Laying Out a Workshop
Planning for workflow and flexibility
Synopsis: 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 how they foster efficient workflow and safety, and he notes how workshops evolve to accommodate changing needs. This article discusses principal considerations in laying out workspaces and shows three examples from among those he visited. Landis talks about planning the layout, adding flexibility, and the importance of workshop triangles and dedicated spaces. The shops he details show how to work in a small space.
Many people begin woodworking by using part of their house-basement, garage, pantry, attic-as a shop. There is no perfect location; one person’s dream is another’s nightmare. Although you may not have much choice in the location of your workshop, what you do within its walls is entirely up to you. (Unless, of course, you have to share that space with…