Painting, Lighting, Cabinets & Air Filtration Update

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Blog entry by FJPetruso posted 2037 days ago 6990 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well… The walls are painted semi-gloss white, I’m workin’ on paintin’ the trim & touching up. My son-in-law Buck helped me get the cabinets painted & today we installed them. This is a view of the front window with the cabinets mounted on each side. The walls are nice & bright. In fact these photos were taken after dark with the lighting that’s in the shop. You can see that I added two extra lights over the area where the workbench will be. You can also see that my Jet Air Filtration System is installed. Like the ceiling fan, I used a ceiling light receptacle with a plug receptacle built-in. With only a 1/6th horse motor, the air filter draws very little & can be turned on & off along with the one row of lights. The air filter works very well but is pretty noisy. I also plan on making a box valence for the roll-up shades for the windows.

Front Cabinets

There’s nothing like putting up cabinets to let you know how plumb the contractor got the walls. You can see the gap that is at the bottom right of the cabinet on the right of the window. It’s ¾” out in the 60 inches from the top to the bottom of the cabinet… The cabinet is plumb. The window to the right of the entry door is off ½” in the 53” distance from the top of the window opening to the bottom. The window opens, closes & seals well… so it will just have to stay crooked.

Here’s a view of the cabinets over the entry door. My drafting board, desk & computer will go in this corner by the window. Yep, the cabinets are pretty high but space is at a premium. That area over the doors & circuit box is virtually dead space anyway. The less frequently used items will be stored up high & I’ll have a light weight ladder to keep in the shop. The lower cabinets will store the more frequently used items and there is storage space in some of the power tool stands.

Entry Door Cabinets

The next photo shows the reflectors that are the Christmas present that my wife gave me. They screw right in to the standard type ceiling light receptacles that you probably have in your basements. Then the light bulb screws right into the reflector. It installs in seconds. I like them because of the nostalgic look of the 12” reflector & the efficiency & brightness of the compact florescent light bulbs. There are ten of these reflectors in my woodshop. They were purchased from Buy Hardware Supplies dot com. The same place that I got the barn lights from.


Naturally another problem snuck up on me… That 99.9% efficient gas heater sure is. In fact it’s so efficient that it’s raising the humidity level in the shop by putting all that water vapor into the air. The humidistat says that it’s over 82% in the shop & even those thermal pane windows are sweating very severely. It looks as though a DEhumidifier is in the future for use in the winter.

I’ll be finishing up painting the trim & touching up other areas this week. I hope to be moving in the larger tools this coming weekend.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2037 days ago

Some of those heaters can be vented outside. If you can do this it will solve your problem.

I would not bring any cast iron into the shop until you solve the humidity issue. I see that you are in Missouri, I did some military training there and I recall that it was humid in the summer. So a dehumidifier may be something that you use year round anyway. If you can hook it up to a hose that will drain constantly would be a good way to go.

Before I got the ceiling furnace in my shop I used a propane heater. Any heater that burns fuel and does not exhaust to the outside dumps moisture in the room. About the 3rd time that I had to scrub the rust off of my tools I had enough and got the HotDawg heater which vents to the outside.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 2037 days ago

Nice shop. Looking great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2037 days ago

I had to come back because I forgot to say that I thought it was looking pretty good.

It has been fun watching this come together. I can’t wait to see this full of tools and to see what projects come out of it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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John Gray

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#4 posted 2037 days ago

Like Todd says above I’ve got an outside vented HotDawg heater now in its second year and it solved the humidity problems in conjunction with a 10,000BTU AC for the hot humid Summers here in Southern Illinois.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 2037 days ago

A great shop, it looks very bright in there.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 2037 days ago

Looking sharp! It is almost too pretty to get dirty. Notice I said Almost! Got my cyclone put together and hung this weekend. When I get the duct work up I will post some more pictures. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 2019 days ago

Wow Frank, that’s a good looking shop. Can’t wait to see it on the other side.

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#8 posted 1690 days ago

I really like those reflectors but can’t seem to find any. Do you have a brand name? Thanks, John.

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#9 posted 1690 days ago

Hi John… They were made by “American Flourescent”

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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