Smaller shed workshop ideas

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Smaller shed workshop ideas

I have a home with a 10'X10' Shed and would like to have a small woodworking shop inside.

It may be small but I don't do large projects (planters, deck rails/plank repairs, boxes, shelves, gardening beds etc...)

I have a Compound miter saw, drill press, small router table with router.

I need to get a table saw in the middle and build a workbench with vices along with a band saw somewhere perhaps.

I am a beginner in the area of basic woodworking and tackle very small easier projects for now but the biggest hurdle for me is to have achieve a decent work environment to practice. I am highly interested in creating useful stuff to use and build.

This shed has a high ceiling on one side and I can store on the wall.

I am not sure how to create the layout and need to find where to have maximum room and placement.

Any ideas or help will be greatly appreciated.

I know 10X10 is not my dream workshop but for a beginner I think I can fashion up some sort of practice area for me before I get a garage built (years from now).

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Fine Woodworking magazine (Taunton Press) has published many articles and a couple of books on small shops that are worth picking up or getting through the library. (I think at least one of the books may just be a collection of the articles). Wood Magazine has also published a number of features about small shops.

Also, the Journal of Light Construction has done a couple of features in the past on contractors that have fitted small trailers out as complete, portable workshops.

I'd start by seeing what others have done, and then adapting for your tools and type of projects you want to do.
 
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If you may need to rip lumber you may need to build a door for material on your saw the wood can slip through. Really nothing but a 6" high x 50" wide opening with a flip up door. You will need purpose made support outside for the wood to rest on as it is cut.
 
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You have quite a list of tools for such a small shop. I would consider a modular type setup. Maybe create a table in the center of the room or offset towards the door. Then you move the tool you want to use to that table. You can open the door if you need more space to handle longer stock. Then build benches along one wall to store you tools. When working with smaller pieces you can work there but when you need to handle bigger stuff you move the tool to the bench in the center of the room.
 
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I like ray's idea about the "flip up door". That would help a lot.

Tone loc, may I ask you about your screen name? Does it have anything to do with the dialer called Tone Locator?
 
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Tone loc, may I ask you about your screen name? Does it have anything to do with the dialer called Tone Locator?

Rapper/Actor? Tone Loc
 
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Hmm, maybe that's it. I thought that it was:

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If you have a driveway, you can avoid cutting another opening in the shop for wood run off. Put your table saw on a wheeled carrier and move it outside when you have cuts to make. Having your miter saw set up on the back (or side) wall with its own run off table maximizes space. I do that with my radial arm.

My shop is 24 x 24, which I thought would be an echo chamber until I started filling it up with tools. It is barely adequate, so good luck with yours. Maximize space by using wall space and keep the floor as empty as possible except for a banging table.
 
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I once had an 8'X12' workshop. The only stationary tool I had was a table saw. Everything else was on casters that could push to one side when they weren't in use. The table saw doubled as a workbench and router table. I built a skirted plywood table that fit over the saw table. I lengthened a window so that could rip long pieces stock with the window open. I did not have room for my radial arm saw. I kept it in the basement.

My current shop is above my garage. Usable floor space is about 400 sf. I think I had more room in the shed.
 
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My name is tony, my friends dubbed me tone loc in my younger party days as the nose candy was a staple party serving. We referred to loc's as a line haha real nice, ya the things you do when your young

Anyway hat is in the past and now I am into other things (woodworking being one of them) just need a little hobbyist shop to operate out of.

100 sq ft is minimal but I am not a professional, just like to tinker and get practice in somewhere.

I looked into Wood magazine and have found what I am looking for there's a 12x10 (close enough) shop layout I will use. the flap door is a great idea as well.

Thanks guys!
 
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Thanks for the clarification. I thought that you were a hacker from the 90s
 
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