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#1 posted 09-05-2012 07:05 PM

Are you absolutely certain the concrete walls will not leak; or sweat. Depends on climate where you are.
Typically I would coat the walls with a product like “Thoroseal basement wall water proofer”

Better would be to apply at least an inch of sheet foam insulation and polyethelene vapor barrier, or spray on foam; which forms its own vapor barrier; followed with a stud wall covered with plywood, OSB, or sheetrock on the interior surface. I personally prefer the 3/8” bead board plywood. Looks good and is easy to put shelves and cabinets on.

Give a lot of thought to HVAC to be sure you vent fumes to the outside and keep the shop under negative pressure relative to the rest of the house. You would be amazed at how fast fumes permeate the rest of the house. Not just finishing with lacquer either. Even sawing wood and wood glue will give off odors that SWMBO might notice.

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