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Micah Muzny

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09-08-2013 04:15 PM

Looked at a 12×24 A-frame building yesterday to use as a small workshop/storage building. Any tips or advice on getting a small building like this? I am not sure what type of door, the company said they can sorta customize it. They have the regular swing doors or roll up doors. What is the pros and cons of each type? It also has a loft in the top, which would be good for storage. Any tips and advice to help me pick it out would be helpful. This is the first time I am actually getting a dedicated workshop/storage building.

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Micah Muzny

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 04:17 PM

Also it has two windows in it, which they said they can put where needed or I assume added maybe. One which will have a small A/C unit for the Texas heat. The door is on the 12ft side and windows in the middle of the 24ft sides.

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 04:22 PM

An A-frame building decreases the useable wall space, therefore is inefficient for your storage needs, IMO.

I don’t know what I would do without vertical walls.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 04:38 PM

My shop is 12 by 24 and it works. Are you talking a true A frame? If so I too would be worried about the sloping walls. You definitely want the door in the end. Mine is in the middle of the 24 side which is a little inconvenient.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 06:07 PM

Ok maybe I was a little wrong on the description. I guess it is not a A frame. I looked up A frame and it looks like a triangle. That is not what I was meaning, I am not sure what the actual type is then haha.
It is not this:

It is this type, but not this exact building:

The one I was looking had one window on each 24ft side and the door was a hinged swing type door on the 12ft side.

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 06:39 PM

That is every bit as big as my shop. I don’t use many power tools and it is plenty big enough for me. I imagine you could be very happy with that; nice dedicated space with ample room, even a little overhead storage is possible in that.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 06:47 PM

I would make sure, if possible, that you include a man door. No sense in opening a big door and letting all the AC go out into the Texas heat. In my humble opinion overhead storage is a huge bonus, you will need all of the floor space you can possibly get.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 09:19 PM

Upper loft = where you store your lumber to dry out. Offcuts go downstairs.

See miscellaneous wood and tool storage ideas below (collected google pics). You can see how happy the lady in the red shirt is with her clamps storage. And don’t forget to set up good lighting first!

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 09:57 PM

While I have plenty of room in my new shop, I was limited to half of a two car garage when I first got into woodworking bigtime. Following are photos of how I managed to have a fully equipped shop that fit into my half of the garage so my wife could park her car inside at night. The ceiling was 10’ high, so I added a rack for wood storage above the garage door.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 01:05 AM

my shop is 8×24, plenty big enough. I put the door on the end in the corner, so my tablesaw, up against a wall, can run outfeed out the door. windows on the long side.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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Micah Muzny

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 01:17 AM

Wow thanks! This is helping out a lot, giving me a lot of good ideas with all the pictures! Awesome, keep them coming if you think of anything else!!! :D

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 01:22 AM

Where in Texas are you? It’s not that difficult to build one of these and there are complete free build sheets online.

Even if you put a window AC in it, if you don’t insulate you’ll be pissin’ in the wind.

If you were close enough I would be happy to help , but then I’m sure you couldn’t possibly be within 20 miles of Robertson County, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 09-09-2013 06:05 AM

I live in Burleson county, near the town of Caldwell which is for sure more than 20 miles because it is not a neighboring county. I have heard of Robertson County but not sure exactly where that is. Thanks for offering to help but I will just buy one, the company delivers and puts it up which is very easy and stress free for me haha. I know we have some insulation from a add on we were doing on our old house, might look into using it possibly.

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#13 posted 09-09-2013 03:00 PM

I’d just make a hole in the wall and frame it out for the AC.
Save your windows for light, and to open for ventilation on cool evenings.
You’ll need about a 11,000 to 12,000 BTU, 120 volt AC for a shop that size if you insulate.
Probably will need 18,000 to 20,000 BTU, 240 volt AC if you don’t insulate.
The difference in the installed cost of the AC would pay for the insulation.

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#14 posted 09-09-2013 05:01 PM

If you check “my workshop” page there is a list of things that I’m happy I did when i built a workshop and a list that I would do differently next time.

The roll up door gives more headroom inside the shop but it doesn’t seal well if you were going to heat or cool the space.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 05:25 PM

This is 24’x48’. It has 2 A/C units, 2 8’x10’ slidind doors, 10’ high ceiling, 200 amp service. I wish it were bigger.

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