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post #1 of 18 Old 09-24-2015, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I Need a Bigger Shop!

Ha ha, unfortunately, that ain't gonna happen. I have lived in this house since 1987, and it's paid for. If only I had known I would get heavily involved in woodworking back then, maybe I would have found a different place.

So here I am working in a one car garage. It's getting cramped. Five new cabinets complete and 17 new drawers.

The good thing is, I get to deliver them this weekend. The rest of the work will take place at a friends house.

Sure wish I had a little more room. You guys with two car garages shouldn't complain at all.
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Even if you had a bigger shop it would still be too small. My Grandpa has a 12,000 sf shop, and it is still packed full of crap.
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I've been banished to the basement. Her car goes in the garage, and now I have to put all my mounts in my office, since they don't "look good" on the new den floor (just an excuse I think). Then I had to give part of the basement up for a punching bag and matt. I knew getting her boxing lessons for her birthday was a bad idea.

At least yours works with you.

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My shop is our 2-car garage. My machines are on mobile bases & get moved around as necessary. Until recently, I had a car lift in there also, and did as much of our car maintenance as I was able to, but I was feeling too many aches & pains from getting a little older & decided to give up the car work & sell the lift. So now I have a little more room to move around in my shop.

Over the years, we sort of thought we'd buy a bigger house & I'd get a basement for a shop, but we never got around to it. I'm convinced that I would just expand my crap to fill up whatever space I had anyway.
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you even have a washer and dryer in there too...now that's a multipurpose space.
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you even have a washer and dryer in there too...now that's a multipurpose space.
...and a hot water heater and an upright freezer!
...and storage along one wall.
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And I bet it's hot in Channelview.
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I got tired of working in a 30x30 garage, which when we built the house, I thought would be big enough for me, a truck, and a car.... WRONG !!!
So I bought this, ready made, brought in and set by the company....16x24.... Big enough........Well, so far......
NO !! Not the deck.... The building in back....😇😇
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And I bet it's hot in Channelview.
Yes sir, it is. Well, not in the shop.

It is fully insulated, energy efficient overhead door and a mini split AC w/heat. 74-75 even if it is 100 outside.
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If I may ask, what'd it set you back?
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If I may ask, what'd it set you back?
The mini split is a 11K BTU Fedders w/heat pump. It was about $850. I had an electrician install a dedicated 25 amp circuit (120v). My son and I installed the unit.

The only thing on the outside of the garage is the plasti-duct I ran to the condenser, which sits behind the privacy fence. No problems from the HOA.

Note: The R38 blown insulation in the attic did the trick keeping the heat out. Also, several years ago, we had our siding replaced with Hardi plank. While the outside wall was opened up, I asked the contractor to insulate it. I bought the roll insulation for about 20 feet of wall length and he put it in - no charge.
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This kitchen island (28x60) and sink base (24x48) were pushing the size limits in the shop!
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I can see the graphics on the new van now.

M & P Kitchen and Bath Remodeling.

I'll design your logo for you.

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I can see the graphics on the new van now.

M & P Kitchen and Bath Remodeling.

I'll design your logo for you.

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No John, we're retired. Remember?

But we just can't sit around and do nothing!
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You've done more in 2 weeks than my full time cabinet people (with a shop) did in two months!!!

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OK - get a used van then.
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Does anybody else finish a project, clean up the shop and think "yeah, I guess I do have lots of room" - only to have that ripped away as soon as the lumber for the next project shows up?
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Does anybody else finish a project, clean up the shop and think "yeah, I guess I do have lots of room" - only to have that ripped away as soon as the lumber for the next project shows up?
Yes...and once you start the shop seems to shrink more.
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Well you sure did a nice job with what you have. Looks really good.

I have a 30’x20’ 3 car garage, but the wood shop portion only takes up about 19’x18’ and I use the rest of the space for my mechanical stuff and also for home storage and freezer space. I’m really cramped for space inside and have to do the larger projects outside on a covered patio. I actually like working outside, but the dust is a problem for finishing. I have everything on wheels to move around for extra space when needed.

I will be moving soon to a larger piece of property where I can build something, but I just can’t decide on a minimum size for a new shop

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Iím a die hard DIY guy. Donít tell me to hire someone for what I can do myself.
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