The building of a basement workshop.

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Blog series by thechipcarver updated 06-23-2014 02:20 PM 6 parts 10653 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: In the beginning....

03-31-2014 02:28 PM by thechipcarver | 3 comments »

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’...

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Part 2: The studs are up. :)

04-02-2014 10:41 PM by thechipcarver | 0 comments »

All the studs are up and ready for drywall. Hopefully the drywall will go up tomorrow.

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Part 3: Drywall is going up and something free.

04-13-2014 11:59 PM by thechipcarver | 0 comments »

Kids helped me put up the drywall, getting excited. Working on designing the workbenches. Have an old kitchen counter that will be the top for the bench top tools. The something free? When I was going over to work on the workshop, I passed a house that was being remodeled. Lo and behold, out by the curb was some old bottom kitchen cabinets. Free workbench bases!!

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Part 4: Walls are up, now building the workbenches.

05-12-2014 11:46 AM by thechipcarver | 1 comment »

Walls are done. To the best of my ability. Now, time to build the workbenches. Won’t be anything fancy since it will be made to hold all my benchtop tools. Got a free countertop and found some pretty good looking 2”x6”x41” on craigslist for $0.90 a piece. So it should be a sturdy.

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Part 5: "A Poor Man's Workshop", well it fits.

05-31-2014 01:31 PM by thechipcarver | 0 comments »

As I am working on this workshop, I have given it a new name. A Poor Man’s Workshop. Okay, I admit it. I think I am in the running for the biggest cheapskate award, but you have to work with what you have. Right? Here are some workbenches I made out of free countertops/cabinets and wood I bought off of Craigslist.I have a total of about $25 in both workbenches. I just scored another free countertop for another workbench I plan on building this week. After I make the last wo...

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Part 6: Workshop is nearing completion.

06-23-2014 02:20 PM by thechipcarver | 5 comments »

Well, the “Poor Mans Workshop” is nearing completion. Now, all I have to do is start filling it with sawdust and woodchips. Which will be dusty soon enough, due to the chip carved keepsake box orders that are coming in. Thanks everyone who followed the basement transformation. START—- TO FINISH.

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