Transatlantic Wood Talk #4: Episode 4

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Blog entry by cocoboloboy posted 03-10-2009 02:48 AM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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In this show (part one of two) Callum and Andy talk about workshops including stand alone and basement shops. covering all aspects including electrical, insulation and flooring.

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Thanks for listening and go make some sawdust!

Part 2 coming soon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 06:15 AM

Hey guys! I listened in tonight while doing some paperwork in the office. You covered some great topics.

I have a standalone shop that is just about 30 feet out my back door. I don’t have a bathroom or running water in it so I always have to come in the house. Even if I wipe my feet I track some dust in, but we vacuum pretty much everyday so that is a minor issue.

I designed it with double wide doors to get materials in and projects out. It has a wood floor for comfort and this also prevents it from being used as a garage – that is not even an option. The wood floor is just OSB and is much more comfortable to stand on all day long than my brother’s concrete floor. In the winter the concrete made my legs ache right up to my hips. (Crap – I’m sounding old.)

I use a natural gas fired 75,000 BTU Hot Dawg ceiling mounted furnace for heat. It works great. I keep the shop at 50° when I am out and turn it up to 60° when working. I do regular maintenance on it to avoid any problems. The great thing is that because it is properly vented outside, it does not fill my shop with moisture vapor. Propane and natural gas heaters that do not vent outside fill the air with moisture vapor from the exhaust and that condensates on the tools causing rust.

I have some big windows in the shop. You did well at recognizing one issue or trade-off of having large windows, that is great light traded for less wall space to store tools or hang cabinets. You have to strike a reasonable balance.

Keep up the good work guys!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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