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Charlie H.

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02-13-2018 05:27 PM

I know some of you will laugh at this warm weather weenie, but the temperatures have been in the 20’s-40’s and the workshop (garage) has been staying below 50*.
What workshop temperature do y’all think is too cold for woodworking?

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 05:50 PM

I have no electricity in my shop … so, below 28° and I have to stay out!

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#2 posted 02-13-2018 05:51 PM

Entirely depends on how bad I want out of the house LOL

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 02-13-2018 05:54 PM

My shop is heated but I will work out there without it when the temperature is above 55 or so. The work keeps me warm.

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#4 posted 02-13-2018 05:58 PM

30 degrees is too cold. 50 degrees works, but only when I know the heater’s been turned up a bit and things will get a little warmer. 60 degrees in winter is right on the mark for me.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 02-13-2018 06:20 PM

Below 50 degrees my hands get too cold to work for very long.
Also glue will not set at those temperatures and finishes will not dry/cure.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 07:13 PM

Needs to be 50 or better in the shop for comfort and drying/curing.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 07:46 PM

I would not be happy at 50 or below.

In Houston it isn’t too tough to achieve a nice winter temp of anywhere from 60 to 70 degrees. I do it in a 21’ x 21’ space with just one or two cheap little electric place heaters.

I am equally concerned about keeping the humidity down. Some days I only run a dehumidifier in there.

It’s a much bigger challenge, or cost anyway, to keep it cool enough throughout the other 10 months of the year!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#8 posted 02-13-2018 08:29 PM

I keep my mini-split around 65* in the winter. I like it where I can wear a heavy weight tee shirt with my work apron and be comfortable.


-- Papa Red

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Charlie H.

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#9 posted 02-13-2018 09:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback.
@ 50 my hands are cold enough my fingers seem to slide on the wood and I don’t trust my grip.
Seems like that’s common.
Since I am in Dallas by next month I will probably be wondering how hot y’all can stand it to be.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 03:15 PM

Gotta be at least 50 degrees. Otherwise it’s too cold for me to do any work and “The Boss” will give me Hell for even going out there.

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