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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:23 PM
Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:28 PM
I built my shop 24x36 and used 4 trusses that I built myself to span across the short side. Unfortunately, a monstrous thunderstorm removed that roof with 125 mph winds - so my current roof is a shed type with big I-beams holding the roof purlins.
Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:34 AM
Also, give yourself at least one big overhead or sliding door. 10'x10' minimum. Should be big enough to get a loader or big forklift through. Even bigger would be better.
Layout your proposed building size on the ground with rope, and figure out a possible solution of equipment placement. Then see if you have enough room for everything, and room to work around it.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:56 AM
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:44 AM
Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:46 PM
I'm forever kicking myself for stopping the wall height at 10'4" when another $400 would have gotten me 3 more courses of block, yielding an extra 2' of height.
Rather than a bridge Crane, ( which would be a terrific thing to have ) ... I use a rolling Gantry in my shop, and would be lost without it.
Another thing that I wish I had done, ... is span the shop with a couple of "I" beams, equipped with Beam Trucks and Chain Hoists.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:05 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:12 PM
Next we need to know intended use: do you mainly make knives where a small work area is better than a big one or do you make large ornamental work where swinging a 20' stick is a daily occurrence?
Propane, coal, induction? Will you have more than one set up for use at the same time? I know one professional smith with 25#, 50#, 100# LG's and then an Erie Steam hammer and a Chambersburg all around the forge and working.
Powerhammers, platens, forging presses, rolling mills?
It's kind of like me asking you what kind of vehicle I should buy without telling you if I need a dump truck or a Yaris....
BTAIM If the weather is clement than massive amounts of space is a good thing, If bad weather is an issue then having a subsection of a larger shop that can be more climate controlled is helpful.
Height is a good thing as being able to swing a stick overhead is handy.
Don't forget to factor in POWER! 3 phase if you can get it and 220 outlets for welders and grinders.
Access: can you get a large truck up to the building for unloading? A "patio" you can run a forklift around can be a bit help.
Ventilation. One of the old factory clerestory windows/vents down the middle of the building can be nice.
Future expansion: is the building oriented so you can tack on another XYZ feet of it; or build a shed roof stock storage addition?
Do you need to have a clean room for things like knife buffing and or ironwork finishing?
Security: do you need to be able to lock down the entire building hard or just a few items in a tool cubby?
Flooring: can you afford a nice thick concrete floor for all or part of the building and the rest will be ?
I was once looking through 19th century smithy diagrams and pictures and it was interesting to note the different set ups based on different product lines.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:21 PM
Have fun in your new shop!
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