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Not a shop in place of my shop, I mean another shop in addition to my present shop. My shop is small, 8X12, not large but big enough to do what I wanted to make. But now, I have a few projects I want to start working on, considerably larger than my usual, and the shop is a bit crowded, considering my wood stored in there, and some stuff I can trash. In fact, if I go ahead on some of those new projects, it will be way awkward to work on them. So I'm thinking the only reasonable solution, will be adding another shop, same size will work, and use my present shop for wood storage. Any new shop will have some improvements over the present one, insulation for one thing, if I can find a solid wood door that will mean a new (longer) router table, better coordinated wall storage, LED lighting, drawers in place of shelving, moveable tool stands for various tools at a height to let me work sitting, and various and sundry other things as I think of them. The color of course will be 2-3 coats of gloss white. Larger tools painted yellow in place of industrial gray.

I suppose that will mean making another iggle too.
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Geez Theo , my tool shed is 12-8 . My hats off to you guys that can make that work .
My garage is 22-26 , and far to small . I think 36-36 is the size that would put me in my happy place.
While I’m dreaming let’s add a washroom and a beer fridge

Oh , and let’s not forget insulation

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Geez Theo , my tool shed is 12-8 . My hats off to you guys that can make that work .
My garage is 22-26 , and far to small . I think 36-36 is the size that would put me in my happy place.
While Iím dreaming letís add a washroom and a beer fridge

Oh , and letís not forget insulation
Actually, if I wasn't considering the new projects, I could get alone just fine as is. I make little furniture, except for kid's puzzle rocking chairs. Other than that it is basically canes, and wooden banks. With the banks, I have to have at least 4 different masters, for each style and size, so am starting to get a minor space problem, so each set will now be hung from the rafters or on the wall; a new shop would definitely help on their storage. Years back I did make a double seat rocking chair in the shop, no problem. But I just don't really like to make furniture, so don't, which wouldn't change no matter what shop size. Found out all I like to make on a lathes is carving mallets, and once I got sufficient mallets, of different sizes and weights, to last the next 2 or 3 reincarnations, which freed up some room. Really, just have to have a place for everything, and everything in its place. So, I've been getting along quite well really in my shop. Would like to have the space to build a boat tho, alas that is just a dream, unless I hit the lottery big time.

If I do get another shop, there will be insulation. There WILL be a composting toilet, in fact already have one, just need to move it in. There will be a cooler for snacks (don't drink beer anymore), and even possibly a heater of some type for coffee.
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Hi Theo, my outside shop is a shed we bought not long after we moved here. It is 12x24 and cost less than $4K at the time. I really wish I'd gone to the 16x24 size, which would not have been that much more. Another alternative would be to have the new shop shed and add a nice deck out front so you can roll out tools on the deck for use. Then like me, you could put a roof over the deck and enclose the deck with walls and over time you have a 12x16 (or 24x8) shed.

My neighbor has a cluster of smaller sheds he's turned into one large one that way. All four sheds face into a central area with a nearly flat cover over the top.
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Forgot to post a picture of the type of boat I would like to build, if I had the space. This is a genuine steam launch.
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I love having AC, a microwave and refer in my office shed. The tool shed is larger and has an AC plus a couple of heaters for winter. Both are insulated. If you do that, wire, insulate and drywall before putting a single tool in there, otherwise you'll never get around to it.
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Urinal and a water fountain would be nice, then I wouldn't get yelled at for tracking sawdust into the house on my breaks.

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And don't forget to leave space for your new CNC machine!!!

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Urinal and a water fountain would be nice, then I wouldn't get yelled at for tracking sawdust into the house on my breaks.
That's what large soda cups and coolers are for.
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And don't forget to leave space for your new CNC machine!!!
I take it by CNC you mean Chicken Noodle Coalition.
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