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09-08-2017 01:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: floor shop

Hey guys/gals, my first post. Been lurking for a while learning things. AND, believe me I’ve learned plenty…thanks!
Here goes, next month at this time I will have a 24’X 24’ wood shop. The floor will be plywood. Want to start right off with the correct floor covering. Maybe let alone & just paint? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 02:04 PM

Welcome to LJs
You don’t say if you’re building new or rehabbing a space ,if your building new I would suggest running electricity under the floor to key tools like a table saw and also run air and dust collection under the floor. If you have a choice for flooring you might consider 1 1/4” OSB or ply. As to paint you might consider a lighter color to help lighten up the space.


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#2 posted 09-08-2017 02:16 PM

Plywood is a great surface to stand on when woodworking, because it has enough give to not fatigue your feet and legs.

Painting is fine, but realize that if you’re going to be rolling heavy machines around the paint will more than likely not hold up very well.

I might go for pre-finished plywood if it were me. It’ll be a bit more expensive, but those finishes are incredibly durable and it’ll save you the step and expense of painting.

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 03:06 PM

Thanks for the welcome. I’m sorry my post saw so vague, didn’t think it through. And, thank you for the thoughts.
The building will be delivered. Ready built with a plywood, insulated floor. My wife claims it would be nice to use some sort of tile or the squares you put down in a kitchen. Of course, my concern is that with some sawdust on it, it will become slippery. Don’t want a skating rink! I just thought if I were going to do something with the floor, I should do it right off. I’ll need to insulate the walls and ceiling as well as wire the whole building. Walking on the floor will be the cause to do something right away. I think now I’ll just let it alone or maybe paint it.

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 04:19 PM

You could consider laying down and industrial floor covering. Here’s an article dedicated to the subject. Wood Magazine

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 04:19 PM

can I ask how much something like that cost that they deliver?

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 04:47 PM

Stay away from tile or any vinyl anything, especially those peel-and-suckass tiles.

Stick with the plywood, just seal it up.

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 04:53 PM

Again thanks for your help. Cost…..24X24 with two 8’ overhead doors, windows, entry door & insulated floor. Metal roof, delivered & set up. $6800 ( this price is threw my connection)

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 06:06 PM

See if you can have them use pre-finished plywood for the floor. It’ll cost extra, but it is way, way more durable than anything you can do yourself in terms of a film finish or paint.

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