Designing a Home Wood Shop

Home Workshop Design
Setting-up a home woodworking shop, design and setting up your shop in the most efficient, cost effective manner you can determine.

Building a New Woodworking Shop

Once I had arrived at what I thought was a stable design, I looked at and got quotes for several different construction methods, traditional stick built, pole barn, SIP (Structural Insulated Panels), and CIF (foam concrete forms).  My preference was for CIF but the cost of a pole barn was more compelling so I selected this method instead. For me, the pole building had the following advantages over CIF's.

Shop Designer

On-line software to help layout a wood shop.

Workshop Planner

Start planning your workshop now.  The Grizzly Workshop Planner is a fun, interactive way to plan your shop.

How To Set Up a Home Wood Shop

There are many things to consider when setting up a wood shop at home. The task can be somewhat intimidating, and even professionals find decision making to be difficult.  This is easy to understand when you consider, for a professional, his livelihood depends on production. The faster he / she is able to move the project out the door, the faster he gets paid.

Dream it, do it!

Dave Estopinal chased a dream for 32 years. Now, at age 50, he's living it in his recently finished 30x60' workshop 75 miles east of Los Angeles.

First Planned Shop

Need help planning a new workshop? Or maybe you've got the urge to reorganize the one you have now. Either way, you've come to the right place. In idea shop one you'll discover how we took a 14x28' bare-bones room and remodeled and outfitted it into the sensational, featured filled woodworking center shown here. Use any of the ideas you like -- after all, we built this shop just for you.

Shop Layout

The shop you see in the layout is my current setup and has evolved over many years to accommodate most importantly the acquisition of newer equipment but also better work flow.  It is a free standing 2 story gambrel style barn with office and storage space on the second level.  Lumber and supplies are moved in and out of the shop through the front overhead door. To the left of the door are the lumber and plywood storage racks. Across from the lumber rack and to the right of the overhead door is the radial arm saw, miter saw and mortiser utilizing a single fence system for all operations.

Designing a Home Wood Shop

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