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My workshop/garage started as a really overbuilt metal roof structure for a single wide trailer. We demolished the trailer in order to put a new house on the property, and I used the roof structure for the shop. Except for the concrete pour and hanging the overhead doors, I did all of the work myself. It took exactly a year from the day the concrete was poured to have a functional shop.
Building: 70’x18’x11’, I put in a 100 amp service and roughed in a toilet and sink. The dedicated wood shop area is 30’x17’ (with cabinets and tools in place 30×12.5) and is fully insulated with wood stove as the primary heat. I closed off the shop area with a man door at one end with a 9×9 barn door for the big stuff on the other. The remainder of the building is a two car garage with a 13×13 store room. My wood rack is in a 14×8 “hallway” just outside of the man door entrance.
Tools: Standard 30yr accumulation. Cabinet saw, out feed table , work bench, bandsaw, 6” jointer, planer, drum sander. 2 weeks ago my wife found a really nice Nova dvrxp for me, so now I am rearranging the shop to fit the lathe. Except for the table saw, everything is on wheels. I dedicated one wall of the shop to the miter saw, and built in router table, with open shelves underneath for storing the handheld power tools. I like to use rough lumber when I can and this area really helps with breaking it down.
DC: I split the dc into 2 separate systems. I modified my HF dc into a cyclone with a SDD, and ran 5” metal duct to 3 separate ceiling drops, for the large tools. Instead of having a shop vac crowd my floor space I installed a central vac with PCV and blast gates. This is for the miter saw, router, drum sander, oscillating spindle sander and drill press. It has a 30’ hose that I attach to hand held tools and also for shop cleanup.
Even though this is a narrow shop, it is surprisingly functional and I am having a blast.
Sorry for being long winded,

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 06:35 PM

bob that shop rocks man,i like the way you layed it out looks very say you have all the tools youll ever need,but we both know thats not the fact,we never have enough.welcome from friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-19-2016 09:04 PM

Great re-purposing of that space! To come out of it with a 2 car garage and a great shop is fantastic.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 04:40 AM

Nice Shop!

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 07:27 PM

That’s a pretty serious shop you’ve got there. Very functional and some nice tools. Made cooler by the fact that you built the whole thing. Bravo sir.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 07:42 PM

Nice shop.

Put a ZCI on the saw and keep the blade doen!


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 10:24 PM

wheres the projects ???? LOVE THE SHOP :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 02-25-2017 11:23 PM

Thanks for the kind comments! I really like the shop, my wife has renamed it “Bob’s House”. Apparently I spend more time there than in that place we sleep. @Madmark2, I have ZCIs but only use them for specialty cuts, other wise it is the factory insert. Because the shop is narrow, the power cord for the table saw is a trip hazard, so unless it is turned on it is unplugged, so I leave the blade at its last setting.

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