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FlagshipOne

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10-10-2015 12:48 PM

How many of you are using a metal building for your woodworking shop? what do you like the most and what do you like the least?

I am weighing the options of both for my next shop build.

Thanks

-- Some Dood in Virginia


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#1 posted 10-11-2015 06:45 PM

I went with a stick built shop with a metal roof. Reason; I was more familiar with wood construction and felt the cost would be less. A metal building would cost a bit less for the bare shell, but after insulation and sheathing the inside, it would have cost much more.

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 07:19 PM

I hope you insulate it. It could get very hot.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 07:31 PM

I had an all steel building put up. The outfit was in and out in 4 weeks. That includes pouring the concrete, all windows, a man door and two garage doors. That was 2011. I finished off the electrical, insulation, OSB walls and ceiling, painting and lighting. The nice part was I could do it at my pace pretty much by myself. Spent a couple of hundred a month and in no time it was all done. The reason I went with metal? My shop is 30 X 30 and has a second floor attic. The entire ground floor is open. It requires no additional supports or walls on the ground floor. In the winter I move stuff around, back my 18’ boat in, turn is sideways up against the back wall. My wife parks her car on one side of this garage and I still have enough room for woodworking.

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FlagshipOne

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 07:53 PM

MrRon …. the stick built with the metal roof idea is a good one. I like the idea because it will conform to the neighborhood I live in a bit better. Thanks!

BurlyBob ….. your shop is HUGE! Thanks for sharing

-- Some Dood in Virginia

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BurlyBob

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 07:57 PM

Are you in the planning stage or just running this up the flag pole for a conversation. If your in the planning stages consider what size you want. I my life experience I’ve never heard anyone tell me they wish they had made their shop smaller. You find one here and we can start a whole new forum topic.

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FlagshipOne

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#6 posted 10-11-2015 08:12 PM

a wee bit of both I guess. I am considering purchasing a property and wish to build a shop in the back yard so am considering all options. for this particular property I was thinking 20×20 will be about as large as I can go considering neighbors, setbacks, etc.

-- Some Dood in Virginia

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Jim Finn

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#7 posted 10-11-2015 10:25 PM

I just built one wall to close off part of a garage. I used metal top and bottom track and wood 2×4’s for studs. All screwed together. After five years , when I moved, I demounted it easily and returned the garage to its original condition. Worked for me. Point is: screwing things together, rather than nailing, makes it easier to change. I like metal.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 10-12-2015 12:59 AM

I had a 30 X 33 stick built put up. I used 2×6walls. It took two days for the slab with rat walls, three days framed, sided and roofed. The Amish crew of four were fast and did an excellent job.

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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 10-12-2015 01:16 AM

Woodmaster those guys were fast. But than the Amish have a great work ethic. Sadly, that’s something missing in today’s world.

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#10 posted 10-12-2015 02:51 PM

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Tom Clark

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#11 posted 10-30-2015 01:29 AM

I put up a 36×60’ steel building in 2011. Before that had a 40×60’ metal building back in FL in ‘98. Very economical and strong.

The new shop was put of by contractors in 3 weeks, including insulation. I put up stud walls, more insulation, wiring and power panels. Then 7/16” OSB painted walls. They make a cheap building that holds up well through hurricanes or desert sandstorms. Cheap to heat and air and a very comfortable work/play environment. They ae inexpensive enough that you can afford to have a little space without being crowded.

Shop is 36×36, and rest is garage and exercise room. More who shop photos on my projects pageā€¦

-- Tom

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klassenl

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#12 posted 10-30-2015 02:54 AM

Tom

Is that a telescope shelter in the back?

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#13 posted 10-30-2015 11:20 AM

I have a steel building (Miracle Truss – out of business). The good is the height with no posts in the middle of the floor to get in the way. The bad is that I didn’t insulate and it’s basically the same temp as the outside. Also when it rains it’s REALLY LOUD IN THERE!

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#14 posted 10-30-2015 11:45 AM

To steal the title of a steroid documentary: Bigger, Stronger, Faster. There is no guy on earth who wished his X was less.
“I wish my car went a bit slower….”
“I wish my table saw has less HP….”
“I wish my shop was a small constricted space….”
That just dont happen.
We want bigger, stronger, faster.
When I was a teen I worked out of dads 12×16 and had to work around a huge Rockwell lathe and 3/4 inch plate machinest workbench. I was glad to move into my 2 car garage I have now some 25 years later. Is it big enough? I have 2 shapers torn down on the floor, a planer a drill press and a possible 8” jointer to follow up that I am and will rebuild. No, never enough room.

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Are you in the planning stage or just running this up the flag pole for a conversation. If your in the planning stages consider what size you want. I my life experience I ve never heard anyone tell me they wish they had made their shop smaller. You find one here and we can start a whole new forum topic.

- BurlyBob

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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TTF

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#15 posted 10-31-2015 02:35 PM

I did a stick frame 20×30, with my sons helping me built it.

It took a number of months for us to do it, as it’s built to house specs. In retrospect, I wish it would have taken longer, since we had a really good time doing it together.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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