4 Woodworking Shop Layout Tips to Live By


If you’re a new or experienced woodworker looking to set up shop inside your home, this may seem like a daunting and difficult task because you want your shop to be effective, therefore everything has to be in the right place. Plus you need to possess all the right equipment in order to have an effective woodworking shop in the comfort of your home.


Obviously, some people are going to design their shop however they like it, and that’s perfectly fine since there aren’t really set rules. On the flipside, certain good rules of thumb come to mind when considering the possibilities of designing a woodworking shop layout.


Some of these options may seem fairly obvious and some tips will help you tremendously. So, take these workshop layout tips serious consideration because they will make perfect sense as you are about to see.


Think about the Workflow in Your Woodworking Shop


To have an effective woodworking shop you need to consider all of your workflow options. Think about bringing a new piece of wood into your shop for the first time. How will you bring it in? Where will you work with it? How will you take it out?


By taking the time to think this through, you’ll be able to make sensible shop layout decisions that will have a positive impact on your work efficiency.


Put Your Table Saw in a Central Location

Every woodworking shop must have a table saw. If you don’t have one already, take a look at the Shop Fox w1824 on Tool Nerds website and read its specifications. Look at other online reviews or ask your friends and coworkers for recommendations. But ultimately having a table saw is a must, so it’s time to buy it if you don’t have one already.


Now that you’ve got your table saw, it’s time to place it in a central location within your new wood shop. Since you are going to need a table saw for just about every project, it obviously makes sense to place it in the right spot.


Every woodworker will tell you that they have their table saw located right in the middle of the shop. By placing your saw there, you are leaving enough room to use it correctly and you’ll have easy access to it whenever you need it.


Some people like to put their table saw against the wall. We consider this a mistake since you’re going to use it a lot. Rearrange your shop to place it in the center of the room and you’ll be able to use it more effectively and efficiently; not to mention you’ll be a lot happier with the overall design of your new workspace. Plus, you can use it as a table to store things when the table saw is not in use. Just bear in mind that you’ll have to move those items on it when you want to use the saw again.


Have the Right Tools in Your Shop and Keep Them against the Wall


As you will learn with experience, some of the tools you have in your woodworking repertoire will actually work much better when you keep them against the wall. Other tools are not going to thrive as well. So you have to determine which tools work best against the wall and which do not. Tools like drill presses, stationary sanders, router tables, mortisers, and band saws are all excellent candidates to be placed against the wall.


By placing the tools against the wall, you’ll also get a much clearer picture of the tools you have. So you won’t waste precious time trying to find the tool you need in a scattered pile. You’ll just need to look up and spot the tool you need within seconds.


You can store all of these tools next to each other up against the wall. Sometimes you’re going to need additional space, so you will have to pull them away from the wall to access them easier. But you’ll cross that bridge when you get there after your woodworking shop is up and running.


Mobility Is Your Friend


No matter how well you set up your shop, you’re going to move some things around eventually. So, design your workspace that it’s mobility friendly. Leave enough space to temporarily move tools and equipment around in the shop to achieve a more efficient workflow.


Please use these tips to design the perfect woodworking shop layout. If you incorporate them into your planning, you’ll have a very effective layout and design.


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Aleksandar Tomovic
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French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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