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The Sawdust Shed:

After several years of working out of a small garage attached to the house. I had a 30’ x 50’ pole barn style garage built. Then I took over, I put up a wall to separate the space into 2 areas. A 15×30 space for doing parking or working on a vehicle. The other side a 30’ x 35’ dedicated woodworking shop. 10’ high ceilings with metal sheeting for better light reflection. I framed wall with 2×4’s, put insulation in, ran electrical wiring and sheeted with OSB. It has its own 150 amp electric service panel. I still consider it a work in progress I’m always looking for ways to improve things around the shop. I’m planning a lighting upgrade and thinking about painting the top half of the wall white for better light reflection. I’m also planning to put a soundproof wall around the dust collector or even putting a small shed outside and moving it out there for a quieter shop. Also I wish I would have thought about incorporating a small finishing room. But all in all I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for looking, and I’m always interested in any suggestions for improving things around “The Sawdust Shed”.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"


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WayneC

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 06:06 PM

Very nice. I would love to have all of the room and wall space.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Occie gilliam

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 06:12 PM

Me to Wayne
yes nice, big and clean
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 06:34 PM

This is a shop in which I would enjoy working. You certainly do not have any problem with moving around in there between the tool stations. And you appear to have plenty of ceiling height as well so that you can handle large boards and sheet goods without any problem. Putting osb on the walls is a good idea as well. It makes hanging cabinetry and shelving a breeze.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. The saw looks familar. It looks like the same model I used for over a decade. You have organized your tools well and it looks like you have installed an effective dust collection system in your shop. But I don’t see any lumber or sheet good storage in your shop. How do you handle those?

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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David Murray

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 06:45 PM

I built a rack that is not pictured for lumber. I’ll post a picture of that

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 08:46 PM

Thanks for the picture of your lumber rack. I have one that is somewhat similar. Like you I store my sheet goods under the lumber rack but I keep them on a mobile cart (unless I load it up since my cart can hold up to 25 sheets of plywood). But you have more ceiling height in your shop which lets you store more lumber in your rack and gives you plenty of clearance between it and your sheet goods. Your rack looks to be pretty solid and well built.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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cstrang

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 11:20 PM

Very nice, I wish I had that much space, the only wall I could move to make my shop bigger is holding up the rest of the house, the gears in my head are turning all the time on how to get around this issue without resorting to major cash loss haha. Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 11:32 PM

Wow David pretty nice shop and good tools too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rozzi

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 03:43 AM

This is a nice shop. Organized with lots of room. I enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for posting.

-- Duane, Iowa

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mlovette

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 03:59 AM

Wow…my shop is located in one corner of a 2 car garage. I don’t think I would no what to do with that much space. Great shop!

-- Mike - Woodworking rookie from NC

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charlie48

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 04:17 AM

Very nice shop David,nice tools,clean and a thinking chair. I like

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 04:25 AM

Thats a nice clean shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Splinterman

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#12 posted 11-17-2009 09:08 AM

Hey David,
Sweet set-up you have there with some great toys to play with…..good job.

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Boneski

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 06:28 AM

Hi David. Nice shop. You’ve obviously spent a bit of time planning this.
Have you got your dust collector in another room?

-- Blinded by brilliance

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David Murray

187 posts in 1868 days


#14 posted 12-21-2009 01:30 PM

It’s located in the back corner. I’ve been thinking about building a small attached shed on outside and moving it out there to cut down on the noise. That’s one of only a few changes I would make if I were starting over.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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Boneski

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#15 posted 12-26-2009 10:35 PM

My plan is to build a small stud frame room with a sealing door and a filtered vent that goes outside. That way it won’t be exposed to the elements and should drop the noise levels significantly.
I like the fixed dust extraction ducting idea. I plan to do something like this in my next workshop, which I will hopefully own instead of renting.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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