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Posted on Hats off to those working in small shops

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 06:44 AM

I used to do it inside a 20’ x 12’ space and my shop was setup efficiently enough that I seldom had to move anything to get to any machines. The catch is that I didn’t have a planer or jointer at the time so it wasn’t quite a fully equipped shop. It had a tablesaw with outfeed support, bandsaw, lathe, air compressor and miter saw plus a decent sized workbench and a dust collector. There was just enough space to store some lumber and a couple sheets of plywood where they wouldn’t get in the way.

The jointer I could have squeezed in just fine but if I had a planer, it would had to have been setup in a portable manner. There was a portable router table that rolled under the outfeed of the tablesaw.

That shop was good for making a single piece of furniture desk sized or smaller. Larger projects were doable but hard to manage.

Of course that’s pretty large compared to what a lot of people here are talking about. I built a shed to get the lawn and garden equipment out of the shop after the first year. Anything that wasn’t needed got pitched or given away.

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