New Workshop Construction #2: New Workshop Construction - Part 2

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Blog entry by JKBogle posted 06-25-2011 12:41 AM 5449 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found these AutoCad files and thought they would give some perspective as to how I see the shop looking when its done.

General Floor Plan

Front Elevation

Left Elevation

Right Elevation

Rear Elevation

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 06:24 PM

It looks like the construction of your new shop got off to a great start. That wood floor is going to be easy on your feet. Since I wanted to have my attached shop match the construction of my home I had to have concrete floors. Lots of rubber mats are required in my shop to help my feet, legs & back out. I like the idea of having double doors that open out like your plan shows. I did the same thing on my shop. When the doors open out you can use the space in front of one door for a tool & just move the tool when access is needed. I put my drill press in front of the door. You can also easily open the second door for added air flow.

You might consider leaving out the single door & putting a window there. Or leave it just a wall. In a small shop wall space & storage space is at a premium. You may also consider changing the two windows at the back of your shop over your workbench to one very large window. You would probably like having the natural light over your whole workbench. Here’s a view of the 8 foot window I put in my shop where the workbench is. I only have two windows & the 6 foot double doors in the whole shop in order to save storage & wall space.

Have fun building your shop!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 09:11 PM

I think you are on to something Frank. The left side (20’ side) faces north west while the rear faces north east. Im thinking of eliminating the single door on the left side, putting 3 windows together in the middle of the wall for 6’ of windows and putting the work bench under them. It will give me more wall space, nice natural light to work in and 14 feet of wall space on that wall..

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 08:35 PM

Putting the three windows together is a good idea too. That will make a larger space available for your long clamps & such. You didn’t say how high you’re going to make the ceiling? I thank the Good Lord that someone recommended 9 to 10 foot ceilings to me every time I handle a long hunk of wood! The normal 8 foot long lumber is much easier to handle if the ceilings are higher.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#4 posted 06-29-2011 02:08 AM

I have a 12’x20’ shop so I think 16’x20’ would be great (80 more square feet! Aaahhhh man I’m jealous). Having a small shop I would agree the single door is the way to go. Mine is a 5’ double door. One side opens normally, while I latch the other side closed until I need it open to bring stuff in. I also agree that wall space is good space. I only have 4 14” windows, two at either end for cross air flow and a bit of light. My walls are 8.5’ high with a 12’ peek, and its all open space except for two 4’ deep lofts on either end. Makes swinging long lumber around a breeze. Another item I’m glad I did was I mounted a 30’ retractable power cord to the ceiling and it hangs down to just within easy arms reach in the center of the shop. This enables me to plug in any hand tool I need and reach anywhere (yes I still have outlets all around the shop but this retractable cord helps a lot.)

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 03:43 AM

Rockler has their good 12-Gauge Retractable Extension Cord Reel on sale right now. I have one at each end of my shop. I checked out a bunch of reels before buying from Rockler. Rockler’s is about the best reel that you can get for that price range. It not only has 12 guage wire with a triple tap outlet but also has a metal casing. Most of the reels of that price range have plastic cases.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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