Thursday, February 28, 2008
It was suggested by a friend as a way to save money and time was to get the foundation in and ready to go.... then have an ole fashioned barn raising. Whereas gathering together family and friends we could have the structure roughed in a very short time. All I would have to do would be to provide the beer(for after) and a big BBQ for the energy. Sounds like a great way to spend time with family/friends and get the shop built a lot less expensive...Hmmmm perhaps I should start stocking the coolers and the freezers now......
I called and talked to a local radiant heat/concrete specialist yesterday about the new shop project and asked for his input. He was very encouraging to work with and is putting together a spec sheet and prices of his recommendations. Now lets hope that it fits in with the budget.
After years of standing on a cold concrete floor or putting down mats or floor panels I begin to read about and hear of folks who had used radiant heat in garages and shops, not to mention their homes and absolutely loved it. It makes sense if I provide a heat source to a large concrete slab, it would create a very warm safe environment to work in. The positive results I read about convinced me that it was the way to go. During the installation you prepare the packed gravel surface and then lay down a special type of green board to direct the heat upward instead into the ground. Then of course you lay the normal rebar and stuff for a concrete floor, along with the radiant heat tubes.
I like the suggestions to also lay dust collection and wiring pipes in the floor before you pour the concrete. This is a great way to get power to the tablesaw and any other equipment, which will be in the center of the area and reduce trip hazards at the same time. My one thought about the dust collection is what happens if you plug it up. That could be fun to clear it out....
My plan is to use some sort of external heat source..ie...wood fired water boiler system with propane or electric backup. Living in the woods here provides easy access to lots of firewood, if you want to spend the energy to harvest it. A US forest service permit is available for $5 a cord, which if you have priced firewood lately is a great deal. Of course it means you have to go into the woods and cut and haul it back home and sweat a bit. Actually it is hard to beat a nice cool morning and heading to the woods for a load of firewood. Good exercise, fresh air, wildlife sightings, and quiet time. (until you fire up the chainsaw).
With the snow still piled way to high, I will have lots of time to plan and re-plan.....draw and re-draw....think and re-think...... these shop plans before I actually am able to start building, being as how it could be the 4th of July before the snow is completely gone.(SIGH!) So, I will have lots of time to incorporate lots of other folks ideas into the process. To adjust, discuss and ponder about all the different options....
To be a part of a community like this is awesome and I want to use it as much a resource as I possibility can. Now if I could just find a big pot of gold when I get to walk the land this would be a much easier process. Money...can't live with it....can't live with out it....good thing is can't take it with you so might as well enjoy it while you can. Throughout all this it is great to have a wife who supports these dreams and helps to look for options for obtaining the dream!!
To be continued….....
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Along with the normal process and fun of running a successful business there comes a time in all woodworkers lives when one must expand, which leads me to this project and to this blog. I am working on plans/costs to build a new woodworking shop this spring/summer/fall. We have been able to purchase the lot next to ours here in these beautiful north woods and as soon as the wonderful cover of snow melts and drys we will be moving in to scope out the lay of the land to decide where to pour the foundation/driveway/power etc…...
My goal would be to at least have the foundation poured and the outside structure closed in before next winter begins. Any offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Currently I am working out of a small shop in the back of our garage, which has now spread into one of the car stalls in the front. In building this shop I will be able to actually put my vehicles in out of the weather in the garage. Not to mention being able to spread my equipment out a bit in the new shop and have dedicated areas for the different steps in the process of custom woodworking.
Here is a photo of a before the action starts and then I will follow the progress of the land prep and construction with additional photos and entries.
The trees in the front will remain to provide privacy from the road. I will cut a drive in where it best fits and have it circle around and exit through my current driveway to the house. This is to allow ease for getting trucks and trailers in and out easily.
Some of my initial thoughts are to make the shop footprint of somewhere in the neighborhood of 30×40 feet, 10 foot walls, overhang on each side for storage and multiple access points. With a 12/4 pitch there will also be space available for storage above. I would like to install radiant heat within the concrete slab which will be heated by some sort of external heat source. Any thoughts or suggestions here?
For now i must get back into the shop and make some money to afford this dream. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed as I go through this process.
To be continued….....
Along with the normal process of running a business, I am also working on plans to build a new woodworking shop this spring/ summer/ fall. We have been able to purchase the lot next to ours here in these beautiful north woods and as soon as the wonderful cover of snow melts we will be moving in to scope out the lay of the land to decide where to pour the foundation.
Of course this will be in addition to preparing for all the Farmers Markets and shows which we will be attending again this year. Which means creating a lot of stock items as well as filling the custom orders which come in. This should prove to be a very busy year. I may have to locate a good assistant.
My goal would be to at least to have the foundation poured and the structure closed in before next winter begins. Any financial donations or offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Currently I am working out of a small shop in the back of our garage, which has also spread into one of the car stalls in the front. In building this shop I will be able to actually put my vehicles in out of the weather in the garage. Not to mention being able to spread my equipment out a bit in the new shop.
I will post some photos of before the action starts and then follow the progress of the construction.