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Workshop Design – 5 Keys to a Small Shop Layout | Woodworking

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This is my workshop design tutorial on how to layout a small shop or any shop. My garage shop design works well for a variety of different types of projects of various sizes and shapes. If you follow this guide, you can layout your workshop or garage shop with confidence and maximizing your shop efficiency and flow.

I’ve found that my favorite ways to organize things in my shop is by designing my own shop furniture! Check out my plans here:
https://www.eveningwoodworker.com/buyplans/

00:00 Workshop Design Summary
00:35 Shop Layout with Graph paper
02:53 Design around your material flow
04:37 Keep things mobile
05:55 Plan for future growth
07:20 Utilize dead space
08:05 Store hand tools where they will be used
09:04 Bonus Tip!!
10:30 Woodworking wisdom!

Tools used in my shop:
Ridgid Spindle Sander: https://homedepot.sjv.io/vd1Ej
Ridgid Router 2.5hp https://homedepot.sjv.io/MeoRo
Husky 30gal Air Compressor: https://homedepot.sjv.io/mdro1
Dewalt 13in Thickness Planer: https://homedepot.sjv.io/LkoRY
Worksharp 3000: https://amzn.to/2UM88qs
Dewalt 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw: https://amzn.to/2UWVRiR
Jet Jointer JJ-6CSX: https://amzn.to/2UwVywd
Jet Mortiser: https://amzn.to/2QXtFLA
Dewalt 20V Drill Driver Combo: https://amzn.to/2JBEwXy
Dewalt Random Orbital Sander: https://amzn.to/2R5qP7t
Hegner Multi Max 18 Scroll Saw: https://amzn.to/34hF5iV
Portable Belt Sander: https://homedepot.sjv.io/XBEK3
2hp Dust Collector: https://amzn.to/2VbkKHV
Workshop Vac: https://amzn.to/3bF7ul6
Polyurethane mallet: https://amzn.to/3bVgl2z
Ridgid 12V Drill Driver Combo: https://homedepot.sjv.io/7gKK5
Hudson Shop Apron: https://amzn.to/2R5oSIb

Also check out my social media pages:
https://www.facebook.com/eveningwoodworker/
https://www.instagram.com/eveningwoodworker/

Website: https://www.eveningwoodworker.com/

My name is Jared. I am an engineer by day and a woodworker by night… usually after the kids are in bed and before the neighbors call the cops!

This channel is about all things woodworking. I do project build videos, how-to videos, shop setup and shop layout videos, tip & tricks, and tool reviews of the stuff I’m using. I will also show you how I organize and work in my small shop in 1 bay of my garage. If you want to improve your woodworking and get inspired with some creative projects and innovative designs, come join me as a fellow evening woodworker and let’s go make some sawdust!

Now go build something!

#shoptour #woodworking #workshopdesign
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20 COMMENTS

  1. This is an extremely good video, you have done well with it. These are things I think about a lot and you have been most helpful, so thanks for taking the time to do this. Looking forward to your next video. Regards, (Bill from Australia).

  2. What a fantastic video!! thank you so so much for the tips. I just moved into a new home so I'm building a shop from scratch and I didn't know where to start, well now I do. And I really appreciate the effort you put into creating these basic principles. Thank you!

  3. This is a great way to look at laying out the shop. I need to get some graphing paper. Just about everything is mobile. I've sold several pieces to make room for better flow. There are two more machines to sell. A Bridgeport millings machine and a Rockwell Delta RAS. Of the 4 machines I'll have gotten rid of, I'll be bringing in a Bosch Compound Miter Saw and Dewalt 735X planer. Both will be on mobile carts. Two major pieces I need to work around is a Grizzly G0750G lathe and a steel bench my dad built. I'll be repurposing the steel bench and adding draws to the shelves he has on it to make it more versatile. It's also getting wheels in order to be mobile.

    One question I have is about the anti-fatigue mats. If you put them down, doesn't that restrict your mobility within the shop?

  4. The tip about anti-fatigue mats is probably one of the more underrated ones. Not only do they help endurance while standing; they also help prevent the transmission of cold in the slab into the shoes and feet. My feet have been cold for as long as I can remember and the mats, even the cheap Harbor Freight ones, make a world of difference when the slab gets cold in the winter. Even with a heated and cooled shop, I don't care to keep it warm when I'm not in it so that concrete can get very cold. I like your creativity and forethought!

  5. I try to keep all of my work surfaces the same height. Countertops, table saw, bandsaw, etc. It really makes maneuvering lumber much easier. When you are trying to move long pieces, you are moving over the surfaces instead of running into them. You can also make use of surfaces to support lumber, ie my bandsaw supports long pieces I am working on the drill press and the drill press supports long pieces while working on the bandsaw.

  6. Great video and thanks for the tips.
    I seem to change my one car garage every 2 years and I’m never satisfied lol

  7. Excellent video sir.
    Thank you for your advice. I'm getting ready to overhaul my shop. I work on anything and everything from wooden projects, steel fabrication, mowers, cars & trucks, electronics… anything.
    So I've been really needing to get organized. Tired of walking back and forth across the entire shop to do this or fetch that… Lots of wasted time.

    I'm subbing too.

  8. Thank you very much. I am trying to get into wood working. This video is very informative. I really liked the final positive message also. Very nice.

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