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#1 posted 10-01-2018 10:23 PM

You may want to get an air compressor later and that could share the space under the stairs with the DC. Since you are limited on space, I would put as many tools on mobile bases as you can. Electrical outlets are usually surface mounted and located around 48” above the floor and spaced every 4-6 . Put outlets on at least 2 separate circuits; lighting on it s own circuit and a 220 circuit. Getting it right the first time is easier said than done. I have rearranged my shop more times than I can keep track of and my shop is 1200 sq ft. How is the access to the basement? Is it easy to move machines and wood into the basement. I can t tell from your sketch; looks like it s pretty constricted. I would add an electrical sub panel. That is to keep the circuits separate from the living area; you don t want lights to dim upstairs when running a power tool in the basement. Only when you are actually working on a project will you realize the proper arrangement of your shop. The table saw will require the most real estate and I would position the jointer/planer alongside the saw if possible. The bandsaw is best left mobile. Instead of a wall workbench, it could be incorporated with the tablesaw to serve as an outfeed table as well as all other use. A smaller wall mounted bench out of the way can be for small projects. As you browse this forum and others, you will see how others have taken advantage of their space availability. Having the house HVAC in the same space where woodworking dust is generated would concern me. I m sure others will chime in with lots of good ideas.

- MrRon

Thanks for the feedback! I do appreciate it. I actually already have an air compressor in my garage and have a line plumbed into the basement (soft line for right now, but I’m probably going to plumb it with a hard line and put a dedicated regulator in the basement).

I wasn’t dead set on surface-mounting the outlets, but the thought has crossed my mind. I was thinking about installing them into the wall at a typical height to hopefully increase resale if/when I move out (in case the next owner has no interest in a basement shop). I guess I could always mount them in the wall and then extend up the wall with track and surface-mounted boxes.

I’ve already wired in a sub-panel (60 amp) and wired the lighting circuit through it. The lights are 6 (or maybe it’s 8) 48” 2-bulb florescent with daylight bulbs. I mounted all of this years ago when I first started.

I’ve also thought about placing the main bench behind the tablesaw. Then again, I might feel better with a dedicated outfeed table so that if I need to make a large cut I don’t have to clean off the bench :)

The path to the basement isn’t too bad, but it’s not great either. I actually opened up the bottom stair and converted it into a landing to make the turn at the bottom easier. I can carry down 4×8 sheets with a little effort (I took the 16 sheets of drywall down by myself; I was somewhere between life and death afterwards). I try to plan out projects and tools and so forth with the stairs and making the turn at the bottom with all of that in mind.

I plan on sealing off the HVAC closet with custom built doors with filters in them to protect from sucking dust up into it, although the system by itself is pretty self-contained and sealed up well (95% efficient).

Thanks again for the info!

-- -TD

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