|Forum topic by lumbercheerleader||posted 03-22-2013 08:42 AM||1341 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
03-22-2013 08:42 AM
Hello all :) Newbie here. (and I’m keeping my identity a BatMan-like secret, as my husband is actually on these forums. So shhhh….)
I’ve already spent time in the forums, and read all the posts that lie within. There’s some really great stuff in here on this subject. I’ve written down many of the recommendations for a shop layout, but there’s a lot of terms you all use that are going right over my head. I also tried the layout designer at that “grizzly” website (where you plan your workshop layout) but I had a complete “DUH” moment on that thing.
I designed a kitchen (and I’m designing/have designed stuff for the rest of the house), and my husband has been making the stuff I’ve been designing. It’s been terrific :) ) Now I want to surprise him with some nice plans for a woodworking shed. Currently, he works out of our 2-car garage (neither car has been parked in the garage for years now), but it would be nice to have his own space.
We have a giant back yard, which is pretty empty. We used to have a shed that some old neighbors put in a long time ago, but didn’t care for it. It was one of those pre-fab pieces of junk made of particleboard and it had turned into nothing more than a giant critter-nest. So it’s gone (I have NEVER in my life seen a wasp net that big). We’ve been talking about putting something in it’s place that would hold the tractor (lawnmower), all his woodworking equipment, and maybe a spot for some gardening stuff and our firewood.
I’m currently trying to design it right now, but I’m running into obstacles that I can’t answer because I don’t do very much woodworking (and what I HAVE done is…well…)
My husband likes to make pretty much anything. Lately, it’s been a lot of cabinets and basic furniture. He has a collapsible table saw, drill press, all kinds of power hand tools, miter saw, and a shop-vac. LOTS of scrap wood :) and your typical screws, nails, etc (without a lot of organization). I think eventually he’d like to get a bandsaw (his dad gave him a really old one that he can’t get to work without shorting out the entire house when you turn it off), a scroll saw and maybe some sort of planer and belt sander, but we aren’t there yet. He uses the table saw and miter saw the most, I’d say.
We also currently have a propane tank hooked up to the garage to keep it warm in the winter when he wants to work, but the garage is HUGE (25’x25’ by 2 stories – most of the heat just goes up to the ceiling) that we were talking about just moving to the shed when it’s built. (If I have my way, it will be soon, because I think it would be a project that would make HIM happy for once :) )
I’ve read on these forums that one of the BIG things you all seem to like is a dust collection system. But where is the dust collected to? And how much space do you think would be required for this workhop? I’m also trying to find ideas for storage – something that can multi-task or is modular (with wheels, of course) so we can maximize the space.
My beginning sketches have a building that’s about 20’ x 15’ (some space is taken up by the lawn/garden stuff and firewood – which leaves about 15’x15’ for his workshop). How high for ceilings? I have 8’ planned now – but it’s a cape-cod-style roof, so lots of headroom in the middle. I figured popping in a couple of ceiling fans would keep the heat pushed down towards the floor in the winter, and keep things cool in the summer – especially since the shed will go in a pretty sunny portion of our yard (northwest corner, which he’d be facing south east – full sun in the afternoons. Maybe it would be better to put it on the opposite side in the shade, and leave the sunny spot for the garden… hmm…)
This is totally starting from scratch, so any suggestions, or “I wish I had…” type stuff would be awesome. Should I go bigger than 15’x15’? We have the room, but it would probably have to get narrow and long, rather than square. Would a “barn style” ceiling be better?
Like I said, anything you could share with me would be great :)