|Workshop by Roz||posted 01-13-2008 08:31 PM||3543 reads||3 times favorited||17 comments|
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I built my shop in 2006. It is framed in dimensional lumber and covered in Hardiboard with a carport and detail to match my house built circa 1860. I went with 12 foot ceilings and two electrical pedestals out in the room for large machine connections. The floor is 6” reinforced concrete with large footing to support an automotive lift. (Possible later addition.) I have an 8’ garage door and lots of natural light. For heat I use a cast iron stove and burn cutoffs and some firewood mostly from local tree trimmings/landscaping. I have an A/C unit purchased and will install it early in 08. I’ve almost finished insulating walls and ceiling. I am using OSB for interior walls and ceiling which I am still working on. I have some old discarded metal/maple topped work benches that I reassembled which make good working surfaces and I need to get the place organized. In 2007 I built a miterbench/storage cabinet a la Norm Abrams with mods to make it work with my Miter saw. I am remodeling my house and have several projects going now so the shop is a wreck.
Update April 2008
I have continued to work toward finishing my shop, adding electrical circuits, and installing insulation and wall panels. The big improvement is the new tool to my shop. It is an air conditioner. It may not seem like a woodworking tool but about July, it will be my favorite power tool! I hired a friend to install it and I helped, learning a great deal about residential Air-conditioning installation along the way. No fancy ductwork but this 3.5-ton unit blows cold air all the way to the opposite corner of the shop. It should cool it down well.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."