Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #5: The Sanding is Done!

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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-05-2009 03:04 PM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: I Hate Sanding Part 5 of Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation series Part 6: Painting is Done - White and Bright! »

Here are just a few shots of the garage after I finished sanding all of the walls. Something I thought I would never finish. Once you start doing it and realize how tiring it is, you think it will never end. Perseverance is the key. Just keep your head down, don’t look up and keep on sanding. I have some gaps in places but that no longer matters to me. I never planned for this to be a ‘home interior’ drywall job. That would have been great but when all is said and done, it’s still my workshop. There will be lots of cabinets and other things hanging on the walls to hide my ‘sins’.

Painting is scheduled for Saturday. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous and not too hot.

Here are the shots.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 03:15 PM

It looks great. Be sure to add more lighting. I painted the walls and ceiling of my “Workshop in the Woods” with white semi-gloss paint.

Keep posting pictures.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 03:18 PM

Good job… let’s see some paint and reorganization of the equipment. Hurry up and let’s see some sawdust flying…............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 04:08 PM

I have to agree that this is looking good. Once you get it painted it will really brighten up your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 04:09 PM

That’s what I’m having the most trouble with. Figuring out where everything is going to “live”.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 04:25 PM

Are they going to be smooth or textoned walls ?

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 01:46 AM

Looks like you’ve had your hands full. It will be awesome when finished.

I don’t see any electrical receptacles. Is it that they are there but I don’t see them or do you plan to surface mount?

What’s your plan for light? 8iowa is right, add more lighting. What about your plans for electrical? 220 V & 110 V receptacles? How many of each?

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#7 posted 04-06-2009 02:51 AM

Yes, I’ve had my hands very full. Full of a sanding pole over my dang head for two days straight! It has, however, paid off nicely. On blog entry #6 (Forgot to add it to the series. Fixed now.) The shop is looking good and I spent half the day today moving my equipment around. (No pictures of the newer layout yet). Sometimes I just go out there and stand and think about how I might navigate around it, based on what I might be doing. It will come to me eventually.

I held off on installing the receptacles until after the painting was done. I have the lights up and one receptacle by the door to the right. I am having a 100amp subpanel installed in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’m going to install the surface mounted conduits and 110v receptacles. My plan for the 220v receptacles is to have at least 1 on each wall. That would make 3. I don’t think I have 3 220v capable tools. There is also conduit ran for 3 110v outlets in the ceiling. I wish I could get some in the floor but I didn’t pour it!

I have (4) 4 foot dual T-12 commercial fixtures installed toward the center of the ceiling with room for (2) more sets on each end. I wanted to see where my shelves, bench, and cabinets ended up before I added more of them. There is a ton of light in there now. I may actually go with some focused task lighting instead. i.e. Spotlight over my lathe, one on my bandsaw, etc.

All in all, I should have 3-4 receptacles on each wall. More at the bench when I decide where it’s going to live. That will give me about 16+ for this 20X20 shop.

What do you think? I will get some more pictures taken of the next version of my shop tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks guys,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#8 posted 04-06-2009 06:53 PM


If you need additional fluorescent lighting, give serious consideration to switching to the newer electronic ballast T-8 fixtures. The electronic ballasts operate at 21,000 HZ, thus there is no hum or flicker. The old style magnetic ballast T-12 lights operate at 60HZ and have been known to synchronize with rotating machinery to create a strobe effect.

I use “daylight” bulbs because they have the highest color rendering index (CRI). The “cool white” bulbs are the cheapest, but have the lowest CRI index. In woodworking, we need to be able to see true colors and a garage shop is usually lacking in natural light.

I also have some standard incandescent fixtures on the ceiling. Incandescent bulbs are rated at 100 CRI and will further help to boost the color index.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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