What do you call it?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-26-2011 08:44 PM 2194 reads 1 time favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The space you work in that is…

I have seen fellow woodworkers call their workspace a variety of things, and I was wondering what do you call your work space, and what qualifies it to be that name instead of one of the other common names.

The most common names I have seen used for a woodworking work space here are…

#1. Shop #2. Shed #3. Studio #4. Basement #5. Garage

I am not talking about the structure. But say for example when is a garage a shop, and not a garage, and when is that shop a studio instead of a shop?

My head works in some strange ways sometimes…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 08:50 PM

I call mine my shop—I guess because my dad called his a shop.

My wife calls it my man-cave.


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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 08:51 PM

I think of my work space as a shop, but I often refer to it as a barn as in, “I’m going out to the barn.”

-- Glen

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 08:55 PM

I tell my wife “I’m going out there” and tell my friends “look in my shop” and clients “I’ll meet you at my studio” :)

-- Custom furniture

View Tony Strupulis's profile

Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 09:01 PM

Fortress of Solitude.

-- Tony -

View Tomoose's profile


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#5 posted 04-26-2011 09:01 PM

My shop is the third bay in a 3-car garage, but we call that part the shop and the rest the garage – there are no divider walls, just how the space is used defines it.

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

View lilredweldingrod's profile


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#6 posted 04-26-2011 09:03 PM

My wood torture chamber. That should be self explanatory. Also pretty well covers my skill level. lol

View dbhost's profile


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#7 posted 04-26-2011 09:13 PM

I love it!

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

View dbray45's profile


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#8 posted 04-26-2011 09:23 PM

My shop.

-- David in Damascus, MD

View Jack_T's profile


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#9 posted 04-26-2011 09:29 PM

My shop is in my basement. But there is a mental distinction between the two terms. I work in my shop. I store wood in my shop. I have my tools and benches in my shop. The rest of the basement is where everything else is stored and I don’t care how messy it gets. It not “my space”. The shop is “my space” and my wife knows to keep everything else out of it.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

View wseand's profile


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#10 posted 04-26-2011 09:52 PM

My wife calls it my girlfriends house, don’t I wish. She says it is like I am cheating on her with another love. So now it is my girlfriends house.

View papadan's profile


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#11 posted 04-26-2011 10:02 PM

I call my garage my summer shop, because the bay door is enclosed and a car can’t get in there anymore. I call my winter shop, the bedroom. LOMLs idea that I added a small work shop to our master bedroom so I can build stuff when it’s too cold for me outside.

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 10:09 PM

Mine is a shop. Always has been and I hope always will be “the shop”.

View BigTiny's profile


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#13 posted 04-26-2011 10:15 PM

Here we go with some definitions:

Shop: a space set aside exclusively for woodworking. It need not be a separate room or building, just needs to be dedicated to the purpose.

Basement: the partially underground lowest floor of the home. If part or all of it is used for woodworking, but not exclusively so, it remains just a basement.

Shed: a small (usually, but some are quite large) outbuilding dedicated to woodworking exclusively.

Studio: a snooty way to say “shop” or “shed”.

Garage: a building for the storage of automobiles, either attached to the home or a separate structure. If part of it is dedicated to woodworking exclusively, that part becomes a “shop”. If it is only used part time for such work and is used for other purposes as well, it remains a garage.

Man cave: any of the above when being occupied by a woodworker doing what he loves.

That help?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

View Dennisgrosen's profile


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#14 posted 04-26-2011 10:19 PM

LOL papadan you nearly got me if it wasn´t for the last sentence :-)

I call my cluttered pile the labritory at the moment but that becourse I have experimented with
different cemicals the last half year trying to figure out how to restore and maintain tools
the best and easyest way …. so funny smells in the dark clouds is sent up thrugh the house from
time to time … upstairs not always find it so funny …. LOL
well now the spring have arived ..I better moove it outside for a while :-)
Silke and me wasn´t the most popular when we made rotten egg kapsels last month ….... LOL

still get whipped for that :—))

take care

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 10:30 PM

The Cave; The Shop; The Spider Den; The Sauna/Freezer; My Island Escape from the Estrogen Ocean…; The Man Cave; The House of Sawdust and Splinters; My Other Living Room; The Playground; The Classroom.

I can’t think of any others I use…

-- christopheralan

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