My New Workshop Project

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Blog entry by Quebecnewf posted 04-20-2008 12:09 PM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the first stage of building my new workshop. This involves removing an old shed before I can start the new one.
I will document this project from start to finish on this blog. It may take two years. I hope to seal the new building in by the fall and then work on the inside over the winter.
Here goes

west side
This is the west side of the building I have to remove the steel siding yet
south side

This is the south side view. I have removed the steel siding. The posts you see sticking up through the snow are the foundation for the new shed

north side
This is the north side view
north side roof offSame view but now the roof is removed
More pic to come

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#1 posted 04-20-2008 01:00 PM

This is an interesting start on your new shop space.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2008 02:08 PM

Thanks for the post, look forward to following you through the process!

-- Bill, Florida

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#3 posted 04-20-2008 02:45 PM

It will be great to see the whole process. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#4 posted 04-20-2008 04:32 PM

Good luck, with it up on posts you will have the ability to run (and if necessary run additional) your Dust Collection under the floor easily!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 04-20-2008 04:45 PM

that shed has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see the great workshop that it becomes. thanks for the post!

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#6 posted 04-20-2008 07:46 PM


I was thinking the same thing just the other day. My thought was to make a 6×6 square duct out of wood up between the floor joists. This duct would serve my table saw which will be in the center of my shop approx. Would 6” square duct be as good a 6 ” round pipe. I was also thinking of a few air tight hatches as floor sweeps.
Any thoughts???
I plan to buy a band saw in the future maybe it would be a good idea to run another one while im in the rough construction stage
We sawed this log today Spruce 10’ long 17” at the top gave us 176 board feet . This is one of 4 logs we got from the same tree. 2 are smaller but 12 ft long and the butt log is bigger but only 10 ft long.
The boards will be airdried this summer and will be used to do the eaves of the workshop

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#7 posted 04-20-2008 08:04 PM

Nice work and a great project Q. I am looking forward to seeing how this develops along the way.

Looks like that snow pile was handy in reaching the roof top.

Maybe you should have saved the old shed for your lumber mill. Some nice looking wood there.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 04-20-2008 08:12 PM

Looks like wuite a project you have going there. Good luck.

I look forward to seeing your progress.

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

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#9 posted 04-21-2008 01:33 AM

Not sure about square ducting. I would assume that it will be fine as a main line, would be interested to see how you got it back into the dust collector.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#10 posted 04-21-2008 08:12 PM

Great post! PLEASE keep us informed on your progress?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 04-21-2008 10:30 PM


My thought was a square wooden duct running under the floor. I would then cut 4” round hole down through the floor into the duct and silcone a 4” piece of ABS or PVC into the hole and slip the dustpickup hose from the table saw over it. The 4” pipe would have a blast gate built into it


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#12 posted 04-22-2008 01:33 AM

That part would work well. I was more thinking about the other end back into the dust collector. From round to square I see no problems, but transferring back to round from square I can see being a challenge.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 04-22-2008 12:54 PM


I was just reading about a shop where the guy ran all his pipes under the floor joists. His shop was on the second floor and his DC was in the basement. I to could do this as my shop is on posts. The dust collector will be in the corner of the shop (yet to buy).
What would be the downside of going under the floor with the pipes and then back up to th DC. These pipes would be exposed to outside temps of course , would this have any effect with regard to moisture in the pipes etc.

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#14 posted 04-22-2008 05:56 PM

A properly sealed DC system (especially when exposed to the elements) should have little to no moisture inside of the pipe. If you were to build your own square duct you would need to seal it with a wood friendly caulk(caulk adhesive).

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#15 posted 05-29-2008 01:13 AM

Ducting is what I did for 31 yrs. of working as a Sheet Metal Worker. I used to do a whole lot of Blow Pipe in the mills back in BC. I would advise not using square ducting the air does not move a well in a square as it does in round. Also the sawdust would build up in the corners, this will cause all sorts of problems. The built up sawdust will become like rocks in a stream, if a log is floating down the stream it will get hung up on the rocks. And then that log will snag other logs, and before you know it you have a log jam. The same thing happens inside of square ductwork when used for suction. Instead of logs you have small sticks of scrap the get pulled into the system. Another problem you will have is that wood ducting would be the perfect surface to hold sawdust, thus causing more build up. This can also be a fire hazard, if your saw blade heats up it is easy to send hot sawdust into the system if the sparks get caught in the build up it will sit there and smolder. For this reason I dont like collectors indoors or worst yet in a residence. And when they are indoors you need to have a really good smoke detection set up. Hot stuff gets into the collector bag you may not know about it till you have a fire, then its to late. The square ducting would be a nightmare. If I was putting this system in I would strongly urge you to use 18 ga. galvanised sheet metal.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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