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#1 posted 02-02-2009 07:32 PM

I am putting my shop back together after taking everything out. My shop was just a place to store tools and repair stuff around the house. My shop does have an upstairs and downstairs and the shop measures about 15’ x 12’. This winter I froze making a christmas present and was very frustrated because:

1. No organization.
2. No dust collection.
3. No Heat
4. 1 electrical outlet
5. Very poor lighting.
6. No workbench.

So I emptied everything and started from scratch. I now have more electrical outlets. insulated walls. mobile workbench, I moved my air compressor upstairs with the hose reel bolted to the ceiling downstairs with a switch to turn it off/on. Upstairs will be used for storage, big tools, wood storage etc. I am almost done with my dust collection system.

So I would recommend:

1. Stay warm or cool depending on season.
2. Mobility sure helps.
3. Dust collection (I built my own cyclone DC from reading different websites and it works great. Basically it is a 20 gall trashcan with a Shop vac and it does a very nice job. I have an old electric leaf blower/mulcher that might get converted into a air circulator/filter for all the fine dust)
4. Good lighting.
5. Organization

I guess what I am getting at is to make your shop comfortable. Not sure if this helps but just thought I would share what I amgoing through doing exactly what you are doing.

Here is the link to making the Dust Collector (read the forum and if I can help just ask)

-- Pie

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