|Workshop by Natalie||posted 420 days ago||1036 reads||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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I built my shop building in 2010, as part of our house remodel. I knew that it would be few years before I would have time for buying tools and getting started again, but I also know that if I didn’t build it while I had the money in hand, it may not happen. So, based on my past years of woodworking experience, I designed the building.
499 Sq ft was all we could get away with on our property, I thought I wanted something bigger but am happy now with the size. I got most of what I wanted in terms of the electrical EXEPT the 4 220 outlets I asked for. That’s a story of it’s own, having to do with an electrician who wasn’t a very good listener, and an out of town sick daughter I had to attend to when the electrician was up to bat.
Here are some of my favorite features:
Half of the shop has 10 ft ceilings and the other half has a vaulted ceilings with a loft for storing lumber.
Every other wall outlet is 5.5 ft from the floor and every other is standard height, and I have 4 outlets on the ceiling.
I had two wall heaters and one 220 outlet. Now I have one heater, 3 220 outlets, and one outlet has two plugs. I will have two machines plugged in, but will only be able to run one at a time. I will be able to have my Sawstop saw, the DC system, my bandsaw and combination Jointer/planer on 220. I will be able to run the DC and any one of my 220 tools at one time, but not sure what will happen if my heater is running at the same time. Uhgggg! I hate it when electricians’ don’t listen!
In one corner I built a closet with a 2ft wide standard door and insulated the walls. I will house my D/C system in there and have now decided to wall off the interior door and access the system from the outside of the building, I will have an exhaust fan that vents to the outside. Since the closet has a 10 ft ceiling I will mount my compressor in the sound proof area as well, with an access hatch inside the shop. I will have switches for these on the inside walls of the shop.
The high ceilings have allowed me make wood racks 360 around the shop that hold ALOT of wood.
The loft holds a lot of wood also.
I have a skylight that was supposed to be located above my workbench, but I have since changed the location of my workbench. :( I have some nice windows that are high enough to allow good use of the wall space, but let in lots of light and give a view to my garden.
Instead of a garage door, I installed double french doors with full lights. This allows me to bring big things in and out of the shop but doesn’t take as much wall space as a garage door.
Now that I am setting up my shop and equipment, I am very happy with the size and space of my shop and really excited about buying my equipment and making some dust.
I am posting photos of what it looks like today, quite cluttered and disheveled because I am in transition. I will add photos every now and then as I get my equipment. These I took about a week ago, and just yesterday took delivery of my 52inch Sawstop!
-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.