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#1 posted 08-21-2018 11:35 PM

For the last 25 years I have shared my shop with the wife’s car and the washer & dryer.

I wanted my own space so bad I could taste it.

I spent almost a year trying to design a 12×18 shop that could hold all of tools I have in the garage and that would fit into our little back yard (City Dweller).
Seeing everybody on here with their beautiful shops just fueled the fire even more.

I spent hours working with SketchUp to find the right combination of space.

(Note. the grid on the floor is 1’x1’ so I could see how much room I had to work with.)

I went out into the garage and marked off a 11’x17’ area with blue tape to approximate the available space in a 12’x18’ building. I moved all my benches, tools, wood, and anything else I wanted to have in the shop inside this blue rectangle.
It was here that I ‘saw the light’.

It was just not big enough.
There was no room to move around.

I was heart broken!.......
(I found out later the city would’t let me do it anyway do to an easement)

Eventually I got over it and decided to put that same drive into making the garage (24’x24’) a better place to work….
More efficient…....Better lighting, A decent dust collection system…..

I have really been enjoying it.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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