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UPDATE: Best Workshops from the editors of Fine Woodworking

comments (120) April 11th, 2013 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Best Workshops from the editors of Fine Woodworking
The Taunton Press, 2013.
$24.95; 224 pp.

Lucky lknoedler is the winner. His comment was chsoen at random.

Best Workshops is a compilation of articles from recent issues of Fine Woodworking magazine covering topics related to your workshop. You'll learn about wiring and lighting your shop; accessorizing your shop with a workbench, miter saw stand, and plywood cart; and smart storage solutions. The book also includes safety information about fires, first aid, and dust, sound and eye protection. Like our magazine, this book is full of clear and concise photographs and illustrations. If you are setting up a new shop or want to spruce up your existing shop, this book has solutions you can use.

Lucky lknoedler won a copy of Best Workshops. His comment was chosen at random.


Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future.

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Comments (120)

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: YABADABADEW
Posted: 6:36 pm on April 13th

user-2413847 user-2413847 writes: I am starting a shop in my Basement, I am just receiving an Inheritance From my father and I loved wood working when I was younger, I am a 100% service connected vet and would love to see some Ideas that would help me set up my shop right the first time. I have a lot of room so I would love to get this to make sure I cut down on the mistakes the first time. I plan on just using it for my retirement and to make some extra money. Pick me PLEASE
Posted: 6:16 pm on April 13th

user-2413847 user-2413847 writes:
Posted: 6:12 pm on April 13th

bhlloyd bhlloyd writes: Getting ready to move from a "ship in a bottle" shop configuration to something with more elbow room.... Looks like the book will have some ideas for the new place!
Posted: 3:16 pm on April 8th

JRocco34 JRocco34 writes: Pick me! My shop is pitiful and I need all the help I can get. My shop is so bad all my 45 degree cuts turn out 46.5 degrees.
Posted: 7:56 pm on April 7th

professorss professorss writes: FWW again demonstrates its claim to be the ultimate recycler. We happily pay them for material we have previously read in our FWW magazines, and which are available on the members' web site, for which we also pay. If you think you need this repackaged material right away get it from the library. If your need is not immediate, buy it used at Alibris. For charter or long-time subscribers this is equivalent to owning all of the Beatles album and then buying a CD of the Beatles' Greatest Hits from the Michael Jackson estate. (Jackson bought the rights years before his death.). If I win, it will be available at auction.
Posted: 11:13 am on April 7th

woodrome woodrome writes: Love to have all these helpful tips all in one book! I need a makeover.
Posted: 11:58 pm on April 6th

woodrome woodrome writes: Love to have all these helpful tips all in one book! I need a makeover.
Posted: 11:58 pm on April 6th

PoudreValleyCraftsmn PoudreValleyCraftsmn writes: I want a chance to win this awesome book!
Posted: 11:25 pm on April 6th

woodchunker woodchunker writes: It hasn't told me directly, but my shop wants this book!
Posted: 10:25 pm on April 6th

mvc70 mvc70 writes: Nice book!, sorry people I ' m feeling lucky...
Posted: 9:55 pm on April 6th

Nitreug Nitreug writes: That would be a great gift for my dad who is currently building his shop. I would probably read it first though!
Posted: 8:43 pm on April 6th

Gaboury Gaboury writes: Hey, I could really use some good FWW ideas on organising my new shop.
Posted: 7:22 pm on April 6th

WendellY WendellY writes: Im doing a shop remodel and upgrade and would love to have this book.
Posted: 6:53 pm on April 6th

crashkey crashkey writes: I could really use this. I am just about ready to build a new shop.
Posted: 6:18 pm on April 6th

Mike68847 Mike68847 writes: What a nice idea! I'm a new guy in woodworking, planning on what my workshop (will occupy 1/2 of our 2-car garage) will look like. Could sure use some ideas.
Posted: 6:12 pm on April 6th

quex quex writes: My workshop could certainly do with some planning. Look forward to the book.
Posted: 5:19 pm on April 6th

bluesnbrews bluesnbrews writes: I'd love to have this book. Always looking for ways to upgrade my shop.
Posted: 5:11 pm on April 6th

aaijr aaijr writes: Nice to have all these FWW articles in one place
Posted: 4:04 pm on April 6th

Houghton123 Houghton123 writes: Always good to get workshop ideas, although I still look for the article on how to construct a space expander; Not Enough Space is the biggest shop problem for me!

