>Seperate "dirty" room: house the noisy air compressor,
>sand blast cabinets, grinder, and buffer (hate that dust).
>Maybe even an exterior fan to help purge the room of dust.
For automotive-related shops, I'd think just the opposite would be
desirable: a "clean" room for engine and precision machine work
assembly. That's exactly what I've done. It's a fairly small room
with a counter and good lighting. I force filtered air into it to
maintain positive pressure. It's worked rather well.
For things like blast cabinets, grinders, etc, I highly recommend a
good dust collector. Harbor Freight is selling two-stage dust
collectors for under $300. Your lungs are worth at least that much.
>Office area: seperate room: book shelves, desk, cabinet for
>"fine & rarely used tools", bathroom, phone, and fridge. ;-)
Good idea. I find that I don't use my "office space" room for much
more than the book shelf of reference books or doing machining
calculations. But it is nice to have someplace with a flat surface
>Space permitting: LOFT, with WIDE stairs, above the office
>area for parts storage. Keeps that spare fender and radiator
>out of harms way while working in the shop.
Great place to stack tires, too.
>Tom Walter '67 & '68 Datsun 2000's
'70 MGBGT (E Production)
'72 Chevy Van 20
'77 VW Rabbit (ITC)
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'78 Homebuilt flatbed trailer
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