Time to start assembling the machines and getting all non-shop stuff out of my space.
The wood pile is getting sorted, time to get the rack set up
Much better now that it’s just wood shop tools
Even from this angle, clutter, but manageable
Wood rack’s up, now I really have space to move things around
The “Dry Fit”
I’ve already done a pretty comprehensive sketchup model (first blog in this series), but now that we’ve moved in it’s time to see how the space feels with the tools in place (roughly). So I finished assembling the machines, and wherever possible I set up the different stations. In some cases using sawhorses in place of the eventual built in benches (just to get things to the right height). In other cases, equipment just sat on the floor.
All in all, it did give me a very good sense of the feel of the space. One thing I discovered was that I was not going to be able to have my table saw and my jointer run beside each other (like Jim Tolpin’s setup). I just didn’t have enough room to do that comfortably. So the jointer will go up against South wall, and the sheet goods will move to the West wall.
This exercise also helped me realise where I need to put my air exchanger. Originally I had planned to put it above the table saw. After reading some books on setting up a shop (Sandor Nagyszalanczy’s is a very good book and full of ideas for your shop) I learned that it is probably better to have the air filter along a wall, to create a circular flow of air to carry the fine lingering dust into the filter. I didn’t think I’d have the ceiling space to do this. Turns out after the test set up, that there was a space along the North wall that was out of the way enough. So when I set up for real, that’s where the air filter will go.
At this point I’m thinking that I’m just hours away from setting up the shop for real…add a couple built-ins, and start making some sawdust.
Then…my first surprise, there’s no insulation between the basement and the floor above.
A quick test confirms my fear, the noise in the living room above the shop is deafening. I’m going to need to pull down the current ceiling and add very good insulation.
This wasn’t planned for, nor was it in the budget. After a couple days of pondering I realise that even if it meant dipping into savings or RRSPs, my shop has to be made usable.
Then another surprise, the carpet in this space was going to have to come out. It’s almost an indoor/outdoor carpet so I was going to leave it, but it turns out to be rotting from some previous water problems and there’s mildew, as well, it has definitely been home to some pet accidents from the previous tenants.
I really wish I’d known about these things before we moved in…this space was empty for 3 weeks, that would have been the perfect time to do it…now with all my equipment in there? Well, let’s just say I’ve “moved” my shop about 6 or 7 times this last month.
First job, rip up the carpet and underlay. Next I pulled down the ceiling tiles, and the 1×2s that were serving as strapping for the tiles.
Here’s a couple shots of the space with my tools roughly laid out and the ceiling ready for insulating.
The drum sander will serve as outfeed support for the table saw.
During the ceiling tile removal I uncovered another little surprise.
I do some more reading about soundproofing (or at least lowering the amount of sound transfer), and I learn that obviously just doing the ceiling above my tools isn’t enough if I’ve got uninsulated walls that lead to rooms with uninsulated ceilings…sound will travel (quite effectively) along this path and eventually end up in the upstairs of the house.
Essentially, the solution is to create an enclosed space that is as insulated as I can make it. This means two sections of the South wall will have to be ripped down and insulated. As well I’ll have to install a solid core door in the entrance. When this is all done, if the sound transfer is still to high, I’m going to try another layer of drywall along with this material called “green glue”. That’s the best I can realistically do, I’m not going to create a series of floating interior walls, this will just have to be enough.
That’s it for now…next up, insulating and hanging drywall.
thanks for reading…
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