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The easy-to-maintain workshop getaway


Man in black shirt in front of cabinet by window
Added elbow room

Rod relied on store-bought Sears cabinets, carts, and countertops for the finishing center shown here and elsewhere in the shop so he could devote more time to building furniture projects.

TYPE: Addition to a two-car detached garage

SIZE: 9' ceiling x 30' wide x 36' long; 1,080 sq. ft. (including shop office)

CONSTRUCTION: Concrete pad; insulated 2x4 wall framing; one-car-wide garage door; two hinged doors-one to attached garage and one to outside. Interior walls and ceiling are painted exterior- textured hardboard siding.

HEATING: Thermostat-controlled hot-water lines installed in concrete floor and connected to water heater in house

COOLING: 220-volt, 28,000-Btu air conditioner

ELECTRICAL: 100-amp service panel

LIGHTING: Eleven 8'-long,110-watt fluorescent ceiling fixtures

DUST COLLECTION: Penn State 2-hp cyclone with .5-micron filter cartridges; Delta 1,200-cfm (cubic ft./minute) ambient air cleaner; two shop vacuums

AIR COMPRESSOR: 110-volt, two-stage, oil-free pump; 175 lbs. maximum psi

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