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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 06:41 PM

I built my shop on a raised foundation. I put in the strongest TJI joists they make and then put the beams much closer than what is called for. I recommend you place the beams under the joists at about 5’ on centers. It usually is only a small portion of the cost and will allow you to put in some very heavy equipment and wood. To give you an example, I have one table saw that weighs about 2500 lbs, a jointer at 1300, another saw at about 1200, a sander at 1000, a bandsaw at about and probably 4000 lbs of wood. These weights have not caused any problems so far. I do inspect the framing once in awhile.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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