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Here's my "BUILT IN A BARN" shop. I actually built this barn myself in 2006. I had Cypress beams 6" x 6" x 20' milled and 2 1/2" x 8" x 16' cypress milled for the rafters and cross supports. All the siding is 1" x6"x 16' pressure treated fence boards. The only thing I didn't do was the concrete and install the metal roof on the main structure (I did the metal roof on the smaller left side area) . Oh and I purchased the stall fronts (metal sections and doors). Before I made this my shop, I stored all our 4 wheelers in there. Well the squirrels got in there and ate all the wires in the 4 four wheelers. I know, I know, your thinking those squirrels are going to eat all the wires of my shop equipment. Well we used to think they were cute and we would feed them. Now they all died of lead poisoning (410). We haven't seen any around here in a while.

If you look at the picture from a far, the area on the left is were I store my plywood cart (and is actually now enclosed as my finish area), the bay door is were the actual shop is and just out side is where I use the table saw (on sunny days) to rip large pieces like full sheets of plywood. I do use the table saw inside also, but only when cutting smaller things. The ally on the right (that's where the horse stalls are) is where I work on larger units after they are assembled (the inside of the shop can't accommodate a wall unit 12 foot long and 8 1/2 feet tall. Also the area on the left, once I pull out the plywood /scrape cart,is where I do all my finishing (mostly lacquer) and staining. I have plans to fully enclose that area in the future (updated,
it is now enclosed- go to my projects and see the "my Spraybooth" gallery)
Its hard to get the entire shop in only 6 pictures.
In the shop, I have all the equipment on wheels and on nice days I do most of my planing, jointing and sawing outside. But I'm not forced to do that. On rainy days I have plenty of room to do what ever it is I need to do.
The main shop is , are you ready for this ….... drum roll please….......355 square feet( man that's small) and the outside area to the left (under roof) is 144 square feet. The outside (outside) area in front of the shop door is about 370 square foot. So when you put it all together, it not too bad of a work space and I didn't include the alley space which is 288 sq. ft. (I don't really use that area much at all). Well I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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Bob, you have a really nice shop space in which to work. Space-wise we have about the same amount of working room (I have 350 sq ft) but yours seems to be better organized than mine. Plus I do not see any "non-essentials" in there (lawn equipment, gas cans, etc.). Like you I tend to work outside, weather permitting because I get yelled at for "tracking sawdust into the house". But after 32 years I really don't get too upset at the yelling anymore. :)

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting with you.
 

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Thats a great looking shop . Im guessing you don,t get much snow down there . lol
 

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Great looking workshop. As Norm always says "a man can never have enough clamps." Looks like you have a few yourself….........LOL
 

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With all those holes in the siding how do you keep the air conditioning in. And no insulation it must be hard to heat in the winter.

Great shop, nice job on the construction. Too bad you went for horses first then workshop. It probably would have been designed differently if it started as a workshop.
 

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To comment on the Air condition / heat thing….. ya that's a problem. I does occasionally get in the 20's (at least for a few hours) and with 16 foot ceilings, my propane heater doesn't do much. In the summer, well I haven't spent a summer working in there yet, but the barn is at the top of a hill and there is air (wind) moving across the shop always. Thanks for the comment
 

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This is a real nice shop and a great layout as well. I'm real jealous right now as we're under a foot of snow, but summer's right around the corner!
 

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I like the style of the barn shop it makes it look old world
 

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Now thats a workshop, looks peaceful. How much land around you?
 

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just came across your shop and I love it. You have some nice projects coming from that barn. I am in FL as well and would like to ask you how you deal with the high humidity in wood movement? I work in my 2 car garage. I try to stay with sheet goods in the summer.
 
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