|Workshop by senomozi||posted 01-13-2010 04:53 PM||1385 reads||1 time favorited||6 comments|
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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