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Finally planning to move out of the garage to my own shop. It's under construction now and i am looking for suggestions. Do's and Don't's something you wished you had done or not done, the shop will be 24x24 with 18ft garage door on one end and 10ft ceilings. The central tool will be my 10" unisaw.
 

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i'd start here:

http://cdn0.grizzly.com/shopplanner/v1-4/1/shopplanner.html

and at least the following:

1. minimum 60A sub panel.

2. run electric underground in oversized conduit and leave a drag inside.

3. run a second similar sized conduit along side for low voltage/other items.

4. consider, in natural gas is available, running it now for heat.
 

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Minimum 100 amp service, lots of light..... A few power drops, to avoid cords on the floor.... Ceiling fans, if no a/c (I have both, being in Georgia).
Dust collector and compressor in a separate room....
Building and arranging a shop is fun work.... I'm building under-workbench drawer units right now.... Need to get a large wall cabinet out of the way....

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I think your door is too big for the size of building you have. It might give you a lot more air in summer but it will also give you a lot of cold air in winter. Wall space is a premium in a shop and you are reducing it by 17% with that door.
 

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Steve Neul said:
I think your door is too big for the size of building you have. It might give you a lot more air in summer but it will also give you a lot of cold air in winter. Wall space is a premium in a shop and you are reducing it by 17% with that door.
I thought that, too.... But figured there might be a reason.... I have a 3'0' house door in mine, and a 6 foot door for bringing in tools and getting large projects out...
I keep it sealed up, and use the floor space in front of it.... The tools are on wheels, so is very easy to access it in the rare times I need to...

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I totally agree with the dust collection being located out of the shop. Mine is in my shop, but I'm going to build an add-on so I can move it outside......
 

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Thanks to all the really good suggestions. I plan for at least a 75amp panel, The door size is so that I can call it a 2 car garage when I get ready to sell. The door is insulated. I have one in my home now and it actually works pretty well. AC= I plan to use a PTC unit from Amana. This is a through the wall unit used in hotel/motel application. It is an AC as well as a heat pump unit. I live is a reasonably mild climate in the Mid-South, winters are cold but not like the bitter cold i experienced in the northeast when I lived there twice (everyone should do that once). Summers, however at very hot and humid so the AC will be welcomed. I do not think I have enough room fro a separate room for dust collector.(limited real estate) Drop cords for power are a really good idea.. extension cords are always in the way. My father used to say if he ever had to jump from an airplane all he wanted was any extension cord or garden hose, you can bet they would hang on something before he hit the ground. :)

I'm really looking forward to my new digs Thanks for all the suggestions
 

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Can we get some in progress pics?

Some things to think about.

How are u gonna store the wood you will be bringing in? I have black iron pipe in re-enforced 2 x 4's on one wall in my shop.

Are you going to run your dust collection pipes along the wall or overhead or all the floor next to the walls?
 

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I plan to have some "stand up storage for sheet goods and a limited amount of lay down storage inside . I'm thinking I may build a leanto along the back. It would be outside but not directly in the weather. I work a lot with reclaimed wood so most of it has been outside for many years. Dust collection will be along walls as much as possible.
 

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When doing the wiring, make sure to have enough outlets. When I did my shop, I put plugs 16 inches, and home ran every 4 plugs, or on every stud where my workbenches would be. I also ran 12 gauge wire to make sure that I would not have to rewire anything. I have approximately 37 plugs in a 37 x 13 shop. I do not have to go very far for power anywhere.

I also put in 3 220 volt plugs in, one on each wall to make sure that I could run whatever is necessary.

When running my dust collection system, I ran it under my workbenches to keep it out of the way.
 

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Thanks to everyone for all your advice. Many good ideas that I'm sure will make my shop better than it would have otherwise been.

I have another question :

I am getting close to finishing the NEW SHOP building!!!! I am considering a couple of options for finishing the inside walls. SHEETROCK or OSB. Actually they are about the same price per sheet, obvious difference in finishing requirements. With SheetRock; tape, mud, and paint. With OSB I was thinking just painting. I know it would take more paint than sheetrock but the ability to hang something almost anywhere I think would be a really good thing. Or if you have another idea I would appreciate your thoughts.

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If you have a crawl space, run your dust collection ducting underneath. It may be harder, but it won't collect sawdust on the ducting, keep the shop cleaner, and no pipes running around to bang stuff on.
 

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