How To Setup The Best Woodworking Workshop Of 2019

Garage Woodworking Plans And Layout

Design Plan Layout

1/ When you begin your workshop the first thing you need to do is to layout your floor plan

Most of us don’t have a lot of space, so we will start with a small workshop in a garage or similar sized room.

  • Perhaps a 6m x 6m Double Garage
  • Access will be a rollup garage door or similar entrance.
  • You also need good lighting, so the rule here is 10% of floor area will be minimum for the window area in case, 3.6m2 (say 3m x 1.6m).
  • We will also need some 4 x 12m fluorescent fittings for night work.


Have You Thought Of Space Saving Ideas With Your Layout?

  • Toolbox On Wheels 3In1 https://handymansheaven.comDo you perhaps need a hanging rack hung from the roof on steel rods?
  • Would it be beneficial to have your Tool Box on wheels so you can move it around, as you need it here or there to provide a bigger workspace?
  • Where will you put the various benches and machines? Click on the link here to see how to draw up a Tentative Layout Plan of what should go where.
  • Do You Need Water In The Workshop? Perhaps you need to put in a basin with hot and cold water, with a small geyser, ideally near the workbench.
  • Do You Need A Portable Light For Fine Work? What would be the best type for you? A Mechanics Shielded Lamp or a Standing Lamp would definitely fit in well with the plans here.
  • Do You Need Window Blinds To Shut Out Blinding Sunlight? Slatted horizontal or vertical blinds should suffice in this instance.


2/ Where To Place The Workbench?

Workshop Workbench https://handymansheaven.comThe Workbench should be placed near the window for good vision when working.

  • You will need a couple of sturdy stools or saw horses for working on large items such as cupboards.
  • Also needed, is a workspace about 3m x 3m along one of the walls.
  • A Timber Storage Rack with several layers to keep your timber and a large plastic or wooden bin for offcuts is a definite must.


How To Save Money By DIY Tips With Woodworking?

  • Stools For Work https://handymansheaven.comHave You Thought Of Making Your Own Offcut Bin? This could be your ideal beginners project to saving money!
  • Should You Put Your Workbench On Castors, Lockable Of Course Is Essential? This will make your space more flexible.
  • Will You Cover Your Stools / Saws with Formica or Padding To Avoid Scratching The Work? Perhaps you need to make slatted floor frames or soft board sheets to avoid damage to delicate finishes.
  • Should Your Timber Rack Be Of Timber Or Steel? What is available, and what can you afford? The choice is yours.


3/ Where To Position The 250mm/10″ Electrical Saw?

Circular Saw Woodwork https://handymansheaven.comThe Electrical Saw, with safety guard and if possible, a tilting arbor for doing angle cutting.

Likewise, you should have a 270m Blade Surfacer and if possible with the ability to thicknessing your timber.

These should be situated with space around to handle longer timber (say 2m to 3m) and on the sides to enable you to work safely and comfortably.


Have You Thought About Safety Factors In The Woodworking Workshop?

To make people aware of the safety factor when they walk into your workshop, the working area around the machines needs to be marked by 50mm Yellow Lines on the floor.

  • Only the Operator may be in this marked area when work is in progress. No lingering by others is to be permitted.
  • All machines must have a clearly seen safety switch.
  • What Happens If There Is An Accident? There must be a First Aid Box prominently displayed and marked, and a First Aid EP? Available.
  • All machines must have safety guards, and they must be used at all times except when work is in progress.
  • Never take unnecessary risks when working with machines!
  • ALWAYS wear protective googles and use a Push Stick on the Saw and Surfacer.
  • Never wear long sleeves or loose clothing when working with machinery in your woodwork workshop.


4/ Where To Place The Storage Cupboard?

An ideal size for the storage cupboard should be about 1.8m High, 1m Wide x 0.5m Deep/Breadth for storing:

  • Hammers
  • Saws
  • Drills
  • Clamps
  • Small Machines
  • Drilling Machines
  • Nails
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Extension Cords
  • Supplies
  • Hardware

The Woodwork Workshop Storage Cupboard should be locked for Safety And Security Reasons at all times. The cupboard must always be kept tidy for ease of work, and also so that it can be seen at a glance when to re-order to replenish stock of supplies.

The small loose items can be stored in glass jars with lids screwed to the underside of the shelf above to save space on the shelf.

All chords of drilling machines need to be looped and tied with the ties of the extension cord as well, so that they can hang on a hook.

Glue, thinners, paraffin and all combustibles must be stored in a separate cupboard, preferably a steel one in accordance with regulations.

Outlines in marker lines of objects like:

  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Saws

can be done on the back of the cupboard and a clip fitted to hold each item.

Turned objects in progress, can be stored in a separate box near the lathe.


5/ What Would Be An Ideal Spot For The Drill Press?

A Drill Press is indispensable, a standing one, with an adjustable table on it. Perhaps it would be best to place it near the workbench so you have parts handy which you are working on.


Rolling Lathe Cutter Woodwork https://handymansheaven.com6/ Now The Question Is: Where To Put The Woodworking Lathe?

