My First Workshop #1: Planning...over or underthinking at it's finest

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 04-18-2016 06:35 PM 1787 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’m getting ready to embark on building my first standalone workshop. Currently, my shop resides in half of a two car garage. I’m being allotted a 12×16 shed in our backyard (since for that size a permit is not required) to continue my hobby. Of course a few things have to happen before this can happen. A new storage shed has to be built, the old storage shed has to be torn down and replaced with fencing (I love my beagle too much to let her run free). The new storage shed foundation is in process, and I’ll post pics of it later. Excited and terrified at the same time!

progress of the storage shed as of 4/22/16:

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 08:53 PM

Sounds like you are on your way to a new shop. I think you will enjoy not having to share the space with the other half of a garage. New shop, very exciting. Good luck.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 09:06 PM

Let you work flow dictate your tool placement. Put everything but the saw on wheels.
My workflow:
New lumber storage
Chop saw
Sanding & Assembly
Finished goods storage & shipping.



-- Madmark -

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 04-18-2016 09:55 PM

“Excited and terrified at the same time!,” is, sometimes, the best way to be, Becky. May the bluebird of happiness find your doorway.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-19-2016 11:22 AM

Good luck on the new shop! Mine is still a work in progress, but already I know having a dedicated space will be great.

Regarding machine placement, consider having the ts near the door (with a garage or double door). This way if you are ripping longer items over 6ft you can open the door and use the outside at least temporarily..

Also, build in some overhead storage for lumber if you can. I wish I had the hieght in my small shop fror that.

-- I do this for fun.

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#5 posted 04-19-2016 11:25 AM

Also, getting a permit is not that big of a deal, and often required if you are running power anyway. Which reminds me: LOTS of outlets! On a 20A circuit.

-- I do this for fun.

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#6 posted 04-20-2016 08:08 AM

Beka think about installing 1/4 pegboard to the upper half of your interior. Oh and I like that you are inspiring to not read directions, just like the boys out there.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#7 posted 04-20-2016 11:56 AM

Thanks all!

@Matt electric is going to be down the line – and does require a permit. I’m still kind of debating on that one as I’d like to run the in wall wiring as I build, but I have to increase the 100 amp box on the house to a 200 amp service and run a line to the shop…. that may have to be a different blog :D I think I’m going to need at least 30 amps since the DC requires 15 at least at startup and most of my stationary/bench tools also require 15 at startup/functioning, so between that and the lights and the radio…plus I don’t want to have to be running to the house to flip the circuit! trying to not put the horse in front of the cart though. :) I’ve just got the storage shed step started

- it’s a bit further along than this but I havent taken another pic yet. I put down black plastic and have about 1/2 ton of gravel on it. The weed barrier fabric doesn’t seem to do me any good – or I have super powered weeds that just ignore it.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#8 posted 04-21-2016 03:14 AM

Speaking of electricity …. I was planning to run a cable to the new workshop I’d put it underground. Therefore, I would work that part out and bury some conduit in the ground before building the workshop … then build the workshop over it. It would making it a lot easier … especially if you are going to pour a slab for the base.

Good luck on the project. I’m sure you’ll love it when it’s done.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 04-22-2016 11:33 AM

Thanks Andy! I’ll give it some thought. Luckily, the storage shed isn’t in front of any of the electrical. All of that comes into the house from overhead the back yard. Thankfully, nothing buried back there. I’ll try to get some pics of the back yard in it’s disastrous / natural state. I’m working on a soil sifter right now to get some of the grass clods out of the yard… wishing I had access to a tiller or something!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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