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01-09-2017 04:35 PM

So we moved a little over a year ago, the last place had a shop behind the detached garage. But my tool collection is both increasing in volume and size (bigger tools) and the wife is almost at the end of her rope and doesn’t want to walk through the snow (we live in Utah) to her car anymore.

Unfortunately my backyard and side yard are tiny (the house was built 5’ too far back). I do have RV parking on the side of the garage that I can put a shed on, but probably only 8’ of width for the shed. Currently my wife booted me out of the garage for working on projects, so all my tools are on casters and I wheel them out in the driveway. The plus to this I don’t have to worry about dust collection and cleanup is with a leaf blower a lot of times.

I brave the cold or the heat, and since I am a hobbyist most of this is at night, so I have shop lights also.

I guess knowing that I have only 8’ of width do I get a shed to optimize storage and continue to wheel the tools out into the driveway? I know this isn’t ideal, but for me it works for now, just can’t work in the rain and snow. Or do I try to get/build a shed that is longer and try to setup a shop inside?

I get to play with my tools 1-3 days a week on average, so it would be more for storage and less for work, I am not trying to make money with this, just a hobby for now so optimizing work flow isn’t a priority. Just wanted to see if anyone out there shared my same problem.


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#1 posted 01-09-2017 04:42 PM

8’ wide isn’t very wide, but I’ve seen smaller shops. How much room do you have in the backyard?

I had one of the big box stores build a 16’ x 24’ “shed” in my backyard and it has been quite enough for me for the past 10 years or so. Cost me about $6k all told. I shoulda put more foundation piers in and also made trusses for the rafters to keep things from sagging. Eventually I’ll remedy those two problems and insulate so it’s more comfortable in there. But it’s still standing and serviceable.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 04:45 PM

I would suggest getting the wife a remote start a nice snow broom and a new jacket and taking the garage :) When we moved in last year I told her id have everything on casters so she can park in garage. I soon realized this was inconvenient. I instead clear her a path, clean off her car, and I clear the driveway she semas to be ok with this system so far.

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 05:28 PM



8 wide isn t very wide, but I ve seen smaller shops. How much room do you have in the backyard?

I had one of the big box stores build a 16 x 24 “shed” in my backyard and it has been quite enough for me for the past 10 years or so. Cost me about $6k all told. I shoulda put more foundation piers in and also made trusses for the rafters to keep things from sagging. Eventually I ll remedy those two problems and insulate so it s more comfortable in there. But it s still standing and serviceable.

- Underdog

The back yard is decently wide, but not very deep and has trees and a small deck, and a trampoline for the kids. We have .2 of an acre, but the front yard is large. The RV pad is really my only option. It might just work as a storage unit for me and keep it all modular. The other option is to do the storage shed and put all the other stuff in the garage in there and make more room for tools. But I know the kids will complain or leave it open with all their bikes and toys they keep in the garage The problem is, we have a lot of stuff, and I am guilty of this myself. If this were my only hobby it would be a different story, but between: snowboards, wakeboards, skateboards, mtn bikes, snow skis, and wood working tool (that list is all mine BTW) it makes the two car garage pretty cramped, plus her toys and the kids toys also.

There are some small warehouse spaces about a half mile away, one day I would love to try to find 1-2 buddies to combine tools and split rent on one of those to have a legit workspace. But I don’t have that many friends interested in a shop space.

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 05:28 PM



I would suggest getting the wife a remote start a nice snow broom and a new jacket and taking the garage :) When we moved in last year I told her id have everything on casters so she can park in garage. I soon realized this was inconvenient. I instead clear her a path, clean off her car, and I clear the driveway she semas to be ok with this system so far.

- them700project

This is what I have been doing, and there is a shelf life on this plan.

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 07:24 PM

Go with your idea of putting all of the kid stuff into a separate shed for storage instead of the garage. I have a slightly oversized 2 car garage and a shed behind it. All of the tools are in the garage, on wheels, and everything else in the shed; lawn mower, gas cans, lawn tools, even a lumber rack for storage, etc. When I work in the garage I back the wife’s car out and then roll the tools out to work. When I get done they roll back where they were, everything is cleaned up, and the car pulled back in. Everyone gets theirs.

Kids complain, that’s what they do. Tell them to get over it!

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 07:29 PM

Build a carport and install a block heater for the car and keep the garage. :)

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 08:45 PM



Build a carport and install a block heater for the car and keep the garage. :)

- Rick M

I wish, I can’t build a car port, the rv parking is too close the the property line and I have easement issues.

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 09:14 PM

To answer the original question, my shop started life as a 10×12 storage shed. It’s gradually morphed into a pretty decent workshop (not that I wouldn’t like more space). If you could get 8’ wide and some decent length, then no reason you couldn’t make that work. It will take some planning and limiting the pieces of machinery, plus being willing and able to move things around as needed—mobile bases will be invaluable.

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#9 posted 01-10-2017 10:54 PM



To answer the original question, my shop started life as a 10×12 storage shed. It s gradually morphed into a pretty decent workshop (not that I wouldn t like more space). If you could get 8 wide and some decent length, then no reason you couldn t make that work. It will take some planning and limiting the pieces of machinery, plus being willing and able to move things around as needed—mobile bases will be invaluable.

- JayT

Thanks, this was what I was hoping to get from somebody, validating what I was thinking I would do. Have all my larger tools (table saw, bandsaw, and planer) on casters and move them frequently. Then I will build out shelves for welders, miter saw, chop saw, table top drill press, etc. and hopefully have some hanging storage for lumber. Any recommendations for this would be appreciated. I can keep my rolling tool boxes and stuff in the garage and my automotive tools also. I don’t have any illusions of this becoming something amazing, just a place to keep my tools out of the way and work on small stuff. Bigger projects will probably move to the driveway anyways for space. My other idea was to build out a job site trailer because then I have a storage area and a trailer, but I am leaning towards the shed now.

I will keep lawn tools out of it or get a different storage area for those.

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