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Woodshop Plans
and Ideas

Page updated July 11, 2020.

No matter how advanced you are, there is always room to improve your woodshop. Listed below are several suggestions presenting woodshop plans and ideas you can use to make your shop more efficient and affordable.

Some of these offerings will earn me a modest commission, but most are titles from outstanding publishers and authors.

How to Set Up a Complete Shop on a Budget

I have noticed that a good number of you are embarking on a journey to build or rebuild your workshop. I imagine more of you are considering doing the same while we all remain locked down for the duration of this pandemic. If that is on your mind, I would like to make a suggestion – look into the Ultimate Small ShopThis e-book is divided into six modules or sections. These are:

  • - Tool Selection
    – Space Selection
    – Shop Layouts
    – Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Dust & Drying
    – Electricity, Lighting & Soundproofing
    – Safety Tips

This e-book is well organized and well written. It is NOT a rehash of old material or plans. The information is truly useful and easy to understand and follow. The icing on the cake is that the starting purchase price, $39.00, is covered by a 60 day money back guarantee. (This is not marketing hype! The author will refund, no question, if you don’t find that the book saves you way more than the price paid.)

*Click here to find detailed information.

The Complete Woodshop Guide: How to Plan, Equip or Improve Your Workspace (Popular Woodworking)

Your One-Stop Woodshop Guide!The articles and projects in this book are collected from Popular Woodworking's best books, as well as over a decade of Popular Woodworking magazine articles.If you are setting up a new woodshop or up-sizing your present woodworking shop, The Complete Woodshop Guide gives you all you need to know. You'll get advice and tips from professional woodworkers, whose knowledge and experience will help you make the right decisions for your needs, then give you proven designs for shop projects.You'll learn:Where to store lumberWhat electrical needs you'll haveHow to choose the right machinery and tools for your particular needsThe Complete Woodshop Guide offers you more than a dozen shop projects, including storage cabinets, individual tool centers, mobile workstations and more.This is the ultimate collection of woodshop setup information. Use the knowledge in The Complete Woodshop Guide to make you

How to Design and Build Your Ideal Woodshop (Popular Woodworking)

Turn your vision of the perfect woodshop into reality!

Picture your ideal woodshop: tools neatly stored within the reach, plenty of space for lumber and materials, ample ventilation, lighting and electrical outlets. Everything you need, exactly the way you want it.

Whether your woodshop is in the garage, basement, outbuilding, attic or even a closet, you can make the most of your space and bring your ideal woodshop to life. The invaluable advice, layouts and planning tips inside show you how.

From space management and tool setup to noise reduction and dust control, Bill Stankus covers every subject in detail. He takes a logical approach to woodshop organization, showing you dozens of ways to achieve optimum efficiency for less time and money. In this completely revised edition, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan your ideal woodshop--everything from lumber storage and ventilation to dust collection and lighting
  • Avoid potential mistakes and injuries with safety-first checklists
  • Make your woodshop environment comfortable and cozy
  • Maximize space with ideas for building mobile storage units and workstations
  • Create useful storage space and the perfect workbench
  • Customize your woodshop, while considering layout and budget issues

Seven examples of actual "ideal" workshops, with insights and ideas from the woodworkers who designed them, help illustrate every guideline and tip.

You can begin transforming the space you've got into the shop you dream about--quickly, practically and effectively.

Fine Woodworking Best Workshops

For years, woodworkers have turned to Fine Woodworking magazine, in particular the popular annual "Tools & Shops" issue, for advice about setting up their woodworking shop. This book is a collection of the best of those workshop articles from the last 10 years." It covers all aspects of setting up a shop from choosing a location and adding lighting and wiring, through accessories and storage options to how to use the shop safely and comfortably.

Also included is advice on flooring, workbenches, and dust collection. With such a wide range of topics and shops represented this book will appeal to all woodworkers from newbies just setting up a shop to veterans who want to make better use of the shop they already have.

The Practical Workshop: A Woodworker's Guide to Workbenches, Layout & Tools

Whether woodworking is your hobby or your profession, you'll get more enjoyment and satisfaction from the craft when you have a practical and functional workspace.

The Practical Workshop is your guide to setting up a sensible shop with an efficient workflow and everything you need to make the best use of your time. From workbenches to shop furniture to storage solutions, this book covers the essentials. You'll learn strategies for machine and fixture placement. You'll discover ways to streamline your operations and get plans for all the shop furniture you need to outfit your space.

   • Get started with guidelines for putting together a basic toolkit and some quick sawhorses.
   • Focus your shop around a central workbench--you'll find complete plans for two benches, a gallery of bench designs and ideas for personalizing your workbench for your specific needs.
   • Get helpful advice for placing machinery and instructions for building shop furniture and fixtures.
Woodworking can be a respite from the bustle of daily life, especially if your shop is well-organized and your tools are where they're supposed to be. This book can help you set up a great workspace, avoid clutter and get the most out of your woodworking.

Setting up Your First Woodworking Shop 

Typically a woodworking shop starts in a corner of the garage or basement with a few tools. Over time you develop new skills, add tools to take on new projects, and expand the shop as you acquire a greater interest (or obsession) with woodworking.

This video from Fine Woodworking Magazine is an introduction to setting up your initial woodshop. It is aimed at beginners, but includes numerous links to more advanced material.

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