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Shop Layout And Woodworking
Free Woodworking Shop Layout
The fine folks at Delta Machinery has provided a free shop layout software program. This
program is easy to use, and will allow you to set up your wood shop in the virtual world, to see if the set up
is a good one. This program will help DIY woodworkers and professionals alike. This is a great way to plan a
home woodworking shop.
The fine folks at Grizzly Industrial have provided a similar free shop layout software which is very
easy to use. All of the machines, counters and benches etc...are easy to size and place.
This program is very comprehensive and intuitive.
Links to both are listed below.
This is much better than moving equipment around, trying out different configurations. Too bad they
don't offer one for living room furniture.
The program has several options regarding location of the space. For example, is it a basement
woodworking shop, a detached building, or a garage. It allows you to start out by entering the size of the space
and start placing the machines you have, or plan to buy. The software will also give you tips on all sorts of
things, from dust collection to tool placement tips.
Laying out a shop is a complicated proposition. The anxiety involved can be overwhelming. I spent
months figuring out the optimal layout, and made so many scaled drawings, it just seemed impossible to come up
with a perfect set up. So many options and possibilities can confuse even the professional woodworkers. Ask a
professional how many times they've repositioned their shop and you may end up wondering if they're really
professionals at all.
The reason for this is often their work load, or specialty changes and renders the previous layout
ineffective. Or maybe they bought a new machine and have to find a home for it. Or maybe they just screwed
In addition to placing woodworking machinery, there's the bench, assembly tables, hand tools,
portable power tools, electrical requirements, dust collection. The list goes on and on. Now add to that the
finishing materials, hardware storage, consumables such as sandpaper, various glues and again the list goes on
and on. Scary huh?
It get worse, as we didn't add space for lumber storage, and sheet goods storage, like plywood and
Reorganization is a constant and ongoing process. This software will help in minimizing that.
Other woodworking software is available for many, if not all aspects of woodworking.