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Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop #3: Installing the furnace and electrical work

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Blog entry by Ric posted 2219 days ago 2700 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow! Time sure flies! After spending the fall taking online business classes, then doing a 3 month fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, I seem to have lost a bit of time!

Well, on to what is new so far. I got the furnace installed. As I mentioned earlier I had wanted to install radient floor heating, but just could not justify the added cost at this time. I got a used propane force air furnace installed for less than half of what it would have cost me to do the radient floors myself.

I have all the electrical work finished. On top of having 110V outlets about every 4’ around the shop I installed 220V outlets about every 8’ or so. I also put 4 – 110V outlets in the ceiling and 3 – 220V drop cords as well. The drop cords are placed where I plan on having my tablesaw, jointer and planer.

I used 4’ “shop lights” for my lighting as they were the cheepest I could find. I nailed 1×4’s to the trusses and then screwed the fixtures to them rather than hang them with the supplied chains. I cut the plugs off and hardwired them rather than installing enough outlets (23) to plug them into.

I enclosed the furnace and my air compressor in a “utility closet”. I sheetrocked the back of it – made much more “fun” due to my drywall being very warped. (If your building materials supplier tells you that the sheetrock you ordered is “completely wrapped in plastic” – don’t believe them! Mine was just covered on top, so the rain still got through from below and soaked it all. By the time I found out, it was all warped and mold had started to grow.) I used tongue and groove siding on the end as I will build my sheet goods storage there and want something a bit more durable than sheetrock for the back of the storage area.

Check out my shop site for the newest images.

-- Ric :{) - Appleton, ME - (http://www.crwashburn.com)



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steveosshop

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#1 posted 2219 days ago

That is going to be a nice shop when you get it done. You will have tons of room. Good luck!

-- Steve-o

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motthunter

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#2 posted 2219 days ago

sounds like you are on your way.. how about some pics?

-- making sawdust....

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stanley2

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#3 posted 2219 days ago

You will be the envy of many with a great bldg for a shop, lots of room and a beautiful setting – enjoy following your progress.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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Jon3

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#4 posted 2219 days ago

Gorgeous looking shop you have there!

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GregS

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#5 posted 2217 days ago

Hey Ric—It’s great to hear that things are progressing so well. I’m sure it must seem slow to you, but I’m impressed with how much you have gotten done. It’s going to be a great shop, and I could only wish it were back here in the great Pacific NW. We all miss you both, but couldn’t be happier about how your work is going.

-- GregS, Snohomish, WA ~ Some of life's greatest lessons I learned at my mother's knee; the rest I learned at other joints.

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