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New Shop Layout #1: Prelim stage...planning

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Blog entry by Kilo19 posted 10-20-2017 03:32 PM 306 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of New Shop Layout series Part 2: Tools I have, Tools I'd Like to Have. »

Good morning/afternoon all, this may be a long blog, since i’ve never done anything like this before, and kinda new to publishing and sharing things like this. I’ve thought about wanting to do this more, so forgive me for my inexperience. BTW thank you for your experience on this site.

I am starting a new journey for me, I get to build a new shop (or add on to one). So to give you some background my dad had a cabinet shop in his 3 car garage, I was used to how he had things laid out and organized…obviously I had my own way that I would have done things (laid it out and built), but he paid the bills and you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. So many years later its now my turn :D . I moved to a small town in the country (were in city limits, but we don’t have a city limit sign) so no restrictions or HOA! 1 1/2 yr ago I built a 8×16 building (not a shed, a shed to me doesn’t have a floor, this has a floor. I have 3 sheds on the property for pallet storage, and lawnmowers) anyway I built a building with left over materials that were given to me, and ones I saved. All in all it ended up costing me about 200$ Screws and 2 windows, and floor joists (treated, as I wanted something that would last) Its not concreted down, but on blocks every 2/3 sqft or so. Has held up really well. Now I do most of my wood working in there. It is EXTREMELY packed with hardly any room, but I do what I can with what I have.

Now recently I tore down a 100 yr old house and plan on using some/most, not all, of that material for building my new “shop”. The floor joists will sit on concrete piers that I’ll pour (not worried about settling much, as 2/3’ down I have cleachly (SP). I plan on adding on to the front of the current building, but leaving the wall and door, maybe switch out the exterior grade door for something different (door was free).

So on to the building (prelim stage) I don’t want an extravagant shop, but one that will be functional and not be some large building that’s wasted. So with that in mind I’m debating on the length of the “new” shop. The width will follow the current building size plus a few feet. The building is 16’ long, but has 20’ roof coverage. (i’ll draw a picture for this next part, but I’ll add a few feet to act as a fence, since I have one on one half already. So I’m guessing the shop will be 25’ish wide, but wondering is 25’ long or 30’ long is better.

I’ve been told growing up, drafting classes that rectangles are easier to work with and function in. Still undecided on this. One of the things I keep dreaming about (this is how I problem solve) where to place tools, DC piping ( I want it under the floor) oh did I mention it will be Pier and beam construction with 100 yr old tongue and groove flooring :))), table saws, future tools. I understand that it will be impossible to account for everything, but my OCD and how I am, I’m gonna try.

Building being built



Finished building



Recycling an old smoke shake for buildings siding


Current outdoor shop

Next I’ll follow up with tools I have, want/would like to have.

-- Justin



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