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04-10-2012 02:30 PM

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Just wondering out loud here. I myself am pretty happy with my shop. The space isn’t huge, but it isn’t tiny either. My wife lets me do my business there without too much interruption, and aside from the intrusion which is somewhat minor, of lawn and garden equipment and supplies, for the most part this is all workshop. So it got me to wondering about where others were in their shop progress… So the question of the day is…

What one or two things would you want to add to your shop? When I say things this can be “systems” like a dust collector, separator and all the plumbing you may want, or something like, I want another shop light “right there…” Maybe it’s a whole new building. It’s up to you.

For me the two most important upgrades at this time are bringing subpanel / circuits into the shop instead of dragging extension cords into the house, and finishing the insulation in the shop. Other than that, I am fairly fully equipped. And what I don’t have I am happily building, somewhat slowly, but I am building…

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 02:37 PM

Bringing in better electric supply would be high on my list. But I’d also like to get a disk/belt sander. Oh yes, and that reminds me, I do need to improve on the dust collection…

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 02:41 PM

Keeping it to physical possibilities: I’d like to rewire it from the ground up and to install some form of heating other than space heaters…

Narrowing it to fiscal possibilities: More storage, and some task lighting. These are both planned for this summer.

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 02:44 PM

My shop is 24×14. I would like just an couple extra feet either way. Most of all I would like 2 feet extra ceiling height as I only have 7’ wall height and 8.5 feet to the ridge beam. Other than that I’m as happy as a sand boy!

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 02:45 PM

more space!

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 02:46 PM

My list is ever changing, but the top contenders are…

More hand planes and sharpening equipment
More drawers
Better heating and air

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 02:49 PM

Square footage…..about double would be nice…until next year….then maybe double again…..oh, the dreams of life.

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 02:52 PM

Well yeah…there’s always that. Sometimes I am certain a 100-acre shop still wouldn’t be big enough. Mine is currently 240 sq ft

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 02:56 PM

My basement shop has 8’-8” ceilings, but ducts and pipes get in the way sometimes, especially when dealing with sheet goods.

Given time I can fix, buy, trade or make pretty much what ever else I need.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 02:57 PM

For me it would be a bigger shop since my business is growing and a couple of tools that I don’t have. It will happen it just takes time.

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 02:58 PM

A couple thousand bf of hardwood lumber.

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 03:04 PM

A retirement check from my daughters.

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#12 posted 04-10-2012 03:06 PM

Shaper and an oscillating spindle sander.

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#13 posted 04-10-2012 03:07 PM

Good one crank

You guys have now changed my list again.
It is now square footage and time.

Interestingly, they both only require money to make them happen. Lots and lots of money. Money to build a bigger shop and money that allows me to quit my full-time job.

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#14 posted 04-10-2012 03:21 PM

Funny thing is, space isn’t a non issue, but it isn’t my priority. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. I would love a 2K SQ/FT shop, but this is hobby work / home improvement type stuff I do, I don’t see a huge need… For me it’s all about keeping up the ability to work year round, without impacting the rest of the household.

I picked insulation and electrical because they are in the realm of the not only possible, but on the agenda for this fall… I will most likely epoxy the floor at the same time so I have all the big stuff done.

At 374 sq/ft my shop is not huge, especially when you consider I have a mower, spreader, weed eater, edger, fertilizer, shelves of flower pots and ant baits etc… not to mention bicycles, and shelves of household, and automotive chemicals in there… I need a lawn and garden shed where I store that junk, and one is on the agenda, but that is at least a year, probably 2 away…

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#15 posted 04-10-2012 03:31 PM

My shop list needs
an air purifier.
finish insulation in ceiling
floor for attic area.

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