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05-08-2016 11:14 PM

Quesiton, I’m designing my next shop that I will build from the ground up. I want to encorporate a seperate finishing room. What would be the minimum size you would consider.

I will be making some dressers highboys and other pieces in general that would be of size. I’m thinking 12×12 at the moment.

Thoughs?

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 11:21 PM

Okay, if you have a table saw, some tools a workbench, an assembly table, possibly a router table and dust collection, you are going to need bare minumum 20×20 just to be able to move around.

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 12:02 AM

Bones, my previous shop had a 10’ x 12’ finishing room and it was mostly okay for size, but for the larger projects you mentioned it would have been very tight. Think about having 6-8 drawers spread around plus the cases. Also, I lined 3 of the walls with 2’ wide “drying” tables, then there is the door, the sink, storage for finishes, sprayer parts, etc. Then there was a 2’ by 2’ turn table in the center. Long pieces (bed rails) could present challenges. Do you tend to finish parts before assembly or after. Finishing parts before assembly requires more space. HTH

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 12:47 AM

When the build lends itself I prefinish. I like the idea of lining 3 walls with tables. may have to think bigger 16×16


Okay, if you have a table saw, some tools a workbench, an assembly table, possibly a router table and dust collection, you are going to need bare minumum 20×20 just to be able to move around.

- Jerry

Probably was not real clear but I’m thinking just the size of the finishing room. The rest of my shop will be much bigger. Sorry for the confusion

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 01:09 PM

I have a 12×10 finishing shed. One of those metal sheds for backyard use. It is inside a huge garage and works well for me. I have tables on three walls and find it fine for the small crafty items I make. You will want something larger or have a lot less tables in it.

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 06:24 PM

I think 12×12 would be ok, provided storage for supplies is elsewhere. If you need shelf space, I’d add that in.

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#6 posted 05-09-2016 07:26 PM

I would want a 12×12 if there were counters on no more than 2 walls. In other words 10×10 minimum floor space. Maybe a double door to roll big projects in on a dolly?

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#7 posted 05-09-2016 08:01 PM

As much space as you can sacrifice.
I have an area that is about 25×30 that I use for finishing, as well as laminating and other stuff.

I think at least 16×20 if you could. It’s nice to be able to spread everything out at once so that you don’t have to move stuff around in between coats.
Plus, I like to shade things after I stain them and being able to lay pcs parts out next to each other helps keep color consistant.

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#8 posted 05-09-2016 08:33 PM

I use a 10×10 space for finishing, with one 5’ x 20” table. I think a 12×12 with double entry doors would be sufficient. A large table top may have to be leaned against a wall, but it’s doable. Something to think about – could a side and end wall be “temporary”, i.e. could be moved temporarily for a really large table or something? Since you are building it, incorporate 1 or 2 movable walls just in case.

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#9 posted 05-11-2016 02:27 AM

I built my shop from the ground up without taking finishing into consideration. now the the plan is a 12×24 addition.
For now I bring my pieces to a friends shop for finishing,and his room is about 24×28

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