|Workshop by WagnerWoodworks||posted 03-28-2014 12:28 PM||318 reads||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Workshop Building: Small 19×28’ Detached Garage, Block Construction. Set back from house about 60’ to keep the noise from bothering the family. The building is old, and the concrete is not as level as I would like; the ceiling is only 7’ high, so I’ve had to become a bit of a hobbit. It has an attic for storage of project lumber, jigs, and what-not.
Heating/Cooling: For heat in the winter I’ve installed an efficient wood-burning stove. While this does not heat the shop up quickly, once hot, it does maintain a nice 50 – 60-degree temperature when it’s only 10 degrees outside. The stove is competing with cinder-block walls, and I have a large, drafty overhead door I need to replace with something more efficient. In the summer time the shop is shaded well enough, and the concrete floor stays cool enough, that I do not need AC except for on the hottest of days.
Electric: 65-amps, including 2×240v outlets. Although I wanted a new 200-amp service, it was cost prohibitive, so I simply upgraded my line from the house. For a one-man shop, the 65-amps, so long as it is well-planned out, is more than sufficient. I can run my air filter, lights, table saw, and dust collector all at the same time. For 4 years I struggled on a 15-amp breaker that barely powered the table saw and lights.
Dust Collection: I custom built a system using remote-control blastgates, metal ducts, and cheap harbor freight motor, a Highland Woodworking filter bag, and a Rockler dust separator system I rigged to a 55-gallon poly drum. This suits my needs quite well, allowing me to turn on dust collection from any tool that uses it. I also have Powermatic shop air-filter. Due my my low ceiling height, i had to mount the filter in a less-than-ideal location, but it still works well.
Tools: Delta Drill Press, Delta Unisaw (on backorder)/Ridgid Contractor Table Saw, Hitachi 12” compound/sliding miter saw, Jet Bandsaw, Ridgid Surface Planer w/Byrd Shelix Cutterhead, Grizzly Jointer w/Byrd Shelix Cutterhead, Custom-build router table with 3 1/4HP Porter Cable router and JessEm lift.
Storage: 40×18’ pole barn—half for dwarf goats, and half for lumber storage. The attic gets warm enough to act as a modest solar kiln (even in winter it’s a good 20 degrees over ambient temps). With reinforcements for the joists, it has enough space to comfortably store 2000bf; I plan to add some shelving to increase that number to about 3000, and to organize my species better.
Mills: (1) Brand new (still in assembly phase) Norwood HD36 with 23HP engine and trailer option. Once I’ve assembled this bad boy and tested it out, I’ll write a thorough review. (2) Alaskan 24” Chainsaw Mill. (3) Granberg Mini-mill. The chainsaw mills do fine for small projects, so long as I have a milling chain on the saw, but it is a very laborious, back-breaking process.
-- Jake * Wagner Woodworks * Glenelg, MD * www.thewagnerwoodworks.com