in the basement…

the basement has become more than a laundry and storage room over the past few weeks – a small back room has developed in to randy’s workshop. he has been doing some basic woodworking, restoring hunting rifles and most recently he is gathering the equipment to reload his own bullets. guns are a hot topic in society right now, not to mention controversial. while i don’t love guns, i do love hunting and for now i’m a rifle hunter (though looking in to taking a bow hunter safety class). reloading your own bullets allows you to customize a bullet and in the long run is significantly cheaper then buying cartridges from the store.

anyway, reloading equipment costs hundreds of dollars, at least $500 for the initial equipment. a friend from church had nearly everything one needs to reload and doesn’t use it so he is letting randy borrow it, even store it at our house! let’s just say that randy was quite excited. he still needs a bit of gear for it here and there to really get started, but he checks craigslist regularly and has already found one great deal.

a peek at his “office”/man cave:

the shelving was already in the basement and randy purchased the work table for $10 at a store called "home resource" (recycled lumber, furniture, plumbing stuff, etc.)

the shelving was already in the basement and randy purchased the work table for $10 at a store called “home resource” (recycled lumber, furniture, plumbing stuff, etc.)

the green contraption is part of the borrowed reloading equipment

the green contraption is part of the borrowed reloading equipment

putting away the scale

putting away the scale

nearly all of these tools are either borrowed or from thrift stores. we don't have a drill, saw, etc. so we try to stay on the look out for cheap tools

nearly all of these tools are either borrowed or from thrift stores. we don’t have a drill, saw, etc. so we try to stay on the look out for cheap tools

i even got him to turn around and smile for a picture :)

i even got him to turn around and smile for a picture 🙂

randy and i try to be frugal and thrifty in a variety of ways – we’re always looking for new ideas. can’t say that reloading bullets (you can even save the brass from bullets you’ve already shot so you don’t have to buy new casings!) was at the top of my idea list, but with borrowed equipment it definitely falls in the thrifty category. plus it fascinates randy and he really enjoys that type of work. i’m glad he has created a workspace for himself.  randy will frequently say, “i’m going to be in the basement for a bit.” 🙂

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