|Forum topic by AviatorDave||posted 710 days ago||1352 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
710 days ago
I have some thoughts to pose to you. I hope to be building a workshop in the next year or two and to fill the time with something other than just pining for the new space, I’m doing a lot of thinking about how to build it. It’s going to be built from the ground up so now is the time to brainstorm for neat ideas. I live on 10 acres and the basic plan is to build a 40’ x 60’ pole barn with a concrete floor. The whole barn will not be used for the shop. Some of the space will house the normal stuff one accumulates through life and can’t find room for. The barn itself will be uninsulated but the workshop portion will be insulated and heated. I haven’t looked into how tall the barn will be so I haven’t really thought about the ceiling of the workshop portion yet. What I’ve run across a couple of times from different people on different topics is the notion of building a false floor and running power under it as well as hot water pipes to heat the floor. This concept of a false floor could also possibly have benefits for exhausting paint fumes for a paint booth, running dust collection duct work and maybe even air hose plumbing. (Although I must admit that I prefer an air hose to be hanging above me on a spring to pull down when needed and retract up out of the way when not.)
The workshop will basically be a woodworking shop where my crop of woodworking tools may finally find a long term resting spot. This is to say no mobile bases. My thoughts before hearing about a false floor were the normal ones of having drops for everything. The thought of an uncluttered look with the false floor is appealing but in thinking a little more about it, I can foresee some problems with access to things in the event of problems or expansion/maintenance. I can’t even say that I’ve pictured what the floor would be made of but I picture it sitting on top of the concrete.
It may be that a false floor was a great idea for computer server rooms back in the 90’s and have no place in a wood shop . . . but since the project is still a ways off I figured that now is the time to dream and see if there are some good ideas out there.
So in summary:
It all sounds very cool to me . . . but the engineer in me recognizes that form and function could be hindered by a poor fit and make it unpractical and possibly even unsafe if not set up right so the inclination is towards drops.
Do any of you have any experience with this? What would you do with your dream shop along these lines if you could? (or what would you not do?) All comments and advice are welcome on any or all topics!
-- Somewhere in this piece of wood is a finished project covered in sawdust.