Small Shops (edited, pics added)

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by MBD posted 01-14-2016 05:36 PM 1989 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View MBD's profile


72 posts in 1306 days

01-14-2016 05:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: small shop organization

Here’s the pictures of the shop somewhat cleaned up, still have a long way to go to be able to fit a DC in there. I may end up building a room on the back to put the DC and air compressor to free up a little room.

Good morning fellow LJs, I have a small work shop…...12’ x 16’, and I’m always looking for ideas to save some space. Just curious, those of you that work in a similar size shop, would you mind sharing some pictures of your shops and ideas on tool positioning and things that you have done to save space. Thanks in advance!

-- Matt, Mississippi

41 replies so far

View MT_Stringer's profile


2820 posts in 2652 days

#1 posted 01-14-2016 06:18 PM

C’mon man, throw some pics at us so we can see your mess! :-)

Mine is about the same size or thereabouts.
Here’s is my write up…

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

View MBD's profile


72 posts in 1306 days

#2 posted 01-14-2016 09:24 PM

Thanks Mike, I will get some new pics tonite and post em up. Just thinking that I have a lot of wasted space in mine right now. In the next few weeks, I plan on getting the HF dust collector and haven’t decided where to put it.

-- Matt, Mississippi

View MadMark's profile


968 posts in 874 days

#3 posted 01-15-2016 02:35 AM

2/3’s of 1/2 of a two car garage ~ 80 sq ft or so. The bandsaw is on wheels out of frame right.

From L to R:
Grizzly Oscillating Spindle Sander on roll cart with “shorts” storage
Grizzly 4×36 Belt Sander
Storage shelf for 2ndary tools: jig saw, biscuiter
Skil Drill press
Grizzly 715P 10” hybrid saw w/Milwaukee 3.5 hp 1/2” router in R wing & Incra LS-III precision fence
1hp DC with separator & .5 micron bag. 2×4” for saw & planer, 1×2-1/2 for all else. Aluminum blast gates
Parts & tool bin with storage for ROS, corded drill & circ saw. Hand tool and clamp storage.
Grizzly 12-1/2” planer with Wixey digital height indicator


-- Madmark -

View ThomasLightle's profile


56 posts in 315 days

#4 posted 01-15-2016 03:04 AM

Hey MBD, I have a shop the exact same size of yours. You should check out my videos on here and on my YouTube channel. Most of my shop projects center around optimizing what little space I have. Currently, I have crammed in the shop the following:

Grizzly G0771 Table saw with Biesemeyer upgrade
Buffalo 14” Band Saw
Dewalt DW735 Planer
Craftsman 12” Double bevel miter saw
Jet 17” Drill Press
Harbor Freight Dust Collector (Modified)
Ridgid JP0610 6” jointer
Ridgid oscillating belt/spindle sander
Delta 4”/6” Belt/disk sander
Briggs 8500 Watt generator (for backup)
...and a 2’x5’ Workbench

It is tight, but not uncomfortable and I have enough room to rip a 4×8 sheet of plywood if needed.

-- Thom

View woodbutcherbynight's profile


2302 posts in 1830 days

#5 posted 01-15-2016 04:20 AM

It is a constant process of looking for any extra space. Anywhere that I can store something to free up floor space is fair game. Recently a auto shop closed, pic 2 is the cabinet I made from the nuts and bolts boxes they had. In all I got 24 trays = 5 boxes of 4 drawers with ball bearing slides.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View bandit571's profile


14072 posts in 2104 days

#6 posted 01-15-2016 04:45 AM

Mine is called the Dungeon Shop…
No room

Jointer is 24” long ( see avatar)

Have enough room to work on one side of the bench….other side has a tool chest, two bandsaws, and a bench with a lathe. In the back of all these tools, a small bench with a hand powered Mitresaw…

To use the lathe

I have to move the smaller bandsaw out of the way, and slide the small router table back against the mitrebox cabinet..

