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Forum topic by Laldog posted 12-08-2021 03:16 AM 408 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2021 03:16 AM

A recent water heater flood caused me to move some equipment (etc) around in my basement shop.

I’ve come to realize that a specific area, an inside corner in my shop, is useless and needs a re-work. That corner (pictured) as it is presently constructed TOTALLY SCKS and is the bane of my existence. It does nothing but collect sht and is completely USELESS!! (exaggeration alert)

What I’m looking for is suggestions and ideas about how other, more creative and resourceful people have constructed their inside corners in their shop. Photos of their own would be really beneficial and appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

-- Laldog, North Allston, MA

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#1 posted 12-08-2021 03:42 AM

I’m neither “creative” or “resourceful” but I was thinking of suggesting some cabinetry in the corner but then I see the meter, piping and brick that would make it difficult.

Actually, I don’t think your corner looks all that bad. Maybe a tower with pull out bins for the hardware backed into the corner with room in it also for the stuff in the white wall cabinet. If you can’t get to the corner, less chance you will set something down in there. : )

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#2 posted 12-08-2021 02:58 PM

I have a corner in my basement that does not have the brick, meter, etc. issues, but it does have the same issue of being difficult to access. (I also happen to have a window in almost the same position as yours!) Shop furniture on the right hand wall interferes with access to shelves on the left wall and “stuff” accumulates on the floor between the two, making it more difficult to use the shelves…

I have not spent much time thinking about how to make it better, as I’ve been working on getting my garage wood shop arranged. I have imagined some kind of corner cabinet to eliminate the “dead” space that makes it inefficient. For your corner, that would definitely be a custom piece!

I’m interested to see if others have ideas.

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#3 posted 12-08-2021 04:20 PM

I just put shelves for storage in the corner. You could make cabinets but some basic shelves there gets all of the rarely used stuff from cluttering up other parts of the shop.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 12-08-2021 04:35 PM

Are you left-handed?

For a right-handled person, I would think the bench would do better on the other wall.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#5 posted 12-08-2021 05:52 PM

I just put shelves for storage in the corner. You could make cabinets but some basic shelves there gets all of the rarely used stuff from cluttering up other parts of the shop.

- Lazyman


Take out everything from the visible workbench leg to the wall from floor to ceiling. Make 10” deep shelves starting just about where the shelf under your bench is. Box in, or at least make a cover for the water meter. Simple for protection from damage by either you putting stuff there, or it failing and spraying water all over the place. If there is a curb under the work bench, I would put shelves around the corner too.

Don’t cover the window, if it opens, it may provide some ventilation for finishing or using solvents when the weather permits.

Good luck!

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#6 posted 12-08-2021 06:45 PM

Seems like we all are thinking along the same lines…..

I would just make it a storage area and not try to make it a work space. A lot depends you and how you like thing organized but that would be a storage space for me. I would be some dedicated storage cabinets/shelves/whatever suits you.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#7 posted 12-08-2021 08:14 PM

Like most other kitchens around town, I have a couple blind corners that were a challenge. The solutions I used could apply here.

Out in my shop, I find the old, rescued five foot tall, four platform (plus the top) Susan I have in one corner of the shop to be a perfect place to store my epoxy, resins, Titebond, “Super Glue,” hot glue gun and sticks, UV glue, glitter, other epoxy additives.

In one blind corner of my kitchen, I installed a lazy Susan with sides that allow me to store things like cutting boards and cookie sheets. Taking that approach cut down wasted space to about one square foot.

In the opposite corner, I installed pull out drawers with about 10” sides that drop down to about 5” at the front access corners [to ease access to the contents]. The drawers pull out along the opposite wall, rather than into the kitchen, and are accessible only after a pull out cart with drawers for silverware, baking supplies and so on is pulled out. It’s a perfect use of otherwise unusable space by way of storing things we only use one or twice a year there, such as turkey roasting pans.

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#8 posted 12-08-2021 11:50 PM

I put my dust collector in my dead corner. Motor and fan in the corner, filter and dust bag accessible for emptying.

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#9 posted 12-09-2021 07:22 PM

I think most of us have some spot in the shop that “just collects sh&t”. I always think about cleaning up that spot until I realize, I still want all of the sh%t and if I move it out of that spot, it’s just going to migrate to a different spot. So I just throw all the sh$t in that spot and keep the rest of the shop accessible and organized :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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