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