Welcome to the picture tour of my workshop! For the last three years my shop has been in the basement of my house. Before moving it into my basement, my shop was in the old, decrepit single-car garage. There were too few outlets, the lighting was poor, and it was freezing in the winter and much too hot in the summer.

My shop isn’t very big, it takes up roughly half of my basement and is in the process of shrinking further in order to make room for a bathroom. The space is in the shape of a “T”, with the widest area being about 12′ and the narrowest area about 8′. The overall length is just shy of 18′, but again, it is going to be smaller.

The space has seen multiple iterations and will continue to morph and evolve over time as I discover what I like and don’t like. Another factor will be what I am using the space for, as I also want to learn more electrical and plumbing work. At least when it comes to storage, these tasks will need some space of their own in the shop.

For the most part the pictures are in order from what you see coming down my basement stairs, starting with the left wall and proceeding around the room. I will do my best to provide information that may be of interest and to explain where I got certain ideas. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the comment section below. Let’s get this tour started!

This is the first area you see as you come down the basement stairs, it is the North wall of my shop. We have a trash bucket, small scraps bucket, and a sawdust bucket. The blue cabinet is my paint and sanding supplies cabinet.
This is the inside of my paint and sanding cabinet. I made it out of old compressed board drawer fronts.
This is the view as you round the bottom of the stairs. You can see that my shop is decently long. In the background is a toilet with a sheet draped over it. That is part of the area to be taken over by the bathroom.
Another view of the painting and sanding cabinet, plus the three steel circuit boxes that my dad gave me. I modified them a bit so I could use them as storage cabinets. I added shelves and screwed each of them to the wall. The inside is only about 10 inches deep, but that isn’t much of a drawback.
I really like the fact these are steel because it allows me to use magnetic hooks on them. Another feature I really like is the black rubber lining the inside of the doors. This rubber provides a tight, dust proof connection when the doors are closed.
The top steel cabinet is for housing various glues and staining supplies. I also keep my screws, nails, and drill bits in this one.
The middle cabinet is used for small to medium sized handheld tools like my jigsaw, pin nailer, and oscillating multi-tool.
The bottom cabinet is for my bulkier handheld tools such as routers, belt sanders, and circular saws.
This is the space immediately to the right of the steel cabinets. You can see the sheet draped toilet there, most of this area will be used for the bathroom I am putting in.
Here is the back wall of my shop. About half of this wall will be taken up by the new bathroom. That means most of this stuff will have to move. For now, it is my primary clamp storage area. Smaller clamps are at the top of the picture, attached to the floor joists.
A closer look at the small clamp storage that is attached to the floor joist.
Another look at the small clamp storage.
A closer look at my bar clamp storage. I purchase most of my clamps either at Harbor Freight or second hand off of craigslist.
Another look at my bar clamp storage.
My wood storage rack is immediately to the right of my clamp storage, on the South wall. I used to have a second rack next to this one but I removed it to make room for something else.
Next to the wood rack on the South wall are my Carhart coat and snow pants, both are essentials where I live. Then we have my Kobalt Jobsite Table Saw that I did a review on.
Then we come across my shop vacuum and the annoying metal pole that supports this section of my house’s floor beam. This pole is in an awkward spot, but I am learning to work with it.
Moving along we have my workbench. It is my first attempt at a traditional style workbench and has its fair share of flaws. I still need to go back and add the rails toward the bottom of the legs so that I can put a shelf or cabinet underneath.
Moving around my workbench we can see my tool wall and the door to the other half of my basement. The tool wall was never meant to stay like this for long, but I got distracted by other things and never got around to changing it.
This is where I do my drill press work and store my drills, scrap wood, nuts, bolts, washers, and other random bits and pieces. The drawers in this repurposed vanity hold Kreg pocket hole jigs, calipers, hinges, wheels, electrical sockets, knobs, handles, and router parts. It is a catch-all type of area.
Here are a couple of braces that I hang on the beam that supports the main level of the house.
I use the main level support beam to hand other items on as well.
To the immediate right of my tool wall is a nook I built under my basement stairs. It is crude, rough, and not efficiently used by me. It is an area I sorely want to improve upon.
To the right of the storage nook are my basement stairs and cord storage. You can also see a couple of miter boxes on the ledge in the background. I have been using hand tools more often and these help me get square cuts…sometimes.
And here we are at the bottom of my basement stairs. Not much to see here except my circuit breaker back in the shadows and a few posters on the wall. Oh, and a broken portable, clamping workbench from Harbor Freight. It broke because it is cheap, flimsy, and I lost my temper.

Thank you for taking a look around my shop, I know the pictures aren’t the best quality, but I did the best I could. The lighting isn’t the best down there, just two sets of fluorescent lights, and I might look to upgrade it in the future. I am also thinking about making a video of the shop because I figure it might give a more clear picture of how everything is arranged and of the general layout. Well, thanks again, have a great day!

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