Enjoying Retirement in The Basement Shop
The majority of my hobby time over the last 45 years has been repairing and restoring small and medium size woodworking machines, also a few metalworking machines. But now I am burned out on it and the used tool market is pretty dead. I am currently trying to get some shop floor space back and intend to focus on woodworking from now on. I have done some woodworking in the past. Table and 6 chairs, grandfather clock, end tables, double pedestal desk, quilt racks and many smaller projects. In the future I would like to make some small and medium size projects, but not large things like beds or big tables. I also plan to make a few woodworking fixtures and machines, like a horizontal slot mortiser. My woodworking/metalworking shop consumes most of my 2100 sq ft basement. I like a basement shop because it is a staircase away and always the perfect temperature. But getting things in and out of a basement shop can be a big problem, like in my old house. When I built the new house, I designed it with this in mind. I have a 4' x 8' trap door in the back of my garage and an I-beam with electric hoist above it to get things in and out of the basement shop, a real back and labor saver. The I-beam is long and I can lift things out of the back of my truck or a trailer. Attached is a photo to explain, taken in 2005 when I first moved in. The trap door is on hinges now and has a boat winch to raise and lower it. Extending the deck of the house over the back of the garage also gave me more sq ft in the basement.