Book Giveaway: The Practical Workshop

Practical Workshop

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to tsharp9164, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “The Practical Workshop,” it is currently available at 

Shop set up is always a popular topic of discussion among woodworkers. We have a book coming out in few weeks that covers exactly that. “The Practical Workshop” is a compilation of some of Popular Woodworking Magazine’s best articles on setting up a sensible shop with an efficient workflow.

Whether you have a fully equipped shop or you make do with a tiny corner of the basement or garage, this book offers ideas for upgrading, reorganizing, streamlining or optimizing your workspace. Using the workbench as a focal point, the book covers shop workflow, strategies for machine and fixture placement and includes plans for building shop furniture.

And I have one advance copy to give away! Simply post a comment and I’ll choose a lucky winner at random (winner will be announced on Monday 4/17). Good luck!

—Scott Francis

131 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Practical Workshop

  1. Loves2ski

    I’m in the midst of re-organizing the basement shop. This book would be great for me right now.

  2. mtprell

    Right now I have a pile of tools and a pile of wood (there’s also a pile of footwear, but that’s unrelated). Need help!


    My new shop has a bench and one tool rack. Help setting it up would be great!

  4. wonebul

    My basement is desperadly longing for a shop-upgrade. So I´d really love to have a copy!

  5. kdrevik

    Curses! Yet another book to buy!

    When will you stop writing to give my checking account a rest?

    Seriously, love your work

  6. amoscalie

    I have a few other of Chris’s books and I’m sure that this one will be just a good and entertaining as the other ones.

    1. DaveS2

      Judging by the TOC in the preview, the Roubo bench plans are not. The plans for this 2005 version are available here and here; the smaller 2010 version here with video here

      The Workbenches book has several designs worth considering. One that it doesn’t have that I am building is a Moravian work bench – free plan and directions here and dvd here – I got the dvd and consider it worthwhile if you build this bench style.


    Have been doing some rearranging in my shop. Would be nice for some ideas for further improvement.

  8. bamohler

    I could sure use this book. Ready to redo my shop and build a Shaker workbench.
    Bruce M.
    Go Boilers!

  9. Ignotum

    Just really getting my feet wet in wodo working and I have been planning setting up and organizing my shop. Would be amazing if I won.

  10. Toddcomt

    I’ll throw my name in the ring. Looks like a wonderful reference book to have. Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. Paul Chiasson

    I flipped through the preview pages, and this looks like really useful stuff! Thanks.

  12. whitefang

    Popular Woodworking gets the balance right between old and new, power and manual, inspiration and instruction. All the while, bringing us the voices of the woodworkers we most want to learn from.

  13. luckysawdust

    We’re about to move to a new space — this book would be a great help in figuring out the new space!

  14. gvd1

    I have become handicapped and now have to downsize enormously. I don’t want to give up woodworking and need to come up with a way to continue, but with much smaller projects.

  15. mbbrogan

    I would love this book. Working on shop projects. making tools, and organization is my favorite thing to while woodworking.

  16. barmarc1

    When Chris left the magazine, as editor, I was concerned regarding the welfare of the magazine.
    I’m happy to report that the magazine has continued to fill the pages with great content and will keep me as a loyal reader.
    Looks like a great book being given away which would look nice in my collection.

  17. sirgareth

    Thank you for the giveaway and good luck with your new book Chris!

    I learned a lot from your Workbenches book and Two-Day-Workbench video when making my bench. I look forward to your ideas on reorganizing and optimizing my shop.

  18. Daveloy70

    I must downsize my shop and this book would be perfect. I am also excited to see how I can shape this new shop to my disability.

  19. brandonbeaumia

    Any samples or table of contents available? Would like to see how much of it sounds applicable to my situation. On the other hand, just winning one would show me, too!

  20. Crawfish62003

    I am in the process of redoing my shop area. Love reading about this type of thing .

  21. docjones87

    Pick me, Pick me! I’m tired of rearranging my shop every time I get a new piece of equipment!

  22. jqlouie

    This book maybe the answer to providing insight, on to how to stop rearranging the shop with every project.

  23. Matt_Rob

    I moved most everything to one side of my shop before Christmas and slowly began to move things to where I thought the flow would be better but I am still not happy with it. Bench placement against the wall or in the open floor? The photo would be appreciated by Atget.

  24. JimF

    I feel lucky. Scott, you can start writing my name inside the front cover. Thanks in advance. Oh, and congratulations to Chris. I thought that picture looked familiar. The 2005 on the leg vise gives it away.

    1. blake

      that bench in the picture is a very interesting and busy looking. now i suppose i’ll have to get the book to find out more about it. resistance is generally futile in cases like this. i guess i should thank you sir…

  25. babates

    I should have purchased this along time ago because there is very little that is practical in my shop!

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