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Old 02-10-2018, 10:32 AM
kenk kenk is offline
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Default Garage Woodworking in Winter

Living in the northern U.S. states we face some brutally cold winters. Most of my woodworking happens in my garage, which right now (Feb) is FREEZING COLD. It's really not much fun to be out there for any length of time.

Besides moving to the southwest states (it sounds like even the southeast states have been cold this winter - 2017-2018 - I guess it's all relative though), I'm wondering what woodworkers who's workshops are exposed to cold weather do to continue woodworking during the winter months to avoid frostbite.

Do you fork out the money to insulate and add heating? What kind of heating? Do you move inside to a heated space? Do you just stop woodworking for the duration? The recent silence on this forum make me wonder if folks have stopped making sawdust for the winter.

The wife and I are setting up a retirement house in northern Wisconsin, and our plan is to add a separate 1.5 car insulated-heated garage bay for a workshop. I like the thought of having an overhead garage door and easy access to the driveway & my pickup truck when bringing home lumber - especially 4'x8'x3/4" plywood. Opening the garage door in nice weather will also provide fresh air since I have a somewhat new appreciation for the negative health effects of breathing fine dust.

The retirement house has a full basement, but we worry about being forced to use the stairs (carrying lumber or not) as we age. That's why we're focusing on a main level workspace.

Your thoughts and experiences are appreciated!

Ken K.
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