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Currently, my workshop is pretty much all of a 12×18 one-car garage. I'm fortunate enough to have a wife who understands my love of woodworking. After we were married, she did not make me clear everything out for her car. Now THAT is true love.

We are currently looking for a new house - one of the criteria for that house is an area I can dedicate to be a workshop.

When I have something more interesting than a dirty, unorganized, over-stuffed garage, I'll post some pictures!

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We'll be waiting patiently.
 

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how exciting.

and another "great woman" out there. :)
 

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It will be great to hear what you come up with.
 

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looked at your website link… very nice and very interesting. would love to see some more of those pics. great work.
 

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Hmmmm. About time for those pictures. No way your shop could be worse than mine from a messy, overstuffed, perspective.
 

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Wayne,

Well… it's absolutely trashed at the moment. Since I'm closing on a new house on April 30th, and I'll actually have a dedicated shop space at some point after that, I thought I'd wait until that is set up to take my workshop space photos.
 

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Ethan.
I'm happy for you, that you found a home.
 

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Congratulations Ethan! Just two weeks left. When is the big move day?

We are looking forward to seeing your new shop. Maybe you can post some before and after pictures?
 

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I guess we will give ya a break this time. Before and after pictures would be great.
 

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Hi Ethan, Just wanted to get an update as to where you decided to locate your new shop space? I gather you are all moved into your new house. I moved 2 years ago to Wentzville and bought a house with a 3rd car at about 13×22. The only problem so far is the heat this summer. At 105 I don't like to get out there. The winter is not bad as the space is all insulated and finished with a baseboard heater. Talk to you later and good luck.
 

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I actually moved into a new house from a condo, so it is a totally new location, Bill.

There is a great spot in the basement, about 14' x 30', that my wife is giving me full reign over. But before I can pull out the tools and make dust, I have to frame up some walls, insulate walls and ceilings, spray-foam all the small cracks, and run some electrical. That is going to take some time (which I have just a little of) and money (which I have even less of).

So I'll probably try to set up a partial shop in a different part of the basement (where the previous owner has left his workbenches - not well built - and a lot of pegboard) and in the garage (where I'll keep my stationary tools). Hopefully that will tide me over until the offical space is built.

The one drawback to the new space, and the house as a whole, is that the basement isn't a walk-out. Don't know if it is something I'd even be able to put in at a future date, either.

Makes me wonder if I should consider building a dedicated shop out in the back yard, instead. :) Of course, THAT would be the ideal. Not sure if I'd ever be able to swing it financially, though.
 

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Not to mention the wife might not like you taking up the whole back yard for your new shop.

I would say a free standing shop would be best, but it depends on your situation and finances. Hopefully you could do it in stages to defray some of the costs, maybe even doing most of the work yourself. Until there, at least you do have some space to work in, so that is a good thing.

Congratulations on the new place. We are looking forward to seeing some pictures.
 

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Hi Ethan,

I just now came across your shop post. Do you have any pictures of your shop to post?
 

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Scott,

Well, let's see… I have actually cleared out the garage to the point where we can park both vehicles in it (per my wife's orders prior to the first snow fall this winter).

I've moved most of my tools to where the existing shop is in the basement.

I haven't done much of anything with the INTENDED workshop space, though. Maybe I should take some "Before" pics of the space (including the purple walls?) to keep a record of what I'm starting with.

Finally cashing in some chips I've been holding on to for years, I have verbal agreements with both of my brothers to come up and help me frame out and wire in the basement. My younger brother works in a cabinet shop and has a contractor's certification (and plenty of experience to boot) and my older brother and I framed in most of his basement, so we do know what we're doing. I'd like to get started on it this spring, just as soon as I can free up some money for lumber and electrical supplies.
 

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Your wife sounds something like mine. I am glad I had the foresight to add a third garage in our walk out basement. I can tell you without a doubt that if I asked her to park HER truck out in the snow and rain so that I could use HER space as a workshop I would be out in the snow and rain.

Good luck on getting your shop set up. You might want to do a construction blog as you go. Just to keep yourself from getting too bored. :)
 
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