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Forum topic by Artie623 posted 10-15-2018 03:43 AM 976 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2018 03:43 AM

Living in Maine un-heated outdoor buildings have a short seasonal life…. but I decided to turn my 10×20 shed into a fuill-blown workshop. I’m a professional model builder so I have an eye for detail… I just hope this costly excursion into woodworking is something I “see through”... (or my wife will kill me).

I don’t want to get into what equipment I’ll be using, but with such a small area I have to be be pretty selective (no 8” joiners)... and use my space wisely… I hate tripping over stuff. Fortunately, I’m the kind of guy that finishes one project before starting the next…. that’ll help.

The interior photo shows two “slots” in the walls…. one behind my Ridgid tablesaw to feed sheet goods through to the outside of the building… saving me a lot of indoor space !... and another smaller one so as I can feed longer material (when needed) across the Rockler router table….. The interior is “barnwood”.... sanded on one side (I kept the rough side
out).... and at $1 per board foot it’s a real nice look.

Theo interior photo is the far end of the shed… a 10’ wide end wall.

I have a ton more to do, and in a couple of weeks will let the project hibernate in hopes of getting back to it next spring. Oh yeah.

Art, Maine

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 10:00 AM

That’s an awesome little shop. I don’t share your concerns with shop space as my shop is huge, but I do have a mostly unheated area in northern Pennsylvania, so like you, I mostly shut down in the wintertime. I’d love to insulate, frame in and heat my building better, but for the time being and given my interest and abilities, I think I’m better off just shutting down for a few months. Good luck with it.

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 12:33 PM

Next tool you need is a heater. I would hate having to wait until spring to use such a nice shop.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 12:47 PM

I also have an un-heated shop, but I do have a heated pump house. Its only about 8X10, but I have set it up as my clod weather shop. Mostly smaller projects and mostly hand tools. If I need to use the machines, I bundle up and get it done as quickly as possible then move the wood into the pump house to acclimate.

Moved all the liquids out to the pump house this past weekend in preparation for a hard freeze. It was near 70 here on Saturday, but we got an inch of snow on Sunday and never got above freezing.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 01:32 PM

I think that winter is the best time to be in the shop, I can’t imagine “waiting for Spring”.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 01:53 PM

As my business ties me up between nov. 1st & mid-February it’s not the inconvenience it sounds to be…. that, coupled with our mid-February warm vacation gets me home the top of March… still cold… but getting warmer day by day ‘

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