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Mags3290

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06-07-2018 01:30 AM

I am getting ready to build my first shop it’s going to be a 12×16 shed in my back yard. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share pics of their set ups of similar size. Also if anyone has advise on window placement doors outlets ECT. That would be helpful too. Thanks!


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#1 posted 06-07-2018 01:37 AM

If you want doors use a French door set up, with windows. Easy to make and the wider opening when you need it helps with getting larger equipment and projects in and out.

As for electrical just keep it above where you feel comfortable with a table top. Why have them lower when you will most likely have benches and cabinets that will be in front of them anyway? Have a 60 amp breaker panel pays off big later. Heck get 100 amp service or more if you can afford it.

Make a lean to behind the shop to store your compressor, or future compressor as well as shop DC / future shop DC. NOT having that in the shop keeps the noise bearable, and leaves valuable floor space for other things.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 01:40 AM

No pics but at my last house my shed was divided up and my woodworking section was 12×16 I had my built in bench on one 12ft side and my garage door on the other. I kept my table saw and planer close to the door so I could pull them outside on nice days and I always outfed toward the door so I could keep as much dust out as I could (I didn’t have a DC)
I had several rolling tool boxes so I built my bench tall enough to allow them to store under it
My one big thing I’d suggest to u is to hav a nice overhang off the back or lean to on the side to store lumber and general materials. In a smaller shop storage is a issue but obviously can b done with good planning. If you are building the building I’d suggest you do a barn style roof to for as much storage over head as u can and highly recommend having either a nice ceiling fan or some window fans (assuming ur not going to put ac in it)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 01:57 AM

Thanks for your input!
Never thought about double doors with Windows I like that idea!! My original thought was to do a roll up door on the 12 ft wall and put 2 windows on one 16 ft wall.

60 amps is what I was thinking howver I am also considering upgrading the service to my house to 200 amps which would allow me more amps for the shop.

I love the lean to idea I hadnt thought of doing that. Great idea!!! However I’m a Little concerned about having the DC in there as I will most likely be using an electric or propane heater in the winter and window AC in the summer. I’d be worried about the DC sucking out all the warm/cold air.

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 02:03 AM

I would love to do the barn style roof but in the development I live in any out building needs to match the house. So I’m limited to a gable roof.. 6/12 pitch I am planning a loft however.

The lean to it definitely going to be something I am going to add. Appreciate your input!


No pics but at my last house my shed was divided up and my woodworking section was 12×16 I had my built in bench on one 12ft side and my garage door on the other. I kept my table saw and planer close to the door so I could pull them outside on nice days and I always outfed toward the door so I could keep as much dust out as I could (I didn’t have a DC)
I had several rolling tool boxes so I built my bench tall enough to allow them to store under it
My one big thing I’d suggest to u is to hav a nice overhang off the back or lean to on the side to store lumber and general materials. In a smaller shop storage is a issue but obviously can b done with good planning. If you are building the building I’d suggest you do a barn style roof to for as much storage over head as u can and highly recommend having either a nice ceiling fan or some window fans (assuming ur not going to put ac in it)

- JCamp


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#5 posted 06-07-2018 02:07 AM

French doors with windows: As a bonus if cutting long stock just open doors and move table saw so the outfeed goes out the doors.

As for the Ac/ Heat issue. I use a window heat pump unit and have not noticed issue with loss of either. Do vent your lean to though and add a exhaust fan with a thermostat to make sure the air stays moving.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 02:10 AM

If u can’t do a barn style then I’d suggest at least 8ft tall walls. Honestly if u can get always with making 10ft look right do that. In a smaller shop it seems like ur always sticking boards up in the air to avoid hitting stuff

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 05:29 AM

A buddy of mine had a small shop and something he did that I thought was pure genius, was he had large windows that flipped up and out. These worked such that when he needed more room for cutting longer pieces of wood on his table saw, he could just flip open the window and run the wood right out through it.

The larger windows also provided a lot of natural light.

He’s moved since then, but I think his table saw out-feed table was perhaps just a foot or two from the wall with one of these large flip up windows.

Of course most of the time he didn’t need to do this, but when he did need it, it was very handy.

I too would put double doors (and did on my shop). Not needed most of the time, but invaluable at times.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 10:17 AM

My set up is 16×17. I can take some pics when I get home tonight. The key to it working, which pretty much everyone on here said is put as much as you can on casters. I think the only “Big” piece of equipment I have that isn’t on casters is my 20” Jet drill press, but i’m even considering putting that on one as I have a spare mobile base.

In it I have a Grizzly G0690, long bed delta jointer, 14” delta bandsaw, nova comet ii, Worksharp 3000, 20” drill press, disc/belt sander, ridgid oscillating sander, router table, dewalt 735 planer, 2HP HF DC with 55 gallon chip separator, 20g dewalt air compressor and a 16’ miter station….

a 6’ tool chest along with the router table, planer, compressor and a shop vac all slide under the miter station. I still have a small 2’ or so space which I might make a Kreg station or small scrap storage.

Pretty sure I still have room for a decent outfeed/assembly table also which will be on wheels of course and also have more storage in it. There’s a lot of flip top designs out there also so you have have 2 pieces of equipment occupy the same space.

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 12:09 PM

My set up is 12×20. There is no need for outlets, as there is no electricity. As for light, I have but three small windows and a skylight… and the open doors of course. No heat… No A/C…
 

 
I love it!

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#10 posted 06-07-2018 07:58 PM

Little dirty…. But when everything is tucked away I have a 12” x 7’ space in the center where a table will most likely end up.

rich

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#12 posted 06-07-2018 07:59 PM

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#13 posted 06-08-2018 04:08 AM

My shop is in my basement which is rather small. I built the stands for my tools so that the planer outfeeds onto the table saw, and the table saw outfeeds on to the workbench. Lot’s of ways to save space.

-- ~Walker

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#14 posted 06-08-2018 12:46 PM



My set up is 12×20. There is no need for outlets, as there is no electricity. As for light, I have but three small windows and a skylight… and the open doors of course. No heat… No A/C…

- Ron Aylor

The absence of a table saw saves a lot of space.

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Rink

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#15 posted 06-08-2018 12:57 PM

Following this thread with interest. I have everything mobile in about 130sq ft in my basement. My wife is encouraging me to put a shed in the back yard to get more space.

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