Time to start the “Shop Build” thread! I want to be in by winter so I’ll have to get a move on. I’m new to Michigan, but I heard winters come early and hard here.
The shop build will begin on two fronts: The conversion of the garage and the addition of a storage shed to hold all the ‘non-shop’ stuff. In reality it will also be a temporary home to much of the smaller shop items that are currently in the garage to make it easier to get things like wiring, painting, and floor prep done.
The shed will be a 12 x 16 structure placed on piers about 30' from the garage. It will be sided to match the house with a steel roof. As it is under 200 sf it will not require a building permit, but it will require zoning approval. I’m working through the 10-page application now. Plans are straight forward wood frame construction. There will be a loft for storage of some folding lawn furniture, etc. Once the shop is complete and everything is moved in I want to put some storage space along one wall of the shed for lumber. I’m hoping this will free up some space in the shop.
FWW Shop layout.skp
I finally worked out a plan with the electrician that will essentially upgrade the current 30-amp service to the garage to 60 amps. Based on feedback here and input from the electrician that should satisfy my needs. It also chops his initial estimate to about half. The upgraded service will cost about $1,400. More than I had hoped but close enough.
I am at a bit of a loss on how to configure my space. I would like to place a small office in the front corner. This is actually a bit of a necessity as there is no place in the house where I can set up my computer with the extra monitor and printer – it’s just too small.
In the “that might be a good idea” column are a few things that are really not necessities and I could do without. Among them are a half bath, finishing room, and closet for the DC and compressor.
I know that shop planning is considered by many of you to be a fun activity, so here’s your chance to have some fun! I am open to ideas and space use possibilities that might challenge my own. I’m attaching a few pictures and a Sketchup drawing of the raw space for your enjoyment.
A couple of notes – the small roll up door will go away and be replaced by a window. I will reuse that door in the new shed. The man door already exists. The ceiling is 8’3”. I’m replacing the top panel in the large roll up door with one that has windows. That door faces south so it will bring light into the shop year round.
Tools that need to be accommodated: 10” Cabinet saw with a 52” fence, 18” band saw, 16/32 Performax on roll around stand, 10” miter saw (non-sliding), New Yankee style router table, DeWallt 735 planer that shares a flip top stand with my mortiser, floor standing drill press, 10” disk/6” belt combo sander on a roll around stand, antique work bench approximately 28” deep and 76” wide, dust collector (not purchased yet, looking for a good deal), small compressor (Hitachi dual tank), Jet ceiling mount ambient air filter, Delta DJ20 jointer.
I would really like to be in the shop soon, but time and budget will dictate.