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bonesbr549

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05-18-2015 05:27 PM

As i plan my shop I want a seperate finishing room. What size room do you work with? I tend to make larger pieces like wine cabinets. Curio’s, piesafes etc.

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HornedWoodwork

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 06:11 PM

I have a seperate area in my basement away from the shop and all the dust to finish. I have a bench and cabinets setup up at about 2 feet by 6 feet for smaller pieces, and a platform about 6 by 12 for larger pieces. I find this to be adequete for everything, though larger dining room tables and cabinets can be hard to get in and out of the basement.

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 08:44 PM

I don’t have a room, but drop plastic from the ceiling on an 8’x8’ frame. When you spay and try to move around a moderate sized piece it gets quite crowded inside the plastic tent..

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 08:46 PM

I have an 8×8 as well. TO avoid walking around, I also have a large plywood turntable I put projects on to spin them when spraying.

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 02:24 AM

I’m in a garage and only get to dream of a finishing room!

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#5 posted 05-19-2015 02:30 AM

Sounds like champagne problems to me …. BUT I would say go for the biggest room you can fit into your shop.

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 02:54 AM

Size it for the majority of the work you do then install large double doors for entry. One day you’ll get a project that is 3 feet longer than the finishing room and you’ll be able to open the doors and hang sheeting to extend the space.

We occasionally work on pews 20+ feet long but opted for a 14×14 finishing room. It’s not worth taking up permanent shop space for projects that only show up once a year or so.

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#7 posted 05-19-2015 03:23 AM

I put a 9×10 finishing room in my shop. That’s stud centers, so it netted out to 8’6” x 9’6”. It is a good size to do everything up to a dresser. I’ve found it a bit challenging to fit larger doors and table tops for spraying. While I have a large door (4’ wide), it isn’t located where I could have have a long item sticking out. Probably isn’t wide enough, either.

If you spray, you’ll want to think about where you’ll let things dry. For anything larger than a pen, you’ll want to plan on having only one item at a time in the spray area.

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bonesbr549

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#8 posted 05-19-2015 12:22 PM

Thanks folks. I spray if at all possible. Hated using the same room to build / finish. I’m thinking 10×10 and I like the double door idea.

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#9 posted 05-19-2015 02:04 PM

While not really a “room”, I’m currently planning on a spray/finish booth made from pvc and plastic sheeting.

Not sure yet how big or even where I’m going to store it.

Like many, I mostly work in part of my garage so there’s really no room for an actual space :(

Woe is me LOL

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bonesbr549

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#10 posted 05-19-2015 05:29 PM



While not really a “room”, I m currently planning on a spray/finish booth made from pvc and plastic sheeting.

Not sure yet how big or even where I m going to store it.

Like many, I mostly work in part of my garage so there s really no room for an actual space :(

Woe is me LOL

- jesinfla

I hear ya. I started in the dining room of our one bedroom apartment. Moved up to a 10×12 spot to a 2 car garage to my basement.

Getting ready to build my last place I’ll do it right the last time.

Cheers

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#11 posted 05-19-2015 11:32 PM

Mine is ten by ten in the back corner of my thirty by forty. It’s nice not only because I can keep dust out but as a small space it’s easy to bring the temperature up when it’s chilly outside with just an oil circulating electric space heater.
Make sure to use a no-spark exhaust fan if you plan to spray anything volatile.

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