This book looks to have some great ideas.
Posted: 2:16 pm on April 6th

MWedekind MWedekind writes: Wow, looks like a great book!
Posted: 1:45 pm on April 6th

Chard Chard writes: I'd love to get this book - it'll be helpful if it includes the best combination garage/workshops (where it has to share with the cars). Best yet, would be if I got a free separate workshop! Not holding my breath though. :)
Posted: 1:41 pm on April 6th

Jimwebb1952 Jimwebb1952 writes: Free books! w00t!
Posted: 1:24 pm on April 6th

jshorbaiii jshorbaiii writes: Hey, I never win anything and the book looks awesome! Let's kill two birds with one stone. What do you say?
Posted: 12:54 pm on April 6th

cwsdeco cwsdeco writes: Well after 25yrs of woodworking I finally built my shop, it's a 30x50 with a finishing room it sounds big but you can never be big enough! It is very efficient and able to have my Oneida dust collection set up on each machine which really keeps down the dust. But always looking for new ideas no matter how big or small they are. You never get to old to learn new tricks, right? Would really enjoy having this book and thanks for the opportunity to acquire it for free.
Posted: 9:19 am on April 6th

TGrenga100 TGrenga100 writes: Woodn't it be nice to decrease the clutter and re-organize my shop (taking up the garage space now)? Maybe "Best Workshops" can help devise a more efficeint lay out? Hope so!
Posted: 8:53 am on April 6th

TGrenga100 TGrenga100 writes: It wood be nice to lay out a more effecient floor plan-- tired of hopping over all the stuff stored in my garage. Maybe the Best Workshops can help!
Posted: 8:34 am on April 6th

user-2450742 user-2450742 writes: I'm just starting this hobby... and want to have a reasonable and good workshop...
Posted: 7:48 am on April 6th

rland rland writes: Right now all of my shop tools are portable due to lack of shop, Shop to be built soon but really thinking through before I build it.
Posted: 7:00 am on April 6th

McDonald McDonald writes: Not to brag or anything but my shop is as good as any here.

Posted: 6:45 am on April 6th

glennaess glennaess writes: i need this
Posted: 6:35 am on April 6th

hikeandbike hikeandbike writes: I love working in my shop and really get lost in the work. One drawback is that is in my basement. I would really like big windows to let in natural light. Easier access would be a plus too.
Posted: 6:01 am on April 6th

Crookehouse Crookehouse writes: Hey,,,,,,How come my shop is not on the cover? Huh? Because it's not worthy? Yet? Well maybe the book will earn it a spot on the next edition.
Posted: 5:53 am on April 6th

Bempty Bempty writes: Yes, please. Looks like an interesting read.
Posted: 5:15 am on April 6th

tjbnz tjbnz writes: That would be very handy just at the moment!
Posted: 3:12 am on April 6th

Woody_55 Woody_55 writes: Count me in!
Posted: 2:40 pm on April 5th

JoeBurd JoeBurd writes: Please enter me for the book giveaway.

Posted: 6:16 am on April 5th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another Hat in the ring...
Posted: 1:22 pm on April 4th

acornbob acornbob writes: I'm always looking to organize better. Would love this book!
Posted: 12:58 pm on April 4th

Madkrafter Madkrafter writes: I am on my forth garage (single bay, now). Always a renter, never an owner! Nothing can be permanent, I have a 52" cabinet saw with a 3'x5' torsion box assembly/outfeed table, a full-size bench and other full-size tools. Constantly tripping, constantly rearranging. Taunton, Take Me Away!
Posted: 11:43 am on April 4th

herminge herminge writes: I´m waiting for a new weekly video project to follow.
It is thrilling to follow and learn ...
Posted: 3:51 am on April 4th

CWS1 CWS1 writes: I have struggled in a 12x24 Basement shop for 4 years. I recently removed two critical obstacles (and 18X18"chimney on one side and a 4" Lally column dead in the center of the space) that have remarkably and completely transformed the shop space. I hope to finally establish the ideal layout once and for all. I hope this book could help me do just that!
Posted: 9:58 pm on April 3rd

lknoedler lknoedler writes: Wow, I have been continually trying to figure out how to get more out of my workshop space for the last 2 years. I am always on the lookout for good or better yet, great ideas. I would love to have this book to help me finish my quest.
Posted: 8:24 pm on April 3rd

