Workshop in the basement???

tncraftNovember 14, 2011

The next house has a below ground basement with one window and one exterior door. It is unfinished and not insulated, all you see is the concrete walls.

The question is, can we put a workshop there? I have been convincing my husband to put his workshop there instead of using garage space. Is there really any issues of using the basement as workshop? He's worried about stale air. His workshop would only be about 15-20% of the total basement space.

Any advice? Is this possible? How to make it work? I'm the one trying to do the research since I am the one doing the convincing on putting his workshop in the basement. :)

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randy427

What kind of workshop? If woodworking, you may find a lot of sawdust will migrate upstairs. If painting, finishing, etc, provisions will have to be made for ventilation.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 9:44AM
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tncraft

randy427... Thanks for the feedback. Yes, there would be some woodworking. So a ventilation/exhaust won't be enough? Is there a way to make a woodworking workshop work in the basement?

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 1:31PM
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brickeyee

Having had a basement workshop for years (woodworking and metal working) the biggest problem was always getting larger pieces of material in and out.

Dust control is not all that hard with a decent cyclonic dust collector system (luckily metal chips do not tend to go very far anyway, though cutting oil can smell).

Large pieces of wood (like 4x8 foot sheet goods) are a real PITA to move in, and even larger lumber pieces can be a problem (I cannot imagine moving a 16 ft x 44 inch x 4.5 ft mahogany plank down a staircase).

I now have a basement shop, but have a floor level door that exits to a walk out garage (and the really large pieces are still a little bit of trouble).

I often end up chopping raw materials down in the garage to more manageable sizes.
. The other issue with a basement shop is humidity.

Metal working tools (lathes, mills, shears) can be kept oiled easily enough, but wood working tools are a little tougher to protect without running the risk of contaminating materials and producing finishing problems.

A hear gun, paste wax, and buffing can put a hard wax coat on woodworking tools (table saw tables, band saw table, drill press tables and columns, etc.) to protect against rust. I end up doing mine about twice a year.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 3:25PM
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lazypup

Microfine sawdust almost invisible to the naked eye can wreak havoc in your HVAC system

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 3:13PM
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brickeyee

"Microfine sawdust almost invisible to the naked eye can wreak havoc in your HVAC system"

If it is that fine it goes right though.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 7:44PM
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