|Forum topic by Absinthe||posted 06-21-2011 11:22 PM||1099 views||1 time favorited||10 replies|
06-21-2011 11:22 PM
Hi, I’m new so instead of a standard delurk, I will start with a space gloat and open myself up to suggestions.
I recently got a 12×16 shed with a little less than 8’ ceilings and an a frame roof. I put up some ceiling joists that I will loft with some OSB on either end for ‘miscellaneous’ storage. I am in the process of running 100 amp service to it, and as of yet am not quite finished. (Ground rods don’t drive as easily as it would appear :) )
Currently, I am using, if you can call it that, a garage. But not really, because it is cluttered and full of crap, and any flat surface that sits for more than a few minutes will have something piled upon it. Hopefully, once I get all wired up and move all the tools over I will be able to work wood again.
I have the usual suspects, 10” Rigid tablesaw, 13” Rigid Thickness Planer, 6 1/2” Rigid Jointer, Chicago Tools bench top (big one) drill press, Jet Bandsaw (small one, I can lift it with one hand), and a little mini 8×12 lathe (also a bench top model), and a 10” compound miter saw. In addition to that, I have a small collection of hand tools, planes, saws, chisels and so forth. And the other normal bench top tools grinders, and sanding stations (small one), Kreg stuff, plate joiners and drills and the like.
That is not meant as a gloat by any means, but a setup for the next question.
I would like to do this right, the first time, and once only. I have not set where the outlets are going to be yet, nor the lights, and haven’t decided on the tool locations. I have also not come up with a dust collection or air cleaning solution, and I guess it is fair to mention that I have not come up with a heating and cooling plan.
The shed has those tiny windows like on a trailer, so a window unit AC is out of the question. It has a double door on one of the 12’ sides, and two windows on the 16’ side with single door between them.
I also, do not have a ‘real’ workbench. I currently have one of those knock together ones from Lowes that is akin to a potting bench, which I may canabalize for the wood and reclaim my little face vice from it. I do, however, have my WorkMutt and some saw horses to tide me over until such time as I can get a reasonable bench made. I have been looking at lots of different designs.
So I have no bench, or counter tops, or cabinets. I assume those will be the first projects that get made, but still lights and electricity come first.
Maybe I don’t really have a specific question. Just kind of vapor-locking because I don’t have a set plan and not sure where to start. Things like, is it better to face the table saw out the door, or across a work bench or into a corner where there is a work top? Do I want to rewire the dual voltage tools to use 240? Build in fixed counters or do everything as modular units on wheels? LED or florescent lighting?
The way I see it, I don’t want to move too much stuff out there, especially without electricity, until it has a specific place to be. I fear it will simply become a storage closet for my stuff if I do. It doesn’t feel like a whole lot of space, so I think everything will need to do double duty. Every flat top needs to be out-feed worthy, and ever ‘underneath’ needs to have storage.
Ok, I have whined enough now. Thanks for having me, and now back to digging my trench for my power cables :( If I am lucky I will have all my wires run and buried before I go on vacation this weekend.