Aaron_J_Smith Aaron_J_Smith writes: I built my shop in 2 bays of a 3-car garage. All that space disappeared faster than the 220 outlets. I could definitely use some new ideas for layout.
Posted: 7:03 pm on April 3rd

Thomas50 Thomas50 writes: I always enjoy looking at another woodworker's shop. There is always something new I learn even if its only the smallest detail. All those details eventually add up over the year. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Thank you all you other woodworkers for additions to my own shop!
Posted: 2:15 pm on April 3rd

user-2452856 user-2452856 writes: You know you should spend a bunch of money on tools and set up a sweet workshop - said no wife ever!

I could use a book to help set up my workshop please!
Posted: 9:08 pm on April 2nd

dkohn67 dkohn67 writes: I think I could use some helpful ideas to make better use of space in a small shop.
Posted: 2:42 pm on April 2nd

cacti49 cacti49 writes: I have been subscribing to fine woodworking for a while. I have been designing my new work shop as I am in progress of putting all my machines in place, I have found the ideas through Fine Woodworking to be an asset in designing the wood workshop to haveing it my way.
Posted: 1:22 pm on April 2nd

dexterjh dexterjh writes: I need some fresh ideas. No doubt this book will do just that!
Posted: 10:38 am on April 2nd

carpenter_man carpenter_man writes: I have been doing woodworking 40years, never have got shop organised correctly, this just be the book for me. John
Posted: 5:47 am on April 2nd

carpenter_man carpenter_man writes: I have been doing woodworking 40years, never have got shop organised correctly, this just be the book for me. John
Posted: 5:46 am on April 2nd

CFelthauser CFelthauser writes: I have been trying for years to organize my work area. I work out of one bay in our 3 car garage. I've installed partial walls, tried to organize and work on "dust" issues, but nothing seems to be quite right. Still a disaster out there. Most of the time it's easier to go buy a new tool than to try to find one out there. Sounds like I could really use this book!
Posted: 3:36 am on April 2nd

CJeff CJeff writes: I am building a 12 x 12 workshop. I know having this book will help when I get to organizing my shop. I hope I am the lucky one to win it.
Posted: 10:49 pm on April 1st

mcga mcga writes: Even with a good workshop, there is always nformation in Taunton's books such that almost any woodworker will learn ways to improve his or her shop.

Thanks for the giveaway. Please give it to me. If you are unable to do this, I will have to buy it. I would love to learn ways to cram still more into the limited space I have available.
Posted: 7:08 pm on April 1st

HLTew HLTew writes: Looks like it could help me organize my small workshop.
Posted: 5:35 pm on April 1st

Jasper_50 Jasper_50 writes: Yes please, enter me for a chance to win this book. I look forward to reading it. Thanks
Posted: 5:21 pm on April 1st

4finger 4finger writes: With only a single garage and a good complement of stand alone machines, space is at a premium. I would love any help with improvement and this volume will be a great contribution.
Posted: 4:48 pm on April 1st

topher374 topher374 writes: Looks like a much needed book for a lot of us woodworkers. Some of us are just starting and others of us are quite seasoned, but we all could use a little help in organizing our tools and dust.
Posted: 1:29 pm on April 1st

Rohcna Rohcna writes: With a single garage stall I am very cramped for space.. It never gets dull trying to get everything to fit and still have room for work..
Posted: 1:21 pm on April 1st

weaves weaves writes: Agreed with Rob, my workshop is also in constant state of design changes/upgrades. Your tips are always helpful in making improvements to make me safer, more efficient = happier in my woodworking...
Posted: 1:07 pm on April 1st

daveator daveator writes: Setting up my shop is my ongoing project. A book of ideas would help with the journey.
Posted: 1:07 pm on April 1st

Joe1749 Joe1749 writes: I have been "setting-up" my shop since I took up woodworking as a hobby 4 years ago. Every time I create something I seem to need more room. An ongoing cycle that will never end. I constantly find tips and tricks from your magazine and emails that prompt me to do more....and I would not want it any other way.

