Designing new shop! Input please

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04-26-2020 02:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workshop woodshop dust collector organize help design layout

Hello all!

I am getting a 12×16 shed built and will have 2 storage lofts on the 12 foot sides coming out 4 feet. It will be a barn style shed double doors on one 16 foot side in the middle and 2 windows on the same side.

I’ve read stuff, seen videos, come up with my own ideas…..I need to ask questions and I dont know everything to ask…if anyone can help either explain your small shop, or give advice setting up a small shop…I would greatly appreciate it!

Current large tools:
Table saw, circular saw, bandsaw, planer, 6 in belt/disc sander, 3 gallon shop vac, pancake compressor, drill press

Future larger tools/equipment (hopefully) :
Dust collector, air cleaner, lathe, better table saw (have hand me down craftsman 10in).

Will finish the shed as much as possible to keep sound down, and eventually add some AC and heat. Will also wire the shop and have 2 to 3 220 outlets. Want to plan for plumbing dust collector ducting and for the compressor (will eventually upgrade to a large compressor) so I can have multiple places to plug in at and put one outside for kids to come up and air up bikes, balls and such.

Hopefully this all makes sense I’ve never setup a shop from scratch before and I want it done right to promote good workflow and possible expansions/ new tools.

Any input is greatly appreciated!!!


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#1 posted 04-26-2020 03:22 AM

Looking over the list of tools you gave, I’m guessing it will be tight to house them all in the 12×16.

I do like the idea however. I am close to finishing my shed workshop that I started last December. It is a 14×24. I don’t have shed doors but rather a couple old French doors on one end. I found them at the local restore.

The only dust collection I have is a shop vac with a cyclone separator. Not much.

It is tough to get the materials I need right now but I have done fairly well getting some things delivered. I had some treated lumber delivered yesterday for a small deck outside the French doors. Should have that done tomorrow. I need to get in to HD for several items to finish a cabinet project.

Anyway, thought you might want to see a couple pictures of the 14×24 that I am working on so you might can get an idea on the space vs the tools.

The little deck i’m working on will provide more work space when the weather permits. I’ve got the frame built and started laying out the deck planks. Should be able to finish by end of day tomorrow. I figure if I can move my tools outside for some jobs, it will be quite handy. Another LJ showed a deck he built and that is where I got the idea.


All the best with your project.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#2 posted 04-26-2020 03:39 AM

If there is room, I would put the dust collection system under the floor. Motor and all.

Maybe build it bigger. :)

Good luck and have fun.

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#3 posted 04-26-2020 03:40 AM

I’ve got a small area in my basement shop. I have things set up to serve as outfeed tables to the other tools. My planer outfeeds onto the table saw, which feeds out onto the workbench. The shop vac is stashed under the workbench.

Consider the space before and after the cut. If you want to cut 8’ boards on a table saw, you need 8’ before the blade and 8’ after the blade. I’ve seen other posts on this topic where people have the windows strategically placed so you can open them to extend the after blade length. You could even build some shutters that fold down, to become outfeed tables.

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#4 posted 04-26-2020 03:51 AM

Thankfully most of my equipment is bench top stuff now I need to make a bunch of cabinets! As far as space I think I should be good. I do cut 8’ material so I’m gonna place my table saw near the door and I believe the doors will be wide enough for most things. Thankfully I’ll have a bunch of storage above in total 24’x4’ so I should be able to keep a clean work flow…..hopefully ha.

Thanks for all the input!

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#5 posted 04-26-2020 01:41 PM

My shop is 12×14 only 8’ ceiling, if you can go higher you open up much more storage.
4×8 sheet goods break down at supply house or out side, last inside but a pain.
French cleats, everything on wheels.
60 amp 240v sub panel (125A main lug) power everywhere and can unscrew sheeting to get to panel if I need to run pipe.

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