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Glen Peterson

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 10:56 PM

When I was designing my workshop, actually redesigning, I used a simple planning tool that Grizzly Tools has on their website. It has dimensionally accurate power tool and bench icons that are easy to move around digitally.

My shop is a detached building, a bit bigger than a 2 car garage, about 24×32.

My first piece of advice is build as big as you can afford. Like you I have 2 stories. Upstairs if finished with carpet, TV, wet bar, room length closets, etc. I houses my woodworking library and some storage. I actually wish I hadn’t carpeted the room. I would put my lathes upstairs and separate turning from wood working.

I didn’t put 220 current in originally, I didn’t have any 220 tools, but now my saw, planer, jointer, and lathe are 220 so I had to have wiring run with conduit on the walls.

I really wish I had planned better for the air compressor and dust collection. I would have put them in a spearate room. The shop has a cement floor. If I had to do it againI would have put in an elevated wood floor and would have run the ducting, air plumbing, and electricity under the floor. I would really like to have the power for the tools and the duct collection connections right where it needs to be for each tool coming out of the floor.

I also agree with Neil about the books. I probably own 8-10 workshop planning books. I could go on with things I would do differently, but I still love my shop and it’s getting close to being ready to photograph and post. I think it’s really important to be flexible because you interests and tools will change over time.

If you have individual questions Pm me and I’ll respond.

Good luck,

-- Glen

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