It has been many years since I was on here and wood working has taken a back seat for quite a while, due to job or lack of job issues. But I finally have my life settled down and debt recovery is almost complete.
It has become increasingly likely that my MIL is going to be moving in with us in the next year or so. To accomplish this we are going to have to take bay 3 of our garage where my shop currently is and extend the house into it to create a bathroom on the first floor as she can't climb the stairs now, much less in a year from now. So in order to keep the shop, I've been given the go ahead to build a free standing shop in the back yard. It's not big, but will be bigger than a 1 bay garage stall.
I've spent the last couple of months going over and making detail drawings to try and do this right the first time. I've got everything figured out except two things.
The first is the walls. My wife thinks i should drywall as it would look better finished. I've been hearing stories of people who have put up 1/2 plywood for the wall, both for the durability and the ability to hang all but the heaviest stuff without having to worry about studs. I can't argue though that finished drywall may actually look better, but plywood I could use screws and take down if need be if i need to run wires that I didn't think of. So my question is, has anybody used plywood for the walls? How does it look painted? If you did it again would you stick with plywood or go with something else?
The second round of questions is around the floor. I'm not pouring a slab, this will be a raised wooden floor with plywood down on the floor. I want to be able to get underneath to run dust control and electrical lines, plus I don't want to stand on concrete any more. I've seen shops where people have gone all out and put down hardwood or Pergo flooring and a recent magazine had a review on floor coverings that were supposed to add a little cushion but still not leave dents from big tools or damage tools when dropped. So any suggestions on what you have done to your floors?