New Shop Coming Soon!As you may have just seen on Twitter, I wrote that I'm currently without a shop and therefore haven't posted anything for a while. However, that will all change around the end of August as we close on our new house and I get a dedicated shop space instead of sharing the two car garage. The new space will be small as the house has a two car garage and a separate one car garage - I'll be using the one car garage.
I'm sure everyone would agree that taking over the two car garage would be ideal but if I do that it will never be dedicated space much like the last house. It will become part of the traffic pattern for the house and inevitably lawn equipment, gardening junk, trash cans etc. will make its way into the shop. The only way to avoid that would be to store all that in the single car garage. Seems silly to have 3 garage bays and still have to park outside.
Since I really want "my own" space I'm planning on taking over the single car garage which is about 11' x 20.5' and has approximately 14 foot ceilings (I need to take some measurements). There is however room to expand the single into a double should this just become unworkable but I really do think it will be fine - I know many of you are in small shops. Additionally, while I never really gave a shop tour, I tried my best to only use half of our garage in the last house simply so I could feel like it was dedicated to me.
I've started trying to do some virtual layout with SketchUp and so far it seems like it will work just fine. I plan to make at least one flip top work station for my planner and Rigid sander but I may eventually get a Planner/Jointer combo machine. I'm also thinking of upgrading my bag style dust collector to a cyclone even though that's a lot of power for a small space. I may try to put the bag dust collector (Delta 850) up on a shelf where the pipe will run and try to add a barrel collector under it but I'm not sure. I know a lot of people say the 850 is very "hot rod-able" because it has a 6" intake so I may run the pipe the way I would have for the cyclone and try it out before I get a cyclone.
I also plan on storing less used machines/tools in the other garage so they are out of the way.
|Working On Shop Layout|
So I have a couple question for you!1) Are any of you in a small shop like this and make it work?
2) Do you have any good ideas for utilizing the high walls?
3) Is a 2.5HP or larger cyclone (Tempest or ClearVue) complete overkill for a 220 sq ft shop or can a 1200 CFM dust collector handle the piping? I do plan on using 6" main line(s).
4) What do you think of the name "The Dusty Developer". At first I thought it was kinda neat since my blog was supposed to be about both woodworking and software development. The software development part never really went anywhere and I really don't care to bother with it anymore. I'm thinking about doing a rename and dropping that part of the blog. I think the hardest part will be re-branding and renaming my YouTube! Channel. That is where nearly all my traffic and the little amount of ad-revenue comes from so I really don't want to mess that part up.
If you have any thoughts, please leave me a comment or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you.