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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 12-08-2012 12:30 PM 1204 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2012 12:30 PM

Hi All!

I’m probably jumping the gun on this post, but i know there’s a LOT of information out there I’m sure I’ll need to find and leverage to figure out what I need. I was informed last week that I needed to start figuring out what size shed I’d need to move my woodworking equipment into as well as house our current lawn/garden stuff and equipment so that we can gain our garage back. Does anybody already do this with their shed and how does it work/not work for you?

I’d like to do a prefab but so far I’ve not found any design I like (big/lots of windows for natural heat/light just for a start), so either I’ll have to do custom or build my own. As much as I like building, I’d rather not if it can be helped. Family Handyman has put out at least two shed plans in the 2009-2012 years that I think I’ll have to dig up. I live in central OH so I’m trying to find out first what city code says about what I can build, where I can put it, etc. Any input would be greatly appreciated!


-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 03:43 PM

i’d separate the garden stuff form the shop. i have a detached 12×20 one car garage that i was adamant about using as a garage for one car, even though it had to house all my WW equipment. local zoning provided for a 10X10 shed with no architectural drawing required. so i bought an 8X8 kit from HD for all the gasoline powered and garden tools and assembled it with my sons. this enabled me to put all my stationary power tools on mobile bases, tuck them against the wall and still park a regular sized dodge caravan in the garage.

today, i could still park the minivan in the garage, except for the additional 10” CI c-man TS with a t2 i was able to cobble together for $145. but that’s another story.

keep the garden tools out of your woodworking shop. or at least segment the building with a wall so they are separate. you’ll be glad you did.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 04:27 PM

Thanks toolie! I was thinking about how to separate the two. We’ll be redoing the back yard next summer so honestly I dont know how much equipment i’ll have left since we’re moving to turf. Still have a real front yard though so :) plus I need to store the snowblower somewhere – might need it one of these years. I was wondering if I could get away with a carport like enclosure on the one side of the shed to put the yard stuff, even with firewood stacked on one side I’m thinking that would be too much moisture exposure.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 08:44 PM

Definitely keep the shop and garden tools separate. A metal building sold by HD or Lowes is perfect for garden tools.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 01:34 PM

Keep them separate.

In 2012, we moved into a house with a deep (35’) 3-stall garage. The third stall had a roll-up door on both ends. We partitioned off the third stall, then subdivided it into a storage room (14’ x 12’), and a workshop (14’ x 23’). That gives me plenty of room to store the lawn tractor and garden tools, and keeps the mess out of the shop. I also built some lumber storage racks into the storage room.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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