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Forum topic by Earlb posted 01-14-2014 05:59 AM 594 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2014 05:59 AM

I would like some input everyone. I am going to build a small shop/shed in the back yard.due to city code i can only go 240 square feet. that means 16×15 or 12×20. wanted ya’lls in put on which might be better.

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 06:10 AM

I would go with the 18×14.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 06:35 AM

Is that an internal sq footage regulation? If so make sure you allow for it, every bit counts. I would opt for the 16×15, just my preference. Or if you can, as a1Jim says, 18×14

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 06:53 AM

It depends upon whether you intend to use machines for processing long boards or sheet goods. A long shop would be needed for planing or jointing 8’ long boards.

If you only work with small projects a square shop might be better. You could have a workbench in the center and all the tools positioned within easy reach around the perimeter.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 12:24 PM

Similar situation to me. I have a longer shop and wouldn’t want square at my square footage. Amazing how fast it shrinks once you start to move an 8ft board around with the shop loaded with the common tools. I don’t have anything besides my work bench in a stationary position. The drill press stays put for the most part but the. With joining and planing often end up working length wise. I have mine set up so I can open the double doors and work out the shop door if needed also.

My shop is 12×16 and I would love to have a few more feet. I think 18×14 is the way I would lean or take some paper and figure out the least amount of waste in building goods to size.

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 04:14 PM

I had a small shop that was long and narrow and now have one that is more square. I like the square one better. More room for my table saw and outfeed table. I make small crafty items mostly.

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