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Posted on Moving to a new shop! Maybe a third of the size though!!! Smart?

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 01:00 AM

You do not say if you are renting the bigger building or what you are going to do with it if you own it? Is this a business or a hobby shop? What do you mostly build? I have a 14 X 21 shop and with a little planning you can get a lot of equipment in a shop that size. Most equipment has to be mobile and you need to pull out the pieces you are going to use. Take a look at my shop, you might be surprised how much equipment I have in that space. I do have a shed just out side the back door to hold off-fall, jigs and misc. I store some lumber in the basement and can finish down there if I want. I mostly build projects for friends, church and family. I am doing woodworking because I want to and not that I have to. I am retired, Thank God!

I had a 16 X 24 shop when I had my business for 9 years in ND. All my older project pictures show you the different things I made in that shop with a lot less equipment than I have now. I had a 10”unisaw, power miter box saw, 14” bandsaw, power hand tools and hand tools. Yes you can do woodworking out of a smaller shop. You mostly lose production time. Looking forward to seeing your new shop, if you decide to go that way. Putting a new shop in is a lot of fun and it is nice to be close to home.

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