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Hello fellow luthiers,

I'm an Architect but also a luthier, and I've been asked to design a Luthier Shop for a magazine, I'm looking for some ideas of good looking shops, do you know any?? Links, pictures, anything helps!
Thank you very much friends!

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Id add to this a lounge/break room with a kitchenette, maybe a couple nice little amps, some shelves for luthiery related books, and a big corkboard for posters/cutouts of all the latest hot chicks.

My two cents:

Consider work flow.

A small office away from the sawdust would be great. So would a design that minimizes space without being cramped and uses green methods for lighting, HVAC, and moisture control. Efficiency in action and outlay increases profits and helps the planet.

If the room and budget allows, maybe segregate the big dust making machines, the paint area, and the workbenches. 

Don MacRostie has a nice, compact spray setup shown in Erlewine's spray finishing video. Make sure to use an explosion proof fan in the spray paint booth.

Run compressed air through the shop using angled risers and moisture traps. Run electrical circuits through on/off switches mounted high on the wall so everything can be turned off after hours, for piece of mind especially if you are infested with rugrats.

Tablet holders over a couple of benches for accessing plans, videos etc would be useful.

Thanks Robbie, very helpfull, the tablet holder is a great idea too, never thought about it!! Have a good one!

I work in my garage and my basement. Having French cleats in both shops allows me to carry tools back and forth and rearrange them quickly.

Don't know of anyone else mentioned it but I like high benches and low benches for different tasks. I'm also looking at a ideas for a stand alone, relatively small, tilting, lift table for some tasks. 

A feature I would like if I was a full time builder is a wall mounted buffer. There was one on the OLF a few years back that was hinged and supported by a chain when it was swung down in use. When finished it was swung back up onto the wall and latched securely. It allows the space to be used for other activities. 

I think for full time use a pedestal buffer in its own room with dust evacuation/ventilation would be more ideal. Doesnt have to be a big room, just enough to swing a guitar around.

Don't forget a space to store instruments. I think good lights are a must. Robert Obrien has a video about shop layout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Loh76JKUsJU

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