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06-25-2011 05:27 PM

I am thinking about building new shed for my woodworking thats 12×18, but its going to be at my mom house, but I think its a waste of $$$. My mom says she can use it as a sewing room once I move the tools out but I still dont know yet. I did build my first shed right because its leaking, the floor is going in the ground, and part of it is rottening since it flooded few years back. I believe I can build a better shed, since I finish trade school with a degree in building construction.


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#1 posted 06-25-2011 06:22 PM

A 12×18 workshop is pretty small. That is 216 square feet. I have 392 square feet and, IMO, that’s the minimum if you want to have most of the tools woodworkers use.

Perhaps you have a very limited shop in mind. If so, great. If you want a typical, comprehensive shop, you need more space.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 06:50 PM

How long would you have to stay with what you have versus building one on your own property? If it were me I would wait to build it on my own property unless I felt it would take a long time.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 07:13 PM

Russ, its going to take a long time before I can build a new shop.

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 07:33 PM

You can’t have too many sheds. That’s like having too many tape measures and pencils. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 06-26-2011 02:52 AM

Can you build it somewhere that will allow you to add on if you get the money & time?
And I like Mom, she’s already thinking of how she can use it ! ha,ha.
Any space you can do what you enjoy in, is a good space Charles.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 03:04 AM

Thanks for the advise, Eric.

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 03:44 AM

Can you build it on skids and get to it with a flat bed wrecker? This way you can move it to your property later.

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 05:55 AM

Charles,

Having actually seen your current shed/shop, I would suggest that you go ahead and build a new one. 12×18 will probably come close to doubling the space you have currently. You could use the old one for storing lumber and the tools that you don’t use as often. Most importantyl, allow for sufficient power and light. As was already suggested, build it on some big old pressure treated timbers and you can load it up on a flat bed wrecker and move it whereever you want later. If you need some help, let me know. I’ll come help you build it.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 06-26-2011 06:19 AM

Can you use those concrete blocks that have the 3.5” by 3.5” cutout on the top. I don’t know what they are called or really how to describe them, but they are like square kinda pyramids, but you can lay boards on them. Using these could be an easy way to get the shed off the ground even if its only a foot or so. Or maybe look into renting a workspace somewhere. I know around here a lot of my friends rent workspaces in buildings for artists. Good luck.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 06-26-2011 03:10 PM

Charles, can you add some more room onto the shed that you already have?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-26-2011 10:04 PM

I am not sure how high the water table are.

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#12 posted 06-26-2011 10:05 PM

Not that much room to add on since my mom has a pear tree in the back.

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#13 posted 06-26-2011 11:52 PM

Ever consider looking into a woodworkers cooperative agreement. I always wanted to do that but in the end we just opened a cabinet shop on our own. But this way you can just find maybe four or five other woodworkers and go and rent a warehouse building, maybe for around 500 per month and split expenses 5 ways.

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#14 posted 06-26-2011 11:55 PM

”If you need some help, let me know. I’ll come help you build it.”

That’s just so cool ….. :-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 06-27-2011 02:43 AM

Jerry thats a idea.

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