Rest of the shop is just about as crowded….

Have since added a couple tills for planes, and Braces, tool chest is Tool Chest #1.
I also share the area with a Washer & Dryer….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View sepeck's profile


314 posts in 1562 days

#7 posted 01-15-2016 05:45 AM

I don’t have pictures, but I do have a thought. I used to think about getting the big harbor freight dust collector. They idea is awesome. The phrase MORE POWER occasionally goes through my head. However, lately I have been reconsidering that idea. Do I really need all that power for a smallish (1.5 car garage space) workshop or could I legitimately go with something smaller? I have been considering the smaller model, and planing on putting a thein or small cyclone in front of it. I haven’t decided yet, but for me, and my needs, it’s seeming more workable.

If you watch April Wilkerson later video’s you will see she seems to be using the Rockler equivalent lately. Also while wandering youtube (almost as bad as Pinterest or here for time wasting) I came across this guy's video. So, something else to consider on space.

And earlier today, came across this idea for one of those flippable tool stands, only don’t put in two tools, just flip it down and stow it under the table saw extension.

Also, lumber storage. I built one based on the same plans these guys did however, for a small shop, you may want to look at the modification by Steve Ramsey which is smaller.

-- -Steven Peck,

View hotbyte's profile (online now)


825 posts in 2396 days

#8 posted 01-15-2016 11:56 AM

One word…casters. I’m trying to get everything possible on casters so I can reshape shop as needed.

View MBD's profile


72 posts in 1306 days

#9 posted 01-15-2016 02:05 PM

Thanks guys, I wasn’t able to make it out to the shop last nite…...kid’s basketball games, but will get some pictures this weekend. Everything is on casters now, except the tablesaw. I’m gonna do some deep thinking this weekend and see if I can do some major re-arranging to accommodate the DC.

-- Matt, Mississippi

View MT_Stringer's profile


2820 posts in 2652 days

#10 posted 01-15-2016 03:05 PM

HF add in Wood Mag has the Dust Collector for $169. Just sayin’

Here is a pic of the shop with the current project in progress. It is a 5 foot long coffee bar for my mom. The wall to my right has the tool box, cabinets and miter saw station along it…with some lumber storage above the miter saw.

Notice my table saw is near the garage door. If I need to rip anything longer than 45 inches, I have tor raise the door and let the AC out! :-) Yep. Mini Split AC w/heat pump, and insulation in all walls and ceiling. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

View knotscott's profile


7146 posts in 2796 days

#11 posted 01-15-2016 03:05 PM

Grizzly has a nifty shop planning tool on their website…it’s free and intuitive to use, and is helpful for seeing what various scale layouts might look like.

My shop is a bit less than half of a 2- car garage:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

View devann's profile


2199 posts in 2113 days

#12 posted 01-15-2016 03:17 PM

I too am in the small shop category. Here’s you some more pictures.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

View MadMark's profile


968 posts in 874 days

#13 posted 01-15-2016 04:05 PM

Did anyone else notice the safety violation in Woodbutcherbynight’s rig? The saw blade is raised when the saw is not in use …


-- Madmark -

View wmgworks's profile


193 posts in 406 days

#14 posted 01-15-2016 04:09 PM

Here’s a workshop I’ve found a lot of inspiration in. Especially the multipurpose stand for the miter saw, grinder and drill press. I forget what magazine this was in originally":

-- Butchering wood since 2015

View MBD's profile


72 posts in 1306 days

#15 posted 01-15-2016 04:48 PM

Here s a workshop I ve found a lot of inspiration in. Especially the multipurpose stand for the miter saw, grinder and drill press. I forget what magazine this was in originally":

- wmgworks

Thanks, I have this diagram in my shop and it is what I based my miter saw cart on. You can see it in my projects, but is unfinished. I will get current shop pics this weekend and post em up.

-- Matt, Mississippi

showing 1 through 15 of 41 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics