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After this month I (we, mom and I) are going to get a train shop built for me so I can get out of her hair and off the dinning table, sun room and garage.
What I would like to know is what I need to incorporate in the building. Yeah, power, A/C, heat...etc.. But I would like to see others and how they made there own style shop. I am in need of ideas and pixs will help to /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif
Ruff guess was 20x20 I think, mostly up to money bags! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/whistling.gif
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Toad

PS if any one knows a dealer or person who has lens for signals send me a email.
 

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I saw one (perhaps at the Sacramento Convention?) that wisely put the studs in horizontally rather than vertically to make for neat rolling stock shelves. Perhaps you could do that in just part, if not all, of your new headquarters.

I saw another one that had tubes (PVC pipes) for long pieces of metal or wood for building projects. These were horizontally mounted.

If it was mine, I would make sure that I had a skylight over my bench area as well. Additionally, some kind of forced air ventialtion system could be handy.

Also, make sure that you have Internet access and cable or dish TV. Of course, some kind of music source is great to have too.

Good luck with your project!
 

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- Air vent for painting, sanding, etc.
- Plenty of table space
- Tool caddies
- storage for parts
- Plenty of outlets
- lots of light, natural is best but also need lots for after dark or winter short days
- Lots of space for trains.
- Plenty of room for tools, whatever you may have and are thinking about
- Lock for the door, don't want others mucking up your operation or helping themselves to your equipment while you are out :)
- Smoke alarm in case you leave that soldering iron on
- magnifying lens for work on small parts
 

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20x20 in most areas will require a building permit and a lot of extra cost.. 10x12 is the largest I can go here without a permit. Will hopefully build a shed this summer..
 

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Maybe some shelves for buildings, vehicles, people and accesories would also be nice. Possibly a file cabinet for articles you may like to refer to. Also if you run battery power, a charging station. How about a test track up on a bench also. Good luck, hopefully she opens up the money bag!!
 

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I would like to move my air compressor outside of the shop in sort of a little shed area and have the air piped and tapped into along the bench. Quiet is good! As mentioned above an ethernet cable would be nice too.
 

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Toad ?

You have some good suggestions so far.

My train shed is only 12 X 16 but a few things I tried to do with it.

Install Plenty of lighting.

Build more bench tops and storage space than you think you will ever need.

Install plenty of Elect outlets along the bench fronts and/or along the walls above the benches.

Insulate and finish the inside before you build any benches or shelves.

Seperate elect. circuits, I used three. One for overhead lights, one for permanently hot plugs,
for battery chargers, stereo/clock etc. The third circuit Is switched at the door( beside the overhead light switch)this is for all the plugs and lights along the benches and for the power tools. That switch is the last thing
turned off when I leave the shed. This way it doesn't matter if I forget and leave a soldering iron plugged in.

Try to keep all the dust and chip production in one area, easier to cleanup.

In a shop the size your planning you have room for a spray booth, if you plan any painting either by rattle can or air brush, install a good hood and vent system.

Keep your train shelves and display area as far away from the working(dust producing) area as possible.

Have a good water supply, perferably hot and cold with a large sink and drain board area.

The coffee pot, fridge, microwave, etc can fit in most anywhere.

Just some thoughts.
Rick
 

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Toad,
You might want a shop vac with multi outlets for cleaning up. And every body seemed to forget that garage door,so you can get those buildings out after you build them
 

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I would suggest running tracks from the layout into said shed, because you will be more likely to run trains if you don't have to carry them.
 

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Do not forget a bed, you do not want to waste time getting up and running to your trains.

Better yet, just have mom live in the shed and you can take over the house!!!!
 
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Posted By R.W. Marty on 05/12/2008 5:59 PM
Toad ?







Yes, Toad, real name is William Pugh from Rosharon, Tx. and I am a ex-Texas Peace Officer with a illness since I was 27yrs old (when it hit). Toad Frog just a nick and so I use to drink white lighting (trucked from Tenn.)and Bud Light/Ice but no more.

To All it is coming I feel into place, but what happened to your pictures of your shop?

Toad
 
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Posted By KYYADA on 05/12/2008 2:47 PM
I would like to move my air compressor outside of the shop in sort of a little shed area and have the air piped and tapped into along the bench. Quiet is good! As mentioned above an ethernet cable would be nice too.




Well speaking of my SAT commucation system to computer to house is about all I can do unless want to spend $$$ to get Hughes.net to come out and redo it to 2 places. Good thought thou!:)

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Toad, here is a pic of the inside of a 10 X 20 building I got last fall for my trains and small hobby tools. I have wood rails cut but not put down yet. Doggie doors at each end for the trains to go
out to main line.


 

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After much agonizing, I settled on an 8'x14' Cedar building. I did not put in a ceiling so I could have a storage loft on each end. I electified the shop and installed insulation and plywood walls. I used cheap Lowe's kitchen cabinets for storage and counter tops for work spaces. I installed shelves for display. One end is my work space with spot lights. I heat and cool the building with a Lowe's 115v, 15 amp A/C heater unit that is in the wall under one of the side counters. It works great. I have a telephone, quadrophinic music and there is a bell inside with a button in the kitchen so my wife can get my attention (she often does). She always asks, "Are you gonna stay out there all day???" Email me for details or more pictures if you like.







 

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Toad, check out Tuffshed, good bang for the buck value wise, they did my garage.

A/C, insulation and if you can do it, add a sink for cleanup
 

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I forgot to mention that you should check your building codes before you decide on size and fixtures. If you're over a certain size (here it's 150 sq ft), different codes apply. Codes get more strenuous when you add electicity, heating, cooling and plumbing. When It's like a dwelling, then property taxes apply.
 

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I recommend two sheds. One for the trains, and one for everything else. I have an 8x10 that I'm converting over to a train shop. But I don't really have a place yet for the garden tools, yard toys, beach stuff, bikes, etc., etc.

Paul
 
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