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Forum topic by emart posted 11-18-2015 06:35 AM 754 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2015 06:35 AM

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Right now I am in week two of constant wind/rain storms with mornings going as low as 38 degrees. My shop is not heated or insulated so I haven’t been in it unless absolutely necessary. This brings up an interesting discussion idea. For those like me that have unheated shops or poorly heated ones. What is the worst weather you guys will work in? By far the worst for me was in 2009 when I had to finish a bed for christmas and was sanding panels inside my shed while it was snowing. I was working under a canopy but then it collapsed from the snow with me still under it.

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 07:20 PM

I was working under a canopy but then it collapsed from the snow with me still under it.

Holy crap! That must have been one freezing adventure.

The worst weather for me… doesn’t really exist. In San Francisco it gets hardly ever below 5 or 10°F. So for now, I am blessed. But we will see what happens when I move to—I don’t know where yet—in 2 years.

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 08:17 AM

Have you thought about an infrared heater?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 08:50 AM

I usually work in the shop down to about 0° F. I have done a some work when necessary when it was in the -10° to -20° range though. Unfortunately the customer needs to get their items.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-24-2015 09:27 AM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 12:53 PM

My garage is unheated and uninsulated. It’s attached to the house so it has insulation on the one side to the house. But I usually stay out all winter long when I can. It gets cold but after commercial fishing for a while, you learn to roll with the weather. I just do it for a hobby, albeit a lot. I have never minded the cold all that much. It’s the heat and humidity that send me inside.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 01:51 PM

My old shop was just an old chicken coop kind of barn and had no heat. Thankfully It doesn’t get crazy cold here on the coast, but it does freeze a few times a year. For the first two years I had the shop the roof leaked and it wasn’t insulated. It sucked, but I had fun woodworking so I guess I really didn’t mind too much. My shop now is not very well insulated, but I have a 220v ceiling heater and a wood stove so it stays pretty warm.

-- Brian Noel

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 01:57 PM

Many moons ago, I had a 12×16 shed that was not insulated or line powered. My power was generator. It sucked did not do a lot of woodworking after November, and caused me to even rethink my desire for the craft.

Thanks goodness I moved and had a garage shop and I made sure when I built that house that it was well insulated. I heated it with ceramic heaters.

Now my basement has heat and i’m always toasty.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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