Our woodworking shop is our 2 stall garage. Because of Mr. Maven’s incredible organizational skills we can fit into it one full-size table saw, one portable table saw, one free-standing jointer, a portable planer, miter saw, several drills, three or four sanders, a router and stand, our scrap wood collection and two rolling tool chests plus just about every thing else we might need when dealing with wood, electricity and plumbing. Along with all that, we keep
two huge garbage cans in there and two cars. Actually, one car and one very large F150. Again, this wouldn’t work if not for some serious organization. It works for us, but Mr. Maven would LOVE a dedicated shop complete with a vacuum system and a finishing room. Kind of like Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop, which is the first on our eye-candy list.
Finding a still picture of Norm’s shop is not easy, but I was able to find this shot taken a few years back. It really is the holy grail of woodworking workshops.
Giving Norm a run for his money is the extraordinary space pictured below. The photo and shop belong to flickr user mtneer_man.
Bob gives us a tour of his 3-stall garage that he uses as his shop. He added a dedicated spray-booth to the space. Nice.
Lest you think this list is for large shops only, take a look at these next three.
Matthew turned a one-stall garage into the perfect workshop using space-saving solutions. Read the entire Fine Woodworking article here to see how he did it.
Smaller yet is this garden shed turned wood shop belonging to Matt Fuller.
No yard? No problem. Here are two very nice shops set up in the owners’ basements.
Dave Knaw’s basement was unfinished and therefore a blank canvas, which he turned into a very workable workshop.
John’s shop is in his basement too. It’s bright and light-filled and pretty amazing.
And now, my sentimental favorite. Wayne Newman is the gentleman who owns this workshop located on Vancouver Island, BC. In it he makes walking and hiking sticks and canes, which he sells. The permanent structure is an 8′ x 10′ wood shed, but because Wayne likes to work outside, he attached an awning–which he refers to as his ‘addition’–to the front of the shed so he could do just that.