Hopeful shop plans for 2008 #1: Future location of Splinters

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Blog entry by Splinters posted 02-27-2008 11:24 PM 2966 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Along with the normal process and fun of running a successful business there comes a time in all woodworkers lives when one must expand, which leads me to this project and to this blog. I am working on plans/costs to build a new woodworking shop this spring/summer/fall. We have been able to purchase the lot next to ours here in these beautiful north woods and as soon as the wonderful cover of snow melts and drys we will be moving in to scope out the lay of the land to decide where to pour the foundation/driveway/power etc…...

My goal would be to at least have the foundation poured and the outside structure closed in before next winter begins. Any offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Currently I am working out of a small shop in the back of our garage, which has now spread into one of the car stalls in the front. In building this shop I will be able to actually put my vehicles in out of the weather in the garage. Not to mention being able to spread my equipment out a bit in the new shop and have dedicated areas for the different steps in the process of custom woodworking.

Here is a photo of a before the action starts and then I will follow the progress of the land prep and construction with additional photos and entries.

The trees in the front will remain to provide privacy from the road. I will cut a drive in where it best fits and have it circle around and exit through my current driveway to the house. This is to allow ease for getting trucks and trailers in and out easily.
Some of my initial thoughts are to make the shop footprint of somewhere in the neighborhood of 30×40 feet, 10 foot walls, overhang on each side for storage and multiple access points. With a 12/4 pitch there will also be space available for storage above. I would like to install radiant heat within the concrete slab which will be heated by some sort of external heat source. Any thoughts or suggestions here?
For now i must get back into the shop and make some money to afford this dream. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed as I go through this process. I feel blessed to be a part of this great group and know I can only learn from all the experience here.

To be continued….....

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 11:33 PM

Sounds like a good plan. I wish I had over hung the roof more than I did, at least on one side.
It would have been great for lumber storage.

Other than that it sounds a lot like my shop. 10 foot walls (2×6 for insulation) and 25×40 feet.
I had trusses made to give me a 9×40 feet of storage under the roof

Look forward to seeing your progress.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 11:39 PM

Tks Gary…what is the pitch of your roof?

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 11:41 PM

I’m excited for you Splinter! It will be fun to watch the progress.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 11:55 PM

The pitch is 8/12 (close to 33 degrees) You can see the outside from a picture in “My Workshop”

A 4/12 pitch doesn’t sound steep enough with all the snow you get.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 12:12 AM

This is going to be fun Splinter. I enjoy seeing the progress of other woodworkers shops. Keep the post coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 12:28 AM

If you are building the shop from the ground up I would recommend putting the dust collection under the concrete. This requires some out front planning but it is worth the effort in the long run. Being able to have the dust collector outside of the main shop area cuts down on the noise. I also like to have one long wall that is clear of all doors (I have wall 24 feet long) to set up floor cabinets that incorporate the miter saw and radial arm saw. Planning for storage upstairs is a great idea. One other thought is to also have an attached garage with overhead door and from the garage double swing doors leading into the shop. Good luck on the construction of your shop!!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 01:16 AM

Yes a separate room for dust collector with a return to your shop with clean air. I’d put the air compressor in that room also along with other storage. Like plumbing, water heater if being used. of course water heater also heats up an office fine, or a bathroom. I’ve got a 16’ ceilings in my shop and a loft on one end over the bath and office with stairs going up and a trap door into the attic. But not much room up in the attic. It was not designed for storage.

Depending upon a supply of firewood, an outdoor firebox with boiler hooked up to the radiant heat wood be nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 08:11 AM

Tks for the great ideas …they are going on my lists of to do for new shop.
It is an exciting process and i am ready for the snow to melt so I can begin….
Gary… the 4/12 pitch is what is on most houses here…but of course we all have metal the snow slides usually quite easily…

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 08:27 AM

If you go 8/12 you will get a lot of extra head room and space. That’s 5’11” for height in that picture.

I agree with jeffthewoodwacker about putting pipes under the slab for you DC. But don’t forget also to
add pipes for your electrical power also. I have mine popping up right next my DC pipe.

You can get the idea what I did from the following picture

You can see the grey pipe popping up in the middle of the slab next to 4” white pipe.

If you are interested I have a lot of pictures. You might get some ideas.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 04:06 PM

Man, do I envy you guys with dedicated shops and the space to put them.

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#11 posted 03-15-2008 12:13 AM

Make sure that you run what you want under the slab. You will be much happier with it. Spend a lot of time thinking of placement of tools in your shop. I placed power in the floor where my TS and future jointer go. I ran both 110v and 220 circuits. Make sure you plan properly for dust collection and air filtration both for power and placement of vents. I built my shop last year and got it mostly right, do have a couple of things I wished did like run DC under the slab (if you do run 6” or 7” pipe). The items you want to look at is wall outlet placement and lighting which is very important. Hope this helps.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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