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I have a very small workshop in a Mini Barn. Not very pretty, but it works. Actually it’s not too bad at 11×18 but its packed. I’ve been in this small barn for 20 years and accumulated quite a lot. In the next couple of years we are planning on moving out of the crowded area where we live and top priority is to get a large shop or build one. The deck on the front of it was built to allow me work space for cutting plywood on saw horses. No room inside to do that. I have to plan out projects very carefully because I use every inch of space.

the largest project was a set of bookcases for my church youth group and they were six foot tall four feet wide and two feed deep. they both were in the room at the same time. I have to climb over and around them to work. Only one could be in the center of the room while the other was pushed up against the stuff lining the wall. I had to position the cabinet so the top corner would be in-between the rafters when I stood up the cabinet or laid it down.

Oh yeah, the ceiling is six foot three and I’m six foot two! I can’t wear a hat in there.

The chocolate brown barn is the before picture.

-- Frank, or

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 05:08 AM

Frank, this is a pretty good idea for setting up a stand alone shop. It looks like it would work well for getting a shop up and running quickly. You have utilized the space that you have available and added some benches/storage that come in handy.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 05:52 AM

Hey Frank

Looks like my last workshop. I finally talked my wife into letting me put up a nice little shop. I like my shop now but I kinda miss my cozy little shop I used to have. Enjoy it!

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 09:33 AM

Hey Frank,
Good design and finish with lots of toys to play with….nice job.

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 09:50 AM

Nice shop :)
mine is 12’x16’ So I feel you need for more space However with 8’ high walls I can’t say too much about head room I am only 5’4” LOL :)

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 05:10 PM

The barn was there when I bought the place but it looked pretty bad. I re-sided the barn to get what your seeing now. I”ve added a picture of what it looked like before I redid the entire outside. New roof (thanks to hail damage on the house), new siding, new steel entry door (for security), I built the double doors on the left and the deck on the front. The deck was this past summer and everything else was the year before.

-- Frank, or

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 05:16 PM

Frank, thats a nice shop.

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 04:41 AM

Very good use of limited space! And the before and after comparison is just stunning!

That low clearance ceiling would bother me a bit but I bet you get used to it pretty fast!

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 04:58 AM

yes, after a day or two of moving my stuff in I almost forgot about the low ceiling. Until I stretched and hit my hands on the joist and my head rubbed as well….

-- Frank, or

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