I’m in Northern California, in a small town on the south end of Sonoma’s Wine Country. Land and housing is expensive relative to everything else. We live in a 768 square foot house on a just over 4,000 square foot lot, and we never want to move again.
I’ve been woodworking in the one car 1947 attached garage. It’s tiny, I end up finishing or doing major assembly outside, and no matter how hard we try, the dust gets in the house (and the space is shared with the washer and dryer…). So we’ve decided that we can spare 14’x26’ from the back yard, which means I get an internal size of roughly 13’x25’.
My tools right now are all portable. The Festool saw with table and jigs instead of a table saw, the DeWalt 735 planer on a roll-around table, my router “table” is a platform that cantilevers off my Festool table. I’ll almost certainly end up getting a bandsaw shortly, and my wife is pushing for the Saw Stop contractor’s saw, though I’m expecting I’ll continue to get along with the Festool saw for quite a while and may never get the table saw.
With all of that in mind, inspired by Jerry's "If you had to do it all over..." thread, a few questions:
- Walls are going to be 2×6 headers and sills with 2×4 staggered studs on 1’ centers for sound absorption (ie: on each side there’ll be a stud to nail sheathing/drywall to every 2’). I’m doing this rather than running bent channel for sound absorption because it doesn’t seem to have much of a cost premium, and the studs on the inside will be useful for hanging shelves off of. Anyone have additional suggestions on insulation or other easy ways to make it possible for me to run the router table at 2AM without ticking off neighbors?
- How many circuits should I run, and how should I lay them out? I’m figuring on running a 100A underground line from our utility drop. Right now I’m figuring on 4 110v circuits: two around the edges at roughly 4’ intervals, and two in the floor, towards the center of the floor. Should I put 4 plugs per box, 2 on each circuit, one circuit in each box (doesn’t save me any connections because they’ll be two legs in one Romex cable), or what?
- I’m planning on a slab with treated lumber “joists” run flat on the slab, and floor sheathing over that, because everyone says “wood floor”, but I want to avoid a crawl space. Should that be ¾”? 1”? Should I cover it with something? Is it reasonable to expect to pull it up to run an additional 220v circuit?
- 220v: I was going to run one right by where the box is, thinking I might put a bandsaw or dust collector there. How do you plan ahead on these things, especially since If I’m reading code right I can only put one socket per circuit? My thinking was that if I screwed down the floor sheathing, in a pinch I could run additional circuits there.
- (How should I get the wiring from the wall to the floor, just cut a hole in the sill plate?)
- I’m thinking 6 2-bulb T-8 fluorescent fixtures. Bright enough?
Anything else I’m missing here before I take these plans to the appropriate professionals for sign-off and start movin’ dirt?
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke