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post #1 of 12 Old 12-18-2008, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy from New Mexico

We moved to NM last Feb. and will now be moving into a new house in Feb/2009. I will be converting the 2 car garage into my work shop so am looking at ideas and tips for its design.
Plan on painting ceiling and walls white. Install a OSB floor. Wire in lights and outlets for the tools. So am having some fun right now.
Can't wait to get back to work on my projects that I started in WI last year. Bed frame, end tables, and other things in the planning stages.
Have spent the past hour looking at threads on this site, and am impressed with the amount of feedback and answers to questions.

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Welcome. I was in Albuquerque last October for the balloon festival. Been there two years in a row.

Do one thing at a time, do it well, then move on.
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Congrats on the new house, hope all goes well. As far as the shop, I'm very jealous.

Welcome to the boards.
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Welcome to the forum Dale,
I take it your weather is probably a darn sight better than ours in Ohio is right now.
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Welcome. I grew up in the pumb other end of the state.
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There are a couple local places to know about. Woodworker's Supply of New Mexico is on Alameda, just off the highway. They have many of the same things offered by Rockler, Woodcraft, etc., and they're all in stock. There's a new Woodcraft Store in ABQ also. When you go there, ask for the contactor's catalog... there are a lot of items that don't show up in their regular catalog, such as special Blum hardware, etc.

Albuquerque Hardwoods has the best quality hardwood, and I found them to be very trustworthy. Because there is very little hardwood in New Mexico, costs are a lot higher than the northern US.

By the way, the best local food is a non-tourist restaurant called Los Cuates. You want the one on Lomas Blvd.
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Welcome to the mad house, insanity runs rampant
here so watch your self, it is easy to get caught up
in it.


I try to keep some degree of normal saneness but
am fighting a up hill battle.

i build boats BTW, the only real use of wood.


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Thanks for all the welcomes.

Thank all of you for the replies. Yes, the weather is great. Do not miss the snow at all, period.

Have visited Woodworker's Supply many times, and have dealt with them for many years. Same is true with Woodcraft. Have not been to ABQ Hardwood, but know about it from a guy at church. Thanks for the tip about Los Cautes. We will check it out.

Will be using a 20x20 ft garage and am planning on putting in 3 strings of fluorescent lights, 12 ft long (an 8' and a 4') on two separate circuits. Does that sound like enough?
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Welcome to the forum! There is a lot of good information out here.

Download a free woodworking plan:
http://www.craftandwoodworking.com
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post #12 of 12 Old 12-21-2008, 11:03 AM
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I put fluorescents into every 3rd joist space (48") in a basement shop, where ceilings are only 7 feet high. If there are 3 strips dividing a 20-foot distance, then it sounds as if each run of lights will be ~6' from the next (3' from the end walls?) If your garage has 10' ceilings, you might want to add another strip. You could also add separate fixtures closer to your workbench, chopsaw, table saw, and anywhere else that you think you'll strain to read that mark at 1/32nd of an inch.
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