I decided that it was finally time to redo the workshop in the basement. We had just finished getting hardwood floors and to prepare for that, we had to empty every bit of furniture so it could be moved. This meant clearing out books, record albums and finding a temporary storage place for furniture, rugs and all the other things that we were keeping but had to be put out of the way.
The furniture in my workshop (see pictures on the left and right) was made up of street finds, boards, old furniture taken apart and repurposed and yard sale acquisitions. I dismantled most of it and had it carted away. I also got rid of 120 books and replaced hundreds of magazines I like with digital editions. I will never again subscribe to a bead or jewelry magazine that isn’t digital. I plan to get rid of the remainder of the magazines when their respective publishers see fit to have a sale on back digital editions.
This is how things look now. The behemoth behind the work table is part of an entertainment unit that Ikea sold back in the 1990s. It was so hard to put together and so cheap, that they only sold it for one year. I dismantled the middle unit and the two six foot bookcases, dragged them from the living room to the basement (by now cleared) and reassembled them. I mean, I put the bookcases back together. I needed help for the middle section in the form of a husband who kept grousing that we would never be able to put it back together. Boy was he surprised when suddenly, there it was standing in front of us completely reassembled!
I took two Limmon tabletops from Ikea and put them onto four cabinets. I got the idea from the Ikea Hackers blog. It worked out so well that I added four more Helmer cabinets. I bought a computer monitor stand with a slide out shelf for $3.99 at a thrift shop and attached it to the underside of the table for a handy drawer.
I have been switching doors around as I find that certain items are better stored in other cabinets.
I learned how to use a hammer drill so I could relocate the pegboards and shelving on the masonry walls
Lampworking station is closed until I can open the windows and get the fans going. The kilns and oak watchmaking bench have been relocated to the wall to the right of th lampworking station.
Now I have enough room to sew and I can invite friends over to work. It’s easy to walk around the table which now has eight Helmer cabinets stowed beneath as well as three plastic carts. I’m going to have the electric service upgraded and make some other changes, but I think I’ve found the layout that works and a place for everything!
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OMG! what a creative transformation. I hope you enjoy your new workshop as much as I have mine.
I love it!!! Right now I have the fabric out and am working on the quilts again. So much better than the dining room table!
I’m not sure why it is SO satisfying to see other people’s workspaces. Maybe it’s all the interesting things and the detris from the creative process (always a good sign). I love the stacks and piles and ropes of raw materials slung wherever. Thank you for sharing this. I took great voyeuristic pleasure in it!
Oh, I’m good at slinging the stuff. Thanks!