By Janna Nichols. Power Tools. Published at Monday, August 13th, 2018 - 06:05:19 AM.
When I was looking around in my shop where I had accumulated odds and ends from many different sources, such as going to auctions, tearing apart machinery that no longer worked and throwing the engine in a corner of the shop,or seeing something that a friend thought was junk and looked like an opportunity to me so I would take it home and let it collect dust, I thought there had to be something I could do with all this stuff instead of just letting it sit around and get rustier and dirtier.
Basement workshop - Having a woodworking shop in the basement is nice and allows for a more permanent setup of the shop tools. A basement shop does present some interesting challenges. Most basements have a low ceiling height. The typical basement ceiling height is seven feet. This makes lighting a challenge since hanging lights from the joists leads to potential head banging and being struck when moving material around the woodshop.
Most basements are not air conditioned spaces, so heat from the lights becomes an issue during the summer months. Hang fluorescent light fixtures in between the joists. Attach a light weight chain to the sides of the adjacent joists and suspend the fluorescent light from the chain. Hang the fluorescent light fixture so that it is flush with the bottom of the joists. This will help keep it out of the way and still provide ample light. It might be necessary to use an additional light or two because of the shading caused by recessing the light.
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