small workshop ideas #5: HELP !! Look ahead to my next workshop

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 12-06-2017 02:21 PM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Soo in blogs we get to tell our story. Mine is about moving since my wife is a Presbyterian Minister. Now at 65 we are looking ahead to a home in Arizona. And this will be my Workshop Number 6. So in a recap I have been in homes with 2 basement shops, that’s when I bought the Shopsmith. A third home with my first garage, later took that down to get my best shop, Half of a 24 by 28 Modular I had a 12 by 28 shop open to the other half for my use. With fans, wood stove, white walls and up on a quiet hill top and no neighbors to bother or bother me. Currently I am in the one car garage ( thats the pictures you see ) yes there were some tears leaving the large deluxe shop I created !!!!. Now here is the cry for HELP. in a few years. No one should go to this lightly, I move to photo number 3. a 20 by 24 garage in Arizona with a 5 by 5 storage room at the end. Now I am looking for anyone who has similar shops to send me their pics or thoughts. Here’s some parameters….the cars will go in at night, so no tools all over the floor space, I have to roll them along the wall. most are on casters now. The shelf you see can stay or go. The available wall space is 8 feet high 19 feet long and 24 in deep when the cars would be in. Cars will be a Prius and a Jetta. The opposite wall will be storage cabinets for the home, you see the home is built on a slab so any storage is in closets or the garage. Fans…I got fans. There is a side door to the garage for access to the outside and a door to the interior of the home. Heat…no need for wood stove now. If you don’t have an idea of Temps in Arizona, I just was there at Thanksgiving and it was 66 at mid day and I was wearing shorts and sport shirts for the 2 weeks I was there. Not the usual PA climate I am used to but I will adjust. I think finishes on projects will dry faster with fans there. i don’t get to move the lumber I have acquired, unless I can make it into furniture. If you would go to my last blog or home page to see any tools I have been downsizing over the last years for this. Like any dream shop…dreams can come true. I get to have this and a son and grandson 3 doors down to come in more often. All in all nothing to whine about.

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 02:59 PM

Take a look at this blog series. It is my garage shop in Az. Room for cars at night, ShopSmith, dust collection, etc.
I don’t know where you are moving to but I wouldn’t be so quick about disregarding the benefits of some form of heat. Here in Green Valley, south of Tucson it often gets colder at night in the winter than it does back home on Vancouver Island and while it may make its way up to 60 or so for a daytime high, it takes its time.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 03:52 PM… to plan to keep. Shopsmith 510, planer, 3 shopsmith SPT, router table, shop vac and /or dust collector, 2 toolchests with wood tops for workbenches. 2 workmates, aircompressor?. assorted portables, small accessories and parts are in plastic bins and storage crates now. tv and dvds, clamps—-over 20 bar and 12 wood jaw clamps.

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 07:10 PM

Good luck with the move. I recently moved from a 12×16 shed to a two car garage myself. Building it right from day one is the best move you can make and it seems like you are working the plan already.


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