Garage Shop Layout – Popular Woodworking
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Efficiency does not always increase with experience, because as our woodshops grow older, they sometimes become unnecessarily rearranged or cluttered. And if you’re just now setting up your first woodshop, this shop layout should give you a great starting point. Each picture represents one half of a standard two-car garage. Click on the images for a larger view, and if anything is unclear, ask a question in the comments field!

Source: page 9 of “Ultimate Workshop Solutions,”


Shop layout, 1 of 2Click the image at right, and start building the ideal workflow at the bottom where you see the first red arrow. This arrow crosses through one roll-up door of a typical two-car garage. Note that if the right-hand window were not present, you could place lumber storage closer to the entrance, which would also allow for easier passage onto the jointer. Work flows from the jointer to the planer and the table saw, then ideally onto an outfeed table near position #2 in the diagram. From #2, proceed left to the assembly area (pictured below).

Shop layout, 2 of 2Position #3 is where you will likely spend most of your time in the shop. The diagonally placed workbench is the heart of this plan. The wall-mounted workspace that surrounds the bench forms an ideal “work triangle” within which each of your most commonly needed tools is only one or two steps away. The band saw can be placed outside of the work triangle because it is used slightly less frequently and often needs a little more space around it for your lumber to move.

Position #4 is your finishing area. Allow space for this. Too often, one half-finished project will pile up behind another. Keep your workflow moving by creating this dedicated finishing space.

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  • RDW2

    This is great … if you have a 2-car garage to work with. Unfortunately, I am working with the 3rd bay of a 3 car garage and I am limited ti the equivalent of a 1 car garage. :-/

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