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Work Shop Design
#1310276 Fri May 10 2019 03:23 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 35
Wrench Fetcher
Good Morning Stovebolters,

I'd like to hear input on what others think the basics of a workshop ought to be and what you think the best, realistically speaking, size works best.

Things that come to mind are Water supply (hot and cold), Air System, Welding room/space, lift system (2 post type), general work area/bench, small office space. 220V and 120V outlets. Size: a two or three car garage.

Have a great Friday!!

Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310286 Fri May 10 2019 05:31 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 132
Shop Shark
Check out It's basically a forum going over these exact questions. Everyone post pics of their shop, ask questions on layout, how too's, etc. Great site for learning.

As for what works, just depends on what you need. As much as I would love to build out and expand into a larger space, I am stuck in a 2 car 20'x21'ish space. Have plugs every 4 foot along the walls. More over my work bench area including the plugs that integrate a usb slot for charging. A single 220 outlet for a 60 gal upright Ingersol compressor. Air management can be a whole topic of it's own. My mig welder runs off of 120 and is on a cart so I roll it around as I need.

I don't park in the garage. So one bay is always open for workspace while the other holds my '57. I make do with what i have. At times it can be a little cramped but workable. If I could, a 24x30'ish separate building would be built with a covered carport. One of these days maybe I'll get there.

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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310291 Fri May 10 2019 05:54 PM
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Posts: 21,854
Bigger is always better, if you've got the room for it! I've outgrown my original 24 X 40 foot shop twice, and I'm still building on!

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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310300 Fri May 10 2019 09:20 PM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 4,878
Shop Shark
With a 16' ceiling you have the height to split that height and have the office above in the loft

Push your budget to the MAX for square footage ..AC, heat, compressed air system, and electric can all be easily added later, but it's hard to make the building bigger after the fact.

Try to separate the work area from the storage area so you're not working around finished vehicles.

Put the air compressor outside in a utility closet to keep the noise down.

Does your town/county limit the size you can build? Do you have enough space?

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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310306 Fri May 10 2019 10:25 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 518
Shop Shark
I agree wholeheartedly, MAXIMIZE your square footage at all will NOT regret it.

Last edited by Apache1; Fri May 10 2019 10:26 PM.

Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310325 Sat May 11 2019 03:13 AM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 1,567
Shop Shark
A friend has a shop where he can drive in, make a U-turn in his old truck and drive out front-first. My kind of shop!

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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310358 Sat May 11 2019 01:10 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,119
Shop Shark
One Huge detail Tony may have to consider is ambient temperature. If his shown location is current (Alaska) that could mean a smaller, better insulated building with the compressor inside due to extreme temps outside. If that's the case a great read would be Lugnutz' shop research thread and construction thread here, and here, and here.

This is a very well documented "How To" on designing and building a shop with a ton of input from the members. If one wanted/needed a larger space it should be scaleable to most any size. The tips and suggestions would still apply.

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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310460 Sun May 12 2019 03:24 AM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,894
Shop Shark
I end up doing most of my work outside including welding. Have to allow for seasonal temperatures, no paint in winter, weld anytime, etc. Tools and storage are inside. A concrete slab would be helpful, rolling tools on gravel is not the easiest. A long 220v extension cord and air hose are helpful. Make room around saw, mill, lathe for long or large pieces that need to be cut down.


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Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310476 Sun May 12 2019 12:03 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 35
Wrench Fetcher
Anybody use the POLE BARN design for a shop build? Seems that'd be the best bang for the buck compared to most other types of construction. I like the high wall concept for office space and an exterior air compressor. Although I'm in Alaska currently, I'm migrating south (in a sense) to Michigan in July. There's a large barn on the property that's got the leaning tower of Pisa beat as angle's go. I discovered there's water and electric going to it already and will capitalize on that. The barn is coming down and a new shop will replace it. I'm thinking a 30' x 40' structure with three vehicle doors (2 for drive through capability) and a man door a throw in a few windows. I'd love to have a covered overhang off one side to work under and or sit and relax with a cold beverage and BBQ when the urge hits.

Last edited by Tony AK49; Sun May 12 2019 12:06 PM.
Re: Work Shop Design
Tony AK49 #1310481 Sun May 12 2019 01:20 PM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 587
Shop Shark
As mentioned Garage Journal has hours of reading on the topic.
Metal building have their own issues...........they are often the lowest cost per sqft...........but............have many flaws or design issues that must to dealt with. The big one is climate control........and the big climate issue is moisture control. By design metal building seem to have their own little indoor climate zone. Given the right conditions it can almost rain inside a large metal building.

With any building there’s is always don’t over look it. Many areas restrict the type, size, height of out buildings.

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