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#1 posted 03-26-2009 11:40 PM

In ‘07 I built my “Workshop in the Woods” in the Upper Peninsula. It is 24’ x 28’ with a ceiling height of 103”.

Before you get all involved with placement of tools, give serious attention to your workplace environment. Good lighting makes all the difference in the world. If you don’t have any windows, give serious thought to installing several. The walls and ceiling should be painted with a light color, to reflect light. Your ceiling is rather low. With hanging lights you will likely suffer a lot of broken bulbs, and fluorescent tubes contain a lot of nasty toxic stuff. If possible, install recessed lighting. Even with my 8’ 7” ceiling I have to be careful.

Put in an electrical sub panel and install plenty of circuits. I have separate 15 amp circuits for lighting and three separate 20 amp circuits for tools. I also have two 240V recepticles on opposite walls that have been wired so that I can put them on seperate circuits in the future.

For heating, I selected a 35,000 BTU Reznor propane heater with the seperated combustion feature – thus no open flame. Stay away from non-vented heaters. They add a lot of moisture to the room.

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