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Hello All, I spoke of this about 6 months ago and now I have started my own woodworking workshop. It’s 22’ X 26’. I am waiting on the trusses which will be a barn style roof. We dug down 4 feet and loaded 4 minus blast rock for a base using a tamper after each load of rock. Then followed by 3/4 crush stone. Here are a couple of shots. One of the first ground breaking, before and after the concrete, and at present the slab poured with the walls up. It’s a 9’ ceiling, and just looking at it now, the extra foot makes the difference. As I progress I will post more pictures when the building is shelled in. I am looking forward to info from you hands and my mouth is watering to get at this. You can see I have made my mark on the map in Newfoundland, Canada. There is one other who has joined from up here. But the beauty of the internet is I can reach out to you fine folks for advice. So for my first question is any advice before I get into the thick of things? And by the way I am running in a 60 amp sub panel to my shop.


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#1 posted 09-13-2011 02:53 AM

Dan—Looks like you have a great start … a solid foundation to build upon!


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#2 posted 09-13-2011 04:24 AM

So far so good Jerry. Where I come from you can just do a slab on grade. Most people do not go through the extent that I did. Granted, you can go even further and better. On the perimeter of the floor the cement is about 13” thick and about 8” in the middle. The rule of thumb, or what most people go by is 10” and 4 in the middle. Also I did not use the wire mesh in my cement but used the fibre instead. From what I hear this is better. I have the windows and they are pretty big and I know that this cuts into my wall space, but I wanted daylight. Next is the trusses, the sheeting, shingles and so on. I am anxious to get at this as I am sure you can appreciate.


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#3 posted 09-13-2011 04:29 AM

Makes me envious.

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 08:51 AM

Dan, it looks like you are coming along well with your shop. Your ceiling height and windows are big pluses in my book. I am looking forward to seeing more progress pictures.

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

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 11:22 AM

Great looking set-up…will serve you well for many years…well done.

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 11:30 AM

I guess the next thing, once the shell is in will be the electrical. I am an electrician by trade, though not a house wiring/commercial type but more into the industrial type. Regardless, I am wiring this myself. Before I do that, what I will do is put forth a plan to you guys to see what you think. I have gave this some thought and much research.


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#7 posted 09-13-2011 01:55 PM

Consider skylights with remote blinds. You can’t beat natural daylight, and you could cut down on the windows to preserve precious wall space.
Just a thought.
In either case, keep the updates coming, as we’re all interested in seeing new shops progress to fruition.

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 02:17 PM


You might be interested in this.

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#9 posted 09-13-2011 02:24 PM

That’s quite a shop building going up there and you’re doing a wonderful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-13-2011 02:37 PM

Hello Jim, I did consider skylights but two things deterred me from it. The first was that my barn style roof gives me a second floor to which I am putting a den up there and a sky light would cut into that space. Top floor space is about 6’ 4” H X 10’ W X 25’ L. Secondly, I have checked on them and even from the distributors and contractors here, said that they can cause problems as far as leaks, down the road. The first reason was enough for me not to put one in. I have two windows on either wall that measure 42” W x 48” H, (you can see the RSO for two windows on one wall) so there is plenty of light available there. I also have two in the top level, one over then garage door and one on the other end. Once the shell is in I will send more photos. Thanks for the advice.


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#11 posted 02-05-2012 03:36 PM

Hi Dan
I thank you for the message. we are close in age (50) here and semi retired. Still working about 3 days a week with my sons in our family business.

Back to you shop, I could make a few suggestions based from my experiences that will help out in the long run assuming that this is a dedicated woodworking shop and not used for automotive and welding.

1st , , , keep it clean then
I would install a wood floor over the top of the concrete. This will not only help on leg, back and hip fatigue but your equipment will perform better and last longer. I would use pressure treated 2×4s glued and screwed to the floor with foam insulation between the cavities followed by a vapor barrier and then 3/4 tong and grove plywood followed with a hard pine floor. Its an additional expense but you will be glade you did it.

2nd , , , keep it clean then
Providing you have the available amperage I would install 100ams / 80 amps at a min. you can eat up 60 amps in a hurry in a woodworking shop. I would also be sure to use a min of a #2 (4-wire’s) so you have the ability to wire for 220. Most larger power tools have a option to wire the motor for 110 – or – 220. The 220 will perform better draw less amps and make the motors run cooler and last a TON longer. however i would check codes and consult a professional.

3rd. , , , keep it clean then
I would try to have at least 1 double door to give you a 6’ opening and a 4’ service door

4th , , , keep it clean then
I would get as much natural light as you can, Sky lights / or light tubes are good, I don’t like ether one, so I did an offset ridge peak and intend to install windows in the 3’ section between the two roofs.

5th , , , keep it clean then
I would make accommodations to house a air compressor and vacuum system (dust collector) out side the work shop and run plenty of vacuum ports with blast gated for the dust collection along with at least 2 floor dust pan / sweeper ports (check out the ports that look like a upside down dustpan ) and plum for the air with at least 3 to 4 retractable air hoes reals.

6th , , , keep it clean then
I would wire for electrical cords on retractable cord reals to hang just above you work bench areas and Install plenty of outlets on the wall, I will be installing a overhead cord real provision for every 6 – 8 ’ of work bench and wall outlets ever 4’ of wall. Trust me you wont be sorry, nothing worse than extension cords all over the shop floor.

Build quality shop furniture / cabinets with plenty of forethought on tool storage for the present giving the same amount of forethought to future needs. Buy only HIGH quality name brand power tools, Generally the made in the USA, Canada and Germany are among the finest money could can buy. I typically stick with the Canadian and US built due to the cost.I have many other thoughts but this is enough for about 6 months of work

Hope this helps . . Koa

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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