Here is the progress so far.
The walls are insulated, covered with sheetrock, mudded, and taped. I have installed (4) 2-bulb 4ft light fixtures in the ceiling. There is still room for 4 more and I’ll be adding those later. I have some of the conduit and outlets in the ceiling as well as starting to run the wiring for the wall outlets. I plan to alternate circuits to provide me with the flexibility of running multiple tools but spreading out the amp draw. The wall outlets will be a minimum of 52 inches from the floor to avoid any sheet goods or large items. I have a single access hole cut in the ceiling. As seen in my previous posts, things are looking pretty good.
So far, I’ve spent close to $500.00 on this project.
What is next? I have the electrician coming over Saturday to run the new 240v circuit to the shop and install a 100amp subpanel. The box I’m getting provides me with 16 slots. That should be more than enough for a 400 sq/ft work area. The bid from the electrician came in at a hair under $540.00.
I have been using a 3d modeling tool and Photoshop to create a 2D diagram of the floorplan. I think I have arrived at a solution that will work as a great starting point for me. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts. See the picture below.
The TS, BS, DC and CNC are all on wheels. Most of the time, I think they can live a little futher out in the middle but this is the ‘small’ working area if I’m turning, or making things that don’t require larger space. This will also leave the shop configured to allow the wife to get her SUV in there if she needs to. (It better be a pretty good reason. LOL!). The wall on the bottom left corner is reserved for Lawn/Garden/Sporting Goods (twins girls toys.) The Bench will provide some outfeed for the TS and the DC is right there as well. The same goes for my BS. DC hose will probably not be longer than 6 feet. It’s a small one.
I still need to finish running all of my circuits. There will be individual circuits for the following. Lights, ceiling outlets (3), wall outlets (alternating, 2 circuits) TS (220v), BS (220v), DC (220v). The motors for the 220v machines still need to be reconfigured for the new voltage. Decide on a climate control system for the shop. Heat or Heat+A/C. I’m leaning toward the latter if the price is right. It’s only 400 sq/ft so it shouldn’t be a real big stretch. And lastly, I need to get an initial storage/bench solution established.
For cost reasons, I’m planning to build a ‘FWW New Fangled Bench’ and have already purchased the construction lumber, screws, pipes, and clamps. For now, it seems to be the ‘best fit’ for me in the new workspace. Cabinets and a permanently mounted bench are also planned for the near future. Gotta have the storage!
That’s about it for now. Look for a new blog series on my bench building (hope I don’t screw it up) coming soon.