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woodbrain

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04-21-2015 01:37 AM

I’m in the process of building a shop. It will be 40×60. It will be used to store an RV, and some equipment. I will also put a car lift in it, and a wood shop.

I’m looking for resources that will help me design and outfit my wood shop. Any ideas will be appreciated?


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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 02:37 AM

Google Sketchup is free and can be used for this. There is even an online library of models people have made. You might find many of the tools you want that can be just dropped in to help you get a layout you like.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 02:41 AM

Personally, for a shop this big with so many layout options, I’d use card.

Commandeer the family dining table for a weekend/week/7 months with a 1:12 scale cut out. Make cut-outs for the RV, truck, car lift, and your shop machinery and have some fun. Place a cup of orange juice (grapefuit acceptable) outside your walls to represent the sun, and consider where you’ll want your windows.

Once you’ve narrowed down your options considerably, then go to sketchup and start the necessary/frustrating part, if you like. Or just wing it.

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woodbrain

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 02:22 PM

What is card, sounds like a good idea?


Personally, for a shop this big with so many layout options, I d use card.

Commandeer the family dining table for a weekend/week/7 months with a 1:12 scale cut out. Make cut-outs for the RV, truck, car lift, and your shop machinery and have some fun. Place a cup of orange juice (grapefuit acceptable) outside your walls to represent the sun, and consider where you ll want your windows.

Once you ve narrowed down your options considerably, then go to sketchup and start the necessary/frustrating part, if you like. Or just wing it.

- mcg1990


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#4 posted 04-21-2015 05:58 PM


Place a cup of orange juice (grapefuit acceptable) outside your walls to represent the sun, and consider where you ll want your windows.

- mcg1990

A very good idea. But does it have to be a citrus juice? What if he only has Tree Top Apple? Will this still work?

Sounds like a fun project. I would watch some wood working DVDs and see what you like about their shops. Using cards for layout of gear is awesome, but don’t forget about dust and power. Those are the two things people stumble on later. FLOOR OUTLETS!!!!!!!!! #jealous

-- Bigfoot tries to take pictures of me

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DrDirt

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 06:02 PM

Grizzly has a layout tool/shop builder. It can help with some things. but then just block out sections for the RV footprint…. car lift…. where doors will be etc.

http://www.grizzly.com/workshopplanner

Doesn’t matter if you are getting a different brand of tool, the footprints won’t differ by much between saws/planers and drill presses etc.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 07:04 PM

I’m still interested in what card is. It this a product, or is it designing your own card stock model?

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 10:49 PM

I found Setting Up Shop to be very helpful.

-- Art

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woodbrain

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#8 posted 04-21-2015 11:02 PM

I got a used one on Amazon for $5.36. Thanks for the advice.


I found Setting Up Shop to be very helpful.

- AandCstyle

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#9 posted 04-21-2015 11:44 PM

I wish I had the kinds of problems you’re going to run into while designing your shop! Where to install all those outlets, where to run dust collection pipe under the floor, how tall to make the ceiling, what size HVAC system to put in, whether or not to put in a loft or second floor….

I don’t know how you’re going to have any room for the RV and other “equipment” once you build your dream woodshop. I suppose the car lift could be useful in a woodshop. Better make another building for the other stuff.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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woodbrain

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#10 posted 04-22-2015 03:46 AM

Too funny. It’s a quality problem, all my problems are good today. Today I was doing some diagrams in sketchup, I told my wife the shop was going to be too small. She freaked out, I was kidding of course. I’m having a great time working on this.


I wish I had the kinds of problems you re going to run into while designing your shop! Where to install all those outlets, where to run dust collection pipe under the floor, how tall to make the ceiling, what size HVAC system to put in, whether or not to put in a loft or second floor….

I don t know how you re going to have any room for the RV and other “equipment” once you build your dream woodshop. I suppose the car lift could be useful in a woodshop. Better make another building for the other stuff.

- Rob


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mcg1990

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#11 posted 04-25-2015 01:41 PM



I m still interested in what card is. It this a product, or is it designing your own card stock model?

- woodbrain

Card stock. As in thick paper.

I didn’t do it with my shop, but then my shop is a small fraction of what yours is to be so I had fewer options.

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#12 posted 04-25-2015 02:25 PM

Sounds like a great building but the thing you have to keep in mind that this is not going to be a 40×60 woodshop
in reality it’s a garage and auto repair area and that may take up half of your space. but still a 20×60 will be a great size shop.
Keep in mind how your flow of work will go,as an example if your going to use sheet goods it will really help if your sheet goods are stored a short distance away from the front of your table saw or panel saw depending what you will break the sheets down with to obtain the usable dimensions you will want. Also keep in mind the flow of each operation. Many times you may joint a piece of wood to be able to cut on your table saw,so they should be in a reasonable distance. The same Idea goes with planning wood and then possibly drum sanding, if they are laid out in such a manner you can catch planned wood off of your planner and feed it into your drum sander it will make things much easier.
Some other areas of building your shop I would recommend is to have in floor heating and some dust collection in the floor also ,to avoid stepping over dust collection or have overhead dust collection particularly for your table saws.
It’s possible you may even want overhead and in floor dust collection for your table saw.
Another consideration is to have your compressor and dust collection outside to keep the noise down in the shop.
If your budget will allow I would strongly recommend having a professional to lay out your dust collection. A few of the companies that sell dust collectors and supplies offer a free service with a purchase of a DC unit of ducting.
Another area to keep in mind is good light both whole shop lighting and task lighting were machines and bench work will be done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 04-25-2015 03:53 PM

Woodbrain – I have an extensive writeup on my LJ web page that goes into some of the detail and information that you are seeking. Hope this helps a bit. Send me a message if you have more questions.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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