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My shop is 12’x16’. I put in a second floor for additional storage. It’s small but functional. Heat by kerosene heater and I just bought 2 small a/c for windows. My shop is on the west side of my house, very hot in summer afternoon. I have a Rigid table saw, Delta drill press, and just got a Porter Cable 14” band saw. I have a Craftsman lathe, but I have to install the new motor. A friend wanted to get rid of it, so I took it. Lots of small tools and still buying.

Uploaded more photos. Added two 5000 btu a/c in windows. Will be able to work this summer in here. Now need heat for winter. Still working on that.

-- Gerald, Illinois


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SnowFrog

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 05:17 AM

Finally someone with a shop the size of mine (12×13). I was starting to have a size inferiority complex ;-) lol
I am looking forward to see pics if you have them. I just move into that shop and truely looking for ideas of how to cope with small places.

Thanks

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 04:35 PM

Gerald, it looks like a workable building for a shop and you can still do a little work on the deck as well. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 07:28 PM

While it is a little bit snug, I have an 18’x20’ 9’ ceiling garage workshop that shares space with bicycles, lawn mowers, weed whackers etc… If I could manage a high roof gambrel style barn like that with a second story for wood storage, i would start insulating and wiring that sucker NOW to get it ready to move my tools into… Keep the big tools mobile, and rig up some way to move them in / out of that shop and onto the deck if you need more room to work… And don’t bother trying to break down sheet goods in the shop… That’s what cutting guides and circular saws are for!

You mention it gets really hot in there during the summer. Put in some insulation and a radiant barrier, you really don’t need 2 air conditioners, 1 smallish unit say around 8K BTU should be more than enough…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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rozzi

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 03:16 AM

Works for me. Mine is only 12×24 but low ceiling so with your storage things should work well. Well to LJ’s. Hope you enjoy it.

-- Duane, Iowa

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 03:31 AM

Nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Splinterman

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#6 posted 06-10-2011 10:31 AM

Hey Gerald,
The shop looks good and a bonus is you have plenty of room to expand…well done.

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Gregn

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#7 posted 06-19-2011 05:14 AM

Nice shop, good use of peg board to lighten things up. Looks like things are easy to get at as well.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 02:49 PM

Gerald, this looks like you have put together a pretty nice shop. I have always thought that a stand alone shop is the way to go and the plywood flooring that you have in yours is easier to work on when compared to concrete. Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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poospleasures

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 03:06 PM

Good job. Looks like your are very well on your way. Looks like you have collected some good stuff. I enjoy looking at everyones shop.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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mhein68

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 02:09 AM

Hey your closer then I imagined! I’m in Evansville just down the road!!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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RibsBrisket4me

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 02:12 AM

I used to live in Lebanon, IL. You have a very efficient shop. Thanks for sharing!!!

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