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#1 posted 05-16-2011 03:26 PM

Welcome! Exciting to build a shop from the ground up.

A few thoughts:

- Get yourself a recent copy of Wood Magazine for the HF coupon. The DC is around $140-ish that way. Or, better, yet, get on the HF mailling list.

- Whereas drywall does provide a fire-break, which is important if the shop is attached to the house, I’d bypass it if possible. If you are subject to code, you might have no choice. Otherwise, instead of 3/4” plywood underneath the drywall, I’d mount a system of French cleats to hang your cabinets…and perhaps mount sections of pegboard directly to the studs. My father’s shop is entirely panelled with pegboard (no drywall) and is very versatile in that fashion. I utilize cleats in my own garage shop, in combination with pegboard (over the existing drywall) and have discovered that I don’t have a need to search for studs…and if I do, they will be easily traceable once I install my new electrical (your outlets are dead-giveaways to stud location).

- That said, be sure to have a couple of dedicated circuits for your DC, table saw, lights/handtools outlets, and other tools that might require high amperages and/or 220v current. Definitely plan ahead on that.

- Have lights in strategic locations over your work centers, but be sure you are getting light from multiple locations to avoid shadows. Place wall outlets at convenient bench height and at regular intervals.

- Is this a slab floor? If not, holy cow, you could run DC and electrical under the floor, which would be awesome.

- Make sure you have a good way for ingress/egress, for you, big tools, and sheet goods. Double doors or a garage-type door are great for this…and you can somewhat enhance your workspace by parking miter stations and tables saws near the doors to utilize the external space.

- Lumber storage? Against the wall? Overhead? Separate area?

- Finishing room/section? My biggest problem is my whole shop has to shutdown when I’m assembling and finishing my projects. It’d be nice to have a separate area so that you can still jockey with wood as the paint dries.

- Definitely look at a nice cabinet saw as the focal point for your shop, and don’t skimp there. For your space, I would add a router table extension wing to that table saw to save the space of a dedicated router table.

-- jay,

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