Shop #2: Shop Progress #2

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Blog entry by Koa posted 04-24-2012 11:40 PM 7625 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys, thanks for all of your comments! They are truly inspiring and kind.

This entire project is taking much longer than anticipated. But what the heck, I’m only one man afterall. If you could, please take a look at my progress pictures posted below and feel free to offer any suggestions / criticisms that come to mind. This is one way that I (we all) improve. Your Input is Valuable to Me. I want this workshop to be as close to the “ultimate setup” as it can get. But finally, keep in mind that I want this to feel like an old renovated barn as well as an awesome “ultimate” workshop.

I have made an effort to use as much reclaimed material as I can. So far the only new material I have used are for the wall studs, insulation, true/sub floor decking and the OSB sub ceiling. Also – No drywall will ever be used in this shop.

Things left to do

• Wall covering on the gable ends.
• Reworking the 10×12 shed add-on for lumber storage
• Make more shop furniture (a few cabinets among other things)
• Maybe whitewash the exposed walls (Providing I can find Tom Sawyer for the job… Not sure how he always gets someone else to do his work)
• Finish the 12×32 deck on the overhanging side of the building. (This should give me some great summer time workspace)
• Wiring

The Wiring

I intend to run the main wiring feeds on the top of the beams, inside a hinged wiring case. Most of the outlets should be surface mounted, dropped-down, and hung on the walls at each work station (with the exception of the table saw which will feed up through the floor).

Main power feed
I intend to run 100 amps using a cutoff /disconnect box off of the houses main power box (I will increase the main house box from 200 to 300 amps). – I have to get the electrical engineer out here to evaluate that one for me. However it’s going to be a very costly endeavor, I’ll need about 150 feet of wire and it all has to be buried underground. PLEASE if anyone knows where I can obtain 150 feet of 1.0 URD (Direct Burial) 3- wire fairly cheap, please let me know. I am beginning to worry about this one.

The Lighting
Hmmmmm… I’m thinking track lighting, using either florescent or LED bulbs. I’m really not sure about this one yet! Any ideas?

Dust Control
The dust control / vacuum systems will be plumbed and routed under the floor, with access from under the building. I will use a small independent vacuum system for each station (I am considering trying one of those cheap $100 Harbor Freight minis). These will outlet into a small composting bin, and/or use it for some simple trail-topper. I’m not sure if we can use it as compost though, for the veggie garden, because the domestic lumbers and pressure treated wood might have negative effects. Again, if you have any input on that it would be greatly appreciated.

Well that’s it for now!
I hope you all enjoy this! I look forward to any and all input, suggestion, likes and dislikes.
I’m hoping to post more progress updates in the near future. See you then!

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 12:07 PM

Will this be a heated space, and if so can you afford pumping out the heat with the dust and chips? You have created a very fine workspace there. Remember that the ultimate workshop is the one that reflects your personality and that you are pleased with. I predect that you will never stop inproving it to your dreams.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 12:21 PM

Hi Charles, I will add some help wherever I can. Starting with wiring, I added power to my shop once I upgraded the electrical in the house I purchased. I had an electrician do the main since the insurance company gave me 15 days after the house purchase to update it or they would cancel my policy. Since I had no time to do it, I found a good electrician and he banged it out in a day and a half, the rest of the house I wired myself adding 16 new circuits and a 60 amp breaker to feed the sub panel in the workshop. I used 6awg 3 conductor to feed the sub which I hit from HD. HD and Lowes has the direct burial/ underground feeder cable cheaper than the electrical supply house by me. If you plan to do the sub panel yourself, I only offer one must do. Do not tie the nuetral and ground together with the bus bar as it’s not a main panel and could cause a fire if done that way. The cable should run you about $200-$300.

For the lighting although fluorescent throws off a lot of light, it can also change the appearance of some of your projects. Trust me what looked one way in the shop looked another way in the house. Track lighting is easy and you position the lights to exactly where they are needed.

The HF vacumn work fine, but you are correct you can not use pressure treated lumber in the compost. It’s not bad as the container but the dust contains some really bad chemicals, including formaldehyde, not good for growing vegetable and then eating those chemicals.

I will think about what else I can assist with and check back with you later.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 01:24 AM

100 amp panel for work shop is great, I see no need for a service greater than 200 amps.
I doubt that unless you have electric heat in your house and workshop, you will never need more than 200 amps service. Consider run pvc pipe and wiring rather than direct burial, it should be a good savings. Not hard to install, only need an electric snake to install and some glue. Check local codes for depth of pvc., Wiring will be two hot legs, one neutral and one ground.. As stated do not bond neutral to ground in subpanel..

Hire a license electrician——save money in other areas…

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