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Fredericton, NB

My workshop was built over the summer of 2011.

Short summary:
- 22’ x 28’ with storage loft upstairs; 10’ x 8’ garage door.
- Full concrete foundation with insulated concrete forms (ICF, 3 rows), 4” concrete slab with wire-mesh, 4” slope down to the garage door.
- Standard 2” x 6” wall construction with R24 insulation, poly taped and sealed, omnidirectional roof vent, and loft-style trusses.
- Interior walls downstairs are 10’ high; upstairs has 4’ stub wall with 8’ feet or so in the center.
- Vinyl siding with custom aluminum trim around the doors and windows (standard issue around here).
- The interior walls are covered in ½” OSB, sealed with 2 coats of oil-based primer/sealer (18 gallons!) then 2 coats of gray floor/porch paint; ceiling is just 2 coats of white oil-based primer/sealer.
- Dedicated 100A electrical panel, with lots of 120V outlets and six 220V outlets.
- Heating is a single 220V 6000W garage heater on the ceiling downstairs. The front of the shop gets sun all day and it keeps most of that heat, due to the ICF foundation, R24 insulation and the good job done on the taping/sealing of the poly. I keep it around 5 to 8 degrees C during the winter (41 to 50 degrees F).
- Lighting is CFLs inside and out, 100W equivalents. I am considering upgrading these to 150W equivalents and using dish-shaped reflectors over each CFL bulb to push the light down to the floor level.
- The shop was/is intended to be used as multi-purpose space, mostly for woodworking and storage (lawn equipment, kids outdoor toys, snowblower); the upstairs is strictly for storage. I tend to use the front part of the shop to store the outdoor stuff (snowblower, lawn tractor, mower) while the rear is pretty much for woodworking only.

Main tools:
- Ridgid R4510 10” contractor saw, with shop-made panel sled, cross-cut sled, various other jigs
- DeWalt DW715 12” chop saw with a shop-made infeed table on one side
- General 80-100L 6” jointer
- General 30-005HC 13” planer with helical head
- DeWalt DW616 router, home-made router table, various bits
- Other tools: DeWalt palm sander, orbital sander, jig saw, circular saw; bench vise and grinder
- Makita air compressor with pin, 16 and 18 ga. nailers; several Kreg pocket hole jigs
- Ridgid shop vacuum for cleanup duty, and connecting to the various tools.

It is in a perpetual state of reorganization…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 01:51 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Freddie. You have a very nice shop building. I bet that you have insulated it well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 02:13 PM

Great looking shop … and a beautiful setting!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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