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11-06-2011 01:36 AM

Is a 14×18 shed big enough inside to rip 4×8 sheets of plywood in without building double doors? Also would a 3,0’ door be big enough to get my Unisaw and other tools in the shop? I am thinking about building a bigger shed.

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 01:40 AM

If you could find a bigger door, maybe an over head i think it would help out a lot moving your machines in as well as large sheet goods. With an OH door you oculd also open it up during the warmer months whien the weather is nice. Check the craiger and talk with your local demolition companies, i cant say how many nice doors ive chucked over the years.

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 01:49 AM

14×18 sound big until you are inside with all your tools in place. I know it’s bigger than you have now so it might work. Also, as chrisstef said, an over head door is nice- lost more possibilities. Don’t over look the possibility of a large sliding barn type door, too.


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#3 posted 11-06-2011 01:54 AM

I’m just glad you are talking about building a new shed Charles.
I remember when you were selling tools because of hard times.
I’m awful happy to see this post.
My shop is too small to work in with bigger pieces and I roll my tools out on the drive apron to work. So, an overhead door would work good for you.

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 01:54 AM

The bigger the better and what you can afford is the right size… You will be unhappy with a shed of that size and end up doing headstands as you move stuff around. Could be dangerous too. Also, build in mutiples of 4 and 8 since sheet stock is that size. Let us know how it comes out.

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 02:19 AM

Eric, I kind of building my tools back up!

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#6 posted 11-06-2011 03:02 AM

This may sound like some snide remark but yes you can cut 4×8 sheets in a 14×18 shed you just need a vertical pannel saw. Purchasing a new pannel saw is expensive but for a a couple hundred $ you can build one that works great. And when building tools YOU build in the quality, accuracy and conviencance. And yes I have done it with quite good results.

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 03:22 AM

Could I just use my 10’’ 1-1/2hp Unisaw?

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 03:41 AM

I rip all my sheet materials with a DeWalt plunge saw. Its much easier than trying to use the table saw in my one-car-garage-workshop. If you had 20’ it would be better.

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#10 posted 11-06-2011 04:03 AM


Let me tell you I have built a ton of very very nice things in my first shop which was 18’X18’ garage shop. I built wall units, I built full sized kitchens/whole house custom cabinets, media cabinets, library units. What I would do is utilize a storage unit to store the cabinets when it was a larger job.

It was cramped but it worked. I actually had a table saw, 26” dual drum sander, 3 hp shaper, two bench top drill presses, 15” jet planer, 10” sliding miter saw, router table (in table saw wing). We also had about 10 routers and a ton of other hand held power tools, hand tools, etc… It all fit and worked well. I had a lumber rack on a wall, peg board on another wall. I utilized a Grizzly lumber cart that held my sheets verticle. When storing sheets verticle they need to be tightly clampled together on corners and keep in mind they need to get cut up quicker because storing verticle is not good for sheet goods.

I designed the small shop using Grizzly’s web site, they have a planner program you can log into and use to see how everything would fit.

One last thing. You mention your Unisaw is 1 1/2 hp motor. Are you sure it is not 3 hp. I did not know Unisaw made a unit with 1 1/2 motor. There was a hybrid Delta made back in the 90s that was a 2 hp motor that I am aware of.

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#11 posted 11-06-2011 04:09 AM

Also, if you look at my profile and view my shop photos on their. Those photos show when I was in the 18X18 garage. Now we are in a medium sized shop and I never got around to updating the photos.

Looking at the pics myself, I remember I also had another 10” hitatchi miter saw as a secondary saw, and also had a makita dovetail jig among a ton of other tools in that shop. I wonder how we ever did it but it can be done and you can be very efficient and productive with smaller space.

If I were you I would attempt to make it square at 18X18 though. The extra room will be beneficial. Only because I honestly cannot imagine doing what we did in less space that we had.

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#12 posted 11-06-2011 04:19 AM

Yes I am sure my Unisaw is not a hybrid. It was made in 1982, I have a 1-1/2 Rockwell Unisaw Motor in it.

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#13 posted 11-06-2011 04:23 AM


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#14 posted 11-06-2011 05:07 AM

My shop is 18×20 and I feel its too small to break down sheet goods…

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#15 posted 11-06-2011 08:40 AM

you will have to place the saw
so the blade is at 9’ from both ends
(and the wall thickness will be 4’’ times 2 walls
so you will need to keep both end walls
clear of things to just clear the blade
when you rip sheet goods
(you can have cabs there
so long as they are not higher than the saw top)
then uppers too
but crosscutting sheets will be a problem
many use a skillsaw and a guide
to make the sheets smaller first
then cut them true on the table saw

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