Setting up my new basement shop

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Blog series by Dan updated 12-11-2015 02:08 AM 4 parts 12147 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: I don't even know where to start..

03-27-2015 06:32 PM by Dan | 23 comments »

Hey guys! I am just starting to get back into woodworking after about a two year break. A number of life events happened that just kind of put me in a funk and kept me out of the shop.. One of the bigger things that happened was the passing of my father. He was a woodworker and is one of the reasons I got into it myself. After his passing I was left with my parents house and decided to move there with my family. I had to say goodbye to my detached two stall garage workshop that I had spent...

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Part 2: Prepping the concrete walls. Could use some advice.

04-01-2015 01:20 PM by Dan | 20 comments »

In my last blog it was suggested by a few people that I seal the concrete walls of the basement with DryLok. So the past couple days I have been clearing the walls. One of the back walls in the basement had plywood covering it and when I took the plywood down I found all these 2x’s bolted horizontally to the wall. My first question for you guys would be is it okay to just paint/seal around these studs or should I take them all off the walls before I paint? I cleared one wall of ...

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Part 3: Not a big fan of concrete walls.. Time for some new drills.

04-08-2015 02:46 PM by Dan | 8 comments »

I think the most frustrating part of this basement shop set up so far has been the walls. My old shop was frame construction and the walls were all plywood. That made hanging tools and cabinets no problem. There were many times that I would randomly hammer in a nail so I could quickly hang a tool. To hang shelves and cabinets in my new shop I figured Tapcon screws were the way to go so I went out and bought a big box of them. I have never really had to drill through concrete before so I wa...

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Part 4: After months of work my new shop is finally set up. Before and after. Shop tour!

12-11-2015 02:08 AM by Dan | 14 comments »

I intended to do more blogs in this series as I did little by little to the new shop but I have been so busy I didn’t get around to it. Quick recap – I moved to a new house at the beginning of this past summer. The thing I dreaded most about the move was moving my shop. My old shop was in a very large detached garage but at this new house my only option was a basement shop. I was not thrilled with the idea of a smaller basement shop but I really did not have a choice. To make m...

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