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My shop is about 1400 square feet and is in the basement, but it is has a few strategically placed windows to allow the sunshine in all day! In addition I made sure the lighting was very good. A basement shop wasn’t my perfect “ideal”... but it does have some advantages with the ease of cooling/heating/humidity levels… and I can wonder in and out with a cup of coffee on a whim without worrying about wasting energy. I’ve got a good dust vac system thru-out… wi-fi for listening to podcasts… music and so on.
This shop is quite the upgrade from my old dark cave I was in for nearly 30 years. I spent a good deal of time laying out scale pieces of paper on my basement footprint before determining where everything was going to go and where the walls were going to be. In the building process I elected to install a steel beam to minimize the obstructions from columns… and then I built frames around those so that every inch of them are utilized for favorite tools to hang on. Just outside the shop I have a Bilco door going directly outside for tools in/projects out. One side bar note: Experience taught me that electronic circuit boards and such hate dusty environments… and I secluded what I call my “mechanical room” (furnace, ac, softener, water heater, etc)... keeping that stuff OUT OF MY SHOP. The other half of the basement is finished for other things. The shop is my space and I’m very happy with the results but always looking for ideas to make it even better. Of course I have a loving and generous wife that allows me this latitude and I endeavor to validate her trust by producing the things she wants!


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 03-09-2017 04:37 AM

Welcome to Ljs David
You have a great shop with some super equipment.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 03-09-2017 01:57 PM

Huge shop…I like the layout.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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49er

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 01:53 AM

Does your shop have a separate outside entrance? 1400 sq ft is a good size. Are your lights LED. I wish all my lights were.
I have thought the ideal shop would be on the first floor with a wood floor and a lower level with wood storage and and down draft dust collection.

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jobewan

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#4 posted 03-10-2017 07:18 AM

Hey David,

Beautiful shop, and also very nice sentiments about your wife. I am right there with you. I have a selfless woman that surprises me all the time, and I very much hear you.

Joe

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once - throw it in the woodpile, start over...

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BenDupre

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#5 posted 03-10-2017 03:43 PM

Looks like a nice big space. Basements make great shops especially walkout basements. I love my basement shop but tools in and projects out is the definite drawback for me because, stairs.. Also ventilation. Climate control is basically free and square feet are abundant. I share with the boxes and totes which also sucks but i am slowly taking over!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 03-10-2017 03:57 PM

Dave, nice shop. 1400sq.ft. is a true luxury.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 03-10-2017 04:35 PM

Dave, your shop has a great vibe! It looks like a great place to work too!
I really like your lumber rack.
Thanks for sharing.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#8 posted 03-10-2017 08:50 PM

Wow! David, you have one of the best shops I have seen. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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

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pottz

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#9 posted 03-11-2017 04:48 AM

not bad david could be worse,but hey I could come over and get rid of some wood that’s in the way if yo want!nice shop space man,welcome to lumber jocks.

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-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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ju7281

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#10 posted 03-13-2017 09:50 PM

WOW! Nice shop, David! Thanks for sharing. Good things definitely do come to those who wait, right? I just moved from a half-garage to my storage shed, gaining about 80 sq. ft of space, but I can’t compete with that. Being disabled and unemployed (neither by choice) makes it hard to have the things I really want, so I have to make do with what I have. One of these days…

-- Joe, Georgia, https://www.facebook.com/OTCustomWood/

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David

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#11 posted 03-13-2017 11:40 PM

WOW! Nice shop, David! Thanks for sharing. Good things definitely do come to those who wait, right? I just moved from a half-garage to my storage shed, gaining about 80 sq. ft of space, but I can’t compete with that. Being disabled and unemployed (neither by choice) makes it hard to have the things I really want, so I have to make do with what I have. One of these days…

Thanks Joe! Shops are just one aspect of our lives. I do appreciate it… but I also know that there is always somebody with something nice-er, bigger, better equiped, etc…. so sometimes I still try to remember back when I didn’t have anything more than a craftsman drill, belt sander and circular saw on that work bench… and I don’t think I have ever been more contented then I was back then. Sometimes it’s just important to remember the good things we do have… and not to focus on what we don’t (I still tend to do this sometimes?) We never know how long we will have anything and we sure aren’t going to take any of it with us!

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pottz

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#12 posted 03-13-2017 11:57 PM

so very true david.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 05:19 PM

What a great shop. You have ample space, lighting and good tools, it looks like a great place to spend time!!
Mike

-- Mike

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Fiddy

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#14 posted 03-17-2017 10:25 AM

Awesome shop, David – really like the old desk that was repurposed. Btw – holy lumber storage, nice looking selection!

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#15 posted 03-18-2017 11:58 PM

David great shop good place to retreat to in this strange ohio weather

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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