Shop Design

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    Julie Plaster New Member

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    Dreaming about building a shop.

    What would yours be like?

    Julie :)
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    Eric Russell Active Member

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    I would give good thought into a place for barstock and tool holders.
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    Build it bigger than you think you need. Include lots of windows and ventilation.

    Regards
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    Eric Russell Active Member

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    I've found the more windows you have the less space you for things like shelving.
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    IMG_7871.JPG

    Here is my wall to wall shoe rack system
    very simple and effective
    to the right i have a iron rack
    then a good coke fire and a work bench
    i can have 3 horses in and still have room
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    Gary Hill Active Member

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    Amen!!! Bigger is better!!!
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    First decide what equipment you will want, not what you have now. Then take powder lime/spray paint ,mrk on the ground the perimenter of dream building and make a mock up at the location you've picked; see if it all fits. Allow adequate/safe work space for shoeing and don't forget the additional space for the horse's buddy/babysitter near by. Stand in the middle and ponder awhile' you'll be surprised at how many changes will be made long before construction starts.

    Then, when you discover exactly HOW MUCH THIS DREAM COSTS; you'll make do with whatever outbuilding (garage, chicken coop, grainery, tracter shed, etc...) currently stands on your property that requires the least amount of work to make it happen....
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    Mikel Dawson Active Member

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    Have a hot side and a cold side. Also draw out what you want that way if someone suprises you and builds it for you, you get what you want.
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    Mikel Dawson Active Member

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    No kidding!! You could use the hoist to lift up the little sh!tters, and the pit to get under the heavy fat ones.
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    I can tell you a 24' x 24' cinderblock building isn't big enough but on the plus side, even I haven't been able to burn it down in 33 yrs.
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    Rick Burten Professional farrier

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    That's because you're not trying hard enough, Brian. ;)
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    Tom Bloomer Well-Known Member

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    I bet Mike Dawson could make his shop disappear . . . POOF! LOL.
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    do many of use work the forge every day bring horses to it
    make shoes on a daily basis?
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    I can tell you, an acetylene flashover takes care of those pesky cobwebs, gets the neighbors out of the house, stops traffic but doesn't do much to preserve your hearing.... and when the township fire dept finally gets there, they get all pissy because there's no fire for them to play with.lol
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    Julie Plaster New Member

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    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for your responses!

    In the long run, cost will be the deciding factor.

    Location? Home or located away from the house?

    Smitty - Great pictures! Nice setup!! What is the lbs on the anvil?

    Julie :)
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    julie not sure cos its not mine
    my 1st Apprentice gave me a lend of it when i got all my tools taken
    but will have a look tomoro

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