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09-06-2021 12:52 PM

Long story that doesn’t matter. But we are going to live in our RV while we build the new house this building has to serve multiple functions for the next year or so.

1. Office space for my business.
2. Space for Laundry for us.
3. My woodworking shop
4. Space for the Chris Craft I am restoring.
5. Storage of all the misc. stuff you own that doesn’t need to sit outside.

My space is adequate but limited. Will have to store some machines. Just not enough space for them.. I have come up with two layout that work. I can’t see a huge difference in the two of them and I am sure that once I get there I will end up moving the machines around a bit.

But, anyone see any glaring reason for one over the other?

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 04:03 PM

Put wheels on everything you possibly can. You will end up moving it all again.

Maybe use a corner for parking and pull out what you need when you need it.

just a thought…

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 04:55 PM

Another vote for wheels under anything more than you can easily lift.

I like the tools all on one side especially if that boat is open. You could hang one of those curtains between it and the mess a shop will likely make. Plus you wouldn’t be running around all the time, and if the boat will be permanent it would cut length of electrical runs, all you need on the boat side is basic electric, and unless you are doing work on the boat, the need for lighting isn’t as great as it will be on the tool side.

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 04:56 PM

The second layout may give you some room to park/sit the “outside stuff” near the big door. I agree with Hairy on the wheels, but I suspect you realize that. One other thing, sanders next to the dryer might not be the best, the residual dust (if any) could get sucked into the dryer air stream.

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#4 posted 09-06-2021 05:06 PM

Oops, missed restoring. Boat goes in center with tools, on wheels, along walls. If you are restoring you need all around access.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 09-06-2021 05:16 PM

I think the 2nd view allows for better tool movement, but I also agree with Madmark that the boat needs better access all around. If the boat is on wheels, that would be a big plus.

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#6 posted 09-06-2021 05:17 PM

i’d make sure i could pull boat unit out of garage in event a larger space is needed. pretty simple to pull back in, put a anchor in floor, and buy a comealong or a 50 dollar electric winch from chinese store and pull it back in, besides outside work with some events help the lungs survive, jmo though. good luck the flow always changes it seems, just when i had it fingered out, i change something up as far as project .
rj in az

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#7 posted 09-06-2021 10:15 PM

Oops, missed restoring. Boat goes in center with tools, on wheels, along walls. If you are restoring you need all around access.

Most people don’t really READ the posts before replying it seems. At least you caught it.

Putting the boat in the center is an idea I had not thought of. I am going have to try that and see what I come up with.

This is only for a year and basically for the restoration on this boat. By the time I finish I should be deep into the house and projects for it. At that point it will be on the trailer and mobile.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#8 posted 09-07-2021 01:24 AM

++ on wheels.
Now, restoring A CC, but I don’t seen anything for metalwork, mechanical work, polishing etc.
Building a house and time to work on a boat? Somehow I don’t think so. :)

No DC?

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#9 posted 09-07-2021 01:36 AM

I’m jelly. Must be nice to have all that space in a workshop. ;)

+1 Dryer will suck in any dust nearby.
Unless the dust collector has HEPA filter or is vented outside; keep it and all machines with poor dust collection as far as away from dryer as possible.

IME – The air intake is in bottom or lower back of most units. Helps to elevate the dryer on 4×4 stringer of wood; so you can clean out dust that gets underneath when dust creation is unavoidable.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#10 posted 09-07-2021 04:18 AM

+1 on wheels and layout 1 because on 2 you have a sander next to the washer & dryer.

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#11 posted 09-07-2021 04:44 AM

I would recommend planning around the work flow, both short (restoration) and long term. Almost everything is on wheels in my shop, best move I ever made. Allows for quick reconfiguration and cleaning around the tools. My center work table has wheeled carts underneath to allow for quick pullout for tool use and cleaning.

In my last shop (two car garage, car inside every night) the wife was always complaining about the dust for the washer & dryer (located in the garage). Consider enclosing that area or putting it in the office. The new machines are much quieter and shouldn’t be a significant distraction to the office environment.

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#12 posted 09-07-2021 12:32 PM

Are you going to have to pull the prop shaft out of the boat in the shop?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#13 posted 09-07-2021 02:12 PM

I like the second option. Having all your tools on one side seems most logical to me.

-- Will, TX -- "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" - Davy Crockett

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#14 posted 09-07-2021 03:29 PM

How high are the ‘ceilings’? Is overhead storage possible for anything to give you more floor space?

I would also move the sander away from the Washer and Dryer. Not that is matters, but we have a stackable washer and dryer, I wouldn’t go back to side by side personally.

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#15 posted 09-08-2021 12:35 AM

I was worried about the dust but never thought about the dryer pulling in dust. That is a good point!

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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