New Workshop #1: New Workshop!!

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Blog entry by Matthew posted 04-15-2012 10:15 AM 2152 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After 5 years of working in a 200 sq ft metal shed, where I bump my head coming in and out every time, I have just had a 16 by 24 feet shop built.

Unfortunately, I am in China for work right now and will have to suffer with anticipation until June, when I can actually use the shop. Right now the building is completely finished minus electrical work. The electrical service will be put in sometime this week and will be a 100 amp service with 120 and 240 volt outlets (about 2 dozen total).

After this is done, all I have to do is move the tools from the metal shed, and the chips will begin to fly. I must also plan out and purchase a dust collection setup.

With the new shop, I have found that my tool collection looks very small in this much bigger space, oh well, I guess I will just have to get more tools!!

Looks like Tiffany likes it too..


-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 11:26 AM

I just purchased a piece of land in my town – that contained a 26 by 26 double garage. Im in the process of re-working this structure to make it a workshop. I was wondering what you plan to use to cover the inside walls (over insulation) – I have knocked around osb, drywall and am leaning towards painted plywood. Any suggestions – I live in the midwest and my garage will be insulated and have heat in the cold seasons – Thanks

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 11:57 AM

Congratulations on the new shop. Sorry about having to purchase new tools.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks John and 1yeldud1,

Iyeldud1, when I was planning with my builder, we discussed the interior wall material. Originally, I was leaning towards drywall, but have since decided to use painted plywood. There are several reasons for this:

1) Drywall adds a significant amount of weight to the building, and could lead to structural issues later on

2) Installation of drywall is much harder, as it requires tape and mud, in addition to paint

3) I think that in the long run, drywall may give a better appearance, but in a workshop appearance isn’t critical; and if placed correctly, painted plywood is fine.

4) In my area, the cost for each of these materials is very close

5) Since I live in South Carolina, heating is not an issue, but insulation is important to me to keep in the cold air in the summer, as the shop will have a window AC unit. But for you, it seems that insulation may be a big deal. That said, 1/2 inch plywood sheathing has a better r-value (insulation value) than 1/2 inch drywall.

Having said all of this, I have decided to use rolled fiberglass insulation and painted plywood sheathing. While OSB is a very economical option, I think that for appearance sake, plywood is a better choice.

Hope this helps,


-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 05:34 PM

Congrats on your new workshop, pretty soon it will be too small and you will wish you had gone larger! I know because this had happened to me! I went from 12’ x 20’ to double the size. In my case, I put OSB on the walls and painted it and put 12” x 12” solid vinyl tiles on the floor to make for easy clean-up.I did insulate everything and I am in Fl. and luckily my shop is sheltered under several huge Live Oak trees!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 07:36 PM

Believe me, I know what it’s like to work in a tiny shop. I still do it now. Congrats on your new space. Just laying out the new space will be fun. Give us an after photo when you finish.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 09:36 PM

Matthew – First off congrats on the new shop – my gut feeling is similar to what you have described – rolled insulation with 1/2 inch plywood. I’m terrible with drywall – and in Missouri humidity can be a problem at times. As of now i’m planning a furnace with an air conditioner in the works (if my wife / accountant agrees – lol). Thanks for the responce.

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 01:15 PM

So when are you throwing the new open workshop party? :) Congrats, nice shop.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 01:24 PM

Looks like a fine new space for your shop. You’ll really have a good time when you return and I hope that it all works out well. Have fun.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-26-2012 10:04 AM


The electrical work has been completed…

There are:

12—20 Amp 110 V outlets
1—220 V outlet

4—2×8 ft ballast florescent lights
1—motion detection light outside
1—110 V outlet outside

The outlets are arranged and offset to allow for the insertion of 3/8” plywood paneling once i put the insulation in.

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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