Setting up my new shop #2: Planning

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Blog entry by theSawdustSurfer posted 05-29-2012 08:20 AM 2114 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi LJ´s

I have not had the opportunity to move into my new workshop yet. One of the walls had big holes between floor and wall, and my landlord is currently building a new wall for me. In the meantime I made a drawing in sketchup to make sure that everything fits.

4X4 meter is small for a workshop which makes it important to have good planning. I started making a drawing with Grizzlys shop planner, but realized that if you really want to get a vision of ​​how the workshop will look like, then SketchUp is unbeatable.

Here are some pictures of my sketchup drawings

To the left, I will build a long table that covers the entire wall. On it, I’ll have my benchtop machines, drillpress, lathe , beltsander, etc.. The machines who are not that heavy and as I do not use as often, such as the grinder and the scrollsaw, I will be able to put away on shelves and in drawers, to get more space when needed.

To the right I’ll have wall-mounted shelves for various things (you can never have too many shelves) under the shelves, I will have my larger machines such as my shopvac, router table and my jointer / planer.
in the middle next to the windows, I will build a workbench


Nearest the door, I will have a lumberrack.

and of course, tablesaw in the middle of workshop


if you want to take a closer look you can find my SketchUp model in SketchUps 3d Warehouse: search for 13X13 Woodworking Shop, or you can follow this link >>

thanks for reading , feel free to comment especially if you think I´ve forgotten something in my shop

Happy thoughts /Henrik

you can also follow my new workshop on my blog :

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 08:56 AM

Looks good the only thing is where you have your jointer located you mite find it awkward to use on longer stock. maybe have it next to your ts. nice set up cant wait to see it in use thanks for posting.

-- TWS

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 08:57 AM

Looks like a good plan. I need to look up your 3d thing when i get home next week.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 08:59 AM

I would put the jointer/planer and ts on wheels

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 11:09 AM

Thanx for input guys !
twsdetailnmore: good point there!
Justin Bonnell: very good idea, then i can move them around to get the best location depending on needs. i will definetely put some kind of wheels on them

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 11:41 AM

You really need to plan well – especially for a small shop. It’s looking good and I hope everything goes well.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 11:47 AM

I second the idea of putting your tools on wheels. I just put my new Jet TS (300 pounds) on Jet’s JMB-UMB-HD Universal Mobile Base and think it’s great – sturdy and easy to maneuver.

-- John from Hampstead

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 09:36 PM

Isn’t sketchup just fantastic!!!! So visual and easy to use. I’m sure once you start making stuff you will find what does and doesn’t work. I’m not so keen on the shelf above the buzzer but again, if it’s a problem, you will shift it out.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 05:43 AM

thanks guys!
Andy: Yes Sketchup is fantastic! :) i do see what you mean with the shelf. Hmm, well as you say, i can shift it if it becomes a problem.


-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 11:56 AM

Nice model – your SketchUp skills are impressive.



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#10 posted 06-02-2012 11:20 PM

Jeff : thank you! but i can not take credit for the entire model , my model have some components imported from 3D warehouse .

i also want to thank everyone who uploads their components to 3d warehouse and urge you guys who do not, to do so . if everybody contributes ….................

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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