New woodshop #3: Update

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Blog entry by Combo Prof posted 08-09-2017 08:47 PM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Shop layout Part 3 of New woodshop series Part 4: Floor is in. »

Not much to report. The wife gets priority so we moved down a lot of her fiber supplies, and some furniture. Thus the to be wood shop looks like this:

Mostly empty boxes and boxes to be emptied. Drove to my nieces wedding in Virginia, saw a couple of my wife’s cousins and shopped antique malls for tools. Drove back and unpacked more boxes.

Good news is finally I got a contract out of the electrician and a promise that he will start work around the 18-th.
Down payment paid and contract signed. He will put a 200 amp panel in the garage and a 100 amp sub-panel in the house bury the power lines and fix a couple of circuits. Should take at most one or two days and cost $1600.

We will return to Holland again on 20 August with another trailer to unload and on our way to another wedding this time in Ohio. I hope to also start on the shop floor installation.

Then its back to work at the University. My wife will however start living in Holland in October. I will visit when I can bringing tools. I should be there for Thanksgiving.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 06:45 AM

Don, looks like you are starting to get to the good part. Very wise to install the panel and 200 amp service. I know it is money, but it will be well spent. How many 220 outlets are you putting in? Hot water heat under the floor is a great way to heat a wood shop. Putting in an air line with pex tubing would help the shop and is easy to do at this stage. There are kits available on line.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 11:56 AM

I will put as many 220 as needed! :-)

Right now I now I only need 2, but I plan to possibly up grade the Table saw and of course add heating. So at lest 4 to start. I was thinking putting along the wall a 220 outlet and a box of four 110s every 8 feet which means 7 or 8 (I think) in total. Perhaps droping ceiling lines which can easily be added later.

For heating/cooling I currently thinking of putting in a mini-split, which I can add later. For the floor I will lay underlayment plywood over foam board. But I will investigate Hot water under the floor.

Keep in mind I am basically broke until my first house sells and I have to move the tools out to get it to sell. So I need to put the floor in so I have some place to store them. All or most moved befor snow fall and while I am working full time and living 9 hours away from the shop. Snow begins in the UP November 1. I start work full time September 1. (I retire in 3 years, but maybe 2.)

Do you mean a compressed airline? I’ve never used compressed air.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#3 posted 08-10-2017 01:28 PM

Exciting stuff, Don!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-10-2017 06:06 PM

Thanks Candy

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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