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Old 11-15-2006, 01:54 PM   #21
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1) Walls surrounding workshop with solid ceiling (no dropped tiles)
2) Double-width doors with direct walk-out to driveway or garage (no steps)
3) Soundproofing
4) Dust extraction/control systems in its own sound-proofed room with outside venting)
5) Separate laundry room
6) Bathroom facilities (urinal too!)
7) Furnished recreation area with bar/fridge and hide-a-bed
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Is it going to be 100% modelling or woodworking/storage as well?

It's amazing what you can do with about 150-200 square feet. If you're going dual-fucntion (i.e., woodworking and modelling), then double the floor space for the big power tools.

Ideally, you should be able to plane a 8-foot plank with feed-in and run-out on both ends of the machine. That's about a 20-foot straight run. 15-foot width makes it 300 square feet.

Should take you several years to fill that.
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Old 11-17-2006, 04:10 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ronnieo need ALL that room.... so when that turbine accidently starts up in yer hand again like in the old can at least grenade toss it 100 feet against the wall.......
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Old 11-24-2006, 05:06 PM   #24
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Re: The wife gave me the whole basement for my hobby room!

Originally Posted by RC_MAN
Ok I'm not used to having a lot of space for my models. I'm into jets, aerobatics and instructing.

We are alying out a new house and my wife said the basement is mine. Can you share with me some of your experiences of a hobby room in the basement.

I'm thinking of a grade entrance to the garage and a separate display/charging room.


I just did this two years ago.

Of course, insulate the basement walls and under the floor.
If the floor is concrete, install in floor heat. Mine is driven off a second water heater.

Paint the floor the color of a carrier deck if you are ex Navy. I'm on the USS Midway, CVA 41.

Install a dust collection system not less than 1-1/2 horsepower with six inch ducts. I used an Oneida Air System and my shop has no more dust than the rest of the house. The final filter is .2 microns, that is HEPA standard.

If you intend to sand, let me know an I will try and send you the few photos made of the sanding table unit I built, 15 x 44 " and it works great.

Buy a Makita Compound dual bevel sliding Mitre saw.

Don't install a floor will put nasty things into the dust collector and wreck it.

I spent two years planning my set up. It is great. Allow plenty of room for storage on the walls.

Enuf said, GoNavy
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Old 11-24-2006, 10:34 PM   #25
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Man, I'm jealous. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd kid in January. That means the sewing room turns into a baby room, and guess what my hobby room turns into, yeah...... a sewing room.......!

I'm gonna be banished out to the garage for good now!

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Old 11-25-2006, 05:27 AM   #26
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See where Love gets us !!!

Next they will have us building on the driveway.

I'm actually not too bad off. I have most of the unfinished basement of our 70 year old home. The ceilings are 7 feet, i'm 6'4" so theres enough clearance there. The one real nice feature is theres an outside entrance so I don't have to go through the house. The wife doesn't like the basement stairs, she says there too steep. The only time she goes there is to do laundry, other than that its all mine.
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... so do the laundry, two benefits, one: brownie points. Two, she ain't too likely to see what you bought or what you are building!
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Get a bigger basement with this designed house.

[quote="RC_MAN"]The downside to this deal is that my wife gets the top two floors

Hey ! Build a bungalow and get the same size basement as the main floor.

My house is 1058sq ft. upstairs and downstairs.

I have the whole basement for my models. All 1058 sq. ft.

Another idea for you to think about is this. I put a gas stove in the rec room / building room last spring. It will be great this winter to take the chill off the basement area. It will save gas to by not having to crank up the furnace to warm the basement.

Also make sure that there is a door lined up with the stairs to make it easier to get those giant scale planes down into the basement.

Also make the stairs and doors larger than standard size. My cousin did that and his stairs are about 4 to 5 feet wide He wanted to make it easy to get his wood working machines down the stairs.
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