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Sketchup Models of Shop Furniture for a Small Shop #1: Mobile Shelves, Expandable Assembly Table and Materials Cart

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Blog entry by Jack Barnhill posted 1910 days ago 17390 reads 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a small shop, about 200SF. It’s not as small as it once was, about 90SF, and it’s not as big as what I hope to have some day, about 600SF. To keep from climbing over things and make it easier to move things around to accomdate the operation of the moment, I thought I would adopt the “everything on wheels” strategy and double up what tools I could in single cabinets.

So, to make sure that I had the right designs and that everything would fit in the shop and still have room to reorganize and work, I started making SU models. These are the first three that I have done.

The first model is of a set of mobile wooden shelves. I built these first and purchased a smaller set of metal wire shelves later. This set of shelves is 70” long and 76” high by 20” deep. They were sized to fit under and behind the roll-up garage door track and between another cabinet and the garden hose. I adapted this model from a set of plans from Wood magazine’s “Best-Ever Workshop Tips, Jigs and Organizers”, 2004.

Below are a couple of shots of an expandable, adjustable assembly table. I adapted this model from plans in Issue #30 of ShopNotes. I only changed the legs to give it more height, the top from MDF to melamine and, the handles for the adjustment pins to make them easier to grab. Collapsed the top is 36” X 36”. Expanded, it is 60” X 36”.

The last model is a materials cart for lumber and sheet goods. I cut this plan down from a 32” X 96” footprint to a 24” X 48” footprint. The original plan came from Issue #55 of ShopNotes.

These are my first models and I know they are not the best. Any suggestions or comments are most welcome. I have to thank DaveR for his blogs on SU. Without them, this would have been much more difficult to do.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1910 days ago

Thats cool I wish I knew schetch up that well.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 1910 days ago

Hi Jack;

Great job with the drawings. These shop “helpers” will be an excellent addition to any shop.

Nicely done!

Lee

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Greg Wurst

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#3 posted 1910 days ago

I love Sketchup, but you’re way more ambitious than I was as far as shop layout. I just did basic blocking and measurements to see how to arrange things.

Nice work on the models, though. That’s what I usually do before I build a new project.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Jack Barnhill

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#4 posted 1909 days ago

I appreciate the comments.

Greg – I started with the block layout in Visio but, because of the close quarters, I wanted to see how it would be in 3D with human model inserted to verify elbow room . I also wanted to practice with SU for future designs and to make sure that the plans will work. For example, in the assembly table, I found that the deminsion of two pieces in the plan were off slightly.

Anyway, it’s been fun learning SU. I have several more to work on as you can seen in the block layout below.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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Greg Wurst

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#5 posted 1909 days ago

Just looking at your block layout I can tell I hate you. ;) (Just kidding!)

I wish I had that much space. My basement shop is only 15’x12’, and that’s not even it since I lose 1/4 or that to the mechanical room. My table saw workstation and such have to stay in the garage. I keep telling myself “next house”.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1968 days


#6 posted 1907 days ago

Thanks, Dave. And, thanks again for your help. SU is far more powerful that I realized and yet easier to use than many 3D modeling programs.

Jack

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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Jeff Roberts

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#7 posted 1904 days ago

Jack,

When I built this table a long time ago, I resized the main table to 36” x 20” expandable to 48”. I believe the dimensions worked out to 1 sheet of mdf. I was working in a 10’ x 12’ shop at the end of the garage. After over 10 years of use, this table is one of my favorites. Great idea on the height peg handles and using melamine for the top. I had to refinish the mdf top after using it to work on a wet snow blower. I use it now mostly as an infeed table for the table saw. Nice models!

-- Jeff, Dayton, OH

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1968 days


#8 posted 1826 days ago

If you like my Sketchup models and are able to, please show your appreciation of my work by making a donation through PayPal to jabarnhi@pacbell.net. Thank you!

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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Kerux

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#9 posted 1642 days ago

What is the angle of the Lumber/Panel piece? And the width of the horizontal boards that are in the middle?

I really like that.

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1968 days


#10 posted 1641 days ago

Kerux – The angle is 5 degrees. The width of the shelves will depend on where they are placed. I n my model, they are (starting from the bottom shelf) 8 7/16”, 6 3/8”, 4 3/8”, 2 1/2”. This is measured across the bottom of the shelf. I angled the edges 5 degrees to mate with the sides. I hope this helps.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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