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Dreaming of a shop #1: Somewhere between planning and building

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Blog entry by SFDCapt posted 12-28-2013 09:05 PM 810 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last winter I got into this woodworking thing as something to occupy my days off from work and converted our one car garage into a very small wood shop, 11’x21’. That shop can be seen under my workshop in my profile. I am starting this blog to get some input and ideas for my new ‘retirement’ shop. About four years ago we purchased the family farm from my wife’s grandmother, fast forward to this past summer when I built a 50×40 Monitor barn on the property.

The second floor, intended to be my wood shop, has interior floor dimensions of 19×35 with 9’9” ceilings. There are four windows down each side and a set of double windows on the front wall.

I have gotten one side wall covered with OSB and the other is partially done. The beginnings of a lumber rack can also be seen on the wall.

So where to go from here, well I got myself a copy of this magical program some of you LJ’s keep referring to – SketchUp. After many hours of learning how to use the program without tossing the laptop out the window I came up with a starting point. As this is a second floor wood shop it allows me to put the dust collector on the first floor and run the piping under the second floor. This gives me a little more floor space upstairs. However the gained floor space is going to be used to accommodated a freight lift. So much for gaining a little extra space. I wanted to maximize the space as much as possible, yet still have enough room to move around the shop without bumping into tools too much. There is 4’ of space on either side of the table saw, should be enough to get projects around. Well take a look and let me know what you all think.

-- Making dust and taking names!



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Sailor

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 09:27 PM

Looks pretty good to me.

Is the freight lift the only way in and out of the shop?

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 09:33 PM

Sailor, in the first Sketchup picture the light grey rectangle is a set of stairs. Here’s a picture of them, before the railings were put on.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 11:33 PM

My first question is what do you plan on building? I see your center table that I assume you would really use for assembly and finish, but what is most advantageous is if you walk 360 around your table and still have access to what it is you are building. Also, it looks like your sheet goods storage is hinged in the middle of your lumber rack. Don’t you want it hinged in the corner so you don’t have to walk around it? How about a sink for brushes? I know one guy who had a double door that swung open to the outside with a hoist sticking out so he could literally hoist things in or projects out and down. Maybe he didn’t have a lift like you did.
Plenty of room you there I would say. Oh – don’t forget about lighting…

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 11:38 PM

Another thought is to check on your load calculations for what that center area can handle. Is that a free span underneath or are there some post underneath?

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 11:47 PM

Danoaz,

There will be a dedicated finish room on the first floor.

I originally planned a double door where the window is until the code inspector rattled off a bunch of gibberish about having to put a permanent railing across it, defeating the purpose of having it. That and the door priced out close to $1500.00

You are correct about the sheet goods storage, that is a “component” I found and don’t know how to change it without messing up the whole thing. In reality it will be slid to the far right of the rack and hinged on the left end of the assembly.

I was thinking about T8 fluorescents with polished reflectors for lighting.

As far as what I plan on building? Cabinets and furniture for the house we plan to build there. After that whatever comes along!

The floor is 14” I-joists designed to handle the extra load. If I find that I want more support I can always throw in some more I-joists, or even a couple 14” LVL’s.

Lee

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#6 posted 12-29-2013 12:36 AM

I would consider another type of lighting unless you can protect the tubes from any possible flying debris as these tubes contain Mercury and can pose a health problem when broken.

I would really consider LEDs because they are going to last at least 25 years. Additionally, the LED lights are the most effecient light source available today, can be dimmed, do not need ballasts, and do not generate heat. You may need a few more lamps and they are more expensive but the payback period is very short. I am slowly converting all my fluorescents to LED in my garage shop for safety and cost reasons (our electric rates seem to go up every month as we get our “juice” from PG&E, a very poorly run company)!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 12-29-2013 04:44 PM

I will do some digging and take a look at LEDs. Do you have any suggestions?

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#8 posted 12-29-2013 08:27 PM

SFDCapt, one of the best sources is Cree and some their products are available at Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, and others. Their web site includes all kinds of information on LED lighting.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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