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Efficient Woodshop Layout and Design

Each woodworker faces unique challenges when designing their woodshop layout. Whether beginning with a basement, garage or dedicated building, steps can be taken to make the most out of the space available. Learn tips and tricks for making your woodshop layout as efficient as possible.

Photo Gallery: Inside the Woodshop
If you're looking for ideas for the layout of your woodshop, check out this woodshop photo gallery. Perhaps you need ideas for how to position all of your woodworking machines in a limited space, or maybe ideas for lumber storage. Want to show off your woodshop? Send your photo to the woodworking guide to add your shop to this woodshop photo...

Tips for Proper Lighting in your Workshop
When laying out your woodworking shop, pay special attention to lighting. A well-lit shop should have consistent illumination on all work surfaces so you can use your woodworking tools from any angle without casting shadows.

Build a Portable Shop Table
As a woodworker, I can never have enough table or bench top space in the workshop. To help solve the problem, I built a lightweight, portable workshop table that can be moved on built-in rollers and then dropped down onto the table's legs when in position to keep it from moving. This is an easy and fun woodworking project to build. View the free...

How to Build a Sawhorse
As every carpenter or building contractor knows, a good set of saw horses are practically worth their weight in gold. They can be just as useful in the wood shop. I've never found a stronger set of saw horses than the ones you can make from these free woodworking plans. They're stackable, sturdy and two adults can stand on one of them comfortably.

Shed Some Light on Your Work
When woodworking with power tools, it is important to have enough light on the workpiece to see the work easily. Here is a simple, inexpensive way to add more light to your workpiece, whether you're using a drill press, band saw, scroll saw or other woodworking tool.

Seven Woodworking Plans for Your Wood Shop
While power tools and woodworking machinery are the heart of the wood shop, there are a number of accessories that you can build to assist in building your woodworking projects. Each of the following sets of free woodworking plans are for items that are incredibly useful in the shop. Each of these plans are thorough and include step-by-step...

Tips for Moving Your Woodworking Tools
Most stationary woodworking tools are quite heavy and bulky. This can really cause concern when one is faced with moving to a new location, be it across the street or around the world. Here are some tips to keep in mind when considering moving your wood shop.

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