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08-28-2015 03:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question workshop location ideal

We all have a workspace, or at least want a workspace. Where is your preferred space? Is it a basement shop, a garage shop, an outbuilding on your property, a rented space away from home? Tell me your preference and why.

My current workspace is in my basement, it is small and I long for more room. I also find myself working in houses a lot lately away from home, also not ideal. I think I would like to have an outbuilding, say 20’ x 20’ or larger, in my backyard ideally.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.


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GT350

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 03:58 AM

I like the idea of a nice basement shop but it has problems like dust in the house and noise from the machines and also it would be hard to get things in and out of the basement. The nice thing is it would be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I live on a corner lot and my house faces one street and the shop faces the other. The shop is 20 deep by 35’ wide with 10’ of that sectioned off for a separate room which makes for good storage and my compressor sits in there so it cuts the noise down. I can back right up to it to load or unload things which is a definite advantage. The disadvantage is I have to heat and cool it more than a basement and when it rains I either track water in the house or take my shoes off. I am happy with my detached shop though as there is no dust transfer and noise doesn’t bother anyone in the house plus there is more natural light than most basements.
Mike

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 04:08 AM

Detached shops are awesome.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 04:19 AM

Currently use basement and garage. In fact, that’s all I’ve ever used. So, of course, I dream of something more.

I would love to have a barn-like structure where one half of it could be used as 3-car garage (and lawn equipment and storage) and the other half could be my shop. With MORE TOYS and great dust collection and lots of wood storage.

Hey, a guy can dream, right?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 04:25 AM

A friend of mine got a divorce and the house. Yeah, I know that ’s hard to believe. Anyway, he built the shop he always wanted. He could step right out the back door and into his shop without getting wet. Shortly after he finished the shop, she comes back. She hated the shop location. Long story short, they have a new house. Moral of the story is ask the woman where you can have one, I guess.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 04:34 AM

A few years ago I built a shop on my property 24’ x 36’ with a second floor to store wood and wish I had built it 28” x 40’ (bigger is better). The number of tools keeps growing and space has become a problem.

Whatever size or place you choose, make sure everything is on wheels for easy placement and moving. Also, figure on heat in the winter and cooling in the summer if it is a separate building and you use it that allot.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#6 posted 08-28-2015 04:36 AM

If my house had a basement, it would have about 2 feet of water in it. :-(

I do all of my work in the garage.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 08-28-2015 04:52 AM

I work in a garage. I love having a full wall that opens up, lots of fresh air and less hassle moving things in and out. One thing I don’t like is that I get random stop ins when they are not always welcome.

a basement shop in the winter seems really nice, but I think a two story detached shop sounds the best, about 20-30 yards from the main house with a wood stove for heat. Downstairs for machines etc, upstairs for an office and lounge.

Bottom line, just happy to have a shop at all.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 07:11 AM

I had a farm, well really a home I built with 40 acres of woods and a creek in the yard, and a basement shop.
But, I had to sell that place I loved for 37 years.
Now I have a house in town that I remodeled and have it exactly like I wanted it, and with a detached shop.
My new, in town, shop is 16’ x 24’ with 9’ ceiling and an upstairs office and a storage attic.
It’s nice, I suppose, having everything within five minutes drive or even a short walk.
The shop is great even though I had to shrink it down from 24’ square to 16×24. It still has room for all my tools, 100 amp electric, air conditioner, soon to have solar heat, city water and drain.
Now I love my new house and shop, but I hate where they are located.
I have come to realize the house and the shop are not where I satisfy my soul. I want my woods and creek back. I want to go outside at night and not have to listen to cars and horns and those damn thumpin car stereos and sireens and crap. I want to look up and see stars and trees instead of the frigging new glaring LED parking lot lights at Hardees.
I’m about ready to sell this and find me another place with woods and a creek, whether it has a shop or not.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 08:23 AM

My favorite workspace is somewhere with a nice view and natural light. Outdoors is nice as well.

Ultimately a whole wooden building in mountains or hilly landscape would be great. For instance like Don Villiams here.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 08-28-2015 11:23 AM


I think a two story detached shop sounds the best, about 20-30 yards from the main house with a wood stove for heat. Downstairs for machines etc, upstairs for an office and lounge.

- Stewbot

You took the words right out of my mouth, and this is the long-term plan. I have the property, we just need to decide if this current house will suit us long-term (forever), or if we will move one last time. SWMBO is pushing for the later.

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#11 posted 08-28-2015 11:39 AM



My favorite workspace is somewhere with a nice view and natural light. Outdoors is nice as well.

Ultimately a whole wooden building in mountains or hilly landscape would be great. For instance like Don Villiams here.

- kaerlighedsbamsen


My favorite workspace is somewhere with a nice view and natural light. Outdoors is nice as well.

Ultimately a whole wooden building in mountains or hilly landscape would be great. For instance like Don Villiams here.

- kaerlighedsbamsen


David Savage has that same quote. Nice Wegner.

-- Brian Noel

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 11:39 AM

Detached, but not too far from the house. My last shop was probably 100’ away, and often in the winter that was a problem. This one is about 20’ away, and while it can still be a little drifted in (in the winter) it has worked out much better.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bearkatwood

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 11:43 AM

My shop is an over sized two car garage for now, but it is getting crowded.

-- Brian Noel

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#14 posted 08-28-2015 12:00 PM

First shop was in a vacant bedroom, built a very substantial doghouse, of which I was very proud. Then came the first obstacle, I couldn’t get it out of the room, it was wider than the door opening, argh! The next shop was on the kitchen door step, concrete stairs about 4 feet by 4 feet. Eventually had a 1000 square foot shop, had a nice pot belly US Army WW2 stove for heat, Army field phones that connected me to the coffee supply at the house. Then from there got a 2000 square foot shop, on the third floor of a 100 year old barn, ceiling height was 38 feet, that was first shop with a wooden floor. For the past 25 years have been in what they told me was a 2 car garage, but I’ve never seen a car in it. The best thing is that you only have to walk twenty feet to be in the air conditioning and coffee. The garage door is opened and the guys stop by from time to time, always made it a policy to shut down the machines when company comes, it avoids accidents by trying to talk and work. Have fun, make some dust…btw—-How deep would the ocean be if it didn’t have sponges in it?

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bearkatwood

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#15 posted 08-28-2015 12:08 PM

I have lots of goofy signs hanging around for them to read while they wait for me to be done with the machine. Here is an important one though.

-- Brian Noel

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