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Workshop by Calgirl posted 10-02-2007 11:08 AM 2757 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Well, four trees were supposed to be removed today in preparation for preparing the foundation for my workshop. However a storm front came through last night and today with rain and wind so hopefully Tuesday will be the “Tree Removal Party”. The tree company is the same company I used to thin my existing trees and to remove one that was lifting the driveway. With the hurrican threat we face here in Florida, it is important to keep your trees thinned and the dead branches removed. They tend to make rather large holes in your roof when they come down! Josh, the main climber, is afraid of heights, believe it or not, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the pine which is way up there in the clouds! I feel for him because I have acrophobia also but I have an additional problem….I get an almost irresistable urge to jump! The only way I can get back from the edge is to back away facing the danger.

Anyway, the water table is about 2 feet below the surface here, and the shop area is in the lowest portion of my property, just behind the garage. The contractor will truck in fill, do some of the tamping and delineate the perimeter. Then I will have two days to place all the 6” S & D pipe for the dust control system. While I’m at it, I’m going to run some pipe for the air compressor too.

I am uploading a draft of my workshop layout for any jocks who might like to comment. I look forward to any ideas or suggestions.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#1 posted 10-02-2007 12:23 PM

that looks wonderful. gosh, all that room and so well organized!!
Can’t wait to see it being built.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-02-2007 11:06 PM

NIce looking shop layout – but I think you are laying the dust collection underground! I wonder if you should reconsider this – underground blockages can be very difficult to remove. This warning maybe too late. Whatever you decide to do good luck and keep us all posted on the progress

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#3 posted 10-03-2007 12:11 AM

Yes, I am going to try laying the dust collecting tubing underground. Everything underground will be 6” S&D with wyes and I’m hoping that I won’t have any clog-ups with my powerful ClearVue collector. I intend to place a thin cable thru some of the runs which I will bring out through the side of the pipe above cement level just in case I need some persuasion if I do have a clog. On the shorter runs I can use a plumbing snake. I really want to keep all that pipe out of sight so that I can have an uncluttered shop. Wish me luck ! I may need it.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#4 posted 10-03-2007 12:25 AM

Take some pictures before they remove the trees, and progress pictures as they go along.

You will regret it if you don’t.

You saw mine, right? Pretty cool, huh?


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 10-03-2007 02:31 PM

Please – Please – Please do not run any cables or anything inside the ducting – otherwise you will be asking for trouble – I am speaking from experience here. Any obstruction in the dust ducting will be detrimental to your air flow – reducing the overall performance and highly increasing the risk of a clog.

The only way to really clear is clog underground is with a chimney brush or pluming rods – remember they do not like sharp 90°bends when going in.

I am assuming that the “S&D” is smooth walled steel tubing – if you rivet the joints together, then use the shortest rivets possible – use duct tape on the outside to give an airtight seal. Whatever you do – do not use the expandable plastic tubing for your long runs or underground. The air pressure velocity loss is incredibly high and this risk of clog is extreem

I would suggest running a 6” plastic water pipe alongside the ducting to run all your other cables and airlines through – if you put a long loop of cord throughout the ancillary duct – you will be able to pull new lines/cables through the existing duct.

The planer and lathe are your biggest producer of chips, both in quantity and irregular size – if you planing a large board, say 15” wide, you will be surprised at how much material is removed. The Table saw is probably your biggest threat of producing long thin slivers of material which just love to act as a dam – collecting debris behind it ultimately causing a clog.

Sorry to go on – but you are investing a lot of time, effort and money into this – I would not like to see you make the same mistakes as me. Good luck

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 04:04 PM

Looks like a very well planned shop. I look forward to seeing your progress and completion pictures.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 07:20 AM

Can’t wait for the pictures…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-08-2008 01:44 AM

If it isn’t to late, why not consider building a floor that is like the ones used in computer rooms with removable tiles that would allow access to all your piping. In essence you will be creating a crawl space of sorts. Good Luck

-- Bob Lance, DE

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