I built a dedicated shop for my GF and CNC, advice needed

Thanks for the comments! I forgot to mention:

It’s wired up with 4 outlets per wall, on a dedicated 50 amp sub-panel. Only two outlets per 20amp breaker. There is a window-style AC unit that will be in the back corner (Hawaii). I also ran direct-burial cat6 all the way out there for ethernet/access point.

I just bought these new color-changing LED strips that can be daylight, natural, or cool white. I didn’t want to have to choose, or for the light to affect how I see painted surfaces.


I plan on both the GF and CNC to both be on casters so that I can move them anywhere.

I already have my TV ready to go! Just waiting on the sheetrock…

I didn’t go with a door with a window because crime has really gone up lately in my neighborhood, and I wanted to eliminate most points of access. That’s why the windows are so high in the air.

Your full size flat file, I’m having a hard time picturing it. Do you have a picture, or can you tell me what you store in it? I’m mostly in need of a place to put my plywood so that it doesn’t get warped.

I wish I could have plumbing, but then it’s no longer a “shed”. Can have water or electricity, but not both.

Inside, last week.


Thanks! It’s all wired up with electrical and ethernet (I’m actually IT).

I plan on using every walled surface for storage. Was going to do some kind of massive french-cleat system so that I could move anything, anywhere. Also planning on a loft in that upper corner under the windows. Just for storage, though.

My floating floor is 16" OC, with blocking every 2ft. Then, in the entry way, there is blocking every 12". My subfloor is 2x6 with 3/4" treated T&G plywood. My floating floor is 2x4 with 3/4" Birch plywood with multiple layers of polyurethane.


Ooooh I love that floor!
I love your french cleat plans.
I love the whole thing… I want one like it.
I could probably have one, too, if I go talk to my local building office.


Not much feedback to give here. Living alone, I am fortunate to have a 12x18 room in my main living space which is currently where my GF and XCarve reside, and I need to do a lot of work to make it more organized vs. dumped. I dream of having an organized maker space so I love discussions like this.


You can see the wire for my in-floor power/ethernet junction box.

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Something like this:


That one is amazing.

Previously (I talk about flat files all the time):


Thanks for the information. What do you store in those flat files? My company has some aircraft, and our mechanics all have their tools in something very similar. I’m just not sure what parts/pieces/supplies I would store in them. Maybe you have a picture of yours in use? I don’t know what I don’t know haha.

I wanted to add that just ordered a dust deputy cyclone attachment, and I’m looking at getting the Festool CT26 dust collector. And then woodcraft has the Rikon air purifier on sale this week, so was going to install that in the ceiling. It’s not hepa, but I plan on painting/soldering/tinkering quite a bit out there so I need as much air flow as possible.

I put a 6" PVC underneath coming from my garage/carport so that I can keep the compressor and/or vacuum out in the garage and then just ran air hose/vacuum hose through that pipe and into the shop. Trying to mitigate the noise coming into my ears. Into the neighborhood is a concern, which is why I’m looking at the Festool; it’s a bit quieter at 66db. Makita makes a dust collector that goes all the way down to 59db, but it’s a little less-reviewed.

Thanks for any input/advice.

Materials. It absolutely gobbles up materials. I use a lot of different hardwoods, I like that I can open a drawer and immediately see what I have on hand.


Not my dollars, but Makita makes good stuff in my experience and 7dB is quite a bit! I’d be tempted to take the gamble :slight_smile: is the cost about the same?


Looks like you got a great plan working. I think you will be very happy with your work place.

One point. There are always trade offs with any method of making things.

With the glowforge it is exhaust with the noise and odors.
With the CNC it will be exhaust and tiny bits of metal, plastic, wood, etc, everywhere. Even with dedicated suction at the spindle there will be ‘stuff’ scattered around.

Be sure to develop a plan or method for keeping all those fiddly bits away from the glowforge.
A simple cover and cleanup after works for me when I am making dust, but a CNC is a tad worse than dust.


One thing I haven’t seen is a way to isolate the GF from the dust generated by the router. I would not run them in the same room without making sure the GF isn’t going to pull in all the router dust.


Heck I might run the cnc outside whenever possible. I almost always sand outdoors when it’s warm and not raining. Otherwise I use the downdraft table I whipped up with my gf.

When I get back to using the CNC, it will be on a 4x4 rolling cart I built which has big casters, specifically to allow me to roll it out onto my deck.

I have the components for a dust extraction system but need to build a permanent cabinet for them in the garage - which backs up to the work space I referenced.

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I wish I could roll it outside, but my floor is about 3ft off of the ground. So I would need a substantial deck or similar.

Sorry, the Festool goes all the way down to 62db, Makita is 59db.
The Festool max CFM is 137, Makita 135.
Festool has a 23mm ID anti-static, Makita is 37mm ID.
F is 27lbs, M is 28lbs.
F 6.9 Gallon, M 12 Gallon
F 10Amp, M 12Amp
Both are HEPA

Makita is $530
Festool is $730

Maybe there’s a Fein in this category as well?

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If you vent outdoors, does HEPA matter?

As to rolling outside, could you build in doors that allowed you to vent all of that dust out without actually wheeling the whole thing outside?

I can’t really vent it outside, my neighbor is less than 10ft away. I’m in downtown Honolulu.

As far as the HEPA, I plan on doing all kinds of things in this shop I want to make sure my kids’ health stays intact, so I’m willing to spend more on the air purification.

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I got those awning windows on Craigslist. The guy had 4, I only needed 2, but they were only $70 each for $300 double-pane windows so I got them all from him. I went ahead and put one in today and moved the other one down; I could barely reach them with a stool before. It rains quite a bit here, so the awning windows were important to keeping moisture out when the tools aren’t running.


Nice… put the other two to the left of the door, just for more light even if you can’t always open them?

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