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Workshop by loupitou06 posted 04-18-2009 05:55 AM 1744 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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After about 10 years working in a 2 car garage. I was finally able to build my dream shop. I designed the plans and the construction took about 8 months along with out house. The building is 25’x40’ concrete blocks with 12’ ceilings

The 8” dust collection pvc pipe system was buried in the ground prior to pouring the slab. I researched and hesitated a long time before going that route but I took the same approach as power : redundancy, I have 1×220v and 2×110v every 4’ along the walls and 2 in the center of the shop – I placed a dust collection port and compressed air at the same locations, this way I can move tools around if I decide to change the layout of the shop at some point.

Right now the shop is 2/3 woodworking and 1/3 metalworking/welding/fabrication – with a couple of 3D printers for good measure.

All my tool collection fits nicely with room to spare for projects but we all know this is not going to last… :)

Lately I have done some small but very useful shop projects like a huge outfeet/assembly/clamping table – I used the UJK Parf system to drill 20mm holes on the surface like a large MFT. Since the shop is not much larger that before I am trying to group now all the accessories and corresponding consumables next to a given tool.

I have recently added compressed air distribution with the 1” rapidair system and I enjoy having compressed air on demand at every workstation.

Light is provided by 4 windows – I put my workbench in front of 2 of them – and at night by 8×8’ double LED neon strips – the illumination is fantastic.

I have placed the compressor and the central dust collector in a small corner closet to limit the noise and dust.

For lumber storage I decided to go vertical and make the best usage of the 12’ ceilings.

AC is provided by a mini-split unit in the back of the shop (unfortunately too close to the metal grinding area..)

That shop is everything I always wanted and more. I am thankful everyday for the privilege to have such a space to express creativity and to hone my skills.

Thanks for watching

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 01:22 PM

You have a nice looking shop in which to work. Bummer about having to share it with the “non-essentials” such as the washer and the car. I tried the vehicle routine that you go through for the longest time and eventually just gave up and let my truck sit outside. It eliminated all the set-up time that you mentioned and gave me more room to add tools. And forget about trying to annex space from my wife’s garage. I would be outside before her vehicle would. With situations like you have there organization is essential and it looks like you have organized your shop well. That is a really nice bench that you have in your shop. A tool like this is an essential addition to any shop.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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

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woodworm

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 03:11 PM

Though you have to share it with your car & motorbike, it’s still a nice place to do woodworking, provided you are easily discouraged by tideous daily routines like what Scott said.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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degoose

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 09:27 PM

Welcome to LJ’s hope you are enjoying your first day here.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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