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Blog entry by Mike521 posted 10-02-2011 04:41 AM 1573 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have all my tools in still in boxes packed away and will be moving them into a public storage rental. Does anybody have advice on how I can set it up so I can work out of the storage unit? Is there a specific size that works better than others? Special conciderations? Has anybody ever tried this before? Thank you for the help.

-- The Woodster

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 04:52 AM

I have a friend who did that but you will have to check with the management to see if they will permit it. Some places will and others won’t. Main excuse not to is the dust filtering all over. As for size of space, it will depend on what you are trying to make, small items or big items, size of storage space will depend on your budget. Also check to see if power is included and how much power is available. Most units offer only lights and no outlets.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 05:09 AM

yeah, I was also thinking of the power issue. I’m just getting back into the craft and probably will be doing smaller projects first but we’ll see. Thanks for the advice

-- The Woodster

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 05:50 AM

Mike, I have a 11×30 storage unit, check my shop page. The more height the better. Also must be concrete walls. I only have one 110 circuit, the only time it affects me is when I’m using the table saw. I agree with the above, check with management before you spend money. The electric will be the deciding factor.

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 06:32 AM

i had a nice shop 2 car deep and 1 car wide. problems were little electricity and little pissed off neighbors.The management was cool with me working there but the city ended up ruining it they said the space was not zoned for workshops the manager fought it and won but i moved to my new house where i am now setting up my new shop as well good luck in the future of your shop but yes ask as the others have said it will save you a move you could also look for a small shop in a business park /

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 09:56 AM

I have a 5’ x 5’ work shop that works well for me. If you are working in a storage unit then you need to check the contract that you have with your storage unit management. Most don’t allow you to take up shop but it does not hurt to ask.

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 12:28 PM

Did you mean to say 5 feet by 5 feet ? What equipment will squeeze in there ? I am amazed and would like to see pics of that.

Most of the storage units in this area are either 10×10 or 10×20. There are people that work out of theirs from time to time (but not all day every day).

Good luck.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 04:50 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys, I really appreciate the insight. I’ll post pics when I’m up and running.

-- The Woodster

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#8 posted 10-02-2011 09:25 PM

Check out this contractor’s mobile workshop. Several VERY interesting ideas in a easily setup/take down shop. Similar to your idea of a “storage shed shop”. Lot’s of tools in a small space. Some built-in, and some movable.

This person has spent a LOT of time designing this system and he’s always trying something new. Maybe it will give you some ideas. He’s got a number of videos on YouTube. All very interesting to watch.


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