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Blog entry by svfdfireman posted 02-15-2020 01:16 AM 346 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all I am in process of buying property I will be putting a. 24×24 garage. As a hobbyist most of my tools are bench top
The garage will have 2 roll up 8 foot doors 36 inch entry door, and 3 windows. I am looking for ideas and suggestions to put in the shop.
What are you happy about in your workshop? What idea did you put in that didnt work out ?

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman



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eddit

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#1 posted 02-15-2020 05:51 AM

If you afford it, consider putting in a mini split system. If not then you’ll be like me :)

Build it as close to your home as you can so it’s not a chore to go out to it.

Add a sink for sharpening and other water-based needs.

Beyond that it’s all based on what ya like. Sounds like you’ll need a lot of counter space for the bench top tools. Start cheap and then improve once you have a feel for the place.

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Peteybadboy

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#2 posted 02-15-2020 11:24 AM

I hope to start a new shop someday. I would consider the electrical layout. I have cords all over the place on the floor. Can you design in electrical coming up from the floor? I did put in a split and love it. I would insulate for sound and heat etc. Lots of lighting. Good luck with your shop. I hope you post pictures

-- Petey

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svfdfireman

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#3 posted 02-16-2020 12:03 AM

What is a mini split system? A sink is great maybe a 1/2 bath. Thinking isolated and sheetrock. Will be using old kitchen cabinets refinished for bench top tools. some upper cabinets for storage.

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 02-16-2020 12:17 AM

Heat, AC, a wash sink and a toilet.

Insulation.

Use OSB or ply instead of sheetrock so you can nail/screw anywhere. Paint everything white.

Seal the concrete.

Floor mats at each station.

Intercom with a light.

More LED lights.

More outlets. Use twist lock on the saw and DC

Don’t hard plumb the DC until your shop tool list and layout are settled.

Build your stands so all the tool tops and tables are the same height.

Wheels on everything except the saw. Use wheelbarrow style (two fixed wheels, two handles) on things that need to be stable in use but movable (lathe, planer, etc.).

Overhead air cleaner.

Fans.

Layout your shop to suit your workflow.

Keep things close at hand.

Set your outlets over 4’ up the wall.

Plugmold.

Small fridge. Coffee pot. Radio.

(Anything else? Hmmm, forgetting something … oh yeah! TOOLS!)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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svfdfireman

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#5 posted 02-16-2020 12:32 AM

What is a mini split system? A sink is great maybe a 1/2 bath. Thinking isolated and sheetrock. Will be using old kitchen cabinets refinished for bench top tools. some upper cabinets for storage.

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman

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crowie

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#6 posted 02-23-2020 10:14 AM

The sheds in Australia are altogether different to that of North America except for one thing!

BIGGER is better….
More power outlets that you first think…
You can never have too much lighting to protect yourself from the sharp moving things…
Put the Dusty outside [weatherproof of course]
On the dusty control, 6” ducting is good but 8” giving you volume and flow….
Put the Timber storage outside [weatherproof of course]
Lots of bench space and storage cabinets [old kitchen cabinets work well]...
Overhead storage too for the jigs you make and if the ceiling is high a safe ladder system for access…

I hope that helps a little!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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