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Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:20am
 
After suffering with heat and humidity in my shop I finally gave up and built a cold room to turn in.  Way too expensive to cool the entire shop.  Today the temp is in the mid 90's and the humidity in the mid 70's.  Trying to turn in these conditions is not only uncomfortable but dangerous with sweat dripping down your face and filling the inside of your glasses.  Even with my Trand airshield pro I could not turn past 10 AM.  Soooo I built this room.  It is 8 X 10 with 8' ceilings.  Insulated with R30 foam board and covered with plywood.  Still trying to get organized with the new space but a joy to be able to turn all day.  I would have made a little bigger but I still need to be able to get my truck in during storms.  Once I build a wood storage building the lost space should hardly be noticed.  Total cost was less then $200.  I already had the peg board and the roll around AC.  I use it during storms to cool our bedroom with a generator.  Comfort to be able to turn PRICELESS.
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Re: Cold Room
Reply #1 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:21am
 
two more inside shots
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Reply #2 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:33am
 
Cool!  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Reply #3 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:57am
 
Real cool setup, i wonder what you'd do for a cool climate like here.
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Reply #4 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 12:30pm
 
Great idea Larry,
    After seeing yours I can assure you that plans for my cold room are in the works. There is no way I can air condition my 30x40 shop because it has no insulation or inside walls. Living in the same area as you do I have the exact problems with temp and humidity, fans only allow a few hours each morning and I still sweat all over my lathe and tools. With a cold room I will be able to turn the 7 months out of the year that it is way too hot and uncomfortable to turn. Bless you my friend, I really don't know why I never thought of this simple and somewhat inexpensive way to make turning life in the deep south fun again. smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown
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Reply #5 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 2:45pm
 
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:57am:
i wonder what you'd do for a cool climate like here.


We have a magical ACs that are also heaters.
Works really well warming things up.

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Reply #6 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 3:11pm
 
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:57am:
Real cool setup, i wonder what you'd do for a cool climate like here. 

Burn your mistakes.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Smiley
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Reply #7 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 3:28pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 2:45pm:
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:57am:
i wonder what you'd do for a cool climate like here.


We have a magical ACs that are also heaters.
Works really well warming things up.



I meant that as in what would he trade to live in a cool, temperate climate, end of discussion ron, getting a bad tone of voice from that post. i'm not getting into another argument with you.
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Reply #8 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 4:00pm
 
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 3:28pm:
getting a bad tone of voice from that post

Donal, we pick on everyone here in a fun way.  No offense intended. 

JimQuarles wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 3:11pm:
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 11:57am:
Real cool setup, i wonder what you'd do for a cool climate like here. 

Burn your mistakes.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Smiley

See above.
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Reply #9 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 4:22pm
 
Donal Cleary wrote on Aug 1st, 2012 at 3:28pm:
i'm not getting into another argument with you. 


Was I there for the first one?
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Reply #10 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 5:09pm
 
great idea Larry smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #11 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 5:58pm
 
I like all the pink!  The cool shop is very nice.
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Reply #12 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 8:15pm
 
I really, really like that idea. smiley=thumbsup.gif  smiley=thumbsup.gif
Thank you.

I don’t have room in my shop for permanent area but a temporary should work for me.  My tools are on the wall behind my lathe and it is short (Nova 1624).  I would have to go outside to the grinder but that is no problem.
I think 8 X 8 will work for me.  Two three-piece sections of 1” insulation (six sheets of 4X8 total).  Both three-piece sections hinged with duct tape to form an L and I have a thirty pound collapsible/foldable 8 X 8 (like Japanese room dividers).
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Reply #13 - Aug 1st, 2012 at 8:20pm
 
Donal - I lived in Montana for 25 years.  Very cold area.  I heated my shop there with a wood stove.  Like Jim said burning mistakes.  I did travel a couple of years ago to your wonderful country.  My father was Irish, he had a picture of his grandmothers grave somewhere in Northern Ireland.
Jenny - the 2 x4's that are pink are what they do to cheap studs  Grin nowadays.  Actually I am very comfortable with my sexuality so the color does  not bother me.  Cool  Since the insulation board is violet, with the pink studs it seems to look OK.

The AC I have is also a heater although I don't anticipate using it.
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Reply #14 - Aug 2nd, 2012 at 7:56pm
 
Cool Shop Larry! Cool Great Idea, mine is the basement and it still gets hot.
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Reply #15 - Aug 10th, 2012 at 11:11pm
 
Well Larry, I just finished making my own 7x12 cold turning room. The shop gets up to about 110 degrees by the after noon but now I can turn in 71 degree comfort. Thanks again for the idea my friend. I sold some storm braces to finance it. Some day I may post a few pic's but for now I can start turning again.
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Reply #16 - Aug 10th, 2012 at 11:22pm
 
I showed my wife the cold room and mentioned that I could probably build something like that in the garage, and she asks if I considered moving the lathe into the house, since we don't really use the spare bedroom.  I was struck dumb.
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Reply #17 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 12:04am
 
Someone that did that here had major problems with the fine dust throughout the house and A/C.
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Reply #18 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 9:05am
 
Hmm.  I wasn't really considering it, but that's a good point.  I would have to have good dust collection vented to outside, and keep the door closed.  Might even need weatherstripping.  I could let the air run because positive pressure should keep stuff out of the vents.
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Reply #19 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 10:21am
 
The problem would be return air for your house AC system.  I also considered the spare bedroom possibility but could not figure out the problem.  I think you have to shut off the central air and go with a window unit and vent the dust collection outside.  The biggest hurdle for me was LOML i didn't think I could vent her wrath from me.
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Reply #20 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 5:10pm
 
If there were return vents in each room that makes sense, but I have a large return vent in the main hallway.  I can't have window unit due to HOA rules, but I could open the window and vent to the outside while I'm turning if no one notices.  I would extend my backyard fence so that window wasn't visible from the street in that case. 

I'm not planning on using the spare room anyway; this is just a thought experiment.
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Reply #21 - Aug 11th, 2012 at 8:31pm
 
I have yet to acquire the funds for the dust collection I will need to begin finishing in my cold room. I intend to get the trend pro face shield and a HF-2hp dust collection unit with all the necessary hoses and attachments for proper dust collection. Until then I have an abundance of fresh wood for rough turning. I will just rough turn for the next few months in cool conditions. I will not try any sanding in there until I have the proper dust collection. But boy what a joy to turn in a cool room for the first time since becoming a willing and happy victum to the vortex. Smiley Smiley Smiley
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