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#1 posted 03-07-2011 12:31 AM

- make it larger. No matter what size you think you can get by with, you will regret it when you are done so you might as well double it now. Woodworking has many facets that you may want to explore over the years, and a lot of them require extensive space. Without knowing your specific interests, it is always a safe bet to say you will want more space.

- incorporate lots of windows. Natural light has many benefits, and you will be glad you made the investment in a bit more glass than you might think necessary.

- lots of circuits. Plan for 220 on every wall. Make each wall’s outlet’s on their own circuit.

- go overboard on lighting. Find a lighting calculator on line, and follow the guidelines. It might seem ridiculous, but you will appreciate it.

- a water source in the shop is handy if feasible.

- make it larger. It was not an accident that I typed this twice. :)

- design a spot in your shop layout for a good sized assembly table. Wire outlets above it in the ceiling. This can become the heart of your shop.

- regarding heat, I went with in-floor radiant with an electric boiler. It is sweet. Would do it the same way if I built another shop.

- regarding your point on the finishing room, I would suggest not doing this because it is a waste of footprint. Most people that I know who dedicated some portion of their shop to this function regret doing so. I just finish pieces right where I build them and it hasn’t been a problem. If I am trying to do multiple projects at once, I can drag one into the garage to finish it, or up in the attic.

- use attic trusses to give yourself a nice room up above. put down a floor up there, and then you can use that as your finishing room if you want, or as an “attic kiln” like I use mine.

Good luck!

-- PaulMayer,

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