Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #4: Sketchup Plans

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-27-2013 07:58 AM 12937 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First of all, I’ve made some more progress on the attic “loft” space above the garage. You might remember this “before” photo:

Here it is now… It is about halfway finished:

And I’ve already started moving storage up into this valuable space… woo hoo!


So it turns out I’ve been a very nice boy this year and Santa put a little something in my stocking:


Well now that I have the two most important pieces of the shop (table saw and miter saw) I can start planning around them. I started out just trying to design my miter saw bench. But I love sketchup and couldn’t help myself so I drew the entire shop.

Especially since I have a lot of work to do before I can get to the fun part of moving in machinery. Unfortunately finishing the ceiling, walls, and electrical is going REALLY slowly since I don’t have much free time these days.

Here are the preliminary drawings. I’m sure it will change and evolve quite a bit as I start putting it together.

(Bummer… I just realized these photos are really low-res on LJ. So I will list the captions from left to right below each photo)

  • Water Softener (cylinder at left)
  • Incra Track and Shop Stop (as miter fence)
  • Wall cabinets will go above bench
  • 6” jointer (roll out)
  • DeWalt Planer (roll out)
  • DeWalt 12” Slider
  • Tool boxes (tool chest “lowers” built into bench)
  • Washer and Drier will be enclosed with closed doors
  • Water Heater (cylinder at right)
  • Man door (far right)
  • Clamp racks on wall
  • Drill press
  • Jet dust collector enclosed in wall for sound
  • Bench
  • Hand tool wall cabinet
  • Window
  • 14” bandsaw
  • DeWalt table saw / router combo with Incra positioner fence. Mobile on casters.
  • Garage is 21’ by 13 1/2’
  • Additional wall space for hanging cabinets, clamp racks, etc.
  • Plenty of room around table saw / router combo so it can be re-positioned as needed for long or wide stock
  • Cross-cut fence is forward of wall so long stock can go out garage door if nesassary.
  • Bandsaw is also mobile
  • There is room near the bench for a sharpening station (not pictured)
  • Step from man door (far right)

What do you think about this layout?

By the way here is my old shop if you want to see where I’m coming from:

-- Happy woodworking!

8 comments so far

View Lenny's profile


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#1 posted 12-27-2013 12:20 PM

Hi Blake. First of all, I am seriously envious of your Sketchup skills. You do a great job with it. The lay out and initial plans look great. Conspicuously absent for me is the “Blake Router Station”. I think I recall you saying you opted to eliminate it from your shop. Designing, laying out and installing a new shop is so exciting and fun. Enjoy the adrenaline rush!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 01:17 PM

Ditto what Lenny said. Looks like this layout will flow nicely.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:24 PM

Hey Blake,
I could work in there. Looks really nice.

I don’t see wood storage, but that goes on the wall rack and in some open faced boxes I guess.

Since this is also the laundry room, you might want to include some hanging racks, etc. But then again, hey…..

Not sure what you are going to do with the floor. I have really enjoyed the Harbor Freight 2 foot square interlocking foam pads. They have lasted for years and really do clean up well. Cheap too.

And I guess you are going to run pipe for the dust collector.

All in all, really neat and exciting,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 01:29 PM

Nice! Looks like that will work. I’m using half, er uh maybe three fourths of a two car garage. One suggestion though, don’t skimp on lighting. Your eyes AND your projects will thank you for it.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 02:56 PM

That looks like a good layout. I just want to mention the following to maybe help you avoid some of my layout mistakes…

#1. Where are you going to store lumber for projects? You won’t need a ton of storage unless you want it, but you will want at least enough storage to allow wood to acclimate to your shop prior to working with it.

#2. What provisions are you making for storing handheld power tools? Things such as router, router bits, table saw accessories, power drill, hand sanders etc…

#3. What provisions are you making for storing supplies? Things like fasteners, glue, sandpaper, finishes, rags etc…

#4. Where is the safety equipment? Fire extinguishers, storage for personal protective equipment like face shield, safety glasses, ear muffs…

#5. If you are going to want to add things like a mortiser, lathe, bench grinder etc…. you will want to provision that space now. If space is all that critical, perhaps for a mortiser you could use a mortising attachment on your drill press, or a shop built jig and a router instead of a dedicated machine.

Do not underestimate the storage potential / value of the vertical space in the shop. Infrequently used hand held, and bench top tools can be stored up high, and brought down as needed.

Best of luck with the project. You are in for a lot of fun, and a lot of learning!

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View Blake's profile


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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:22 PM

Lenny: Ya, I had to eliminate a few things so I decided to combine the router table and table saw.

Steve: Lumber will probably go on racks above the table saw corner, or standing back by the drill press and dust collector. Thanks for the tip on the flooring… I’ll have to do something, its very rough, cold, hard and ugly.

jcees: I won’t skimp on lighting.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 12:09 AM

Looks good Blake. Only thought I had was walling in the DC will not allow for future addition of a cyclone separator.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 10:02 PM

You have a great ability to use Sketchup, congrats on the forward mvoement

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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