I finally made it into the new space and got to check out how things are going to fit. At 24×24 (576 sq ft) the area seems huge. But I suppose that will get smaller as it gets built-out and tools moved in.
I’ve gotten some great suggestions and tips for building this shop right from you folks at LJ, so keep your comments coming. They are much appreciated. Responding to earlier comments, I am planning to paint the interior walls & ceiling semi glossy white for easier cleanup and light reflection and am insulating and sealing the structure well. Even with in-floor heat, the winters are cold and long enough to make heating costs a concern.
Here are some more pics.
The framing is done and the exterior sheeting is going up.
The structure is wrapped, the windows and doors are in. Steve B is clowning around with Carpenter Jane.
This picture shows how well the windows are wrapped and is indicative of the overall quality.
With Larry’s help, most of the steel roofing is on and we’ve turning our attention to the electrical.
In the main panel we’ll swap out some fat 220 (electric baseboard heat) for slimmer 220 breakers so we’d have room for the 50 amp breaker feeding the shop subpanel.
In the sub panel well have 2 runs of 110 outlets. Some of the outlets on the common wall will be fed from the old shop. And 1 run for the lighting. I’ll put a 30 amp 220 outlet right next to the subpanel. It won’t be hard to run additional 220 later but I just don’t have the tools or the need for it now.
Here is how densely the outlets are placed. A duplex box about every 6’.
Next week we’ll finish the electric and the exterior and sheet the interior. Sometime we’ll turn our attention to the heater, compressed air and vacuum. Planning to use a hot water heater for the boiler and am looking for an old radiator to heat the old shop. I’ve got compressed air real close to the new shop so will just tap into the 1/2” copper for that. The air lines are currently overhead but they get in the way any time I use them. This time I’ll put a hose connector in the wall and trip over the hose on the floor.
It’s still a dilemma about what to do with the vacuum. I’ll put the new HF special in the old shop, run a connector straight through to the new shop, and use an expandable hose to each tool as I use it. I’ll run permanent vacuum to a miter saw bench that hasn’t been built but may be the first project in the new shop. When the tools find a final destination I may or may not run permanent vacuum hoses.
That’s about all for this week.
-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--