I’m finally at the point where I can call the new shop finished … at least for now. It is ready to use and I have even turned out a few projects in it.
When we moved in April, 2012, the new house had a 3-stall, 1450 square foot garage. Unfortunately, they had blown out a load-bearing wall when they added the 3rd stall and the trusses were sagging, so we decided to sub-divide.
The door on the left leads to a storage room … home for the lawn equipment, lumber storage, etc.
The door on the right leads to the shop.
The shop is 14’ by 23’ ... not as big as I would like, but one heck of an improvement over what I had before (see: http://lumberjocks.com/TheDane/workshop ). The tools are all on wheels, so re-configuring it is a breeze.
Storage was a major consideration … we built a ton into this shop. Between the 3 rooms, there is a total of six lockers like this one, plus a 2 built-in counters, and over-counter cabinets in the end of the shop. We added 13 full-extension drawers for everyhing from hand tools to finishing supplies.
Dust collection is a future project … for now, I’m getting by with a Jet DC-650 with a 4” hose that attaches to the tools with Rockler’s Dust Right system.
Eventually, I plan to install a bigger dust collector (in the storage room) and plumb the shop with 6” pipes … not sure when that will happen.
The stuff that has shop vacuum ports connects to a Ridgid vac with an Oneida Dust Deputy, and there is a ShopVac Air Filter up high on the wall.
Most of my clamp collection lives in racks hung with French cleats on the wall.
The shop is heated (no air conditioning) by a 30,000 BTU gas heater.
The shop walls are insulated and we blew enough insulation into the attic to yield R38 … should be nice and comfy in the winter.
All three roll-up garage doors (a 16’, a 10’, and a 9’) are being replaced this fall. The existing doors are cheapo contractor specials that have minimal insulation value. The new doors (double steel, insulated) should give us about R16.
No shop is complete without a ‘break room’ area … mine is in the main part of the garage! Just needs a few chairs and a TV (the fridge was the first ‘tool’ that was declared fully operational) and I’ll be right at home!
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"