thanks and keep it up.
Posted: 12:37 pm on April 1st

dale_pd dale_pd writes: Space is always a major factor. No matter how big of a shop you have, it seems it's never quite big enough. A book with ideas would be very helpful.
Posted: 12:10 pm on April 1st

Roy_J Roy_J writes: I retired a few years ago and decided to get into woodworking. I am setting up my workshop and I am finding space is at a premium. Any ideas and/or tips that I could use on setting up an efficient and effective workshop would be a blessing.
Posted: 12:07 pm on April 1st

EliCh EliCh writes: I am trying to set up a shop in just a bit less then half a double car garage. I'm always looking for space saving ideas. Avid reader of books and articles on this subject would be happy to review this book.
Posted: 11:50 am on April 1st

user-2422412 user-2422412 writes: I am setting up my shop (recently retired) and need more ideas. Fine Woodworking always has great ones. I would love a copy!
Posted: 11:32 am on April 1st

Fiveoaks Fiveoaks writes: There is never enough room so a book full of tips would be handy.
Posted: 11:26 am on April 1st

Zender Zender writes: I have a small shop and could really use this book!
Posted: 11:06 am on April 1st

ofc ofc writes: I am always game to learn more about how to set up my workshop! I have learned a lot from Fine Woodworking.
Posted: 10:31 am on April 1st

the_zenker the_zenker writes: The best way to design a new workshop or even just to add features is to see what others have done. Looks like a good book for that.
Posted: 10:10 am on April 1st

retireejd retireejd writes: I would love to win this book.
Posted: 10:06 am on April 1st

rondeal rondeal writes: Need to FINE tune my Wood Shop, would really like to get this book. Thank you
Posted: 9:57 am on April 1st

JMcVagh JMcVagh writes: Some of my best ideas for my home shop come from FW, keep it up!
Posted: 9:55 am on April 1st

waxtracker waxtracker writes: I'm retiring at the end of this month and have outfitted my half of the garage with woodworking equipment. Now I need to organize it into a real working shop area so the book would really help. My biggest problem right now is that I keep starting projects and not organizing my shop. I guess I've been waiting too long for this time in my life!
Posted: 9:29 am on April 1st

bobhcs bobhcs writes: Looks like a good book! I never have enough space in my shop.
Posted: 9:16 am on April 1st

StuartE StuartE writes: Love to get this book! It took me 5 years to build my workbench, I don't want it to take that long to finish getting the shop set up properly! Your help is appreciated!
Posted: 8:59 am on April 1st

lavertudad lavertudad writes: designing my shop now and this book would be a great help.
Posted: 7:50 am on April 1st

user-2435739 user-2435739 writes: I grew up sitting on the end of the bench watching my Dad fix stuff, only to realize years later, after I've been in the trades awhile, that he wasn't all that good at fixing stuff, but he sure loved doing it.
One Fathers day I gave hime a 6-1/2" worm drive skill saw and his face lit up like I had never seen it before. A gold bar from Fort Knox would've been a disappointment. He had a passion during his life and it still lives on in me.
I hope to pass this passion on to my grand children.
Most of my years in carpentry have utilized a mobile shop. I'm ready now to set up a more permanent shop to teach my grand kids and maybe others as well. I have my own ideas, but perhaps with this book will be able to enhance those ideas and more.
Posted: 7:36 am on April 1st

user-2450386 user-2450386 writes: I would like to reveiw this book
Posted: 7:27 am on April 1st

BillGray BillGray writes: love to have it, got a small shop, everything on wheels still not enough room
Posted: 7:12 am on April 1st

jem4752 jem4752 writes: Looks like a useful book. I could use some help in making my present shop more efficient.
Posted: 6:58 am on April 1st

Lots_todo Lots_todo writes: this looks interesting. I am about to redesign my work shop.
Posted: 6:46 am on April 1st

BenoitD BenoitD writes: Ok I'm in

Posted: 6:26 am on April 1st

evaneut evaneut writes: Oh I could sure use this
Posted: 4:54 am on April 1st

pianola pianola writes: I like all my fellow wood workers are always looking for ways to improve our workshop so this book is a great idea
Posted: 4:52 am on April 1st

grizzlysaw grizzlysaw writes: I will never have a shop like that.
Posted: 4:30 am on April 1st

stpackmo74 stpackmo74 writes: Any tips that I can get on organizing my shop would be a great help. Always looking for ideas. Really I could use a lot of help!
Posted: 4:25 am on April 1st

