I am in the process of designing a shop, so I can move out of a two
car garage. Actually I am calling it my woodturning studio, because
that way I can put in more windows.
The overall footprint will be 28 x 46, with the primary room being 28
x 34. Three rooms in the back, for an office, storage and a
'finishing' room. Bunch of windows, especially on the north side.
Lots of 120 and 240 outlets all around the shop.
Will house basic tools like table saw, bandsaw, planer, drill press,
planer, etc, but primary will be used for turning and wood/turned work
Couple of man doors, one overhead door. Concrete floor, probably.
Some sort of movable screen or something (maybe like a track like a
hospital bed) to block flying debris when roughing bowls.
Probably some sort of gas heat, maybe ceiling mounted.
I know there have been some threads on shops, but mostly on layout of
lathe, grinding stuff, etc.
Anyone care to share any thoughts from having built there own larger
Light sources around the lathe (that can stand the water)?
Distance to the nearest window to avoid breakage?
Height of the ceiling? (I am thinking of around 10-11 ft.)
Other things I will realize once I move in?
Or does anyone know of floor plans specifically for turning shops that
I could look at? I have the Workshop Book by Scott Landis, but it is
general with a leaning toward traditional woodworking shops.
Most of my turning is bowls (up to about 22 inches) and my main lathe
is a Oneway 2436 with outboard extension, although I am interested in
most kinds of turning eventually.
Thanks for any tips or warnings,
(On a different note: Surprising to me, of 4 architects I have called
not one has called me back. They are very busy right now building
expensive homes I guess. I want to involve an architect to make sure
it looks good and fits in with the house rather than looking like I
designed it myself.. heh heh....)