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01-22-2013 03:20 PM

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For me below -10c or 14f, i will hardly work in the shop.
Currently it’s -20c or -4f in the garage, that’s way to cold for me. So i read about woodworking on Lumberjocks, the next best thing!
I want global warming :)
So at what temperature do you stop working in the shop???

-- Joel

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 03:22 PM

I wuss out about 10 degrees f.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 03:25 PM

For me below -10c or 14f, i will hardly work in the shop

Holy crap! At that temperature I’d flee from home. Arizona is nice this time of the year.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 03:27 PM

Me, when it tops 100F. Sometimes the shop goes as high as 107—108F

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 03:31 PM

I recently moved from Fla to NC and I no longer work in my shop professionally. I skedaddle at about 40F. I don’t mind heat though, being from Fla.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 03:37 PM

About 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Fingers can’t handle it below that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 03:38 PM

I just turn the furnace on and go back out in about 30 minutes. I’m not that tough.

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#7 posted 01-22-2013 03:38 PM

115F+ is about when the evap starts to be less than efficient.

Hey, its Arizona

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 01-22-2013 03:45 PM

Yep, heat is the issue here in Texas. Over 100 degrees and it will depend on my mood. In the winter, my space heater makes it somewhat comfortable as long as the weather isn’t freezing. Below 32 degrees and I’m staying inside.

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 03:49 PM

It can be -40 Celcius and my shop is still toasty warm. 30’ Radiant tube heater does the trick.

I used to have a shop in a smaller garage and had to heat it with wood stove, by the time it warmed up it was time for lunch… never got much done in there in the winter…

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#10 posted 01-22-2013 04:06 PM

it never crossed my mind about being too hot. i might have to move south :)

-- Joel

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#11 posted 01-22-2013 04:08 PM

Hell I’m a wuss. I fire up the heater at 45-50. My old stiff hands work much better at 60 or above. Mike and I share the same attitude about the heat. Here in OK the temps the last 2 summesr hit 113. When it tops 100, I’m out of there. Even my 2 high output air movers don’t help then. My brain start cooking and I can’t concentrate. At that temp, it’s pool, beer and cigar time

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#12 posted 01-22-2013 04:11 PM

35deg F – 98 deg F. Outside of this range I prefer not to work

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-22-2013 04:23 PM

When the outside temp. hits -10 I turn my Sterling propane heater off and head for the house because I don’t want to pay for the propane. Looks like the next few days are house days.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#14 posted 01-22-2013 04:27 PM

I have heat in the winter but 80 degrees is my max for the summer.

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#15 posted 01-22-2013 04:38 PM

Last weekend, I was working at 38F, but that was pretty unpleasant. The problem is every time you pick up something metal, it just sucks all the warmth out of your hands.

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