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04-23-2010 08:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question workshop ideas and tips

Hello all that read this just wanting some input from my fellow lumberjocks
what tools would you fit in, and how would you lay out these tools?
And finally What kind of creature comforts would you add to use refrigerator, bathroom , t.v etc.

Just imagine if someone handed you a 25’x40’ or 35’x60’ shop, in floor radiant heat, 400 amp sub panel with dedicated circuits, cyclone dust collector, epoxy coated shop floors, pickup truck height dock, and ample windows & skylights, for natural lighting what kind of wall covering would you use, (example) drywall, OSB, ?

I am just curious to how you would handle the givens and druthers I also encourage you to post drawings of your designs

Have fun :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 11:27 AM

For the walls, I would use some sort of solid wood or plywood. Perhaps even solid wood that is used as siding for houses would work. The reason is: when you install shelves, racks, fixtures, etc., you can just put screws or nails into the wall wherever it is best and gives the most strength. You won’t have to bother trying to hit studs (as you would with drywall or other weak materials).

Just a thought….


-- --- Larry Holmes Riverdale UT

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 02:07 PM

I wouldn’t know what to do with that much space. I get by in a shop that is 17×22. However, if I had that kind is space I would definitely partition off a room within the room for finishing work and I would keep that room as dust free as possible.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-23-2010 02:26 PM

I’ve got a 30’ x 50’ shop, 12’ high ceilings, radiant heated floor with a 200 amp service, rotory phase coverter and transformer for 3 phase. A cyclone dust system with lots of light. Next to that I have a 20’ x 50’ dry (unheated for now) storage with up to 15’ceilings and on the second floor above the shop, I have another 1,500’ and the bulk of it has 12’ celings.

and its not big enough?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 03:33 PM

I agree with Larry, that I would again use wood for the walls. I have that now. 3/4 ply covered by 1/2 inch beadboard. Its great for mounting cabinets, etc. For the floor plan I think I would follow Norms plan…I like the way his shop is laid out.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 04-23-2010 04:02 PM

The bathroom is the nicest room in our shop but we generally have two or three old men working there six days a week and preferences change as one gets older. I really like that bathroom and try to keep it clean and pleasant.

For walls, give me a smooth finish sheet rock painted white. Light is critical in a shop and walls reflect a huge amount of light. Walls also seem to gather dust and I want something I can easily wipe or brush down to keep a reflective white surface.

Our refrigerator plays an important role as does the small kitchenette and coffee area with a large deep sink.

One of the things I often read about on woodworking forums is large amateur shops outfitted as though they were production facilities. I guess if that what makes people happy, that’s fine. When I make cabinets or furniture in our shop, it’s not production. Setting up machines can be an elaborate and time consuming process often taking longer than it takes to make small amounts of parts for one-off items by hand. Give me a good band saw, a jointer, a planer and a table saw and I have everything I need. The bench is the heart of my shop and hand tools do the majority of the work.

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 03:34 PM

Man I would be in hog heaven or (Woodworkers heaven) for sure. It would have white painted sheet rock and lots of windows and cabinets.

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