Split Level Shop


Anyone here have their dust collection system on the level below their shop? It would be much simpler for table saw hookups and electrical runs to the middle of the floor. Plus, you pull down rather than up from all the machines, and the dust goes to the basement. And the heat comes right back up.
I've been staring at one particular barn I drive by every day. It's on a hill overlooking a lake. From the front you enter at the main level. In back, the ground slopes away and you exit from the basement. The thing is huge and beautiful. A true classic barn, with great bones. What a fun project that would be, restoring it, weatherproofing it and making it into a multifunctional woodworking emporium. Full shop, finishing room, offices, retail area and gallery.
I have a dream today!
JP
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Yup. My shop is above my 2-car garage. DC cyclone is down with the cars. I have Wye on return air so that in the summer I can send the exhaust out by the cars.

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Get the most recent copy of Handy, Its the Handyman Club of America's magazine. They have an article on just that subject. They go through laying out the framework to sheathing. Good article. Rich

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Jay Pique wrote:

About ten or twelve years ago I had a workshop in the ground level hay loft of an old stable. The stables themselves were around back and down a level. There was a trap door that was very convenient for bringing stuff up/down from storage. There also was a 60' vine hanging from a tree out front. Great Tarzan swing.
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