The Weekend Workshop is my latest online woodworking course designed to help you turn any space into an efficient, productive shop that you’ll love working in. In this video I’ll walk you through my current shop setup and reveal all the space-saving shop projects I’ve added over the past 6 months.
I’ve been really excited about this shop tour because it’s the biggest change I’ve made in my 19 years of working in this space.
Starting about 6 months ago, I began to reimagine my shop, and I started from scratch to create my online course, The Weekend Workshop. I wanted to put my entire woodworking philosophy to the test and demonstrate that a small space is not just affordable and practical, but it’s also highly productive.
Most of all I want your shop to be a space you love being in. A place you can look forward to stepping into.
My shop is in a two-car garage built in 1956. It measures 19 feet by 19 feet, about 360 square feet, a little smaller than the average 2-car garage today. Even with nothing in it, I can’t quite fit my 19-foot-long truck in it.
Like a lot of shops, mine evolved slowly, organically, and kind of haphazardly. Gradually I would acquire new tools and squeeze out a space for them. I would collect more materials and hardware, always convincing myself that “I may be able to use that someday.”
All woodworkers tend to have some hoarding tendencies, and before you know it, a lot of that “someday useful” stuff becomes clutter. This affects workflow, your general well-being, and can eventually lead to a loss of productivity. At worst, you may not even enjoy going into your shop because working in disarray is just too frustrating.
On the other end are new woodworkers who want to set up a shop, but they just don’t think it’s possible in a limited amount of space. And let’s face it, in the real world, a lot of people need to share shop space with bikes, camping equipment, holiday decorations . . . or worse . . . a car!
My goal with The Weekend Workshop was to put all the lessons I’ve learned over the years into action so I can help you rework your shop into a more thoughtful, productive workspace, and to point you in the right direction if you’re just starting out. Be sure to check out my 3 Principles For Getting The Most Out Of Your Shop over at theweekendworkshop.com. And yeah, sharing the space with a car is definitely doable.
To begin this transformation, I stripped my shop down to its bones and purged myself of tools, workbenches, and materials I hardly ever used. It took time and honesty with myself to determine what I really needed in order to be productive. It’s easy to get emotionally attached to material possessions.
The absolute best thing you can do to make the most out of a small shop is to put everything on wheels. I mean everything. If it sits on the floor, put it on casters. If you have to share space with a car, mobile shop furniture makes it a breeze to push things against the walls when not in use.
And if you have a dedicated shop space like mine, it’s so nice to be able to rearrange the furniture, testing out different workflows.
So let me put everything back and walk you through my current arrangement and show you all 14 new shop projects that are in The Weekend Workshop course.
My main organizational goal is to arrange tools in zones so I’m not wasting a lot of steps back and forth. I want to keep everything related to sanding together, anything I use with my drill and driver together, finishing supplies in one spot, and so on.
Table saw and shop vac
Shop furniture and drill press
Cabinet and drawers
Mobile miter saw with extension tables
Modular hand-tool panel
Sanding station and drill-and-driver cabinet
Drop-down work center
Mobile lumber cart
Flip-top tool stand
Storage unit and lumber rack
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look into my 2020 workshop. It’s come a long way since 2001. It’s a much simpler, cleaner, brighter space now, and it’s one that allows me to be at my most productive. I know where everything is at any moment, and I’m not distracted by tools and other materials that just take up space.
If you’d like to learn my 3 Principles For Getting The Most Out Of Your Shop, and if you want to check out The Weekend Workshop course and all it has to offer, head over to TheWeekendWorkshop.com. It took me six months to create this course and more than 40 years of experience to figure out what it should cover to help anyone create their own woodworking sanctuary.
The Weekend Workshop is now open! Enrollment closes Sunday, January 19th!
Thanks for watching!