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Blog entry by Andy posted 12-12-2016 02:52 AM 1107 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im working on building my new 24’ X 30’ shop. Im just about ready to start on the inside so I can start customizing it exactly how I want now. Im hanging OSB on the walls and ceiling and painting it and Im definately framing in a 12 ft long plywood top workbench along one wall.

Im really excited to have so much room now in my shop and I have a few ideas of my own but I would like to hear anyones suggestions on things I could do with my shop. Its a blank canvas right now what are your thoughts?

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 12-12-2016 05:41 AM

Hey Andy, got a reinforced spot for a lifting hook? Maybe to lift something out of your pick up, or to get a big burl on your lathe?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-12-2016 01:19 PM

Nice shop a commin’, Andy. I agree with John. Provide a lift for the heavy stuff like right inside the door so a truck can be unloaded there, I bought a 1300# lift from Harbor Freight and I use it all the time. I tripled up a 2×6 all the way across the barn and have a pole I can put under it for real heavy stuff.

Do you need a fold down stairs for storage upstairs??

220 by all the machines?

Air lines to all corners from one compressor that is sound proofed?

Central dust collector?

Also,I don’t know which way your building is situated, but It would be nice to have an array of solar panels on the South side to supplement your power.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 02:36 PM

Thanks for the comments. I had not thought about a lift but that will be easy to do at this point and i believe I will do that. As for the compressor, I will do something with that idea as well.

-- Andy Smith

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Jon Hobbs

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 02:48 PM

80” 4k UHD Television
7.1 surround sound system

For watching reruns of The New Yankee Workshop, of course ;)

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#5 posted 12-21-2016 01:52 AM

Some suggestions for you would be to…
1. Make a list of everything you want in your shop. TV, stereo, heat and air etc.
2. Write down everything you’ll need for the extras. Speaker wire, coax cable etc.pre-run wiring.
3. Before you drywall, if you drywall, take lots of pictures. I wrote down on a piece of paper where all the center of my studs were on each wall and then took a pic of the measurements. I drywalled my shop and it’s came in handy already.
4. Start another list for electrical requirements. Dedicated outlet for dust collection, will you have an air cleaner suspended from the Ceiling? If so a receptacle required for that. Receptacle placement for garage door opener etc. 220 outlets and where? Emergency lighting in case you lose power? Receptacles for lighting?
5. Add backing for future wall mounted lumber racks then take a picture with the measurements/location of the backing.

These are some of the things I did while building my shop. It’s looking good so far!

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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