This is 5 Basement Workshop Ideas to Get You Excited About. In this post, you’ll learn some good ideas that you can put into practice for your basement woodworking shop. Enjoy.
Basement Workshop Ideas
The other really nice thing about the basement is that it’s climate controlled. Most woodworkers end up using their garage for their shop, and that can be a little difficult when the weather gets extremely hot or extremely cold.
Basements do have a lot of advantages, but they also have a couple of difficulties that are unique to the basement itself. Knowing these things up front can help you maximize the potential for your basement to make an excellent woodworking shop.
I’ll show you several things to consider coming up in the post, and if you can check all the boxes, you’ll enjoy woodworking in your basement.
Plan Out Your Space on Paper
The first thing that you should do is plan out your space on paper. Just because you have a lot of space doesn’t mean you necessarily have an organized space. That’s really what you need to have a successful shop.
Don’t think you need to have a million square feet either, you only need to have enough room for all of your tools, organized in a logical way. For most basement shops, the tools will be arranged around the outside perimeter of the space, with perhaps a table saw in the middle.
Get out a piece of graph paper and decide on your scale. For most normal spaces, if you use one square on your graph paper as one square foot. It’ll give you plenty of room to draw without getting off of the paper.
Draw out the workshop layout, and make it to scale. Once you have everything laid out nicely, you’ll know that the space will work for you.
Figure Out How to Get Your Tools Downstairs
The first problem that you’re going to run into with woodworking in your basement is that he need to figure out how to get your tools downstairs. This is an a problem for the smaller stuff, but you’ll definitely need some help when it comes to your bigger tools.
Most big tools separate enough to go through doorways. However, the doorway really isn’t going to be your big challenge. That title is reserved for the stairs.
Getting a several hundred pound woodworking tool into a garage or through a doorway is a challenge by itself. Add in some stairs, and you definitely need to do some planning and thinking.
Accidentally dropping one of your tools down the stairs can be catastrophic for the tool, and potentially fatal for someone standing below. You need to absolutely plan out getting your tools downstairs, and that may include buying something like a nice appliance dolly.
These kinds of dollies are the large, square version that has straps to secure whatever you’re hauling to the unit itself. This helps minimize the risk of dropping one of your tools, and that can be super helpful on the trip downstairs.
You may also just want to hire a professional to move your tools.
Plan for Extra Outlets as Needed
Another thing to do is take a look at your electrical. In most cases, since you’re only going to be using one tool at a time in a solo shop, you only need a couple outlets. However, if you have tools that run on 220, you may need to have that put in.
Also, depending on where your washer and dryer are located, you might be lucky enough that there is 220 on the same level in the house, which means it’s a simple matter for an electrician to move it over and provide you with another outlet.
If you’re going to take the time to have someone come out and help with the electrical, it also pays to have them just pop in a couple extra outlets while they’re at it. You’ll be happy that you have them in the future, and it’s not that much more expensive.
Consider Ducting Your Dust Collection Outside
One thing that you’ll notice right away in a basement shop is that it’s a little bit more difficult to get the dust out of the air. One thing that you can do to help is duct your dust collector somewhere outside.
Not only does this pull much of the dust from your tools, or at least the majority of the dust from your tools outside of the shop, it also gets the noise level down.
Inside of a room, a dust collector sounds like a jet engine. If you can get that loud tool outside, or at least separated from your woodworking area, you’ll do a lot better when it comes to your hearing.
Add LED Lighting for a Super Bright Workshop
Another thing to consider before you put a shop in the basement is your lighting. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest things that you’ll have to deal with. LED lights are so inexpensive now, you’d almost be silly not to put up several of them.
When it comes to lighting, LEDs are definitely the king. Also, they are a whole lot less expensive than they used to be, which is good too. In a basement shop, there is likely to be very little or no natural light, which is something you’ll have to fix.
Since these types of lights are so inexpensive, make sure you buy enough that you can blanket the whole shop in quite a bit of nice light. This way, you don’t have to feel like you are woodworking in a dungeon when you’re down there.
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Use an Air Cleaner for Dust Removal
Getting back to airborne dust, you are going to notice that an enclosed, indoor space traps a lot more floating dust in the air then an open space like a garage. That’s not good for your health, so you need to take action.
You definitely want to invest in a good air cleaner, or a way of installing a fan to circulate clean air and blow the flying dust out of the shop. There’s a lot of different ways to do this, and it’s important that you get this right.
Woodworking can be an amazing lifelong hobby, but not if you get cancer from it. You owe it to yourself and to your family to not breathe in large amounts of floating dust and debris while you’re working on your hobby.
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Close off the Space to Control Dust
Another thing you can do to help with dust in your house is to enclose the space for the woodworking shop. This isn’t going to improve the dust level in the shop, it’s going to improve how much dust lands on a bunch of random other things in your basement.
Since your shop is now indoors, that tiny little layer of dust that makes its way into almost everything around your woodworking shop is going to land on basically everything in your basement. To combat that, you can put up some walls.
Walls are actually pretty easy to build, and they only really need to be pretty on one side if you think about it. The exterior can use some sheet rock and some paint to make it match the rest of the basement. The inside however, you can leave as bare studs.
This will help prevent dust from exiting the shop and landing on everything else in your basement. Again, make sure you are extracting dust from the air inside of the shop so you aren’t slowly killing yourself, but after that, the walls will help keep the dust down elsewhere.
Your Action Assignment
Now that you know a few of the things that you may run into when setting up a basement workshop, hopefully these ideas have helped you decide to take action.
If that’s the case, head down into your basement and start doing some measuring. Make yourself a nice scale drawing, and plan out all of your electrical and your lighting. After that, figure out the dust collection and air cleaning part of the equation.
If you get these things right, you could have an amazing basement workshop that gives you a climate controlled space for your hobby. That’s awesome.
If you have any questions about these basement workshop ideas, please post a question and I’ll be happy to answer them. Happy building.
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