My Cellar Shopcomments (2) November 11th, 2011 in Shop Tours
- Location: , Massachusetts, USA
- Size: 300sq. ft.
- Type: Basement
- Focus: Furniture
My house is built on stone ledge. On top of that, the ledge is sloped so the basement under one end of the house is about 2 and a half feet high and at the other end about 10 feet high. So at the 10 foot end, I built a platform, then built a wall down from a massive wooden beam that supports the house and then built the shop.
I recently gutted the kitchen, and took the old kitchen cabinets downstairs for use in the shop. The shop is about 25 feet long and 12 feet wide. It's dark down there so I painted the cinder block walls white and installed some extra lighting.
The bench is a 6 foot slab of beech with a bench stop mortised in and a very old leg vise that my sister found on the street curb - someone was going to throw it out in the trash! The wooden screw still works fabulously. The bench stop is raised and supported by a piece of wood cut int he shape of a spiral so that I can adjust the height to just what I need. Tooks are on tool boards mounted to the wall with French cleats.
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Threaded inserts keep grinder locked-down, but easily movable.
My work table often pulls double- and triple-duty for tons of shop tasks. Most often it's sharpening, but I also use it for drilling, holding bench hooks and shooting boards and occassionally as a chop-saw station. Hopefully soon, it will also hold a midi-lathe. Since I plan on rearranging the top pretty regularly, I wanted a way to... read full tip