Setting Up Shop #2: Photos, Plans and Materials

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Blog entry by stidrvr posted 06-10-2009 08:12 PM 1158 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So here are the pics of the proposed area. Obviously my first order of buisness is to clean house. I should have more then enough room for all the power equipment in the second stall portion. All of the “seasonal” stuff will go downstairs. The area where my “shop” was is now going to be pretty open, so I’ll have enough room, and then some, for all of that.

I bought 2 sets of the Rubbermaid Track Mount Stuff about 2 years ago, and yes, its still in the pacakge.This will take care of most of the outside hand tools, shovels, rakes, trimmers, etc. When the skeleton of my shop is set up (table saw etc), the first thing that I’ll have to do in make some cabinents. These will be for all the crap on the plastic shelving things.

As far as materials go, just a rough estimate for drywall is about 16 sheets of 1/2”. Im going to use 10 foot sheets as all the seams will be vertical, and with a ceiling height just over 9’ waste will be minimal. Standard R-13 in the walls, but the ceiling insulation will wait til later. So far I think I should be at about $250 for drwall and insulation.

Now for power. I went to look at subpanels. I was hoping to find a 60a panel with a main disconnect, but had no luck. I was shocked at how cheap they were though. After thinking about it, I going to go with a 100a panel. The only downside, is that I have to run, 4/3 from one end of the house to the other. With the 100a panel, that will allow for more then enough expansion. Cost for electrical are as follows:

125’ 4/3 $249
100a Panel $47
250’ 12/2 $43

Since this is a pretty big hit out of no where this may have to wait a little bit, although there is alot to do in the mean time.

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 08:55 PM

looks real great. lots of potential – take it one step at a time, and enjoy the ride.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 09:00 PM

Looks like plenty of room. It might free up some more space if you had a lawn shed too.

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 09:05 PM

HI do you have enough soft drinks if I were to call over some day? LOL looks great plenty of potential there Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 09:18 PM

The journey will never end,, always one more thing to do, buy, build, re-arrange. Have fun and may the journey last forever and may you never tire of the game!
I actually built a garden shed for the mowers.,rideon and push and all the gardening paraphernalia but ended up storing more timber there too,
Play safe\

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 09:32 PM

If I had a bigger lot I would do a shed but this will have to do for now.

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Popeye Jr.

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 12:55 AM

THAT WILL BE A nice size shop to work with. Good luck!

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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Walt Bungard

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#7 posted 06-13-2009 08:24 PM

My workshop is also attached to our garage, the shop is about the size of yours. I keep my motorcycle in there too.

One of the first things I would do is get a dust collection system. I bought the 3/4 hp from Rockler and just attach to my machines as I need it. It was relatively inexpensive and hangs on the wall. I read about other more powerful systems but, I have found it to be more than adequate.

You may want to at least string up a curtain or even put up a door or wall between your garage area and your shop. Again because of the dust.

-- Walt, Atlanta....Michigan

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