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I am newly retired. I am just getting back into wood working although I have always dabbled but would like to become more skilled. Over the course of my life so far I have built a house and renovated two. I built a set of kitchen cabinets. I turned a an old dodge van into a camper - well at least it had a bed and shelves. I camperized a chevy van. You could say I am a hacker of wood. I have been married 40 years, my wife and I have raised and sent out into the world two beautiful and independent daughters. We have a lively 3 year old grand daughter which because of covid we haven't seen for far too long.

Now that I am retired I want to do more woodworking. I currently have a 10'X10' shop. Between my work bench and my TS There is barely enough room for me. I plan to build a 16 X 22 foot single car garage that will become my dedicated workshop.

I see that six years have gone by since I joined Lumber Jocks so I am well into my seventies and my workshop is a bare patch of ground waiting to be built on. My original plan was 12x24. It is now planned for 16 x 22 although I would like to streach it to 24 if I can afford it. It is very difficult to find people to build it and I am not as able bodied as I once was.

-- Cheers

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 08:10 PM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-25-2020 01:56 AM

Welcome to LJ.

Just a suggestion for your shop, increase your width. That is if it’s in the build budget. Using 16’ framing lumber can save you a little and you end up having less drops. Another part of the width is that you could have a long bench on the sides for bench top tools or space for the floor stand tools. And still have room for a table saw along with a large bench. With lots of room to both work and move around. And finally that dust collector, which is a must now these days.

I designed mine around that fact, so far so good with the current build. So far it has been just me on the site, and I feel that I have accomplished the task of the build. I still have a ways to go, but it is all worth my effort, I will have my shop back up and running before I really get to old to do the work myself. And I can concentrate on my dream of building my own sailboat.

Good luck on your build.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 08-25-2020 07:17 PM

I saw on my profile that back in 2014 I was planning to build a shop 12×24. I never was able to make that build so am starting again with a 16×22 foot shop. You were right 12 would have been too narrow. Someone told me that other day that no matter how big you make your shop it will be too small. I keep hoping to get started with mine sooner rather than later and hopefully have it to a lockup stage by the time the snow arrives. That becoming less likely with each passing day.

-- Cheers

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#4 posted 08-25-2020 11:29 PM

Very true about the size of a shop, I have an open area outside so no worries here. If you think about check my blog about the build, feel free to take ideas in your design for your build.

Sincerely Eric

-- Eric, building the dream

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