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Forum topic by EandS posted 10-02-2011 04:54 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2011 04:54 AM

After doing this professionally with much success and at such a young age I have had to make due with my tiny basement shop. Cabinets taller then 8 feet have to be made on there back, It has impossibly hard access, I can’t cut full sheets of plywood, the list go’s on. Well my wife and I are in a new house as of November and I’ll have a dedicate out building for myshop that comes with it. A large building with two large garage doors, super high ceilings. Lots of windows for natural light, tons of floor space for machines. Does anyone have any massive things THEY noticed when going from one extreme to the other?

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 06:02 AM

lots of windows means lots of people can see, and steal your shit

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 06:42 AM

I went from 800 to 1800, professionally. I cut a piece of plywood to a scale size of the new shop and then make tagboard cutouts of my stationary tools and benches to scale. Moved the cutouts around instead of the cast iron. Marked the spots on the floor of the new space. That allowed me to get electrical and air where I needed it while it was still efficient to do that work.

I made a commitment to myself not to do any projects until I was completely moved in, figuring if I started out with workarounds I may never finish the details and the resultant inefficiency would affect my profit from then on. That was a good decision.

17 days later I was ready.

I offset that incomeless patch a bit by writing a story of the move and selling it to Cabinetmaker magazine. It became a cover story—a slow news month obviously!

Get the layout questions into your subconscious and let the new shop become the manifestation of a dream.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 07:14 AM

Excellent advise from Lee. I have moved my shop a number of times-sooner have a root canal!!! Anyway pieces of wood,paper,cardboard,or whatever on a scale floorplan is the only way to go. I might add that when I sized the cutouts I took into consideration access doors and the like. I also had to narrow my walking space to 32” in some places.3’ works better. Also keep in mind that a some point you will add tools-try to foresee that possibiliy. Also I split my electrical circuits and my lighting circuits. My old shop was clear span-this one is an old barn with 4 posts in the middle of everything-thank goodness for moving paper.
Good luck with your new shop.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 09:59 PM

Great news. Lots of luck with your new shop be sure to post some pictures.

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