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Forum topic by bungy posted 03-26-2009 06:28 PM 1351 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2009 06:28 PM

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hi guys, best way to set up my workshop,20/30 barn 7.5 foot ceiling.thanks

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 06:36 PM

goto grizzly they have a free shop layout program on their website.

Much like the work triangle in kitchen design (stove, sink, refrigerator) you want to minimize the amount of walking you do in the shop to complete common tasks. For instance the start of most projects may be Jointer, planer, table saw. Then table saw, assembly station, hand tool bench. Then Bandsaw, sander, assembly. Think about your work order and how much walking you want to do going back and forth as you put pieces together.

You have a really nice size for a shop, so you should be able to work out some “work groups”.

There are a few shop layout books out there, but I found them somewhat worthless in areas of tool placement. They had good ideas for planning electrical needs, DC duct layout, and other things but basic shop layout is always skipped over.

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 07:15 PM

Once you figure out your layout, it would be great if you could share it. I hope to build a 23X30 shop in the future and I’m compiling ideas. I would like to see what you come up with.


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#3 posted 03-26-2009 11:40 PM

In ‘07 I built my “Workshop in the Woods” in the Upper Peninsula. It is 24’ x 28’ with a ceiling height of 103”.

Before you get all involved with placement of tools, give serious attention to your workplace environment. Good lighting makes all the difference in the world. If you don’t have any windows, give serious thought to installing several. The walls and ceiling should be painted with a light color, to reflect light. Your ceiling is rather low. With hanging lights you will likely suffer a lot of broken bulbs, and fluorescent tubes contain a lot of nasty toxic stuff. If possible, install recessed lighting. Even with my 8’ 7” ceiling I have to be careful.

Put in an electrical sub panel and install plenty of circuits. I have separate 15 amp circuits for lighting and three separate 20 amp circuits for tools. I also have two 240V recepticles on opposite walls that have been wired so that I can put them on seperate circuits in the future.

For heating, I selected a 35,000 BTU Reznor propane heater with the seperated combustion feature – thus no open flame. Stay away from non-vented heaters. They add a lot of moisture to the room.

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 06:47 AM

With a space that gargantuan just spread you stuff anywhere. When you are trying to shove it all into a workable 200 ft^2 space, call me.

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 05:46 PM

600 sq.ft. is not that big that you can’t overfill it. I would try sepearting it right now by making believe that there is an invisible wall. Use a 20×20 area for all of your machining needs and prep work then keep the last 10×20 area as a workbench/ small tool/ assembly/ finish area. The 7.5’ ceilings are going to be a problem as had been previously said and I agree with 8iowa to use light colors for the walls and choose your lighting carefully. Remember to leave room in the layout for wood storage.

Good Luck.

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#6 posted 04-14-2009 07:54 PM

Hi Bungy

I thought you might be interested in my shop layout, it might give you inspiration of what you can get into a small space. I have 700 square feet in the main workshop, 450 in the work area and 350 for lumber storage, the ceiling height is only 6’10”, sometimes a minor problem in a commercial workshop.

The secret is organization and keeping it tidy – place for everything and everything in its place. – I am in the process of expanding it at the moment, which will take it to a 700 square foot main workshop 450 for machines and 350 for hand work (2 benches), for two people to work in. the lumber is being relocated.

Paint the walls and ceiling white, use fluorescent strips 4500K + (daylight/white blue) and movable down lighters/spots (so you can move them easily if your layout changes) where you need them

If you have any questions or want higher resolution layout pictures, just e-mail or PM me- good luck

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 09:52 AM

Bungy good luck with your shop. But there are a bunch of books on the market don’t adequately cover this subject.

I’ve spent several Saturday afternoons thumbing though some of them at Barnes & Noble sipping Starbucks coffee.

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