Hi all. Warning! Long post ahead.
Since this is a great community, I thought I’d run my dilemma by the group and see what people thought about setting up my workshop.
I have a few different outbuildings on my property, none of which are a nice clean climate controlled “shop”. Most of them are probably at least 50, if not closer to 75 years old.
The building I cleaned out for my “shop” - I went down there yesterday to drag materials to build my X-Carve table and found it quite musty. I haven’t opened a door or window in it for about 2 months, so it would get much more use as I get to playing around down there. But it has no heat or air conditioning, I’d end up using some sort of space heater or maybe buy a small electric baseboard unit just to keep it ~50F while not in use. I’m going to take down a humidifier tonight or tomorrow and let it run for a day or so and see if things improve. Also should mention…lots and LOTS of spiders. My biggest fear down there is a big spider finding the heat of a freshly run spindle and jumping out at me the next morning…and of course issues with humidity and electronics if the dehumidifier doesn’t run, or is so bad that I can’t afford to run the thing 24-7-365. But, it’s big. Like 20x24’ big.
My second option is an old cabin. It’s the older building, but actually made to house people. No heat or air there either. Many less spiders (though they still creep in). But, being an ancient living space, the room I have available is something like 8x10’. Enough to put my workstation and X-Carve, but all material in another room. I’d basically end up coming in, starting a carve, and then pretty much walking away. That much noise in a confined space will leave me more deaf than I already am. And no room of course for dust collection. It’s less musty, but I’d still need to run dehumidifier on humid days. Also, it’s farther from the road and more “secure” from break-ins. Not that I expect any in either building, but this one is much closer.
And it’s already in Wi-Fi range, so no need to buy some kind of external wi-fi booster.
I have another 13x29’ “shed” that I was contemplating selling. It’s really just a basic shed full of crap I’d have to move out to put a workshop in. It’s right next to the musty building. It’s sturdy enough, I guess.
How big is "big enough’ to start a small shop? I’d like to eventually get a drill press, scroll saw, table saw, and router table. I don’t know that 13x29 is big enough, and the tiny room obviously isn’t big enough.
Do I have to move so I can find a bigger garage?
Other pointers, tips, experiences, and overall wisdom from people smarter than I are much welcomed.