Saturday, October 8, 2011
The only problem was that I initially set it up all wrong. I had this old wooden entertainment center down in the basement, and wanted to re-purpose it for storing my gun-related stuff. Plus, a couple of the spaces are perfectly sized for storing plastic bins with which to keep fired brass for my future reloading venture. I put the entertainment center in the corner with the work bench 90 degrees to it. At first, it was okay, but it soon became apparent that I was going to hate the arrangement. To keep the entire shelf available, I had to locate it approximately 20" away from the corner, creating a big wasted hole, and it drove me nuts. Plus, I soon hated having all my junk just nagging at me from my left. Plus, there is a large air duct that I was constantly hitting my head on; at first, I didn't think it would be an issue. Lesson learned. Things need to change drastically.
For starters, I got the entertainment center out of the way. Now, it lives further to the left of my work bench, which was relocated to the wall that the entertainment was living at. I also moved the tool chest to the corner to utilize that otherwise wasted space, and create a better flow for tool access. While I was at it, I added more daylight style lighting via 6500K heat shop lights and painted the wall behind the work bench white so the lights could work better. Now, feeling overwhelmed with so much white, I added a little color and flair with my Spencer's Gifts "Do not feed the zombies" artwork mounted in a Wal Mart poster frame.
Overall, I like this arrangement much better. The entire space opened up and I'm utilizing another otherwise useless space behind my furnace, which you can't see in the pictures. I intend to get a metal cabinet which to store powder and stuff safely. Since the furnace is a new model, and totally contained, it is safe. I also have to get a carbon monoxide detector to mount in this space since it is now totally usable. I've been spending a great deal of time down here now that I feel like I have a much bigger space. My wife likes it too because it is streamlined and not so busy.
Anyhow, as I've said, I still have some work to do, but this is a lot of good progress in a short time.