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Workshop by senomozi posted 01-13-2010 04:53 PM 1527 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My workshop is a detached 16’ x 24’ building I built in the spring and summer of 2003. It sits on a concrete slab 20 feet or so away from the house and it is fitted with a garage door for easy entry/exit for large items. Knowing that handling sheet goods with an 8’ ceiling would be a pain, I designed and built it with a vaulted ceiling with a flat peak (collar ties). At its highest the ceiling is 12’ high and 8’ 4” at the lowest (edge of the long walls). Couple more benefits of a high ceiling: Ceiling hung fluorescent light fixtures are high enough to not be in the way and I can store long boards vertically at the gable end.

Lighting is provided by 8, 4’ double fluorescent light fixtures with a home made fixture, similar to a pool table light fixture, above the workbench. Power comes from the house. A 60 amp breaker in the house panel feeds a smallish breaker panel in the garage. The cables run underground in an electrical conduit. I have 120V and 220V power for the tools/machinery. Heating is provided by a couple electric baseboard heaters for a total of 4500 watts. Unfortunately the electrician put them on the same breaker and I have not been able to find a programmable thermostat that can handle this load. For protection a heat sensor and other types of sensors connect to the house alarm system.

I cannot afford to have a dedicated finishing room. Instead I have a folding spray booth made of cardboard and 1×2 lumber. In its center the booth has a 20” square opening into which fits the intake end of an exhaust fan + cardboard duct work assembly. The exhaust end of the assembly fits into a 20” square hole in a 2” thick styrofoam temporary wall that fits tightly in the garage door opening. I.e. I spray with the garage door opened but the temporary wall prevents the cold winter air from coming in. I wish I had a dedicated finishing room because this setup does not allow me to work wood while I wait for the finish to dry between coats.

I will post pictures later.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 12:34 AM

Hey Seno,
Pics would be nice.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 02:58 AM

I’ll visit again when you’re ready with pics.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 04:25 AM

Senomozi, your shop sounds interesting. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 09:13 PM

Senomozi, I love looking at shop pictures.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 04:09 AM

Sounds like a very nice setup. Have you thought of installing two progammable thermostats, one for each baseboard heater? I have a similar setup for spraying, but my garage is not insulated and can only spray during the warmer months :-(

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 06:31 PM

Tyka said: “Have you thought of installing two progammable thermostats, one for each baseboard heater?”

I did but I would have to do some rewiring to isolate the two baseboards from one another. Maybe one day I will do it. Too busy building wood things ;-)

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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