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    Coolmeadow Creations Shop Construction

    OK! Here is my shop, or shop in progress, tour. Some of you have seen my Coolmeadow Creations thread on SMC where I have shown some of the rehab work I did on this building.
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    The first picture is how it looked when we purchased the house, before the fence was even erected.
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    The second picture is how it looks now from the front of the house, looking at the south wall of the shop.
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    This is a closer view of the south wall/double doors. Doors were built on site, using the torsion box method. They swing outward so they don't interfere with machinery, or block the window on the left. Four strap hinges per door, custom bent to try to fit the door. They did sag a little at first, but have not worsened since then.
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    This is a view into the shop with the doors open. It was very sunny today, so the interior doesn't show up very well, but believe me, it's there and it's cluttered!
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    The 5th picture is just inside the door to the left, shows the window placement. There is a 220v receptacle here for plugging in the welder for use outside. I don't plan on using the welder inside the shop for fear of igniting wood dust. I have a metal welding table, 2 actually. One I inherited with the house, the other I inherited from my Dad last time he and Mom came to visit.
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    This picture is of the west wall showing the box bay window. I will build in a shallow set of cabinets. There will be a shelf about 9" deep that the duct will go through to the bottom, and then the cabinet top will be about 13" out from there. There will be an opening in the middle that will accomodate multiple tools. Planer, sliding miter saw, RAS (if I can work out one problem) Kreg pocket hole station, scroll saw (that will be tilted for ease of use while sitting on a bar stool),down draft sanding station, oscillating sanding station, and some others I can't think of right now. I need to come up with some ideas on quick disconnect for the 6" PVC hook up that will be below the bench top. 4" quick disconnects are available for the upper intake. Note: I don't have that 6-6-4 wye yet, but it will either be installed right below the blast gate (upper wall mount for the down tube) or in the overhead line coming from the wye in the middle of the shop, right before it angles down. This will be more visible in the duct photo on post 3 of this tour. Heavy tools will be on stands with Herc-U-Lifts for mobility. I have 4 of them waiting for stands to mount on!! The windows were placed on each end to allow stock longer than 11 feet to stick through the windows.
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    Picture 7 is of the north wall, west side. There is actually a window behind the insulation stacked on the floor. You can just see the Tyvek where it wraps around the header and staples in.
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    Picture 8 is the middle and east end of the north wall, showing the Clear Vue cyclone, and the Welding table my dad brought me... yes more insulation under and to the right of it. Don't know where I put all the junk before the table appeared!

    I'll continue this on the next post.
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    (continued)
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    Picture 9 is a view to the east into what will become the finishing room
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    This picture is of the east wall of the finishing room. The window and door open to the back yard. The structure you see through the window is the neighbor’s detached garage, or storage building…not sure which.
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    And this one is of the south wall of the finishing room. To the right of the window is where the future air compressor will reside. At that point I will build a closet for it. I wish now that I had made a bump out closet on the north side and placed the air compressor essentially outside. I guess I still could, but mating into the siding would be a major hassle.
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    This picture is back to the shop, east wall.
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    And this one is back to the south wall and door. Note: the door only opens from the inside. You have to have access to the house to get in without breaking a window.
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    And for Stu, here is my breaker box. I have 8 220 circuits, and 6 110 circuits. My Flourescent lighting is on 2 separate circuits, then the wall plugs and task lights are on the other 4. No two adjacent 110 outlets are on the same circuit breaker. I have the future a/c unit, air comprssor,TS, cyclone, future jointer, welder, BS, and DP on separate 220 circuits, although I'll probably not rewire the DP for 220 operation.
    Marty, I do believe this is the same box that you are using. 32 slot, 200 amp main. I still have 8 slots available for future growth. It’s hard to see, but in the first picture of the first post, to the left of the shop is a 12X14 shed (with 6’ ceilings. How do I know?? I’m 6’2”!!) I will eventually re-run the line from the shop over there and use the breaker box from the original owner of the shop to manage power there. I plan to make it my wood storage, although I do have a place set aside for some sheet goods in the shop. And I’ll make some shelves up high on the east and west walls for some dimensional stock. If I get into drying my own wood (could happen!) I could even plug in a de-humidifier in there. Anyway, 2 of the 8 available slots will be taken up with that sub panel.

