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I bought my first home last year and managed to find a place with a little 12' X 12' shed in the backyard. (Score!) The former owner was a contractor and had built it out with attached workbenches and old cabinets from the kitchen (the new kitchen is wonderful by the way. As an avid cook, I consider it my second workshop.)

It's a properly built space, on blocks with framing, shingle roof, siding, double hung windows and a steel door with deadbolt. I'm wiring it with its own subpanel, 20 amp GFCI outlets and a couple 240v as well (eventually). Right now a heavy extension cord to the house is serving me surprisingly well.

There's not a lot of space, but I'm working on making the layout and storage as efficient as possible. My first project in there was a 7' X 36" arts and crafts dining table, probably the largest possible project I can (barely) pull off in that area. I'm happier sticking to side tables and maybe a chest of drawers, size-wise, until I can add another 8 feet to the shop space.

At some point I'd like to put in a small deck on the front so I can roll stuff out there to work on nice days. Overall, it's a lot smaller than the back of my garage at my old townhouse, but actually not much less area than I tended to use in that space. Just gets a little cramped for moving boards around.

Since the workbench forms a horseshoe shape around the edge and swallows up 24" of valuable shop space on three walls, I'm likely to remove most of it eventually and put in a traditional Roubo-style bench, leaving only enough built-in bench for the machine tools. I'd also like to tear out the cabinets and built my own. A big plus for modifying a raw space like this is that I'm only limited by the size of the job I'm willing to tackle.

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Grif that is a nice wee shop looks like you are making
the most of the space.
Great Cave :)

Jamie
 

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It's getting there, slowly but surely. I dream of a dedicated, detached shop space with hardwood floors, wood-burning stove, big bright windows, proper 400 lb workbench, 60" LCD television, beer fridge…you know, only the bare essentials.
 

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Thanks for the pix. I just increased my workshop from 240 square feet to 438 Square feet and you've given me some ideas!
 

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I also have the R4512 saw and I noticed the Incra miter fence on yours. I've always wondered whether it would fit on that saw and I'd like to hear your thoughts on how it's worked out for you.
 

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great shop,looks well laid out.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!
 

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Good looking shop that's well organized with super tools.
 
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