Workshop Development #51: Thoughts turning to getting non shop out of my shop!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-02-2012 06:13 PM 1851 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Progress on the in shop builds is going well, taking a little bit of a breather for now to let my back catch up.

A huge storage problem for me is non shop stuff that is sucking up huge amounts of space in the shop. Now I have storage problems that there are solutions for, but that requires a bit of construction. For now I have been jettisoning any non shop, and some shop related stuff that is either no good, or exceedingly redundant such as….

#1. The 4 different spray bottles of Armor All got consolidated into the biggest bottle of Armor All. #2. The spray bottles of tire and wheel cleaner that do absolutely nothing but suck up money and space are now gone. #3. The bottles of Gorilla Glue that somehow got exposed to air, and thus humidity and set up like a brick in the bottle, gone… #4. Spray paint cans that have no nozzles, or are empty or whatnot? Gone #5. Empty 1 lb propane cylinders? Gone… #6. The unused topsy turvy tomato plant hangers? Filled with soil, hooks installed under the soffit and tomato plant seeds shoved in the dirt. Doubt they will be anything but dirt holders this year… #7. The fluffy stack of paper trash bags from my BILs old house. Sitting under turning blanks under my lathe to compress them into a MUCH smaller space. The space is about to be reused for auto parts…

Now don’t worry, the hazardous material type stuff was collected and taken to the household hazardous material recycling center. I’m no tree hugger, but I believe in waste not want not…

Now all this consolidating is all well and good, and it will get my through my power insulation and sheet rock project, but I need somewhere to put this stuff…

I need a shed.

Not just any shed.

I have a nosy HOA, but if I play my cards right they might just play nice…

Right now I have a deck, 16’ x 16’ in the back yard. I hate it with a passion. It’s ugly, it’s never been level, and worst of all, it’s in the wrong spot…

Now my HOA states that the max shed size allowed is 10×12 with a 9’ roof, but I know that is a lie. The guy accross the street from me has a shed that has been there since the 1980s that is at least 16×20… I am sure I can get a waiver…

I want a 12×16 gambrel roof mini barn (the reasons for the barn will be apparent in a minute…)

The shed needs to house all the lawn and garden type stuff (12’x4’ space would be more than enough.

I also need to store auto repair tools, bicycles, a LARGE New Braunfels Bandera smoker, and most importantly, I need to store my canoe, a 14’ 6” Pelican Excursion and my paddling gear.

Now I want this shed, but I do NOT want to build it… Mostly because I have decided two main things…

#1. I don’t really have the time to mess around with it. I have other projects that take priority, and if I have to do this myself, it is going to be years before it gets done.

#2. A local contractor I have connections to can build a top quality shed for less than I can buy the materials for… This guy built a shed for a friend of mine, and one, really a full size barn for his dad… Good work…

I need to get busy with the HOA, and LOML convincing them to like this idea…

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 06:35 PM

Last summer I built a 12’ by 5’ lean-to shed onto the side of my shop to get the lawn mowers and other non-woodworking items out of my 14’ by 20’ shop. It made a world of difference. Opened up enough room for a roll-around lumber cart and a planer, and still plenty of extra room to move around and work.

I suppose a lot of people would consider my shop tiny but after sharing half of it with John Deere for a year and a half it sure seems a lot bigger now.

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 07:17 PM

I am only slightly bigger than your shop at 18×20, and I have a shared space scenario that I can’t get everything out. In order to bring electrical in, LOML made me agree to put the freezer in the shop…

If I thought I could get away with it, I would have a 16×20 building put out in my yard and wire THAT for electrical and use it as a shop. That is a VERY appealing thought, but I seriously doubt the HOA, or my wife would go for that!

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 01:45 AM

Dont feel bad, had to do the same thing here n SC. Had to build a 12×24 shed with and upstairs to maximize the space. Got the mower and motorcycle out of the shop and that has made a world of difference. I didnt have to go through a HOA as my neighborhood has none, Thank Goodness. Good luck with the HOA but I would be more worried bout the wife. LOL

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 02:15 PM

Much more sense to put the shop in the garage, where insulation makes sense, power is near by, and it is efficient to heat and cool. A shed that would be a year round shop would essentially be a mini-house. You would even want plumbing out there…......

We have a garden shed, and that holds all the garden and yard stuff and then some. Really relieves the clutter. Seems logical to me…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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