WIP: Shop Project #7: Let There Be Light

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Blog entry by mawilsonWCR posted 01-14-2022 05:28 PM 222 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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He said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And it was good.

It took forever to find an electrical contractor that wasn’t booked out 6 months or more. I finally got lucky when one I got an estimate from called me and said they had a cancellation. They could start the Tuesday after Christmas. Part of the job included upgrading service to the house so I could pull 80-amp service to the shop (I didn’t want a second electric bill). Long story short (too late?), I got the electrical final and building final inspections today!

Once I get the table saw tuned up, I’ll start on shop furniture and wall storage.

I imagine the shop will be a perpetual Work In Progress (WIP), but for now, it’s ready to get some stuff done.

-- No trees were harmed while sending this message; however, a rather large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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#1 posted 01-14-2022 09:41 PM

The shop looks great from the picture you have posted! So glad to hear you were able to get a electricial contractor in there with a cancellation so close to the holidays too! I see you say it’s a work in progress, can’t wait to see what else you accomplish.

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#2 posted 01-15-2022 02:39 AM

Dimensions of the shop please? And how do you plan to layout your tools?

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#3 posted 01-15-2022 09:50 PM

Howard, the outside dimensions of the shop area is 20’ x 40’. Inside is about 9” less in both directions. Post plus hat channel plus plywood is ~4 1/2”.

The table saw will mostly live where it is in the picture. There is an outlet centered in the floor on its own circuit for the saw. There will be a 48” x 84” outfeed table on, well, the outfeed side. The saw has wheels as will the outfeed table so they can be easily moved if necessary.

There will be a 4’x8’ adjustable height assembly table roughly where the sawhorse table is in the picture. It will also have wheels for easy relocation.

The toolbox will pretty much stay where it is in the picture. That location allows access to the two back vertical drawers without interfering with the outlets. It, too, is on wheels. Are we seeing a pattern here?

The remaining tools will be on stands with wheels so they will be someplace convenient. The miter saw is the exception. It will be built into a bench on the wall opposite the toolbox. It’s the only thing that won’t be on wheels.

The compressor and dust collector go on the left side of the rollup door in the picture. Each duplex outlet in that corner is on its own 20A circuit. This may become a small room for the noise makers sometime in the future.

The outlets are on drops to facilitate French cleats in yet-to-be-determined places on the walls.

-- No trees were harmed while sending this message; however, a rather large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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