Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #12: Walls for Cheap and Change, electric??

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 02-02-2020 01:37 AM 496 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So cheap walls $50 for this 8×16 shop were supposed to be sheets of OSB. But I found T 111 painted discounted so I got 3 sheets for the main area and used only 2 OSB—$10 a sheet here for two less obvious sides. A quick rolling coat of white paint on the OSB took 20 minutes. And now the shop shed has white walls. Warning this photo is at 4 pm with the double doors open so bare with the glare and bad photo, this is January in Arizona. I won’t tell you the temperature. Now last May I was yard sale shopping and bought 4 wire shelves for a few dollars thinking ahead, this keeps this open look and I placed them at 6 feet where I can reach but not head bonk. I love starting to hang the Shopsmith items to be in reach and later plan the wood storage left from some quick buys and some old cabinets I took apart. I made a rolling base unit under the Shopsmith instead of just a shelf and kept the floor space. I am trying the dust bucket hanging over the shop vac but not sure I like stepping over the hose, in this limited space that idea is a factor. So another step along the way. Electric needs.?? So far I have been bringing 2 electric cords from the outside sockets of the house and plugging in as I open up the Shop doors. Sort of a Procedure. And it gives a true picture of how much electric do you need and use. In my past shops I have had 2 or 3 20 amp circuit lines with 3 outlet boxes each. Rarely tripping a circuit. Now still using a Shopsmith and Vac system and less lights I am thinking 2 lines and a few outlets may be all I need. All in all this complete rebuild has been a true evaluation of what I have and need in my workshop. Especially after I sold so much before I moved to Arizona.

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#1 posted 02-03-2020 02:22 PM

Looking good!

I notice you have a couple of those clip-on reflector lights. I have a couple of those in my shop also. Did you know you can get 40w (actual) compact fluorescent bulbs? They are way brighter than 100w incandescent. Helps old eyes, if you know what I mean.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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