Finally some headway to report!
Sidebar - I love the Thanksgiving weekend around here... business pretty much shuts down on Wednesday, we run errands, cook for a day & a half, host family on Thursday, they all go home and then I have 3 days to work on my stuff. Weather and wife cooperated (I was mainly responsible for running errands, smoking the turkey, and making sure there was enough ice), so it was a great long weekend. I got in about 2 solid days of work and nearly as many hours of standing around contemplating the work. Back on topic...
After agonizing over my options I made up my mind and unloaded the stuff crammed into every square inch and got it out of the way, probably 7 of the 10 pounds (see topic title) had to be moved:
Next I cleared out the overhead junk & opened up the ceiling by adding braces to each set of rafters and removing the single old collar tie (it's amazing how well a couple 8p common nails hold in 30 year old lumber!):
Finally I roughed in most of the electric and started insulating as I went:
One of the decisions I made was to drop from (5) 24" base cabinets down to (4) and swap them to the short (9'-6") wall, with the remaining space on that wall dedicated to my CT/UDD. The tools/abrasives stored in the cabinet I am losing will end up in the new MFT cart.
Moving the cabinets on the short wall will leave me with an open rectangular floor space ~9'-6" by 9'-6" in which I can move my work benches around in as needed. Where the cabinets were previously located ( on the 11'-6" long wall) reduced the short floor space dimension to only 7'-6" which left me only able to work long material in one direction, this should be much better.
Since I am not ready to install whatever wall board I end up going with I decided to just eliminate it behind the cabinets, which saves a few $$ and lets me deal with the wall sheathing later. The floor drops ~3/4" in 24" out from the wall, so I ran a ledger @ 3-1/4" off the floor, the cabinets will rest on this, be shimmed and screwed to the studs and then I can scribe a 3/4" toe kick to the uneven floor to support the front of the cabinet.
Another of the choices I made was to run all outlets @ 40" above the floor. My standard work surface height will be 37", so the outlets will clear any bench/table I add. I also ran 6" strips of 3/4" plywood blocking @ ~38" height so I have something to attach cabinets/benches to other than the studs.
I decided to run all horizontal electric @ 30" above the floor, A height at which I am unlikely to be screwing anything in the future. as a precaution I am putting nail plates over each wire anyway.
In total I ended up with 5 circuits:
- 15A for the overhead/outside lights
- 20A dedicated to the CT, with outlets in 3 of the 4 corners of the shop
- 20A with outlets @ 40" height, about every 32" around the walls
- 20A run overhead in the ceiling, for drop cord reels and the 110V heater I currently have (this circuit probably won't get used a great deal after I replace the heater)
- 30A/220V with one outlet on the wall and then run overhead for future radiant heat panel (if I need to use the outlet I will shut off the heat if necessary
I also ran the overhead 20A line to a J-box outside and wire-nutted it off, that will serve the future outdoor cooking area. Overhead I plan on (4) 4' fluorescent fixtures, and eventually a 24" by 48" radiant heat panel on the 220V circuit.
Lots more to do but it feels good to have made a start. Now I can't really work in there until the wiring/insulation are completed and the cabinets moved, so this should keep me focused for the next couple weeks of free time.
Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.