So here’s the background: I bought my first house about 3 weeks ago and have been planning my garage woodshop for about a month now. I am almost ready to start moving in and figured that I can use the advise of my fellow Jocks before I dig in.
I don’t have a picture of the garage to put up, but it’s a pretty standard 2-car garage with no windows. It came with some pegboards and other built-in shelving on the walls, but I wanted a fresh start so I have been removing everything and patching the walls in my spare time between other new-house chores. It may be more trouble than some people would go to for a garage, but I bought some white paint and will paint the whole thing once I’m done patching – hopefully this weekend. I just want a clean canvas so I can create a shop that is totally customized to what I want. Once the painting is done I will move the machinery in and have an electrician come to see about wiring. This is where my plan comes in:
Here are the items in drawing:
- Grizzly G0715P Hybrid Table Saw with custom outfeed table and router extension
- Grizzly G0656P 8” x 72” Jointer
- Harbor Freight 2 HP Dust Collector
- Shop Fox W1668 Drill Press on custom workbench
- Craftsman 9” Benchtop Bandsaw
- Woodgears.ca 16” Wooden Bandsaw
- Flip-top tool cart with Rigid R4331 Planer and Belt/Disc Sander
- Toolbox on custom cart
This is the equipment I would like to have in the next 2-5 years. So far I only have the table saw, drill press, workbench, and 9” Bandsaw. But I want to plan ahead and put in enough electrical service now to last me for a while, so I don’t have to pay the electrician multiple times.
The only outlets in the garage right now are two 110V – in the ceiling and by the storage shelves. Both are only 15A (I think). My plan is to get two 220V outlets put in for the table saw and jointer, plus three more 110V outlets (two in the right wall and one in the ceiling). I will run the three mobile machines in the middle from a cord reel like this. I am thinking that I should have a 110V 20A outlet put in the ceiling, versus plugging the reel into the 15A outlet for the garage door opener. What do you guys think? This will run the planer, sander, bandsaw, and dust collector, but not all at the same time. I will ask the electrician his advice as well.
I don’t have the budget to spend a huge amount and put in a hundred outlets, but I do want enough to last me until I outgrow this shop. So keep that in mind and let me know what you think.
As for lighting, there is currently only one 100W bulb in the middle of the ceiling. I plan on installing two 2-bulb fluorescent fixtures above the shop side, something similar to this. I know many would recommend more, but I can always add more later. This will definitely be a large improvement over the current lighting.
Advise away, and thanks!