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Twin Cities, MN
United States

Early Spring 2021, I had a detached building put up in my back yard to be used as a dedicated wood shop. It is a big, no huge, upgrade from our 2-car attached, 3-season garage.

The shop building is a square, 26’x26’, 676 square feet (that seemed really large right before I moved in). It is fully insulated, heated, cooled, and opens up (with single garage doors) both to our extended driveway on the front wall and on the right adjacent wall, to our backyard patio. I added a service door as well. I have both 110v and 220v power, with outlets for 110v every four feet on the walls and in each quadrant on the ceiling. The 220v is specific for the dust collection system, and available in pre-run wire bundles in the ceiling ready for drops to other machines, if needed. The air conditioner and the air compressor are on their own individual circuits. Each of the four walls, and the ceiling, are on separate circuits, as well. Lighting is provided by seven high-intensity LED corncob lights. I also ran a gas line to the building for the heating system. The building is monitored as part of our home security system.

Today, the shop equipment includes a table saw (SawStop PCS 36”), bandsaw (Laguna 1412), drill press (Jet JWP12), thickness planer (DeWalt DW735), jointer (Porter Cable 6” bench top) oscillating belt/spindle sander (Triton), lathe (Laguna REVO1836), miter saw (Bosch GCM12SD), routers (Bosch and Ridgid), scroll saw (Ryobi), belt/disc sander (Harbor Freight), bench grinder/sharpener (Rikon), and (mostly) Ridgid 18v tools.

My dust collection system, affectionately known here as Big George, is a Jet DC3 Cyclone system. I recently added a Jet air filtration system, as well.

My biggest shop “problem” right now is that wood pile… I need to get that organized because it is taking up too much space!

Finally, if you found him, that’s Marvin, he’s in the shop for the winter. He’ll return to guard the patio next spring.

-- Kenny [MN]

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#1 posted 01-03-2022 01:00 AM

Nice shop, be a great space to work in. Marvin must be the tin man. He looks cool.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 01-03-2022 05:13 PM

VERY nice shop….well done! A number of resemblances between your shop and mine. You have/have done a number of things that I wish I had done, or haven’t done yet (bigger DC system, more 220, lathe and a number of other tools). I had the same issue with off-fall materials/wood stock supplies and didn’t want to take up a large wall or floor space on a permanent basis. I opted to make an A-frame roll-around and placed it in front of an overhead door so that I could move it out of the way if necessary (I have a mobile wood bench and flip top station that live in front of it that can be easily moved when I need full access). But yeah, check out the similarities (space, tools, etc.).

And what type of things do you plan to build?

Again, great job!

-- Laz

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#3 posted 01-03-2022 05:50 PM

2310, Nice shop! I too built a building this year….very similar,a little larger and full already too! We also have a lot of the same tools….lathe, sawstop, etc…
Thanks for showing your shop and welcome to LJ’s…it’s great!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-03-2022 06:30 PM

Beauty! Post some pics after those tools get some use! Let’s see it in 6 mo with sawdust everywhere and wear marks on the saw tops!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 01-03-2022 08:52 PM

thats a great shop space,your gonna have a lot of fun in there.welcome to lumber jocks,i hope you enjoy it here too.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 01-04-2022 01:37 AM

Greetings from Iowa! Very nice shop indeed! I too built a shop, mine was a year earlier than yours and also is a dedicated wood shop. I must admit yours looks amazing! I still have a few tools to purchase and need to shore up my dust collection a bit more. Size wise, I’m just a hair larger at 768 square feet, and I too have problems with lumber storage. Enjoy your new space!


-- Be safe out there

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#7 posted 01-04-2022 11:03 PM

Why 26×26?

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#8 posted 01-05-2022 01:19 AM

Why 26×26?

- Jeff

Hi Jeff, I wanted to build 26’ wide by 30’ deep. Unfortunately, the city that we live in would not approve anything larger than 26’x26’ on our lot. So, that’s what I went with. -Kenny

-- Kenny [MN]

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#9 posted 01-05-2022 03:21 AM

When the time comes part of our restriction may be a distribution valve for the septic leech field.

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#10 posted 01-13-2022 01:37 AM


Beautiful building and shop! And I appreciate all your planning and thought process-I went through the same exercise to get my shop building done this pas spring.
Like how you maximize the space by putting most of your equipment on mobile bases-very smart. And it looks like you still have wall space for more cabinet storage, hanging jigs/fixtures, etc. to make use of.
Having the shop insulated-as well as heated and cooled-makes it a joy to work in. And, where you live, staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer is a big thing.
Like the LED lighting-working in a bright shop as your eyes get older is a plus.
And, I’m going to steal your idea of having a little patio furniture area to relax in-and in my case enjoy a cigar (I have exhaust fans installed for my enjoyment-LOL).
To get rid of the lumber clutter an easy and inexpensive solution is to buy Bora Portamate Lumber storage racks on Amazon. You install them in about an hour on your wall studs, and lumber clutter is eliminated. You might see them in use in my shop garage-in my Workshop pics.

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#11 posted 01-20-2022 11:08 AM

Great shop! Welcome to LJ

-- Petey

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