The New Shop #2: Ready for Power

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 12-31-2014 02:57 PM 2911 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A New Shop and a New Mantra Part 2 of The New Shop series Part 3: All juiced up »

Last time we left off I had just finished up painting the walls, installing new lights and preparing for the electrical installation. Over the last two months, utilizing Grizzly’s shop lay out tool, ive done my best at placing all the equipment with ample room for infeed and outfeed. I ran all new 3/4” PVC conduit and hung a new 100 amp, 20 slot, subpanel.

There will be a total of 24 new receptacles on 8 circuits. 21 receptacles will be 110v, one will be dedicated circuit for the dust collector, and the balance will be 3, 220v outlets to serve the larger machines. Ive got sparky coming over this coming Saturday morning to hook the sub panel to the main, install all the breakers, and help me along with the wiring until I feel comfortable finishing on my own. Ill have him back for a final inspection and then we’ll throw the switch!

With any luck the next episode in the saga of slow and steady we will have live power and I can begin on setting up outfeed tables, work surfaces, tool storage, and the much anticipated bench build.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 03:05 PM


Reading the title reminded me of this:

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 03:14 PM

Right on.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 03:25 PM

Looks like a ton a work, Stef! Gotta have power, though…Hard to spend money on all that wiring that just gets hidden in the walls, huh?

I envy all the empty space in your shop…I cannot wait to start over myself! :)

Edit…I have a 200 amp service! HAHAHA!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 03:50 PM

F’ing right Stef. The shop is comming along great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 04:00 PM

Indeed it was a little tough to drop all that coin on that much wire but it does have to be done Terry. Its pretty nice to start from scratch but I have made dust or shaves in far too long.

Appreciate the looks fellas.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 04:03 PM

Stef, I know that feeling, bud!
Shop time comes in cycles, normal rhythm of life! you’ll be in heaven when you can throw the light switch, crank some tunes, and file an ancient saw!
hope it’s SOON!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 12-31-2014 04:28 PM

Progress is progress Steffers, glad to see it comming together!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#8 posted 12-31-2014 05:34 PM

Leave room for expansion and run the extra wire for 220. When I wired my shop I thought 3 would be enough. If I convert my bandsaw to 220. They will be full, DC, tablesaw and bandsaw.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 12-31-2014 06:00 PM

You know it Bruce. That was the first thing my electrician suggested as well. For $60 in wire ill have the ability to expand and upgrade equipment down the road without having to run anything new.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#10 posted 12-31-2014 07:09 PM

Stef, good to see building your shop from the ground up. I’ll be doing that in the next year or two. Right now my shop projects revolve around getting everything ready to go to the left coast. Keep the blog progress reports coming, I need them. :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 12-31-2014 09:38 PM

+1 johnstoneb … After I built my shop from the ground up last year, I up graded my Table saw … Yep you guessed it, ... had to run a new 220 line and all my wiring is inside the painted walls … Oh well drywall is an easy repair, it just breaks my heart to cut into brand new walls that are less than 7 months old (Waah!)
Congrats on your new shop, I know the anticipation you are living with right now.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 10:42 PM

Congrats, great progress, power is wonderful

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

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