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Forum topic by DrPuk2U posted 08-07-2012 12:09 AM 651 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DrPuk2U

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08-07-2012 12:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop flooring garage car

Unlike many of you, I don’t have a dedicated shop space. It’s a REALLY nice space – 19×20 feet, 11 foot ceilings, fully insulated and air conditioned (for summer). (see my LJ blog for more details) It has a concrete floor with very effective radiant heat. The downside of all this is that it IS a garage and as I live in northern Illinois it is cold and snowy in the winter. Leaving my car outside all the time is more or less OK in the summer, but in winter it is far less so. So I have to accept that the car gets to come inside at times. I am in the process of setting up the shop (I am a newbie at this) with much of the equipment mobile (saw, planer, outfeed table, – even the 8” jointer can be moved).

The floor is plain, smooth concrete. I have been thinking that eventually I might like to have a different floor. Perhaps simply epoxy to make it a little easier to maintain and brighten the place up. But that is still hard on the knees, etc. and another alternative would be great. But I fear that adding a car to the mix means some variant of concrete/paint/epoxy is probably best, but I’d love to hear if others have a different experience or knowledge

-- Ric, N. Illinois "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"


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BTimmons

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 12:26 AM

You could go with the epoxy, but use foam tiles in the spots that get the most foot traffic.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Kookaburra

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 12:55 AM

If cost is no object, try these. About $1,600 for a garage your size. If you want it extra cushy, add another $250. I was thinking about these a few years back – but I have a really big garage – over 3 times the SF of yours, so it got really expensive really fast. I still dream about it sometimes when I am working out there!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Sawdust4Blood

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 01:10 AM

I also work in a garage that has to do double duty as an actual garage. We have the plastic diamond plate on the floor and I hate everything about it. It makes it a pain in the butt to roll the machines back and forth from their storage positions to work positions. Looks good at first but doesn’t take long before it starts looking ratty. Fortunately, we are planning on moving soon where I hope to have a dedicated work space. I can guarantee that the next time around I will use an epoxy floor because it’s easier to clean and move machines. I’ll address the comfort issue with anti-fatigue mats in front of the major work positions.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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A10GAC

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 01:41 AM

+1 for the epoxy floor coating and anti-fatigue mats at the machines/benches. It’s a bummer to have to move the mats AND the machines to pull the car in, but, they are really comfortable to stand on and it forces you to sweep up under the mats. Good for you & keeps the area clean.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 02:37 AM

Thanks for the report Greg –
I guess I can stop dreaming about those rubber squares then!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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