New Shop! #1: Planning & Moving

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 06-11-2012 03:24 AM 12467 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We are adding on to our shop! My dad and I have been talking about it for a while and have finally pulling the trigger! Our current shop is 44’ by 36’ (1,584 square feet), and every inch of that space is occupied. Here’s what it looks like right now:

We will be adding 12’ to each side and 12’ on the back. It will then be 60’ wide and 56’ long (3,360 square feet). The extra 12’ on each side will be separated by a wall from the middle (large) room. I got playing around on sketch-up and between me and my dad we developed this model:


Now for the important part: The woodworking room! I will get most of the addition on the left for my woodworking: my dad is very supportive and has given me a lot of room. My workspace dimensions are 12’ by 38’ (456 square feet). The rest of that side will be used for a washroom and storage. I am going to build myself some cabinets as well as a workbench, and a 13’ mitre bench. I would also like to build a lumber rack. I do not actually have a Saw Stop table saw like in the model, but my dad said he would get me a table saw once the shop is done, but SS is just wishful thinking. Here’s a few shots of my layout plan:

This past weekend I had to shut down my shop for a while. I moved all of my machines and tools into the garage. Well…almost all of them: My bandsaw is to heavy to push up the ramp that enters the garage. so it sits lonely in the empty corner of what used to be my workspace. It took 3 hours for me and my two brothers to move the tools. I couldn’t have used the BS in the garage anyway because it needs a 220v outlet which the garage does not have.

Overall, I am very excited for this build.

Thanks for taking a look, I know it was a long one,


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 04:21 AM

Wow, that is gonna be some shop when it’s done! Are you positive that it’s gonna still be big enough in a couple of years??

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 11:08 AM

I see the problem, Helicopter takes up too much room. Just kidding, I share my shop with a 1965 Corvair convertible, and a Kubota tractor. I had to add another 18×30 on to my shop lately for my 1949 KB-6 and another antique tractor. A man needs his space to house the toys too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 05:14 PM

Come to think of it, a 12’ wide shop is kind of narrow, I would suggest making it 15’ to 18’ and then the work area would be much easier to work around in. I know, my original shop was 12’ x 20’ and I doubled it to 24’ x 20’ and that was much better. Since you said it was in the planning stage I thought I’d pass along food for thought!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 05:30 PM

Boy now that’s a problem most of us have. Not enough room for the Copter. LOL That will be a great shop enjoy!!!

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