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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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, MA 02062
United States

I decided update this section about my workshop, as I have said previously I inherited this workshop from my father in law who was a painter and decorator and the shop he had was wall to wall paint and supplies with alot of old school and some modern tools.

The shop floor plan is about 25’ sq but it’s in a L SHAPE layout as you can see from pics below.

I decided to build most of the workshop on Sketchup for future projects such as updating the cabinetry and floor covering to something a little more modern but I’m waiting on the lottery to help out.

My shop is in the basement with 3 basement style windows and a door leading to a stairs with a bulkhead attached. The 2main issues I have with having a basement workshop is the following:

1. Very little natural light in the basement so I have to rely heavily on artificial overhead fluorescent lighting
2. There is no dust collection system in the workshop so I’m always cleaning the place
3. The floor has no covering it’s just a concrete subfloor that occasionally has water issues, although I do have a sump pump that adequately deals with the issue..
4. The walls are solid concrete so wall mounting a lot of heavy cabinetry is a major hassle, I’m contemplating using a cleat system and bolting wood to the concrete walls and just securing things to them.

I have placed scaled model pics from Sketchup below to show you the general layout of the workshop, it’s important how you lay out your workshop for a few reasons, keeping the shop clean and tidy and having a workflow that allows quick and organised workflow. For that reason a lot of my power tools have permanent homes, such additions in my workshop include

1.Mitre saw cart on wheels
2. Router cabinet on wheels
3. Workbench large enough to work on 1 or 2 projects at a time..
I hope this section gives you suggestion on how to organize your workspace and a lot of my shop organizing solutions are on this

.

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”


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timbertailor

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 09:59 PM

My only suggestion is to treat each tool or operation like a work station. Dedicate a space and\or a rolling cart for the drill press, table saw, band saw, etc. Drawers are good. It keeps the saw dust off your tools.

A down draft sanding table is always a welcome addition to the shop and they are not expensive to make.

And assembly table is also a good place to start.

A router and\or a router table is also a great tool to have in your arsenal early on.

And since it looks like you are working in the basement, do not take dust collection lightly. I wish I had invested in proper DC early on. You have to take care of your health.

Just do a search on any of these projects. Lots of great ideas on this site.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Grandpa

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 10:22 PM

It looks like you have a fairly good sized work area. Welcome to Lumberjock’s. Good to have you

Edit: I worked in a basement for a few day and got pneumonia. I would take Timbertailor’s advice and get rid of that dust as it happens. Not only causes immediate health problems it also causes long term problems

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 01:18 AM

My basement has plenty of natural air running through it because I have a bulkhead that opens into where I work and I also have 2 windows that I open especially when I use my router…

As far as a dust collection system I’m just not generations that much dust , and to be honest aka don’t have the fiances in place to buy or even make my own….

Thanks for the concern

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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greg48

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 06:16 AM

Got to throw in my $0.02 here. Add lighting, nothing worse than working in your own shadow. Build a solid & heavy workbench. Doesn’t have to be one of those fancy ones with side and end vises, just 4×4, 2×4 lumber (preferably dry) and a sheet of 3/4” ply. I built one by Asa Christiana of FineWoodworking.com. With additional 3/8” thread stock nut/washers, it’s solid, stout, and can be tightened up from time to time (sure beats the saw horse and door assembly table). One last thing, build a table for your router, again just construction grade lumber and plywood. I built one from plans by Woodsmith, if you can’t find the plan, let me know.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

864 posts in 1544 days


#5 posted 10-24-2014 12:14 PM



Got to throw in my $0.02 here. Add lighting, nothing worse than working in your own shadow. Build a solid & heavy workbench. Doesn t have to be one of those fancy ones with side and end vises, just 4×4, 2×4 lumber (preferably dry) and a sheet of 3/4” ply. I built one by Asa Christiana of FineWoodworking.com. With additional 3/8” thread stock nut/washers, it s solid, stout, and can be tightened up from time to time (sure beats the saw horse and door assembly table). One last thing, build a table for your router, again just construction grade lumber and plywood. I built one from plans by Woodsmith, if you can t find the plan, let me know.

- greg48

Greg if I was to build a bench how much would it cost and I would like to see your plans!!


-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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Roger

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 10:38 PM

One step at a time Douglas. Looks like you’re on the right track.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

864 posts in 1544 days


#7 posted 01-08-2015 02:39 AM

I took your advise and added some updates to the shop..thanks for the tips..


My only suggestion is to treat each tool or operation like a work station. Dedicate a space andor a rolling cart for the drill press, table saw, band saw, etc. Drawers are good. It keeps the saw dust off your tools.

A down draft sanding table is always a welcome addition to the shop and they are not expensive to make.

And assembly table is also a good place to start.

A router andor a router table is also a great tool to have in your arsenal early on.

And since it looks like you are working in the basement, do not take dust collection lightly. I wish I had invested in proper DC early on. You have to take care of your health.

Just do a search on any of these projects. Lots of great ideas on this site.

Welcome to LJ s

- timbertailor


-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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sparky1597

8 posts in 2011 days


#8 posted 06-19-2015 11:43 AM

How about screwing/nailing 2×4 from joists above, for attaching cabinets and everything else to, instead of attaching to concrete walls.(depending on the concrete, could cause leaks/seepage later down the road with all the holes in it).

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 02:15 PM

It’s a nice shop. It looks like a great place to work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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woodworm

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#10 posted 03-07-2017 11:59 PM

Nice shop…I like your TS setup.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

864 posts in 1544 days


#11 posted 03-08-2017 12:39 AM


Nice shop…I like your TS setup.

- woodworm


I wish it still looked that good in going to need to replace the outfeed/assembly table top it’s really beet up… thanks

Actually this remind me to take a few newer pics the shop has been through a Reno of late

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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