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Pondering the issues involved in

2011-04-01 15:56:24.652805+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Pondering the issues involved in finding people to participate in a shared workshop. $20k to build a tiny one, $900/mo to rent a thousand square feet with a certified finishing booth.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-07 14:56:34.161329+00 by: ebradway

Oh... The conceit of "make sure my shop ends up kinda like Eric's house on Stringer's Ridge" is that the entire house/shop/five acres on Stringer's ridge was valued about about $65,000. About what your shop in your back yard in Petaluma will cost once you factor in the land.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-04 15:40:31.893626+00 by: Dan Lyke

After our efforts this weekend moving the 2x4 mockup sticks around the back yard, I started re-drawing my plans last night for a 16'x18'11" (exterior, interior approx 15'x17') workshop. This is bigger than the garage, and lets the garage be used for the bikes and the Family Build Night materials.

Aside from Family Build Night storage, I could probably go with the smaller area (9'6"x13' or so) of the garage, but it shares space with the washer and dryer, and being attached to the house we have dust issues. Run the router table, see it on the computer screens two rooms away... And in the smaller area there's no real room for the three things I'd like to add: A bandsaw, a metalworking lathe, and a (homebuilt) CNC 3 axis router.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-04 15:11:58.980907+00 by: ebradway

Yeah. I should have bought that house instead of the century-old mega-dump on Woodland. The location on Stringer's Ridge was awesome. The house itself was small (well, not as small as Dan's house) but the garage really rocked.

Have you considered remodeling your garage into a more formal workshop?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-04 04:19:23.1254+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I generally figure it as debt service at modern mortgage rates runs, ballpark, $6-700 per hundred thou per month.

Charlene and I have talked it over, and set up 2x4 mockups of the outline of the building, and ended up back at the back yard shop. We're scaling it down, largely at my insistence because it was just taking over the world back there, but it seems like something where I'm around is going to be a better option than me being away all the time.

The community aspect of the shared workshop would have been cool, the space I was looking at was actually just an on the floor in a building with two large commercial woodworking operations, and I'd have been sharing it with a friend (and maybe more if we could have found another). So what I need to do is to make sure that my shop ends up kinda like Eric's house on Springer's Ridge used to be (I'm particularly remembering a day where we went out mountain biking, came back and Mike's band was setting up in the garage and people were hanging out and it was generally a social center).

#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-04 03:39:07.795362+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

Benefits of the workshop in the back yard:

Benefit of the shared workshop:

#Comment Re: made: 2011-04-01 16:19:57.85476+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Well, yeah... The typical ideal goal for rental is to get 1% of the value of the property per month, so a $900/mo space would cost at least $90K to build.