Building a shop from scratch

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Ed
I am in the process of doing the same thing right now.
Also have 10 acres, and had a 40x60x12' pole building put up this summer, w/ 1 1 lx12 insulated o/h door, 2 service doors, 6 4x3 windows, and a 15x12 sliding door. 1/2 of it will be shop and the other 1/2 cold storage ("Minnesota" type cold).
Have had water installed (frost proof hydrant tied in to existing water lines to well) and a floor sump/drain put in. Check w/ your local building authority - ie town, county. My county building department about had a fit when I said water and a drain line for a scrub sink - they actually wanted me to put in a mound type septic system (tank and drain field) for a scrub sink - only about $9K - vs my floor drain only needed a single line of 100' of tile on a bed of rock. Go figure. And who knows what could get added later on - one never knows.....at least thats what my drain and water contractor said.
Just got the concrete poured (40x30) and installed 1" high density foam board under it. Acts as a vapor barrier (help to prevent the concrete from sweating) and helps keep the cold from coming thru the floor - would have liked to done in-floor hot water heat, but too spendy. Also insulated between the posts along the perimiter of the building with 1.5" high density foam - to keep the cold from coming in thru the edges of the concrete.
Am in the process of running power in now. Have a 100A panel for the building and am running #6 wire (protected by a 50A breaker in the house (feed source)). Electrical inspector is ok with this - the 100A panel gives me plenty of slots and then I can upgrade the building to 100A service in the future. The 100A main breaker in the panel will be acting as a disconnect, while the breaker in the house will protect against overload (also have other outbuildings daisy chained on the same circut).
And that takes care of the money supply for now. Will have to save up some coins before I can continue. Next up would be the ceiling and insulation - am thinking of going with steel and 30" of either cellulose or fiberglass.
Best of luck w/your project ....
Jim
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Wood Magazine has been running some articles on the "ultimate workshop". They do have some good ideas, such as designing to a smooth workflow (ex. TS to Jointer to Planer) so you might look at their back issues.
Craig

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