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    Leigh’s New Shop and other Ramblings

    Time to re-engage here on SMC. I've been away without a woodshop for 5 or so years. I just contracted with the local lumber yard to add a 1300 sq ft shop onto my home. Nothing happening yet but I'm getting excited.
    Just thought if I dropped this here it would get me focused again.
    Last edited by Lee Schierer; 03-24-2021 at 1:19 PM.
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    Welcome back! A brand new 1300 sq ft shop has me drooling, good luck and send pictures when you're done.

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    Now I"m jealous...1200 sq ft. Sheesh! Lucky you are! I look forward to seeing things come together.

    And welcome back, too.
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    And to think I'm content with 525 sq ft. Wow, 1300 sq feet....

    Welcome back to SMC

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    Don't wait till you're done. Send lots of pictures of the build!

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    Yes, focus. It took me almost a year to get from permit submission to a slab. Gotta love COVID . . . or at least the excuse it gives bureaucracies ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Yes, focus. It took me almost a year to get from permit submission to a slab. Gotta love COVID . . . or at least the excuse it gives bureaucracies ;-)
    I'm hoping that my situation will move faster once we move, but yea...so much "not in our control" with the process. I'm even considering alternatives to a concrete floor to potentially speed things up once there's jurisdictional buy-in.
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    Jim, yes. Alternatives to concrete floors have some definite advantages. I have a traditional wooden framed floor in my shop and love it. Yes, I had to have the engineer spec it out for heavier loads, and thus shorter spans (8') and wider joists (2 x 14), but it is very comfortable to stand on. I could have also placed some of my dust collection ducting under the floor, though I chose not to. In a pinch, I could still access the under side of the floor assembly, though I'd prefer not to climb under there.

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    I'll not take up Leigh's thread on this, Lisa, but I'm seriously thinking about a wood floor system, but sometime probably a little unique. Once I get to the point that I can get serious, the fun will begin.
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    My previous house had webbed trusses supporting the first floor. They are tall but you can run wiring or even duct work through them without drilling holes. I didn't ask for them, it is what the builder decided to use - so they must be somewhat reasonable at least for some applications.

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    First of all, congrats on the new place. I have a slab. It is level and no cracks (ooo, do I dare say that?) My biggest regret on my shop is not having a crawl space sufficient to get around in...36”, and a solid wooden floor. If I was to do it again I would have the 36” well lit space with a really good level base of concrete or at least good level compacted gravel. I would secure that space so nothing but spiders could get into it. I had a bad experience with a couple rattlesnakes in a 16” dark crawl space some 40 yrs ago so the ability to move and have good lighting in the crawl is essential, at least to me. I used to be a he-man, but I was different when I came out of that hole Depending upon the grade of the site you could even have access from the low point to store lumber. The ability to add/subtract electrical/DC would be wonderful and it was a miss on my part.

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    I too have wood floor. There are some pictures and description of the structural features of floor system in my Hall of the Mountain King thread. I will give you more details if you want them.

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    I want the ability to drive a vehicle into the shop if needed so I need a concrete floor. At least in part of it. I’m also planning for hot water floor heat. I have it in my house and current garage and like it a bunch.

    I’ll attach a preliminary drawing from my lumberyard. If I can remember how to do it.
    The three big windows face the lake, southern exposure. They will be a bit shorter, so I can fit benches below them. I plan two more windows in the gable end.


    more to come....
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    That's going to be a really nice space, Leigh. I agree with the hydronic radiant heating that you propose, particularly in your geography.
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    I’m planning on a 10 ft ceiling with the dust collection above it with drops thru to the machines. But I could also use scissor truss rafters an have a vaulted ceiling. That leaves the dust piping exposed. I’m leaning toward a flat ceiling.
    what’s says the collective?
    im also daydreaming right now of putting a 1/2 basement leaving the north half of the floor concrete slab and the the south half basement with a wood shop floor. Then I could run the dust collection in the basement. If I go this rout I’m going to have to act fast. Dirt work going to start any day and I’m in Tucson thru next week...
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