I have tried to maximize the available space by moving upwards. If it's good enough for skyscraper designers it's good enough for me. The shop internal height has been increased by about 300mm (1 foot) and the pitch of the roof increased from less than 15 degrees to around 18 degrees. The shop is around 400 square feet and it's housed in an existing 2 car garage.
|Main layout. Entry door is left side at the lower edge. |
Main double doors are on bottom side.
Power tool nook
|Power Tool Nook Plan View|
|View from jointer area looking towards main tooling area|
|View looking at jointer, lathe, bandsaw, spindle sander and drill press|
LatheI have moved the lathe to be at the back of one of the shelves, the dust extractor can fit adjacent to the other shelf. It is on wheels so can easily be moved out.
JointerThe jointer (combined thickness planer and jointer) will now go on a slight angle to cope with longer stock (up to 2m long). It is also on a mobile base if I need to plane anything longer.
Spindle SanderI have moved the oscillating spindle sander against one of the shelves. I could never get to it properly in the old shop as it was always covered with junk.
Drill-PressThe radial arm pedestal drill-press is now in a position where I can swing it around without bashing the shelves (as it was in the old shop).
BandsawThe bandsaw is still in the same place as before by the large double doors. It works fine in that position so if it's not broken don't fix it.
DuctworkThe table saw and router table already have their own dust extractors so in the new shop I have planned a small run of plastic ducting for the jointer, spindle sander and bandsaw. Sketchup is great to be able to work out precisely where the run is to go and also from that you can work out how many couplings, blast gates, hangers etc. I'm going to use clear plastic 4" tubing with plastic blastgates. If they don't stand up to abuse I will replace them with metal ones. I'm experimenting here so don't mind if I end up buying twice.
I know the run "backwards" to the spindle sander from the extractor has the Y the wrong way. I want to see if there is a substantial reduction in suction. It is only a short run so I'm hoping it will still work ok.
|3D of the ductwork in the power tool nook|
Note the 3D figures for scale.
|Plan view of main tooling|
|View showing main tooling and sharpening station|
Table sawI have the table saw against the wall. This is a European saw by Record Power (TS200C) and has a sliding table. It is on wheels and can be moved into the centre of the shop. However I've never had a reason to move it as the majority of my work uses long, narrow stock as opposed to breaking down large sheet good panels. As I am adding internal blockwork the rip fence guide would have hit the wall. I have left out a block in the design to cope with the guide. That way the table saw will fit snugly against the wall and the guide go into the void.
Router tableThe router table also acts as an out-feed for the table saw and is behind it again against the wall. It too is on a mobile base so I can angle it to cope with longer stock.
BenchThe workbench is by the window in front of the table saw. There is a gap so that I can get to all the levers and wheels on the table saw but the advantage of having the bench where it is situated is it can be used as an in-feed table. Also the natural light coming through the window is great.
Air CleanerI have put an air cleaner in between the trusses above head height so the shop can be cleaned of all the dust after I have finished working. I have put it roughly above the table saw but over the main assembly area. This will cut down on the amount of fine microscopic dust that you breathe in that is definitely not good for your health.
WallsAll the walls will be blockwork and painted white to maximize the amount of reflected light.
Back WallI've not decided what to put on the back wall yet apart from my clamp wall. I do have some small cabinets with screws and fasteners in but I may well put a wall hanging tool cabinet on that wall.
|View showing stock shelving and spindle sander|
Main Tooling WallAgain I may well put another wall hanging tool cabinet for the hand tools on that wall but haven't decided yet.
Small structural wall - sharpening station.
|View of the sharpening area|
|Plan view of the sharpening station|
Underneath (not shown in the diagram) will be all the various tools required for sharpening. In the past when I needed to sharpen anything I usually had to get out a portable bench, find the sharpening gear and fill it with water. In practice I didn't sharpen as often as I should because it was a chore getting it out. Now I will have everything already at hand.
ElectricalUsing Sketchup is great as once you have laid out your shop, positioned all the main tools, shelving, work bench etc. you can then put the lighting fixtures just where you want them.
I have put in 8 fixtures with twin 58 watt 5 foot tubes. I got an application recommended to me by Vic (TumbleWoodworks) on the Woodtalk Online forum to enable calculation of lighting (http://www.visual-3d.com/software/download.aspx) and used it to work out what I needed with the lighting level I wanted. I then used my layout to move the fixtures around and ended up with what I have got here. My electrician will be glad to actually get dimensional drawings with the exact places where I want the lights placed. He says he normally just mounts fixtures on a grid but the customers with shops or restaurant kitchens sometimes say that there are shadows and ask him to come back and move them. I hope I will get it right first time.
I have also used Sketchup to place all the electrical sockets and electrical switches. Most of them are mounted overhead on the roof trusses and some are on walls.