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Cape Cod, MA
United States

My workshop is in a 16 by 16 corner of my 24×32 basement. I started setting up the shop and collecting tools (mostly from craigslist or yard sales) about 3 years ago when we bought the house. Prior to that, I worked on the patio of our rental condo with hand tools, a router, some Ryobi cordless tools, and a belt sander. Needless to say, this is a nice change. For most of the time that we’ve lived here, I spent my spare time in the shop working on things for projects around the house, which involved a lot of moving piles of things around. Lately, I’ve had a little more time to start actually organizing the shop and working on some fun projects. I learned most of what I know from my grandfathers and father. When my grandfather sold his house a few years ago, he gave me many of the tools that he still had in his shop.

The major tools are:
Milwaukee 5625 Router in a Rockler Table
Old Delta drill press
Delta 46-250 Midi Lathe with bed extension
Delta 22-580 13” thickness planer
Delta 14” Bandsaw
Craftsman 10” Radial Arm Saw (with a Forrest Chopmaster)
1950s Craftsman Jig Saw
Ridgid R4511 Tablesaw
Delta DJ-20 8” Jointer
Harbor Freight Dust Collector with Wynn Filter (Currently collecting dust from the Tablesaw, Jointer, Thickness Planer, and Router Table)

One of my next tasks for organizing the shop will be building some walls to enclose that part of the basement. Even with the dust collection, I’m still making a mess of the rest of the basement, which contains the laundry area, a large open pantry, lots of storage and the mechanical equipment. Because I don’t have the walls yet, I haven’t really felt cramped in the small space. I’m hoping that strategic placement of the doors will still allow me to run some longer stock through the table saw and jointer when necessary. I’m also hoping to get some wiring done. Right now, I operate the tools off of the 20A outlet by the washing machine. Needless to say, I’m pretty sick of dragging an extension cord around and switching plugs every few minutes! The dust collector runs off of the outlet by the electrical panel, but that requires unplugging the dehumidifier and freezer.

I’m looking forward to spending more time down here getting things organized and turning out some fun projects!

-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 03:41 AM

A small shop is always a challenge, looks like you got a handle on it. Nice space, nice tools, enjoy the work.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks dnick!

-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 08:14 PM

Hi Jesse from NH – Yea, small shops are a challenge but very cozy. I retired 3 years ago and if I’m not cooking or cleaning the house (my wife still works), I’m in my shop having fun. I see your getting the hang of it, strategically placing every tool so it can function. My jointer is on blocks so long boards can clear the workbench.

One thing about small shops, its’ configuration is always developing. I need to repost pictures of my shop because it is now different.

My wife’s maiden name is Snow and her family came from Truro. We love it down their.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 04:27 PM

Hi Bernie,
What part of NH? I studied forestry at UNH and my fiance is from Chester, NH. My shop is actually getting a major overhaul in layout because I had to move everything out of the way for a recent furnace upgrade. Now that I’ve been in that space for about 3 years, I have some better ideas of how I want arrange things.
Happy New Year!

-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 05:44 PM

A good shop with some good tools.Enjoy.

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 06:05 PM


You have a nice assortment of tools, and that basement shop has tons of potential. Get a shed for the bikes, yard stuff and drywall the ceiling and that will be a primo space!

In Mass, a basement shop can be comfortable year round.

Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 07:15 PM

Thanks! I’m just about done building my shed, so the bikes will move out soon. I just have to finish up two windows and it will be completely weather tight. Then, a bunch of stuff moves out and the shop expands!

-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA

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