Shop & Tool Growing Pains #7: Patience is a Virtue

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Blog entry by pendledad posted 11-19-2012 06:14 PM 4241 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been more than 2 weeks since my last post. In that time, we’ve taken a trip to Disney World, and I’ve been consumed getting the leaves bagged from my 4 100+ yr old oak trees in my yard.

That said, I’ve been waiting patiently for the Grizzly sales and I’ve been struggling with what tools to purchase. I am going back and forth between the G0715P hybrid + G055LX BS, or just the G0690 cabinet saw. I might just purchase the cabinet saw because I can grow my shop slowly over time with better quality tools rather than stock up all at once with average tools. I’ve been watching a lot of NYW episodes where he builds complete projects with just the TS. I am amazed at what a good saw, a dado stack, and some jigs can accomplish.

So as I am waiting for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to surface, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my shop and what to do with the space. My walls are currently metal mesh with cement plaster. It cracks like crazy and it is HEAVY. To remove the walls would consume one weekend for demo, then either tons of $$$ to haul away, or multiple weekend runs to the dump. Here is a couple panorama shots of the garage so you can see the old nasty cement walls:

(Sorry for the links, they wouldn’t upload correctly because of the sizes)

Does anyone have experience with covering these types of walls with additional material? I was thinking maybe I could just put up 3/4” OSB over these walls with some 3” screws into the studs. Then I can paint the OSB bright white to get better lighting. This would also allow me to hang tools/cabinets at any point along the walls rather than just trying to find studs. I need to make this decision before I start the wiring process, because the conduit runs will be secured to the walls.

I am borrowing my dads portable electric heater, because it is now getting cold up in New England and I still have to run the wire for the shop. The cement plaster actually does an ok job insulating the shop … kind of like the rest of my house. No insulation in the walls, but the plaster is so thick and air tight that the voids in the walls act like insulation. (We’re still going to insulate in the future, but that is a much larger projects which requires years of savings).

So here is the wiring plan I’ve thought of so far:

I plan on running a dedicated line with switch over my side of the garage. I’ll probably put in 2 rows of lights to evenly cover the ~8’ side of the garage. I’ll probably ask for shop lights for my x-mas presents this year. The $20-$25 ones at HD will probably suit me fine … then I can use specific lighting at my areas with clamp on lights or spot lights hanging from the walls. I’ll run these on a 15 amp breaker. All other breakers will be 20amp.


I plan on running a dedicated 110 line just for my shop workbench. This will handle things like the drill press, sanders, cordless charging, etc… I’ll probably buy a 6’ long power strip that covers the whole bench area.

I’ll run another dedicated 110 line to my side of the garage near the window, with multiple receptacles every 6-12”. This will be used for power tools like my circular saw, shop vac / DC. I don’t have space for a large DC, so I’ll have to make due with a smaller wall hanging unit or a dust deputy setup. Both of those only require 110V.

I’m going to run a dedicated 110v line up to the ceiling so I can have a hanging reel extension cord for operations that require me to be away from my side of the shop. I can move the wife’s car out and rip plywood on her side. Also, this hanging reel will allow me to plug in the workbench/assembly tables (future projects) for things like extra lights, mini compressor, etc…

I’ll run a dedicated 220 line with 2 outlets to my side of the shop for the TS and future BS/Jointer. I’ll only run one 220 line for now as I don’t require multiple 220 tools running concurrently. So one path with 2 receptacles will be enough.

The next few weekends will be a lot of organizing and removing items from the garage (my old tools that won’t sell on CL). I am going to disassemble the make-shift lumber cart last because I need to find a temp spot for all the lumber it currently holds. Once I get everything out of the way, I’ll start wiring. I’ll probably start by wiring an outside outlet off the garage as a practice project. I need something to power my x-mas lights so this will be a good chance to learn.

Sorry for the delay in progress but between Mickey and careful decisions, I’ve been slow to jump on the shop stuff. Any help with the wall covering suggestions would be welcomed. Also, anyone with experience in wiring a shop, I’d gladly welcome things you’ve done and things you wished you did.

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 02:51 AM

I think I would just give it a good coat of paint and move on to setting your shop up.
You could hang the osb but I’m not sure you would be happy with it in the end .
As far as hanging cabinets I think I’d just find the studs. You could also cover just one wall for your bench and cabinets. By the time you lay out your workspace you’ll find your going to have less room than you think. I use to think I had to have the Ferrari work shop but now I’m just into function…. On the Grizzly note, I was just up at grizzly’s showroom in Bellingham ,WA last month and I’ve gotta say I was woefully disappointed with the experience. We wandered the place for about and hour…I had some questions and was told they would be right with me. Never saw the guy again. I like their saws but now I think I’ll go with the saw stop.
By the time I would have the grizzly of my dreams shipped to the house I can have a saw stop. Please don’t get me wrong the Grizzly is a nice saw….I’m just a crabby old guy I guess

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