Layout Ideas for Small Shops
Everyone starting a journey in woodworking faces the same challenge: shop space. Or the lack of it. Space management is often overlooked; but if you take some time to plan your space to suit the projects you want to make, you’ll be happier in the long run.
Building a project typically unfolds in four stages: lumber storage and breakdown, milling and joinery, sanding and assembly, and finishing. In smaller shops, these zones will naturally overlap. The goal is to anticipate and plan for the amount of setup that has to happen along the way.
To start, you need to determine the footprint you’re working with. A common size is about 12' x 22' – roughly the same as a single car garage. Take note of structural elements, such as floor slope, door and window location, access to electricity, and any obstructions. Also, determine if this will be a permanent setup or if you’ll need to tuck tools away to make room for a car.
If you're tight on shop space, check out the Mobile Project Center. It folds down in seconds for easy storage and
on the go.