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Feedback Wanted For Workshop Space

author-gravatar MrFishie Oct 25, 2017

I am in the planning stages for turning a pole barn into a woodshop and would love to get people's thoughts/feedback.  I know I can change things up if needed, but I would like to get close so when I run electrical I am making smart choices with what is on what circuit, where to put dust collection, etc.

I am lucky enough to have a 48'x36' pole barn as my future shop space.  I plan to insulate and figure out some sort of heating to help keep the edge off, and to keep the temp in the barn above the due point so the wet weather of the Pacific North West doesn't rust up the tools.

I have all the tools pictured thanks to being given some from family that were sitting in a barn, and some SUPER lucky craigslist find (sliding table saw for $450).  I don't have a cyclone seperator, but figured that would be a good spot for one eventually.  I plan to build a sort of table connecting the two table saws with storage under, a storage area for the miter saw eventually too.  Also the shelving would be future built.  Most other tools will be on casters so they could be pulled away from the wall if needed for running larger things through them.

The smaller room will be a finishing room where I could spray or wipe on finishes and keep the environment dust free while working in the rest of the space. 

Thanks in advance!

Top down view, big openings are sliding barn doors

Front view

Left side view with some walls hidden

Right side view with some walls hidden

rear view with some walls hidden

finishing area, would spray next to the fans then set things on the shelves

More storage in the finishing area for supplies and whatnot

My inspiration for the table saw setup was the guy's woodshop I got them from.  They were connected to a "shared" outfeed table of sorts.  My sketchup model doesn't show this very well, mostly because I am still learning how to use it better.

2 comments

That looks like a GREAT setup! Ultimately, I think your set up will ultimately be dictated by what works for you and your workflow. I'm not sure what your set up is like, and how much trouble it would be, but any thoughts to building a small bathroom-perhaps on the other side of the doorway that the finishing room is? Maybe put in a slop sink depending on room? My biggest hassles in my current shop are having to go into the house to use the restroom, and having to go outside to deal with finishes, messes, etc. Again, that is only MY inconveniences, and your mileage may vary. That looks like a GREAT setup!

Thanks!  I imagine things might move around a bit as I use the space, but hopefully this will get me close so I can plan where to run wires and whatnot.  That is a good comment about a bathroom and slop sink.  I am working on wrapping up a pump house/bathroom build which will have a shower, sink, and deep toilet, and is a few hundred feet away.  The nice thing is it wont be in the house, but I know I will be bummed walking to it when I need it.  The problem would be tying into my septic would be quite the hassle if I wanted to put one in the shop.  There is however water at the barn, so maybe I should think about putting in a sink that drains into a dry well so I can wash hands and rinse things off, I hadn't thought of that.

@GotClamps  said:

That looks like a GREAT setup! Ultimately, I think your set up will ultimately be dictated by what works for you and your workflow. I'm not sure what your set up is like, and how much trouble it would be, but any thoughts to building a small bathroom-perhaps on the other side of the doorway that the finishing room is? Maybe put in a slop sink depending on room? My biggest hassles in my current shop are having to go into the house to use the restroom, and having to go outside to deal with finishes, messes, etc. Again, that is only MY inconveniences, and your mileage may vary. That looks like a GREAT setup!

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