Yet Another Workshop Blog #4: Finished!

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Blog entry by Manitario posted 12-03-2011 07:36 PM 2107 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some final pics of the new workshop. It took a few months but finally got everything in and set up. After much debate about heating, I decided to go with a 5000W electrical heater, along with a small pellet stove. Living in a rural area I was limited to electric or wood heat. I use the electric heater to bring the shop up to a reasonable temperature and to keep it above freezing at night, and the pellet stove to maintain the temp while I’m working in the shop. Seems to work well so far, we’ll see how well it performs when it is -30… The ducting is 6” quickfit duct from K+B duct; the initial cost was steep, but it allows me to reconfigure the shop if I need to, as well, when/if I move again in a few years it will be easy to take with me. The lighting is less than ideal; I had asked the electrician to put in 8ft banks of fluorescent lights, somehow he translated that to 4’ banks.. I’ve left most of them up but will slowly replace them.
Thanks for looking!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 09:15 PM

Great lighting. That is so important and generally so overlooked.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 09:24 PM

Does that hood work with the miter saw?
I been thinking of building something like that.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Brian Shourd

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 10:36 PM

What a nice place to work! I agree about the lighting, the more the better, and you definitely have more.

This also looks like a very efficient layout of space, with regards to tools. I love that the table saw, assembly/outfeed table, and bench are in the middle, and everything else is up against the walls. That’s basically how I’ve got my shop organized, though, so I may be biased.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 11:03 PM

Thanks guys! Crank; the hood does work well, but I think the biggest reason for its success is that it is hooked up to a 5hp DC…
Brian; my old shop layout was with the bench pushed up against the wall, but I love having it in the middle now, it’s amazing how many times you need to walk around to the other side of the bench…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 07:35 AM

You said you are using a 5 hp DC. What is the cfm and brand?
That is a really nice shop. I am green with envy!!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 03:46 PM

Fine lookin set up. wish my shop was that clean.


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#7 posted 12-04-2011 05:51 PM

Drew; it’s a Clearvue cyclone. It makes about 1450 CFM. I reviewed it here:

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 07:34 PM

Congrat, it looks like a wonderful shop you have made now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-07-2012 02:20 PM

Rob – nice shop. I like the setup. The ducting is nice.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#10 posted 01-07-2012 02:54 PM

You have a really fine workshop. Good work.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 05:54 PM

Rob, that is a great looking shop. I am only able to pry one stall out of our 3 car garage. Would love to have the space you have.

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