If you have a hot air furnace or central air do your best to block this off
from your shop and provide your own shop heat/air conditioning. If you don't
you will have sawdust everywhere in the house and she will forbid you from
using your shop. Mine is now in a separate building.
I just recently did a little work in the basement at
my mom's house, heated with an oil furnace. I applied
shellac by brush out in the garage and then brought the
project inside to 'finish the finish' as Bob Flexner would
say. That involved light sanding, a bit of touch-up shellac
applied with a pad, (e.g. like French Polishing) and then
rubbing off the gloss.
There are a couple of carbon monoxide detectors in the
house and they began to annunciate after I began rubbing
out the shellac with steel wool and mineral oil. We think
that some vapors from the oil entered the heat exchanger via
the cold air return where the heat broke it down producing a
The alarms trigger on _rate_, not just level. Whenever the furnace
came on they beeped, even though the actual level stayed below
about 40 ppm. Apparently there was a rapid rise from near
zero to ~ 30 ppm or so whenever the furnace blower kicked in.
Saw/sanding dust and other solvents might do the same.
my living-room 16x16 is on the main floor but 2 feet below the rest
so in my basement 8 feet high except for that 16x16 area wich is actually
6,6 high (good cause i am 6,3 tall)i closed up some walls installed a
de-humidifier + vaccum system insolated & sound-proofed the ceilling & walls
painted the cement floor grey and instaled some rubber mats
i sometimes get little traces of dust in the hall way due to walking out of
workshop without cleaning my shoes first (bad habit) good thing i have my
wife to remind me,,, (nag nag nag)
over all i have no problems with a in-house workshop
she also nag's me about buying tools so i tell her every projects needs a
new tool ( why is that she say's) well sweatheart no 2 projects are the same
i have lots of tools,i started buying tools about 5yrs ago cause i knew
woodworking was for me i have a love for wood.router station,table saw/band
saw/drill press/mortiser/miter saw/grinder station/spindle sander/belt
sander/ + many other hand held tools
its not always easy to handle a 4x8 plywood in my 16x16 area
i been doing some learn has you go projects but never anything to be proud
of so i decided to enroll in a beginner woodworking class that starts in
febuary i cant wait
I had my shop in the basement for two years. Along with a good dust
collector and a WET/DRY vac I had no problems, Until that is we bought a new
house. Lugging all that stuff up and out of the basement was horrendous. I
had a few dust issues and I had the urge to finish my projects no matter
what, this included staining and the fumes were a bit of a bother once they
permeated the house. I found a way to combat this by building a wooden box
and installing a spare dryer blower inside it. The bottome of the "box" was
open with a filter. I had an exhaust vent running into the dryer exhaust
which in turn would vent the odor out of the house. My wife thought it was
ingenious and I racked up more brownie points. The only problem that I could
not find a solution to was the noise of the tools.
On Mon, 16 Jan 2006 16:36:30 +0000, Searcher wrote:
That's the situation I'm in now. I wanna buy the tools while I'm working,
but want to retire and move soon. I'd really like a cabinet saw (have some
bonus money coming that SHMBO says is mine to play), but I don't
feature moving the thing downstairs and then back out. A contractor's saw
may have to do.
You'll have that. OTOH, she likes the looks of the woodwork and all the
rest, so a little pain isn't terrible. ;-)
The noise isn't an issue here, even though the "shop" is right below the
kitchen/dining room. Venting the smell would be good, though I don't want
to take all the heat out of the house in the winter and i *surely* don't
want to suck the moisture down into the basement in the summer. Sink
:I have a 2 story house with a unfinished basement. I am
: putting my wood shop in the basement, 2 questions, any advice
: Also how good are dust collectors??
Good points from all the other posters; I'd like to add:
-- Be sure you can get whatever you build, OUT of the basement.
I'll never forget my daughter's bed: I built one for my son,
did all the calcs, it went out OK. Couple years later, did my
daughter's, used the same plans 'cause I knew it'd fit to get it
out. But ... I added a little trim here & there - couldn't get
it out!! Disassembly wasn't an option - glued & screwed, a near
perfect finish. I eneded up cutting it in half with a good,
expensive ply saw and carted it up that way, added a little more
"trim" to the cut lines, and thank gosh it worked. But I've
never forgotten that! Luckily, I had feet in the center of the
bed too, so the extra blocking etc. inside wasn't too hard to do.
They're those kind with headboard, footboard, all with shelves
but detachable, and 14 drawers, 7 to a side. Grandkids use the
I haven't done this yet, but I'm planning to once I get the money and
time -- I was thinking of installing an air to air exchanger in the
woodshop to complment the dust collection. The only mod I would make
is to have a portion of the incoming air vent to into a neighbouring
room -- this would create negative air pressure in the room, and
prevent any dust from escaping into the house whatsoever. Also, it
would be very useful for paint fumes, etc.
I'd let you know how well it works, but the car broke down, and all my
money dissappeared :crybaby:
Outside of this idea, so long as you have a good dust collection
system (make sure you visit
http://billpentz.com//woodworking/cyclone/index.cfm for information
on this), you shouldn't have any noticable problems. (NOTE: a
shop-vac is not sufficient as it does not filter out the fine dust
particles that you can't see, and this can be a health hazard).
On 16 Jan 2006 06:59:28 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My shop is in the basement. I'm lucky that it is a walk-out basement.
Put in lots of electrical outlets, and a few 220v outlets. A good DC
is a must--look at PennState or Grizzly. I have a 1.5 HP, and wish it
was a 2 HP when I'm surface planing or using the lathe.
I tried both Safari and Firefox. Both times, I got a screen with a message
saying that I had to use IE and a bib blank space that looked like it should
have loaded something. Maybe it just doesn't work for Macs, but the message
said I needed to to IE.
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