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Old October 13th, 2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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I'm putting together a very limited work space 11'6"x 12" and I'm trying to figure out the best layout for it. I have a 6ft long roll around bench and a 13 drawer tool box that will be in there along with a Grinder, 110 welder, Table top Valve compressor, Engine stand and a Kerosene heater for really cold days. Because of the location, I have 1 outlet box to use (so I get to plug/unplug everything as used). I would like to put a table top or floor drill press in there, but I'm not sure what, if anything else should go in there as I will still need space to work. My air compressor will stay in the garage on its own outlet with the hose going out to the shop.

What else would you see as essential? Will it already be too crowded?
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Old October 13th, 2014, 11:37 AM   #2
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Back when I was responsible for setting up commercial work spaces, I did a movable lay out on paper.I went to one of the paper supplies outfits and got 24" x 36" sheets of graph paper and did a plan of the space to be used that showed any doors, windows,electrical outlets water pipes and any physical intrusions into the space I then used colored construction paper with different colors to indicate different needs/uses. ie. work suface , storage, machine, tools, electrical, water, etc. Then I made over head foot prints of each item to scale and moved them around on the master diagram until everything fit properly and looked usable. Beats hell out of moving heavy pieces of equipment and/or machinery two or three times before getting it right.
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I've been doing that at my desk while thinking about other things... my form of doodling. It actually, looks like I have a better amount of free space for swinging projects around than I thought I would in there. I just have to figure out what extra tools (over time) Will be able to go in there without over whelming the space.
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Find a way to include more outlets.
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I can't, my fuse box is full up.
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Loan out your engine stand to a friend until you need it.
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Ummm, why? I always have an engine on it.
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I can't, my fuse box is full up.
Can you get a separate one for the workshop. Our pilebarn has its own fusebox. Also with an isolated breaker box if something trips you're not running around screaming as you trip over something when the lights go out.
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Wheels... get everything on wheels.

it will make it easy to move the stuff you need and dont need
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Going to a separate box is way more $ than I could ever do.
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I think the suggestion meant a Sub panel. Its alot easier then you think.
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Progress!
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Almost ready for the roofing! Going to leave a three foot overhang so I can park the old rider mower out of the weather.
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I'm hoping that the 4ft wide door will be enough.
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The shop gnomes showed up and added a roof today!
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The shop gnomes showed up and added a roof today!
Wish I would have known a few shop gnomes

It took me 16 months to build my 24' by 32' pole barn with 10 foot walls from start to finish, now I wish I'd have built a 30' by 40' with 20 foot walls (more junk to collect), I could have had an overhead crane for free, but with only 10 foot high walls the hook would have been 7 maybe 8 feet off the ground, to close for me, it's gone now


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The tin over roofing cloth over 2x10 tongue and groove is holding out the downpour! Not bad for all used materials... next up, Sunday afternoon(ish) is the 1x6 siding on walls 3 and 4.
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3rd wall
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As time allows this week, I should get that last wall up. Then I need to hang the door (plywood with hinges). The opening will be 80x48. I should be able to get engines in and out of there without much issue!
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You can never have to much door, well, I suppose you can, I put an 8 ft over head door on my garage, now, I wish I'd have put up a 10 ft high door


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I got my 48x80 door installed in the short time I had available yesterday. No pictures today.
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So close!!! Ran out of wood :(

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Movin' stuff in... But still not done with the wall. The weather side is closed, other than the vent covers.

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I added a second 2 bulb tube light and it is BRIGHT in that little space! I dont think I will need to add white paint.
I popped a 1.5" hole in the garage wall next to an outlet in there and ran the power chord up the wall and to beam over to each lamp. I also unplugged two of the lamps in the garage so I am at a wash on the power usage.
Next, I will run a heavy duty extension over to the shop from a dedicated (and not switched) outlet that has its own split breaker to the shop for the tool supply power.

Gettin' closer!
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