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Glen Peterson

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 02:04 AM

Hi and welcome,
I completely agree with Tom. Size matters. I built a 24×30 detatched shop and I wish I had gone bigger. I’m changing the layout of my shop right now and there is shop layout software on the Grizzley tool site. It’s easy to used and you can print the plan.
Definately wire it for both 110 and 220.
I have a 1/2 bath and it’s not necessary but very convenient and having a sink is great.
I see many shops without windows, but I have lots of windows in mine. It reduces the space for tool racks on the walls, but I love the natural light and looking out over the yard.
My shop is 2 stories and I finished the upstairs. I almost wish I didn’t carpet the second floor so I could use the space for shop jobs. Right now I keep my woodworking library upstairs, use it for the vacuum press, and storage of things I don’t often use.
The floor of the 1st floor is a concrete slab. It has a garage door and although I don’t park in it, I built it so it could be used as a garage some day. I wish I had put a wood floor in on top of the slab so I could run the dust collection system and power in the floor. Some of the other woodworking sites have specific forums for shops with lots of pictures and good ideas. When I’m done rearranging I’ll post some pictures myself. Good luck with your shop.

-- Glen

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