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Feb 9th, 2012 at 2:02pm
 
I've enjoyed woodworking for most of my life and only recently got into turning apx. 4 yrs now. prior to building the shop I always worked out of the house garage or basement depending on where I lived at the time.
I'm 55 yrs of age and retired this past summer from a career in Real Estate, who knows I may yet go back to this in the future. but for now I'm dealing with a lot of issues with my eyes (6 surgeries to date and another scheduled for later this month) so all depending on how that goes. This was in part reason for the early retirement.

Location: Abbotsford B.C.
Shop size : 22' x 23' outside dimensions, this is a stand alone structure with a loft that has a head room of apx.5' 5" at the peak, and a floor area of 12' x 22' that provides me with lots of wood storage, access to this attic is by both an interior drop down staircase as well as an exterior door.
Shop was built or at least finished to lock up stage in 2009 since then the interior has been a work in progress as funds allow.
As you can see I did "lots" of pre-wire so that I would not have a shortage of plugs throughout the shop. Panel is fed with a 60amp from the main in the house, but the actual shop panel is a 100amp panel so that I could have lots of dedicated lines to each of my machines.
All of the cabinet drawers are on full extension slides, I have yet to add the fronts to these drawers though, as I said this is still a work in progress.

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Reply #2 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:17pm
 
nice shop.

i am not a fan of using a 100A box on a 60A circuit.  with so many circuits, you run the risk of popping the 60A circuit breaker if you operate too much load at one time, either on purpose or by accident.  also, does your electrical code allow this?  just my 2˘.
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Reply #3 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:31pm
 
Everything  as far as electrical and structure was all done through permits, the panel in the shop is a 100amp panel but the main breaker in this panel was switched over to a 60amp. All done and passed by code. The reason for the larger panel is that so each major machine could have it's own dedicated line. Lights are also on 2 seperate breakers, all wires pulled through walls are 12g and 10g and 8g respectively for either a 110- 20amp circuit, 220 - 20amp, 220 -30amp, or 220 - 40amp. lights though are on 15amp breakers.

This is classified as a one man shop and code allows for this.
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Reply #4 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:39pm
 
John, what do you have your shop sheeted with ?? It almost looks like G1S plywood. Wish I had a shop that size......yes I am jealous....

As long as the rating of the panel is not exceeded, all is good. But to trip a 60A breaker, multiple pieces of machinery would have to be run at the same time under load. If he's the only in the shop, chances are that he won't be running 2 or 3 things at the same time. The CEC says he fine.

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Reply #5 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 4:47pm
 
Hi James
You'll probably get tears in your eyes when I tell you what the shop is sheathed in .... Marine grade 5/8 okume plywood 11 ply, all walls and ceiling as well as all of the shop cabinets. I got a super deal on 2 lifts of this stuff (104 pieces) it was rejected for it's marine application because the outer veneer layer was too thin, and in places you could see where it had nearly been sanded through. But for my purposes it was just fine.
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Reply #6 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 4:49pm
 
That is one gorgeous shop I am green with envy.  I would say he only uses one machine at a time so a 60 amp is fine.
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Reply #7 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 9:01pm
 
John Spitters wrote on Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:31pm:
Everything  as far as electrical and structure was all done through permits, the panel in the shop is a 100amp panel but the main breaker in this panel was switched over to a 60amp. All done and passed by code. The reason for the larger panel is that so each major machine could have it's own dedicated line. Lights are also on 2 seperate breakers, all wires pulled through walls are 12g and 10g and 8g respectively for either a 110- 20amp circuit, 220 - 20amp, 220 -30amp, or 220 - 40amp. lights though are on 15amp breakers.

This is classified as a one man shop and code allows for this.

John,
As an electrician I will say what you did is safe and well done! That is why it was passed by a inspector.
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Reply #8 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 9:10pm
 
Nice shop, a lot cleaner than mine. Nice lathe and drum sander.
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Reply #9 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 9:12pm
 
I have peni  sorry shop envy.  Very nice
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Reply #10 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 9:26pm
 
i am glad that all is to code and inspected.  i just worry though about a stand alone shop with only 60 A service.  while you may be the only one in there, run the planer with DC, lights and a heater in the winter and you have a load.
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Reply #11 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 9:32pm
 
I questioned a "100 amp" panel on the 60 amp circuit because I thought you meant you had a 100 amp breaker on the box, a big no-no.  But matching breakers are good.  I have 60 amp breakers on each end of my extension to the garage.
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Reply #12 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 10:48pm
 
Man... what a shop, I love the dust collection set up!!! smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #13 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 10:20am
 
So this is where the magic happens.  Very nice shop John, being from BC I'm going to guess it's heated Grin.  Do you have a separate finishing area?
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Reply #14 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 10:45am
 
Man, I was just about to post about the Dust collection system I worked up over the last couple of weekends, but it'll look pathetice compared to this.

Well done.  Do you ever go back into the house?  If so, Why?
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