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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  • 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 ...

  • Great Shop in a Two-Car GarageGreat Shop in a Two-Car Garage

    by Curtis Erpelding

    It takes time and experience to create a well-functioning, efficient shop. Curtis Erpelding shares how his sixth shop evolved and how it’s organized. Large drawings ...

  • Setting Up ShopSetting Up Shop

    by Peter Korn

    Peter Korn, Mario Rodriguez, and Mark Duginske recommend different tools that woodworkers need to set up a good basic furniture woodworking shop. Workshops are ...

  • Laying Out a WorkshopLaying Out a Workshop

    by Scott Landis

    Scott Landis visited dozens of professional and amateur shops to evaluate the basic systems that constitute most modern workshops. He asked shop owners to share ...

  • Woodworking in MendocinoWoodworking in Mendocino

    by John Kelsey

    This article traces the influence Mendocino craftsmen have had on woodworking and related lifestyle choices. These “outsider craftsmen,” as James Krenov calls them, ...

  • North Bennet Street Industrial SchoolNorth Bennet Street Industrial School

    by John Lively

    At Boston’s North Bennet Street Industrial School, students learn to design and build furniture in several 18th-century styles -- Queen Anne, Chippendale, Sheraton, ...

  • Which Three?Which Three?

    by Robert Sutter

    Robert Sutter has a workshop brimming with machines: a 10-in. tablesaw, a 13-in. thicknesser, a long-bed jointer, sanding machines, an overarm router, a drill press, ...

  • Ultimate Garage Shop MakeoverUltimate Garage Shop Makeover

    Learn how one Fine Woodworking staffer converted a musty detached garage into prime real estate for a woodworking super-shop

  • Welcome to Woodworking HeavenVideo: Welcome to Woodworking Heaven

    with Peter Korn

    Learn what makes this world class woodworking school tick with an exclusive Fine Woodworking video tour

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