Dreaming of a shop #2: Big change of plans

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Blog entry by SFDCapt posted 07-13-2014 01:54 AM 1285 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Somewhere between planning and building Part 2 of Dreaming of a shop series Part 3: Dust collection »

Well I haven’t updated this blog in a while, lot going on. About a month ago my wife was offered a new job out of the area. That turn of fate has completely thrown our lives upside down. The short and pertinent version is that we are selling our current home and our future retirement property to make this happen. So, the barn in the first post in this series will no longer be mine, no more future shop. Wait for it….....

Enter our new home in the other end of the state. Nice house, double lot, and most importantly a 22’x30’ outbuilding! The outbuilding, now dubbed “The Shop”, has concrete floor, insulated walls, electric service, and oil heat.

I am not sure what size electric service it has, will check this week when we go back to show my parents the place. Wife also wants to get an idea of where to put furniture in the house, I will spend most of my time in the shop! I have plans to remove the old oil furnace and oil tank from the shop as they take up way too much room. Room that is way too valuable in a wood shop! The oil equipment will be replaced by a propane forced air unit with an air conditioning coil for future hookup. This will save space and allow me to put in duct work to get an even heat and cooling (eventually). I will be putting in a double filter setup on the cold air side of the furnace to combat the dust. There will also be a hanging Jet air filtration unit and of course a dust collector. My current dust collector is an older Oneida cyclone, 2hp unit, I am thinking about selling that and upgrading to a new Oneida Air 3hp V-system down the road. Even with the current DC system and filtration unit I was getting a minimal amount of airborne dust.

First thing I plan on doing is making sure the walls and ceiling have adequate insulation, as well as any changes/upgrades to the electrical system. Once that is done I need to decide on wall sheathing. I am leaning towards plywood and painting it white. That would give me a good surface to screw to and the paint would brighten it up. Lighting will need some upgrading, more, brighter, etc.

So while we wait for the Mortgage company to get around to closing on the place I spent some time with Sketchup and here is what I came up with:

I will try to get some pictures this week of the inside to post up.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 08:58 AM

Life has a lot of surprises so it’s always good to be flexible. The new shop looks great for working all year around so it looks like you will be happy there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 10:26 AM

I am happy for your new shop. Your a lucy guy, just one thought, why the wall in half the shop, why not remove the wall a d turn your tabesaw 90º and be able to rip 10 oe 12 ft lumber when you need to and you will need to from time to time. But i have the same problem and have to turn my saw 45º to rip anything longer then 8ft. Maybe thats why i noticed it. I hpoe/know you will enjoy your shop no matter what!!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 12:41 PM

Good luck with your new shop. Pictures are sometimes misleading. Make sure the water is draining away from your building properly before investing any money in it.

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 12:50 PM

Add Lots of Large Windows, Natural light is wonderful in your shop. I have 5 – 36” by 54” windows in mine along with windows in the garage door. Most days I don’t even turn on the lights.

I know you will enjoy your new shop. Good luck and work safe.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 12:52 PM

Congrats on finding a new place with a shop included. (I really lusted after that red barn though)

And I thought the same as freddy1962 when I saw the pic. Looks like the shop was built in a hole, I hope there wont be a water issue

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 07:13 PM

Great news

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 08:47 PM

Freddy1962 and JoeinGa, The property has a moderate grade to it and the shop was built on whats called a cut and fill. Basically they took some of the hill out and used it to fill the other end. So as far as drainage goes, water runs down hill and away. Thanks for asking though!

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 11:13 PM

I STILL like that red barn you had to leave behind !

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 11:16 PM

Me to Joe, me to…

-- Making dust and taking names!

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