The Woodworking Lathe should ideally be 1.5m / 6ft long, with a stand so you can work comfortably, with a rack for holding the Turning Chisel fixed to the wall near the lathe. So the best place would against the wall.


7/ Finding A Suitable Place For The Timber Storage Rack: Where To Fix It?

Your timber storage rack can be made of adjustable uprights and brackets so you have flexibility in storing various thicknesses of timber.

You can also have a rack with vertical angles to store wide chipboard or Masonite which won’t fit on the 600mm / 2ft wide wall rack.

It’s a good idea to keep a stock list of sizes and types of wood and also to work out in another list what your projects are and what you need to buy for each job.

You can arrange your jobs in piles of wood for each job in a set aside area near to the machines or workbench.



Many accidents are caused by people slipping on dirty floors, pieces of wood, nails and the list is long!



So you need to keep floors swept clean at all times. Some Woodworking Workshops throw down wet wooden shavings and sweep it up afterwards as this picks up the dust as well as any debris and leaves the floor clean and dry.

A concrete floor is good, but it needs to be free of holes or obstructions such as old bolts mounting previous machinery.



The roof should be checked for leaks and if any found need to be plugged so you don’t find that your stock or precious hours of work are for naught or damage when it rains.

You should make sure that the workshop is well ventilated and dust free. Some workshops fit roof ventilators or fans to extract the dust and keep the air clear.

Security is always a concern when you have expensive machines and wood stock as well as hardware in the cupboard.

So windows should have burglar bars or expanded metal mesh and the entrance door needs to have a good lock or locking mechanism in place to keep out thieves and vandals.

If you are able to afford an alarm system, you should have one installed for your peace of mind.

In Conclusion

Utilizing this information to plan your layout before you just put items in your workshop space, will save you time, money and frustration.

Furthermore, it will streamline your work so you can work efficiently and timeously.

Should you have any questions about the above information, leave your comments and questions below, I’d love to hear from you and help you out.



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Such a great article I found!And in the proper time.We just started refurbishing our house,and my husband started to sorted out the garage space.He woodwork lover.So I just showed him this article and he pleased that he got some great ideas from here.You describe very well here,not only we can save place but we could care about safety as well.Really appreciate. 

Hi Nazmun,

Thank you for your encouraging response to our website, we really appreciate your input.

We are glad that you folks were helped, and were able to get some good ideas,to help you to set up your workshop.

Yes we really need to emphasize the need to work safely and to use all the guards for the machines,as well as keeping the floors clean and free of anything that could cause one to slip or stumble when working.

I hope you enjoy your wood working and make many useful items.

For a layman like me, garages-woodworking plans and layout seem to be impossible workshops to set up at home. I thought only sophisticated people with the technical knowhow should set up such. As things stand now, even the space beside my house is adequate for a good wood workshop and following this simplified layout is a great way to succeed in this venture. Thank you for sharing this information to enlighten some of us who think we can never set up anything good beside our houses.

Hi Joseph,

It was great to get your input , we really appreciate it. I am glad that you found the layout easy to read and follow,I wish you well in building your workshop.

If you need any other help, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks       Robert Trevor.

Hey Handyman

Nice post! I have just bookmarked your post to show my husband. We have been looking into how we can build a cabana in our garden. And I really find your description simple to understand and follow. 

So, thank you. Do you have videos where you show how to practice? I think a video would be a nice addition, especially for us beginners.


Hi Adyns,

Thank you for your input I am glad that we were able to be an encouragement,to you and your husband.I wish you well in building your cabana,and that our descriptions are easy to follow,

We bave not yet made any videos,but we are planning to make some scale drawings soon.

Thanks    Robert Trevor.

Excellent article you have written up here concerning what and how to lay out a garage woodworking space and this is more than capable of helping anybody to get started especially based on the fact that it is a do it yourself approach. I learnt a lot of things through this post and I will surely bookmark this post because, woodworking has always been a fascinating work to me and I would love to get somethings done in my leisure hours. Thanks

Hi RoDarrick,

Thanks for your response to the article,we spent a lot of time, working out what would be helpful, to folks like you 

in setting up a workshop, in a non professional way,

I hope that it will encourage you in getting that leisure project going.

Regards  Robert Trevor.

Hi your post on how to set up my own garage woodworking workshop is an eye opener, I have a garage but I have never taught about this idea for once, your post is very unique, it gives me another idea, I am glad you really understand how to set it up, when I start I will keep sending you pictures to also assist me maybe am getting the set up, 

i can’t keep the information on your post alone to my self am going to share your post on my social media.

Hi there,AmDetermined,

I am glad that the post was an encouragement to you,and that you are going ahead in building your workshop.

We would be very pleased, to receive pictures, of your progress in your project,       It is good that we were able to input some ideas for your project

We will be very happy,that you will share our post on social media.

Regards     Robert Trevor. 

I must say this is well thought out and a well written plans and layouts tips of a wood working workshop.

I was just navigating the web to see if I could get some few tips and ideas on how to plan a wood workshop, and look what I found, a complete guide to DIY my own workshop (not for me though, it’s my brother’s, just helping out with some research). 

Now I’m hoping you included some layout pictures so we could use it/them as a guideline.

