement but I needed something and it was priced right. About 350 sq/ft is a raised crawlspace which will soon have a covered ceiling, painted walls and a framed up wall to be used as storage for household seasonal items and our sports, hiking and camping gear.
My current handtools include what most DIY homeowners have to get by plus a few items I've had for years (decades lol). I have a nail punch set of my grandfathers which was given to my father and these have seen 10s of thousands of nails over the years and still have great tips. I used a new punch from HD last year on the last 2 rows of hardwood flooring and the tapered tips simply mushroomed. Have to start looking for garage sales in retirement communities I think! I've started to add more over the past year and its slowly building.
Power tools include
- A new Ridgid R4512 table saw I picked up for 399.95 last month.. priced right! After 3 chats over a 45 minute period to the HD manager ending at 9:45pm he finally caved and gave in to the HF 20% off coupon.
- A Bosch 5312 12" dual bevel sliding miter saw I picked up last year on sale.
- A Ridgid 6HP/14Gal shop vac being used as a makeshift DC for now. I'm looking at the HF DC, adding a 1micron bag and with a 20% off coupon it should work for my usage.
- A Bosch jig saw purchased last year off Amazon for the right price.
- A Skill palm sander my wife bought me years ago.
- A Porter-Cable 150PSI 6-Gal compressor with a stapler, brad, finish, framing guns and a Freeman flooring gun.
- A FEIN FMM 250Q MultiMaster Oscillating tool I picked up last year. This is hands down the winner of all oscillating tools btw.
- A Dewalt XRP cordless 18V 6 1/2" circular saw and drill set (included a bag, 2 batteries and a charger) HD had miss-priced a few years ago and I was lucky enough to catch it for $99.99! The saw was about 120 and the drill was about 160 each iirc. I left a happy man that night and both have seen a lot of use over the past few years.
Built 2 small 24" x 48" temporary workbenches from a 2x4s and a sheet of 5/8" plywood a neighbor was tossing. 1 for general shop use and the other more dedicated to reloading and cleaning (another hobby.. can a person have too many). Added a lower shelf to both. The lighting isn't great yet with only 4 75w bulbs lighting the entire basement so I put up a 2 bulb T8 florescent fixture over the benches the other night to help.
The Ridgid R4512 has a nice cast iron top however the side extensions are stamped steep and both have a slight hump in the center and the edges are all rounded so last night I cut some 3/4 MDF and 3/4 oak for edging to replace the left extension. Right side extension will be next however it'll be much longer extending out to the rail ends to incorporate a router table and jig saw.
See I got to the router!
While I don't have one yet I am looking to buy a good quality router and soon. Mainly for table mount but also upright as well.
Wife wants to replace all the plain baseboard in the house so it'll get a good workout right away. I think the first router project however will be a sign with Rule #1 hanging over the basement door.
Our son keeps me busy most of the time followed by the wife and the never ending household to-do list. With a new house and a 2 year old most hobbies are put on hold however the shop is progressing as I need it in order to do a growing number of household projects. Nice thing about my hobbies are they are mostly outdoors so they remain active so i can as well!
So there you have it my introduction. Hobbies, shop tools, a few current projects and future plans I have. Great site here and happy I found it. Take care!