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Northern, VA
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Still pulling it together. 12×16 gable shed that is now my dedicated shop. Still need to wire it up, insulate it, etc. but I’ve got one shop light in there now so I can get work done at any hour. I’ve got a little space heater that works pretty well when the temps are reasonable (30’s and up). Slowly making progress towards turning this into a productive and enjoyable shop.

-- - Billy


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#1 posted 241 days ago

Added a shop light and small heater running off an extension cord. Moved my tools out there and am in the process of cleaning up/sharpening what I’ve got.

-- - Billy

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#2 posted 239 days ago

Dont know where your are. The red clay suggest The South. Insulation?

EDIT: I just caught the Northern VA.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#3 posted 239 days ago

I’m in Northern Virginia. I’m going to suffer through the 2013 winter with no insulation for a few reasons. The two biggest reasons being 1) I don’t have the shop wired for power yet and 2) the dollars for this project are just about gone for the time being :)

-- - Billy

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#4 posted 239 days ago

Fair enough.

Looks like it will make a fine shop and escape.

I’d love to have a little wood burning stove in my shop. That would certainly solve my cut-off and scrap problem.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#5 posted 220 days ago

I planning to build one the same size (12×16). I bought a shed “kit” from 84 Lumber. But, I’m going to make some modifications to it. 8’ ceiling is the main thing. And I’m going to put windows in it. I won’t have power either. Not at first anyway.

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#6 posted 220 days ago

I don’t know if you’ll have this option, but I run an extension cord out to the shop that powers a 4 foot, 4-bulb T8 light fixture and a small heater (both are necessary if I want to be out there for any meaningful length of time right now). Otherwise, I’m rocking hand tools only for now so there’s no requirement for power other than the light and heat.

My shop’s sidewalls are just under 7’ high and I’ve found that’s fine for me. I’m 5’7” so that may have something to do with it. I won’t be making that the ceiling height (the roof will be my ceiling for the most part) so when looking at it like that, the ceiling height is near 10’ in the middle of the shop and ~7’ on each long side.

I looked at those kits from 84 lumber and they’re basically the same as what I have. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to get a shop up quickly. I bet you’ll be happy with it. Post pictures when you get to that point.

-- - Billy

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#7 posted 219 days ago

I hear ya! I plan to do the same thing regarding the power situation. I’m sure I’ll need more light than the two windows I’ve already obtained for the build. And the summers here in Texas can be pretty hot so, I’ll want a fan for the summer and a heater for the winter.

I’m thinking about installing a small Harbor Freight type solar power system for all that. I don’t plan to use any power tools at all so, if I stick to that method of work, I won’t need the power for anything else. I just need to find out what my city ordinances say about it. I don’t know if they’d require a permit for that or not.

Something I haven’t noticed until reading your reply and looking at your interior picture a little closer. You’re style of roof structure seems to have an advantage in regards to the height issue. It doesn’t appear to have the piece that spans from one wall to the other wall. I’ve seen that piece referred to as the “collar tie.” The shed I bought has them but, they’re installed above the wall’s top/double plate. So, that should make the shorter wall height more bearable.

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#8 posted 219 days ago

Yeah, more light is better. Prior to the 4 bulb fixture, I could only work during the first half of the day with the doors wide open if I wanted any meaningful amount of light. This fixture allows me to close the doors and work a lot longer while staying warm(ish). This isn’t enough light, though. I’m definitely going to want at least one more fixture but I’m planning on 3 more. I think a total of 4 fixtures would provide plenty of light.

The solar power thing is a good idea. I’ve only casually looked at that option. It’d be good in the winter time when the leaves have fallen off the trees and my shop gets sunlight all day long. In the summer it’d be covered for the majority of the day, though. Also, I haven’t totally ruled out power tools and my shop, while primarily for woodworking, will take on a few other smaller semi-related tasks that will require power.

I’ve actually got a 2×4 running the width of the shop across the ceiling. It’s up a little higher than the top plate, though (about 8-ish feet up). Aside from that one collar tie(?), it’s all open.

-- - Billy

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#9 posted 176 days ago

Greetings from a fellow NOVA LJ. Nice outbuilding. Love the hand tool-only approach. Shame it’s been so damn cold up here, can’t imagine you’ve been spending much time out there. It’s freezing in my attached garage shop even with an insulated door and a heater running. Just think how hot it’s gonna be out there in the summer though!

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#10 posted 176 days ago

Hey, thanks! Yeah, the temps have kept me out of the shop. Yeah, I’m going to have to get an AC for summer otherwise it’s not going to be a lot of fun.

-- - Billy

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