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Jimintomahawak

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03-07-2018 02:40 AM

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Evening folks, I’ve been away awhile. Built a home this past year and in the process we had to raise it up due to water issues. Turned out ok but changes caused garage to have 12 foot ceiling.

Most of the shop will be in the third stall. Primarily machining and the heavy dust producers. What my question is would anyone have suggestions for the space up high. Trusses aren’t designed for heavy loads but there are ways to support loads from floor.

Lumber storage maybe but then I have to have ladder handy.

I really didn’t consider this until reading some of the blogs.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...


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garageking

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 05:37 PM

I have a 12’ foot ceiling in my 2.5 car garage shop. If I ever built another shop I would have a minimum ceiling height of 12’. I have cabinets and shelves on all the walls and have a lot of lumber stored high. There is very little wall space left. You do need a stepladder. The high ceiling allowed me to put in a couple of large windows and still have room below for bench and shelving. I have a large home made air filtration unit that is suspended from the ceiling and that would be an obstacle if the ceiling wasn’t so high. I also have suspended high bay lighting. And it’s nice to have the clearance to swing a long piece of lumber around. Finally the extra height just makes it feel more open, particularly when I compare it to a basement shop with 8’ ceiling that I worked in for years.

-- David, Kentucky

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Jon Hobbs

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 07:30 PM

I had one of these in a previous garage with 10’ ceilings. Very handy. No ladder needed, just drop it down to a convenient height. I rigged up a way to use a power drill to turn the handle that raised and lowered the platform.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 11:08 PM

I saw plans for a panel saw once that attached to the ceiling/rafters at one end with a hinge and pivots down with pulleys for use. I did something similar to get a bicycle up out of the way (when I still parked cars in my garage) which might be a good way to use the space for lumber storage without using ladders. You would have to make sure that the weight is not an issue. Perhaps the hinge could be attached to the wall so only the weight from the pulley end would attached to the trusses.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jimintomahawak

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 01:38 AM

In my old house I had 10 foot ceiling and rigged up a boat winch with pulleys for lifting deer. I like that lift idea on Amazon. Overhead dust collection and filtration is good too.

I will talk to my Builders and see how much I can suspend from the trusses. They are my hunting partners too so it’s easy to get good info and equipment when I need it. I think if I stay close to supporting walls I should be to lift 500 lbs up. Maybe use an ATV winch or similar.

Wish it would warm up so a guy can get something done. I still have tools and equipment to move..I couldn’t fathom moving table saw and precision equipment at 20 below or salty roads.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 08:15 PM



I had one of these in a previous garage with 10 ceilings. Very handy. No ladder needed, just drop it down to a convenient height. I rigged up a way to use a power drill to turn the handle that raised and lowered the platform.

- Jon Hobbs

These, or a homebuilt version of them, are the best in a high ceiling shop. Drying racks that are completely out of the way. Glue/finish up your stuff, lower the rack, put all of your work on it, raise it to the ceiling, and you’ve got an uncluttered shop ready to start the next project.

If your trusses aren’t built to hold it, add some bracing. You’ve got some spare wood laying around, right?

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