Toolmongers love to cluck and fuss over shop layout. A clever layout can almost double your shop’s expected productivity and storage, while uninventive layout can rob you of usable space at a lightning-fast clip. Smart tool guys like Tmib_Seattle lay out their shops beforehand to get a feel for maximum yield.
The convenient 3D program SketchUp helped Tmib get a handle on where to put his gear, showing him how different configurations might affect floor space and the all-important workspace. With 3D modeling you also get a good idea of what your shop would look like from any angle or workstation, which can further help in getting placement of your larger pieces just right.
Time you spend moving large equipment around via software also saves your back some extra suffering, since you won’t be pushing it around more than you have to.
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