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#1 posted 09-29-2019 11:22 PM

IMHO – Shop space formula is easy.
Tools + work bench + glue station + assembly table(s) + space to move around everything + mechanical room with compressor & dust collector + dust free finishing room = Killer Work Shop.

Tip 1: Just don’t forget to build space for wood storage. It is impossible to have too much wood storage.
In my world: Amount of lumber you want/need to store will always exceed the available space.

Tip 2: If you plan to work LARGE cabinet/furniture projects, make sure you have a large wood staging area in shop to get wood acclimated before use.

Tip 3: Wood framed floors can be tricky. Talk to professional architect and/or building permit folks; and make sure your wood floor design is proper for weight of your tools and wood. If you expect to put a 750lb 20” planer, or any antique 16” jointer bulging with cast iron in the shop; standard residential weight loading is not enough (unless you like bouncy/creaking floors?). Heavy duty industrial tools require a heavy duty Industrial floor design. There is also a big difference between static loads, and live loads (tools on mobile bases) in determining floor design.

Best Luck on new shop!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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