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Posted on Help me design my shop layout (Sketchup)

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 05:53 PM

You may want to get an air compressor later and that could share the space under the stairs with the DC. Since you are limited on space, I would put as many tools on mobile bases as you can. Electrical outlets are usually surface mounted and located around 48” above the floor and spaced every 4-6’. Put outlets on at least 2 separate circuits; lighting on it’s own circuit and a 220 circuit. Getting it right the first time is easier said than done. I have rearranged my shop more times than I can keep track of and my shop is 1200 sq ft. How is the access to the basement? Is it easy to move machines and wood into the basement. I can’t tell from your sketch; looks like it’s pretty constricted. I would add an electrical sub panel. That is to keep the circuits separate from the living area; you don’t want lights to dim upstairs when running a power tool in the basement. Only when you are actually working on a project will you realize the proper arrangement of your shop. The table saw will require the most real estate and I would position the jointer/planer alongside the saw if possible. The bandsaw is best left mobile. Instead of a wall workbench, it could be incorporated with the tablesaw to serve as an outfeed table as well as all other use. A smaller wall mounted bench out of the way can be for small projects. As you browse this forum and others, you will see how others have taken advantage of their space availability. Having the house HVAC in the same space where woodworking dust is generated would concern me. I’m sure others will chime in with lots of good ideas.


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