    I’ll continue the pics of the duct work on another post to keep them together.
    Last edited by Jim O'Dell; 11-10-2006 at 02:30 AM.
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    (continued)

    Ok, here is the ductwork. Mostly all finished, except for some 4” for future hookups on the TS guard which I will make one of these years, and the one over the box bay window that will go to Guard pick ups on various machines.
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    In this shot, the right side of the duct is the inlet at the Clear Vue. The down tube on the left goes to the TS.
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    This is a shot of the TS hook up. I got the flex hose on the pipe right before I quit working today. So it it is ready to go!


    The pipe from the first picture continues to the left and goes to…….
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    This wye. The right side goes to the BS and future jointer. I will probably also hook up the future mobile router table to this hook up. The left side goes to the box bay window multi-station.

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    This is the BS/jointer/router table down pipe.
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    And finally the Box bay window down tube.

    As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do, and since I only get to work most of the weekends (not all) it has and will take some time to finish. I am contemplating what to use on the interior for wall covering. Sheetrock would be cheapest, but I hate the thought of dinging it every time I work on a stick of wood over 6’ long. I’d like to use real wood, and mount it on a diagonal. I said in another thread I might get a woodworker’s pack from Lumber Liquidators and learn to re-saw with it, and could make my own tongue and groove paneling out of it. We’ll see how it turns out.

    OK. Now I realize I didn't put in my floor plan.
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    The main shop is 20' wide X 24' deep. The finishing room is 12X14. Ceiling height is 7'7". I swear the builder was a little person.

    Thanks for reading through this. I easily get long winded, just in case you haven’t noticed. Jim.
    Last edited by Jim O'Dell; 11-10-2006 at 02:43 AM.
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    Wow Jim, looks like a real project you have going there, should be one heck of a nice shop when you get done!

    One thing, I sure wish you would include a few more pics, I mean, this is 2006 ya know, sheesh.........

    Really, just funning, amazing job on the shop, and a great job on documenting it and sharing it with us!

    Cheers!

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    wow jim! heck of a well thought out and well written shop tour! you`ve been busy with pvc for quite a while. i`ll bet you can`t wait to start building "stuff" in your shop instead of building a shop? how come no dogs in the pics? the shop hound(s) are highly thought of in this neck of the woods ......tod
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    Nice Jim,
    Been following you right along here.
    Well done.

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    Jim,

    Thanks for the well documented tour and all the pictures. It helps put into context a lot of the things you've shared with us in the past.

    Yep, looks like the same Square-D 200 amp panel that I have a pair of.

    Oh, and as for the walls, I don't know about where you're at, but here sheetrock is OVER TWICE the cost of OSB. I was planning on sheetrock, but simple economics has changed that plan.

    Good luck getting that great shop completed. And keep the pictures coming...

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    Cap'n, there be whales....er, electricity, down here!!!

    It's on!!!!!!
    And it's working!! I got a voice mail from LOML about 2:28 that they came back, didn't think she/they needed me. Good thing as I couldn't leave work because my partner on the drive had gone to a meeting in Dallas this morning and failed to tell me anything about it! He showed up 6 minutes later, and I buttoned my work up, called my last customer, and hightailed it out of there. Had one 110 circuit that was dead. Traced it pretty quickly to the GFCI on that circuit that was wired wrong. It was the circuit that powered the trigger for the cyclone plus several other outlets, and maybe a light or two. I touched the cyclone switch on for about 1 1/2 seconds to make sure it fired up, forgot all about the papers under the chip drop (haven't finished my chip bin yet) and swoooooosh, scrunch, fffffllllllittttt. papers blew everywhere out the exhaust!!
    Oh well, it worked! The Mini Max E16 fired up the first time too. Nice and smooth! Maybe a slight vibration, but might still pass the nickel test, but didn't have one on me. No smoke, Tommy Curtis from SMC that looked over the system for me said that woud be a good thing.

    Felt so good about it, I stopped long enough to do poop patrol, per LOML request, and to change the oil in the lawnmower. Oh, and to come in and let the rest of the family know it's up and working!

    I'll talk more later. Jim.
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    Looks good Jim

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    Thanks for sharing Jim. Glad you are all powered up. What is your next/first project?

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