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Forum topic by Jay39 posted 09-08-2017 11:47 AM 1091 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2017 11:47 AM

Good morning! I just built a really cool woodshop. It’s finished and I’m moving tools and everything in! It’s a big woodshop and is fully dedicated. I also have a love for golf. And, I have a golf simulator. I built a 12’ x 16’ extension on the back of the woodshop to house simulator and a couch for relaxing and such. But, now I’m thinking about more wood storage and even though I desperately want this simulator in my shop…I just don’t know if it’s a good idea to have simulator and couch. I could really use that area for wood storage.

I do have a 7’ wood cart that houses lots of lumber. But, I definitely need more. Maybe there’s an option for both? LOL…

Here’s a pic of the area:

-- Jay

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 12:52 PM

Definitely go with more wood storage! I like a little golf now and then too but wood storage (especially after you start drying your own) can take up a lot of space. I’ve played in a couple simulators and the experience of being outside and walking really makes it most enjoyable for me. I know the playing season can be short here in OH (had to look up where West Portsmouth was, on the opposite end of the state from me) but I still Gert out when I can.

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 01:03 PM

Where are you located?
I would guess you can be more flexible with where you store your wood than where the simulator is located, no?

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 01:29 PM

That area looks to me like a perfect spray booth. Add an exhaust fan. Wood can be stored somewhere else ;-)
Just my opinion, anyway…

-- Pete

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 01:29 PM

Oh, and get building something – your shop is WAY too clean!!

-- Pete

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 01:43 PM

You need to get your priorities straight!
There’s no room for golf in woodworking. :)
Maybe just hang an 85” flat screen and watch golf while woodworking…

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 01:43 PM

I personally would make it a golf simulator. I know how much I love golf and how much I love woodworking…but when it boils down to it golf trumps woodworking. There seems to be plenty of space in the shop for extra wood storage, so use that room for what you made it for!

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 01:56 PM

Solutions to your dilemma:

1.) Use a portion of your 3-car garage that you just vacated.

2.) Stick with plan A and use that space you’ve dedicated in your shop. This is something that you desperately wanted to have and even planned for it. See if it’s possible to add space by having only one table saw, getting a folding type cart for your miter saw and using the walls and ceiling for some wood storage. Figure out a shop layout that consolidates your space to make room for extra storage.

3.) Build a structure exclusively for wood storage. A lean to shed of some kind behind the workshop.

4.) Build a new structure exclusively for your golf simulator. Be certain to include space for a pool table, hot tub and wet bar.

This option will require the advice of a good attorney as chances are your wife will file for divorce. ;^)

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 02:56 PM

Hahahaha! Yeah, I’m still not used to the space and cleanliness. @avsmusic1, I can be much more flexible with wood storage than I can with simulator. I have a retractable simulator impact screen that comes from ceiling, so all my electric for that and for projector have been properly placed. I just wanted a place to relax, build ideas, hit some golf balls, and then wood work in my main space. I hate to say this, but I don’t think I built my shop big enough…LOL!

-- Jay

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#9 posted 09-08-2017 03:02 PM

@Ripper70, dude that is funny! My wife was supportive of this venture…turning 40 has really taken its toll on me and my mid-life crisis. I’ve only been woodworking for 2 years, and I’m ate up with it. I think I have as much fun buying stuff as I do building stuff. I think your No. 2 solution sounds like a great option. But, I wanted to get opinions from the experts of LJ! It truly helps!

P.S. My wife does not like the idea of a couch, a golf simulator, a tv, and a woodshop all in one. She said she’d never see me. lol. So, another structure would almost certainly end bad for me.

-- Jay

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#10 posted 09-08-2017 03:06 PM

It will never be big enough jay..I remember working in unbelievable small areas and saying, “id be happy in a 12×16” That goal post keeps moving..
your a smart guy and will make a good decision I’m sure..You have to suit yourself..

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#11 posted 09-08-2017 03:29 PM

I think I have as much fun buying stuff as I do building stuff.

- Jay39

I think that probably applies to several of us on here!

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#12 posted 09-10-2017 02:47 PM

Wow Jay, that looks awesome. My shop looked like that once, only once. LOL You need more stuff and sawdust everywhere and a clean path to get around all the extra stuff and…

As far as golf in the shop? If you have the room, which you shouldn’t, see above, go for it. It is your play pen. Get some Visqueen to put over the opening to protect it from the dust. But, I do like the idea of the 85” flat screen. Better to watch Browns, or Steelers or Packers games on. GO PACK!

-- My biggest fear is that when I am gone, my wife will sell my tools for what I told her I paid for them.

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#13 posted 09-11-2017 05:21 PM

Looks like plenty of space above the windows and below any tools for lumber storage. Also looks like you could use a few additional tables and benches. Each is an opportunity for under bench storage.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 09-11-2017 06:39 PM

Golf is bad enough. Why would anyone want to “simulate” it??? Next you’ll be calling it a “sport”.... :)

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#15 posted 09-11-2017 06:59 PM

Jay, a compromise is needed here. Store lumber on both sides of that extension but keep the center clear for the simulator. Forget the couch you lazy bumb, you don’t need to sit down between shots!

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