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07-10-2018 10:22 AM
Garyk Gary, when we sold our house and started out living the RV lifestyle I went from a 1200sf shop to a 10 x 20 rental shed. Some days it was a pita but it can be managed. Even produced an entertainment center for my daughter. There is a lot of information on line, in books and magazines on pretty neat ideas for conserving space so sit back, think it through and you can do it. The hardest change for me was giving up my cabinet saw for a small contractors saw but it still cuts wood, you just have to use your imagination sometimes. I don't miss the BIG project anymore and really get more pleasure from the small ones (those for family instead of a customer). I've personally had more fun with a mini-lathe than I ever did building furniture.

The other Gary
07-09-2018 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by roofner View Post
I live in a mobile home park . Not enough room in my shed. Things have gotten out of hand. I just can't work to much clutter. Got get rid of non accentual. I have 2 projects still in progress. Need to catch while down sizing.

Went thru that clutter with an attitude this past spring. Reorganized, changed my shop layout just a bit and got rid of a ton of clutter. It wasn't easy, but damn happy I did it now!
good luck Gary
07-09-2018 04:23 PM
DesertRatTom Gary, I think you are looking for some possible solutions given your restricted space and probably, the rules of the park association. If you do your cutting outside, you can keep the shed clean and use it for finishing. For me, it's about having a solid floor for tools to sit on and a cover of some sort to keep out of the sun or rain. The pix is the roof over the porch on my office shed. I have a step down, but could easily have built the porch level with the shed's floor. If you look to the right of the shed, you can see the space that is now covered over and that will house the dust collector. It has both a roof and an elevated floor. It started by putting up two, 12 foot headers and hangers for 2x4s of various lengths. This accounted for the two buildings not being exactly parallel. Some ply and roll roofing and voila', a covered breezeway to store ladders, wood and place the dust collector. It will also keep the electical sub panel dry. Didn't cost much either.
07-09-2018 02:11 PM
Andrew_the_Celt I'm in Canada and used to work out of a shed.

Dragging the tools outside only worked until the snow got too deep.
07-08-2018 01:49 PM
DesertRatTom Gary, Depending on the climate where you live, you'll probably have to find a way to roll some of your tools out of the shed and onto either a concrete pad, or a pad you make of wood. If that puts you out in the sun, work out how to put up some sort of cover. I've now expanded my two sheds by enclosing the space between them, and by hanging a roofed porch over the front of the one I use for an office. I live in the desert at about 3000 ft where the UV will burn you in 15 minutes. We used to have a couple of snows and some rain now and then, so I made the coverings solid. But you might consider a simple shade cloth cover stretched on a frame you affix to a structure with legs to support the other end.

Most of my flooring for porches are large square frames covered with 2x lumber for the floor. Simple, fairly cheap. Take a picture or two of the area around and in front of your shed so we can come up with a solution. Also what kind of climate you live in with winter and summer temps, rain, snow. Let's see what this bunch of wood geniuses come up with.

We're all pretty much tightwads so we'll keep budget in mind.
07-08-2018 01:32 PM
RainMan 2.0 I hear where your coming from Gary . I have a 22-26 garage and find it’s far to small.
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07-08-2018 07:47 AM
Down sizing

I live in a mobile home park . Not enough room in my shed. Things have gotten out of hand. I just can't work to much clutter. Got get rid of non accentual. I have 2 projects still in progress. Need to catch while down sizing.

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