New shop under construction #2: Siding is finished!

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 02-08-2008 04:48 AM 4298 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Groundbreaking to framing Part 2 of New shop under construction series Part 3: Electrical and Plumbing are almost done. And look, a birthday surprise! »

They finished the siding today.

I re-evaluated the electrical system. I opted to go with a ventless propane heater in the tractor garage and a 2 1/2 gal under-sink water heater in the woodshop. The combination of the two allowed me to drop the service back to a 90A line from the house. It saved about $800.



The stairs are going in tomorrow. They should finish up the exterior early next week. Then the fun starts with the electrical install!

I’m using T-8 bulbs in the fluorescent fixtures, but I’m torn between using 5000K bulbs and 6500K bulbs. Do any of you guys have any personal experience with either of these?

Here’s a view of my initial plan to make the shop operational.


-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 04:50 AM

You’ve got a good looking shop coming along there. I’m downright jealous ;)

As for your questions about bulbs…I’m afraid I am definitely not the guy to help you there!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 04:53 AM

I use 5000K bulbs at my printing company because it shows color correct to the eye.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 04:55 AM

Very cool shop!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 05:31 AM

This is a very nice shop and it is coming along nicely. I think that it is a wonderful opportunity to have a build a shop from scratch. A goodly number of us have taken a garage and adapted it as a shop. This works fairly well but I think that designing a building from the start as a shop works much better.

Thanks for the update.

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

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 06:09 AM

Nice looking shop. I enjoy watching this come along.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 06:20 AM

Printman, Thanks for the advice. I was leaning toward 5000K bulbs because of the high CRI, but I noticed at Home Depot today that they have 6500K bulbs with the same CRI.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 12:46 PM

oh man! This is going to be killer.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 03:14 PM

Really nice layout and an awesome view from the shop.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 02-08-2008 03:39 PM

Add me to the jealous list. I really like the layout you have.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 08:38 PM

Holly cow! What a nice shop, layout, view, location, thats nice. Whats going upstairs?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 02-10-2008 07:25 AM

Had to go look up the difference.

My lighting guy told me that 835’s are most likely to simulate the color you would get in sunlight. 835 are 3500K
While the higher K will give a brighter light it will not necessarily reproduce an accurate color in wood.
From my experience wood finished with 835’s shows the same outdoors and other places in the house that use normal incandescent lighting.

My wife is the artist in the family and I rely heavily on her opinion.She talks about hues and tones of green, I talk about emerald and forest.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#12 posted 02-10-2008 12:15 PM

Gonna be a great shop.

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#13 posted 02-10-2008 11:26 PM

Have your lighting guy read this webpage. It echo’s what I read in one of my Workshop books. A 3500K bulb would be a very orange light. Most of the 98 CRI bulbs that I found are 5000K, but they are quite expensive ($10 each – 48”). I’m probably just going to go with the standard issue 5000K bulb with an 85 CRI. I can get them for about $2.50 each.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 02-10-2008 11:29 PM

The upstairs will just be unfinished storage space.

Thanks for all the nice comments guys. Sometimes I lose sight of how well I’ve got it when I get mired in all the details of trying to get it finished. I’m glad I have you guys to remind me!

-- Mark

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