The building of a basement workshop. #1: In the beginning....

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Blog entry by thechipcarver posted 03-31-2014 02:28 PM 1742 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after much thinking and planning, we have finally decided to put a workshop in my mom’s basement. My mom and I have been trying to think of a way to get a workshop since I lost mine about a little over a year ago.

I am a chip carver/scroller and my mom does lathe work. I started this blog to track our progress in building and setting up the shop. We are using only part of the basement. The corner with the most open area. When it is finished it will be about 11’x11’.

So here are the first pictures of our adventure:

This is the corner we decided to put the workshop in.

Here it is with the walls painted and us bringing in the metal studs.

This is the start of one of the walls. We are planning to leave the space under the stair open for shelves for wood storage.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 12:19 AM

Great start. I can hardly wait to see your progress. I’ll be watching.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 05:42 PM

Should make for a nice little workshop…

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 08:47 PM

This reminds me of my parents old farm house. When I was really small the whole basement had a dirt floor. After Dad put in the oil furnace and ripped out the old coal burning monster he put concrete floors in the whole thing. Wish I would have been into wood working then. Part of that area would have made a beautiful wood shop.
Sadly the property was sold and the old house and out buildings were torn down and the property is now a golf course.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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