Thanks all, for your comments and ideas. I’ve been thinking about this shop for sooooo long and changed my mind so many times, but soon, as the building progresses, my options will be severely limited. Actually, after holding many ideas in my head, I happened upon Grizzly’s web site, where they have a shop building program. It is somewhat limited, but was very helpful to me. I tried to use Sketch-Up, but the learning curve was too long for me, as I just had to get things down on paper! I will use Sketch-Up mostly for my projects, but first I have to take the tutorial that was posted here on Lumberjocks. What a great resourse! The computer program I did use in addition to Grizzly’s was Excel. I just set up a graph page and started drawing my wood machines onto the graph. That’s how I figured out where to put the dedicated 220v outlets and the dust collection system.
I did a lot of research on dust collectors and found that their advertising is somewhat deceptive. They tell us that such & such unit puts out 1800 CFM, but what they don’t tell you is that it’s 1800 CFM right at the cyclone outlet…...now down the line you’ll be lucky to get 900 CFM. I found this site written by Bill Pentz where he has posted exhaustive research into all aspects of dust collection. Out of his research, Clear Vue Cyclones was born. I will soon be able to give working data on just how good these units are, but I expect to be pleased.
As suggested, I will post pictures of before, during and after. It’s going to be great fun watching the building go up! The contractor sent me a set of preliminary engineering plans, then he came out again to talk with me about any changes. He is going to get all done to the point before pouring the monolithic cement floor, and then give Mike and I a weekend to construct the dust collection piping. Then he will come out that following Monday and pour the cement. I guess the electrician will have to do some work prior to the cement because I have electrical outlets coming out of the floor where some of the machinery will stand.
Please feel free to include any suggestions you may have. They are helpful for things I have not thought of and also to confirm that I’m on the right track. One of the things very different about Florida is the humidity. So I have gotten a thermostatically controlled dehumidifier which I will mount somewhere out of the way so that the wood and I can co-exist more comfortably. After living in California, this humidity is taking some getting used to, I can tell you.
Thanks for all your comments and suggestions.
-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !