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01-04-2014 04:29 PM

I plan on building my 12×20 garage this spring or summer when I have time off my job. I am wondering this shop be good enough? Someone broke into my old 10×12 shed and stole my brand new Dewalt miter saw.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 04:38 PM

Many of us lived with less for a long time. Sorry about your saw. I never shop at pawn shops for that reason. I lock everything each nite including chaining my miter saw to the wall. The world we live in. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 05:00 PM

Ya thanks the new garage will better built. with flood lights over the doors.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 05:18 PM

12×20 is better than your 12×10 shed. But suggest you build as big as you can afford. Bigger the better…

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 05:21 PM

Ya it is. Got to bring in fill dirt thou.

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 05:36 PM

Build as large as you can. If you have to hold off on other things for a while, do it. This isn’t something easily changed later.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 05:55 PM

good to see you back charles

by my calculations
the new shop
should be twice as big as the last one (lol)

all i can think is maybe a little wider if possible
by the time you get benches or shelving on the side walls
the center work area might be tight with the tools there
some walking room there would be good

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 06:00 PM

Fill dirt will be cheaper now than later if you decide you need to go bigger in a year or two. We just went through this with a new driveway and the contractor said we would save money going bigger now than trying to add on in a year or two. It was more than our original budget but I am glad we did it now that it is finished.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 06:06 PM

I think getting a new shop is a great idea. However, I just took my 12×20 garage and added on to the back making it a 12×36 workshop (could be called a two-car garage). I insulated all of it, put in a ‘motel-style’ heating A/C unit and am totally thrilled. I can now work in the garage when it is too cold/too hot otherwise. I love the bigger workshop. I was going to post pix but I cannot edit my last “workshop” post on here (delete old pix and add new ones) unless someone can tell me how to do this. You can see what I did with my ‘old’ shop and when I know how I’ll post pix of my ‘new’ shop!

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 07:21 PM

if it fits I would go 20×20. I am just not a fan of long skinny buildings. going bigger now is pennies compared to the cost of adding it later.

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 07:59 PM

12×20 is what I can work with right now.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 08:17 PM

I saw somewhere that the average shop is about 240 square feet which this would be. Given the choice between 16 X 16 (256 ft) and 12X20 I would take the 12X20. What is your choice for table saw? If you are like me and value conscious (that’s PC Speak for “cheapskate”) and use a contractor’s saw you can set the work benches up to serve as out feed tables to cut anything up to 4X8 sheets.

And, while it may cost a little more to start with, consider running the roof peak cross ways instead of on the long axis. That way if money becomes available for expansion the roof will allow you to easily double to 20X24.

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 08:45 PM

Kelvin I use old arn. I only buy older made usa machines.

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 08:49 PM

I agree with go as big as you can afford. You’ll never regret going bigger, but will soon regret it if its to small.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 08:51 PM

I view the 12×20 as a big improvement over the 10×12 shed.

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 09:21 PM

Good luck with your new adventure in building your shop, I wish I had a chance to build my own. Make it the way I wanted it, I am envious. Mine is a 18×18 Garage and it fits me fine. Work with what you got and enjoy it.

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