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Old July 18th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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After I get a concrete floor in my barn, I will have to start to set up my workshop. I have to figure out where to locate all my different shop equipment, (welding/metal fab, auto mechanics, and also woodworking). I have to plan/layout and add lighting, wiring (run 220V) air manifold’s etc. I consider myself good at searching the Internet for stuff but I am drawing a blank for layout plans. There are plenty of plans to build a building for a shop, and plans to layout a woodworking shop. (I do minimal woodworking) I found a few tips by searching “farm shop plans” but the feature larger open areas for big machinery. Anybody have a good web page for shop layout design?
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best bet is to get yourself a basic CAD program, only need 2D so you can easily find something free...draw a square that represents the inside dimensions of the shop, including doors and anything else that cannot be changed, and then draw out each piece you would need to figure out where to put it (benches, toolboxes, shelving, etc...dont forget space to pull in whatever vehicle, how much room you need around each item, etc...some stuff can be put on rollers and pushed against the wall, then pulled out as needed, or stored under a bench, etc...)

move stuff around with the CAD till you get a layout that works, then wire and plumb accordingly
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garagejournal.com there's TONS and TONS of shops on there and enough layouts to get you started
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heres your average shop.. i forgot outlets but there is usually like 3 that are as far away as can be from where u need them
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Old July 18th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #5
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heres your average shop.. i forgot outlets but there is usually like 3 that are as far away as can be from where u need them
HAHA! I loved it! sorta like my barn now.

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best bet is to get yourself a basic CAD program, only need 2D so you can easily find something free...draw a square that represents the inside dimensions of the shop, including doors and anything else that cannot be changed, and then draw out each piece you would need to figure out where to put it (benches, toolboxes, shelving, etc...dont forget space to pull in whatever vehicle, how much room you need around each item, etc...some stuff can be put on rollers and pushed against the wall, then pulled out as needed, or stored under a bench, etc...)


looking thru the garage journal site, i found this software, if they had more shop tools in the library I would actualy use it.
http://www.cbstructuresinc.com/layout-planner/

move stuff around with the CAD till you get a layout that works, then wire and plumb accordingly
I was looking for some general guidelines. When I get my ideas all together I was actually going to draw it out in AutoCAD, Inventor or UG (I am an unemployed automotive designer) with the computer you can switch stuff around easy peasy.

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Default finally found a book on the subject.

http://www.fmastore.org/Practical-Gu...ayout-P75.aspx
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$100. to read how to set-up a garage??????

Think of people you know who have garages, invite the ones who have nice ones over for a couple beers. Discuss layout of garage then never get it done. end of story
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Once you get your floor poured, go get yourself some kid's sidewalk chalk (that's what I had handy) to lay out the rough dimensions of your stationary tools, work benches, assembly tables, interior walls etc. Then use cardboard cutouts for the mobile stuff. That way you get a good idea of what you will hit moving materials or subassemblies around, where to put outlets, air lines, vac runs, etc. I don't use CAD programs enough to be any good with them, but I am a certified master with a measuring tape and chalk!
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I don't use CAD programs enough to be any good with them, but I am a certified master with a measuring tape and chalk!
HAHA I love it!!!

What I am really looking for is something that tells me where to put one tool in relationship to the other. Ie: don’t put the abrasive cutter next to the sawdust from woodworking, don’t put the welder next to the gas cans. Put the grinders next to the welders… that sort of thing.

This is my general plan so far.
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honestly, plan it all you want, you will find out before long that you put something in the wrong place and decide to change it...you will move things around several times before you actually get it set the way you want...and even then there wil be times when things are in the way or not where you need them for what your doing at the time.

Also, if you are not running a full fledged business, I would rule out the office. It will just be alot of wasted space if you really want a shop for working in...if you want a place to hang out and drink beer, build a deck instead, its cheaper.
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I carefully measured everything and laid it out in cad, 3D and all.

When i went to moving stuff around i ended up changing it on the fly.

I am just stuck with a 2 car garage, but I have one side that is lined up with my Air compressor, Tool chests, and a welding table on wheels which has parts storage underneath, and my welding cart rolls under. Oxy Acetalene cart sits next to it. Bench grinder is on a stand an also lives under the welding table.

Other side has my fixed workbench/ Tool cabinet and at the end of that is my slding compound miter saw, and radial arm saw. Both on mobile cabinets, but with working surface all the same height as the work bench so i can use it to support lumber.
My drill press again is on wheel and since i use it for wood and metal I built an auxiliary top for woodworking so i can switch between the two.

My table saw, router table, jointer and planer are all on wheel and live under the small overhang i have in the front of the garage, and come out when needed.
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Also, if you are not running a full fledged business, I would rule out the office. It will just be alot of wasted space if you really want a shop for working in...if you want a place to hang out and drink beer, build a deck instead, its cheaper.
The office will have a sleeping loft. But its primary purpose will be to remove my porn DVD’s from the house so my 4 year old and any guests are less likely to stumble across them. I dont drink beer. since I am unemployed I really limit the hard stuff too. I dont need to fuel the depression any more.

I have determined enough now to know how much electrical cable I should run under the floor before the pour.
I am really disgusted about the general lack of information on how too set up the tool layout EFFICIENTLY. I found the book but cant get it through my local library. I don’t have $100 to throw around for a book right now.
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