Shop Layout and Design

Typically a woodworking shop starts in a corner of the garage or basement. Then over time you add tools, develop new skills, expand the shop and change the layout. And at some point over this evolution you may be lucky enough to design a new shop from
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  • A Shop on TopA Shop on Top

    by Paul Breskin

    In need of room for a shop but lacking space on his property to build one, Paul Breskin decided to look up rather than out. He expanded his single-story, three-bay ...

  • A Workshop Steeped in HistoryA Workshop Steeped in History

    by Eugene E. Landon

    A visit to Eugene Landon’s shop is a trip back in time: walls lined with antique tools, wide pine boards covering the floor, and period furniture around the room ...

  • Fine-Tune Your ShopFine-Tune Your Shop

    by Jerry Lyons

    Longtime furnituremaker and teacher Jerry H. Lyons shares efficient workshop solutions developed for his dream shop -- a converted 3000-square-foot log cabin in ...

  • A Shop Inspired by School MemoriesA Shop Inspired by School Memories

    by Mark Bellonby

    A fondly remembered, bright and airy school shop inspired this architect to design his own dream workspace. Huge windows and plenty of space dominate, but he also ...

  • Roll-Away WorkshopRoll-Away Workshop

    by Bill Endress

    Many woodworkers face the space crunch Bill Endress did: how to fit a decent workshop into a two-car garage, and still park cars there fairly regularly. He achieved ...

  • Soundproof a Basement ShopSoundproof a Basement Shop

    by Mark Corke

    The best route to noise reduction in basement workshops is twofold, but figuring out the best way to achieve it can be daunting. Mark Corkes plan muffles both vibratory ...

  • Dream Shop in the WoodsDream Shop in the Woods

    by Les Cizek

    Two furniture makers designed and built their dream shop in the woods of California. Most people who happen upon it mistake it for a gallery. The authors discuss ...

  • Four Ways to Get OrganizedFour Ways to Get Organized

    by Joe Johns

    A snapshots of four woodworkers' spaces show unique and innovative ways to organize your shop. From elegant cabinets that were rescued from the kitchen to movable ...

  • Low-Cost Shop FloorLow-Cost Shop Floor

    by Scott Gibson

    Concrete is hard on everything: feet, legs, back, and tools. That’s why it’s not always the best solution for a workshop floor. In this article, Scott Gibson gives ...

  • A Well-Organized One-Man ShopA Well-Organized One-Man Shop

    by Ross Day

    Draw it first, then pick up a hammer, advises Ross Day, who had the luxury and challenge of building a shop from a 36-ft. by 36-ft. shell. He designed a space for ...

  • Basement Shop on WheelsBasement Shop on Wheels

    by Anatole Burkin

    The secret to getting the most out of a small shop is mobility, storage, and organization, says Anatole Burkin of Fine Woodworking. In this article, he shows how ...

  • Going ProGoing Pro

    by Michael Dunbar

    Mike Dunbar and his wife, Sue, offer eight realistic steps on how to go from daydreaming about going pro to actually doing it. First, prepare yourself by having ...

  • Turning a Parking Place into a Great Shop SpaceTurning a Parking Place into a Great Shop Space

    by Chris Gochnour

    Expansion and a thoughtful layout make an excellent professional workshop from a two-car garage

  • Dust Collection for the One-Man ShopDust Collection for the One-Man Shop

    by Anatole Burkin

    Even the best dust-collection system won’t eliminate the need for occasional sweeping, but a good system will keep your broom and your lungs from wearing out prematurely. ...

  • The Almost Perfect Basement ShopThe Almost Perfect Basement Shop

    by Jan Carr

    Jan Carr’s basement shop is a pleasant place to work in. He explains what he did and why, such as researching and using what he calls the “Rule of Five” to make ...

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