small workshop ideas #3: Small workshop layout planning

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 06-26-2017 11:58 AM 1684 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi. This is a boring title so I am a Man who is in workshop number 5 due to many reasons. This planning method has helped me see the walk space and extra room and should I or should I not change this in all the shops I have had. Accidently I started using this after reading an article on make models of your tool pieces in 3D …oh yeah. but I could make them in scale and the floor to a scale map. So that has been easy Look at the room. Not all rooms are square, mark for doors and outlets and window in your drawing plan. on paper. I now take a manila folder, one workshop a 24 by 28 took 2 folders and it was worth the two. open flat. My scale I use is one inch equals one foot. that’s easy to convert your countertop of your bench 3ft by 5ft to 3 inch by 5 inch on to a separate card. back to the folder. draw the main outside shape. mark doors, windows and outlets. now mark off 4 ft. by 4 ft squares inside these help for walk space and general viewing. making tool cards on some color card paper and save in a baggie. and draw to size and label. you will like the color later to see space. mark the front of a tool. you should be able to start putting tools roughly how you have them and look at change or add a bench or tool. my current shop is 13 by 21 basement garage with garage door. that looses one wall for storage also. Look at how will boards go across the router table, what about outfeed on the table saw. Left and right of the miter saw. Can you loose a set of shelves and do better with storage under a bench? did you have too many trash cans and stools? Surprise when you take out some of these things and can play musical tools and what if. I had to move 3 years ago to here and really had to downsize and this planning was an immense help. Best wishes to anyone building or moving their shop.

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 12:07 PM

Moving, reorganizing, and down sizing or adding space is always difficult. My shop as it seems like so many is always in a state of change as I add more tools. Good luck with your shop. It is always a challenge.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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