PhaedrusFollower PhaedrusFollower writes: I never win things like this, but my shop could use a win!
Posted: 3:47 am on April 1st

gaftech gaftech writes: Organization? What's that?
Posted: 3:11 am on April 1st

markvk001 markvk001 writes: My garage is my work space so this book would be great to give me a few ideas on how to use the space more efficiently. If i didn't have to park a car and motorcycle in it i'd have more space to play with and wouldn't have to constantly move machinery around. HELP!!!! :-)
Posted: 3:08 am on April 1st

quattro quattro writes: Does the book come with extra shop space?
Posted: 10:39 pm on March 31st

glennaess glennaess writes: great articales and videos

Posted: 4:27 pm on March 31st

Pags Pags writes: Always good to get tips on improving the shop
Posted: 9:46 am on March 31st

spatusaf spatusaf writes: I would love the book to help plan a more portable and size efficient workshop for my frequent military moves... count me in!
Posted: 8:58 am on March 31st

308defense 308defense writes: Hi:
I can always use help making my workshop use the space more effective. I think would help alot.
Thank For The Book.
Posted: 7:23 pm on March 30th

JackCA JackCA writes: Looks like a great book!
Posted: 3:15 pm on March 30th

HOUTvanHARM HOUTvanHARM writes: i always enjoy reading the fine woodworking magazine, this book will be no different!!

Will it be shipped overseas? Let’s say, The Netherlands...

Posted: 6:06 am on March 30th

Rrode Rrode writes: I am always looking for new shop ideas.. Looks like a great book.
Posted: 5:47 am on March 30th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another Hat in the ring..:>)
Posted: 1:52 am on March 30th

GlenRoseBud GlenRoseBud writes: I need this book to help me organize my garage workshop.
Posted: 11:55 pm on March 29th

ndreyer ndreyer writes: Count me in.
Posted: 10:45 pm on March 29th

neobassman neobassman writes: Would love to read and review this book. Thanks for the contest.
Posted: 10:15 pm on March 29th

jeffreyi jeffreyi writes: my shop need this book
Posted: 9:50 pm on March 29th

timhorchler timhorchler writes: Count me in too.
Posted: 9:28 pm on March 29th

Jamul Jamul writes: Looks great. Hope I can get some ideas
Posted: 8:54 pm on March 29th

AKWintermute AKWintermute writes: Just bought a new place, need some ideas for the remodel.
Posted: 8:02 pm on March 29th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I'd love to have this book
Posted: 8:00 pm on March 29th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: The book must be incomplete because it doesn't feature my shop. ;-)
Posted: 6:02 pm on March 29th

sleclerc sleclerc writes: You can never have enough ideas to improve a workshop! Thanks for the contest.
Posted: 5:56 pm on March 29th

C_Russell C_Russell writes: I would love to have that book!
Posted: 3:30 pm on March 29th

PlaneJoe PlaneJoe writes: Always evolving!
Posted: 3:20 pm on March 29th

jonquinn jonquinn writes: Would like to win this one.

Posted: 3:10 pm on March 29th

alexczisny alexczisny writes: I'm always looking for ways to improve my shop. Looks like a nice book.
Posted: 2:37 pm on March 29th

PraveenKumar PraveenKumar writes: I am in the process of building a new workshop and could use some ideas.
Posted: 12:30 pm on March 29th

MyronfromIowa MyronfromIowa writes: Count me in. I also have a basement workshop and would like better ideas!
Posted: 12:20 pm on March 29th

JimWoodLab JimWoodLab writes: Always looking for good ideas for the shop!
Posted: 11:58 am on March 29th

baudi baudi writes: Please count me in.
Posted: 11:37 am on March 29th

jdm92562 jdm92562 writes: This would be a nice addition to my library.
Posted: 10:33 am on March 29th

TFunk TFunk writes: Just bought a new house so this would be the perfect read as I set up the new shop!
Posted: 10:29 am on March 29th

Tirebiter14 Tirebiter14 writes: I would love to have this book, maybe figure out a way better utilize my little basement workshop.

And I promise a thorough review!
Posted: 10:23 am on March 29th

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