Overall, awesome article, and would definitely refer my brother here, I believe he could do with this ideas of yours.

Hi Tohin,

I am glad that you found our website of some interest and help, in setting up your workshop.

We have not yet published any plans for the home workshop but we are working on it at the present.

Wish you and your brother many hours of enjoyment in your new workshop.

Regards Robert Trevor.

Handyman, this is such a great article on how to set up your own woodworking place in a garage. My dad is dreaming about having one and now finally, because kids moved out he can set it up. I’ll show him this and hopefully, he’ll use it as a reference and check list – specially because he’s a little know-it-all when it comes to safety and electricity 😉

Thanks for writing such great post and helping us out,


Hi Katya ,    It was good to get your input,I hope we can help you folks in getting started.

     Safety is paramount ,when working in a workshop,firstly you need good lighting,on your workbench and on your machines.the best is florescent lighting,to minimize shadows.

  . Your floor needs to be clean and dry, and free of debris, and stuff that can cause you to slip or stumble.and free of oil or water. the floor needs to be swept often,and wet sawdust sprinkled,around before sweeping helps to pick up all the dust.

     Then your electricity,   all wires must be in good condition .and the insulation needs to cover totally. Connections must be tight to give full power,and without any sparking.Supply wires need to be under floor or overhead, so that the cannot be tripped over.

        You haven’t mentioned projects or tools but if you need advice on these let us know, and we will try to help. 

Regards Robert Trevor.



Really indepth overview of everything one needs to look after. I can really see that this is coming from plenty of experience. Maybe even some bad experiences. The point about the roof and rain seems like something painful and awkward which might have legit happened to someone. Guess one can never be safe enough.

Hi Faheem,

Yes we have to make sure the roof is ok, otherwise wood can get wet and jobs can get ruined especially if it is an expensive hardwood,Thanks for your comment.

Garage Wood Working Plans and Layout.

The picture is catchy and informative.I should like to say that this is an all helpful article on plan,layout,plant and everything that goes with a wood working facility in most of the aspects.This is a proper blueprint for an income generating workshop,factory and above all industry sector.It is a good piece of writing I must say having also come from a background of metalwork training and work.Thankyou.

hI Elijah,

Thank you for your comments and observations.

I am glad you liked the layout and pictures,it is meant for the home handyman, and also for one to make money producing articles for sale.

This is a really well thought out checklist for starting a small garage woodworking workshop layout.
Do you have any drawings or examples of a layout that we could use as a guideline?
Looking forward to seeing them!
Thank you so much for the effort you’ve put into compiling this information, it must’ve taken a long time to put together!
Keep up the good work, and don’t forget about those drawings! 🙂

Hi Learn To Earn,

Thank you for your comments,we will be publishing drawings and layouts as we build the website.

Yes it is quite a job and we have a way to go yet.


This is a really great and helpful article about garage woodworking plans and layout. In your article, you describe everything very nicely. I am very pleased with your article because you described everything very clearly and when and which tool I need you to mention it clearly. I am a student some time my teacher give me a project to do. But unfortunately, I have not any workshop. Can you give me some suggestions about how can I make a workshop for my study? If you give me suggestions it is really helpful for me.

Thanks for such a helpful post.

Hi Khobayer,

Thanks for your input,I am glad that you found the website helpful.

I do not think that having a workshop in your study is a good plan,can you not get the use of a garage or another room somewhere?

I noticed in some garages that I’ve seen, they include a comfort room with a toilet bowl, and sometimes, a dog house. Do you think including these not-so-needed stuffs is advisable in making or designing a garage? In many places here in the Philippines, the faucet in the CR is usually used for plugging in a long hose that can be used for washing the vehicle.

Hi Gomer

You have a valid point about including a WC/Toilet for convenience, that is a very good idea.

A woodworking workshop, is a dangerous environment for pets, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

Woodworking is an art that I love so much. I had learnt it from a friend’s family and I always get fascinated by it. Though work had made me very limited with my time so, I have not given a long thought to give it a trial but I think its high time to get engaged with it. The layout plans are cool and very space considerate and as such, it would be a practical thing to do for me considering I have very limited space… Thanks for this

Hi Ro

thanks for your input, yes I thought a lot before,setting out the workshop, calling on my years of experience,to get the optimum layout,for the flow of work through the shop,i am sure you will have hours of fun planning and using yours.

It is one of my dream to have an organized workshop like the one you are suggesting but because of lack of space I never was able to have a decent place to work my project. Would you have any suggestions for very small space available and what would you consider to be the essential tool to have?

i Claude,

Thanks for your questions,one of the most important tools I would say you need is a good workbench,with a vise.

Secondly I would choose a drill press, as it takes up very little space.

The home handyman market is growing in demand and the site covering how to set up a workshop is a great Idea. We all make mistakes and avoiding common problems is a great help. I thought this could have been extended more with real-life experiences to gather greater interest in the subject.
Some nice picture shows the way but a finished shop would be great.
Peter H

Hi Peter,

thanks for your input, I am still in the process of building the website, and I aim to add tips, on various things in posts, as we go forward.

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