New Shop: Design, Construction, Outfit #2: Building footprint and land clearing

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Blog entry by SteveM posted 02-22-2010 06:45 PM 2899 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Initial attempt at blogging and a test of interest level Part 2 of New Shop: Design, Construction, Outfit series Part 3: Tool Layout and Start of Foundation »

Thanks to those who have commented and extra thanks for the suggestions.

At this point I have quite a bit of info in my head, on paper and some items on order but don’t want to bore you with lengthy posts. My plan (that makes it sound as if I really pre- organized this blog) is to provide progress reports with photos and include detail as I go along.

If anyone has a specific question, I’ll be pleased to attempt to answer it.

The new shop is 24’ x 36’ with a small entry feature for aesthetics and will be about 40 feet from my existing garage. Due to the slope of the lot, it will have a partial “basement” across the back – about 14’ wide. Current plan is to put the dust cyclone and air compressor down there to reduce the noise level in the shop.

Here is a sketch of the building outline. I have probable locations for the major tools and will include that in a later post.

Here are pix of the dirt guy clearing the area and digging the footers.

Rain today so next entry will be in a few days.

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 07:31 PM

Great start, Steve, that looks like a great location. I hope you are reading my workshop blog, I’m a bit ahead of you, it’s been quite the learning process in designing and building.

-- ~Julie~

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Kerry Drake

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 07:32 PM

Can’t wait to follow this. It looks like fun!

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 07:42 PM

What a beautiful location. I’m jealous. I’m in the same process, building a new shop. I’ve also started a blog to doucment the process. I used sketch-up to create a 3-D view, that has helped me make some choices about machines and locations.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 07:59 PM

Julie: Thanks, I’ll be following your progress and am envious of your privacy on 8 acres.

Kerry: Yup, fun so far! I wouldn’t have tackled the earth work by myself but with the economy being what it is have decided to use a friend for the framing. He needs the work and the price is too good to pass up. Once we get dried in, the rest will be mine and probably MUCH slower.

Jim: I tried sketch-up but never did get the hang of it so used PunchPro. That worked well for the building shell but SU is obviously much better for the innards.

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 11:59 PM

Exciting! You’re not going to get much woodworking done with that view. Thanks for posting, and I look forward to seeing your progress.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 07:52 AM

This looks like a wonderful location indeed! You are off to a good start here! Oh, but of course the project was a success we’re sure. Being in the drainage experts Sonoma industry, rain can definitely affect the work but with kind weather, everything’s workable!

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