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06-22-2018 05:36 PM

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I have the opportunity to design a new shop from the ground up. I’d like to layout several different versions on my computer prior to committing to a layout. I’m looking for a software or even a collection of sketches that accurately show the shape of common machinery. Years ago I use the shop design tool on the Grizzly tool website, but it appears to be gone.

Does anyone know a good site I could layout some machines? I don’t want to draw individual sketches for each machine. The shop is too big.


-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 06-22-2018 05:44 PM

I used sketch up.
They have quite a few items in their warehouse you can download and drop into your floor plan then move them around and see what works.
When I drew out my floor plan I added a 1 foot grid pattern.. This helped me check clearances around all of the tools and walkways.
This helped me to realize that the size shop the city would let me build in my backyard was just too small.
I then used the same plan to layout my shop in the garage.

It worked well for me.

Good luck!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 06-22-2018 05:54 PM

There’s this:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 06-22-2018 06:07 PM

I use Excel. You can adjust the height and width of the cells to be the small size and then figure a foot per square and lay out or shop that way. You can insert objects and adjust them to size and move them around to different areas is needed.
I’m tight so this is a free way that I’ve found to do it and have use it a good bit designing projects big and small. Only down side is its all manual and you cant do 3D with it

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#4 posted 06-22-2018 06:09 PM

LOL, thanks Rich,
I don’t know why I couldn’t find that on the website. I was searching all over. Much appreciated. That’s exactly what I wanted.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 06-22-2018 07:53 PM

whatever size shop you decide on, i’d go ahead and double that. lol

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#6 posted 06-22-2018 09:15 PM

If I was going to design a new shop, there are two things I would do first. One is to think about what I wanted to do in my shop … what kind of projects.

The second is to design it for maximum flexibility to move things around in the future. Lots of electrical everywhere.

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