small workshop ideas #11: Selling and moving to Shed Shop in Arizona

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 08-18-2019 11:40 AM 1538 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Folding workbench with next to nothing. Part 11 of small workshop ideas series Part 12: More than you think in a Shed Shop..ccnt.AZ »

Do you love Yard Sales and looking for Tools? Well you missed my sales! in 4 saturdays I have sold many basic tools and some furniture and made over $250, and not selling some of the real good stuff yet. The lumber and the Shopsmith are still there and more dressers and tables are heading out. But I have some regulars who know we are moving and check on my sales. But the simple shelf was one of my first projects back when we lived in a mobile home and I recall barely having a scroll saw and drill, you know the cord model from black and decker. So it is really old but has lasted in the corner and finally I added screws, yes at first it was built with nails. Wow that says it all. Good old pine boards and stain and poly. Not even room in my plans to get it in the container and save it for the new shop even for tools.
Next This is an 8 by 16 Tuff Shed from Home Depot. Their man woman crew assembled it in about 4 hours. Metal base and skylight. I added the extra floor coating. Now I am well prepped in planning small shops and what not to get. What I need comments on is….insulation, swamp coolers,... As a one person shop and usually 2 to 3 circuit lines I have done well with no electric problems. This will be shop number 6…I had hoped for the garage but space was just too small in the ranch home. My son has lived in AZ since 06 and after numerous visits I have most of the sense of what not to do, like work in the shop from 11 am to 4 pm. October to April will be better months with those doors open. I have had 2 small basement shops, 2 single car garages about 14×20, and one half of a typical 24 by 24 large garage. This will certainly have its fun moments.

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#1 posted 08-18-2019 11:43 PM

I would insulate and and build in an air conditioner. Swamp coolers work where it is dry, when you need the cooling in AZ is monsoon season when it is relatively humid. add a awning of some kind to your shed and you can work most of the time outside. (assuming you live in phoenix to yuma zone.)

Eric in Prescott.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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