Podcast #10: Tips for Setting Up a Great Home Shop

Whether you’re setting up shop for the first time or looking for more space in an existing shop, you’ll get some valuable tips from this seminar. Jim Downing doesn’t just show you how to arrange your tools. That’s going to be different for every person and every space. He also explains the strategies for getting the most efficient use of whatever space you have. Learn about things like maintaining zones for handling materials, leaving room for assembly work and how to double up equipment to save space.

Toward the end of the seminar, Jim uses some resources on the Workbench magazine web site, including an interactive shop planner. Using this, you can set up a space the same size as your shop, then move tools around to customize your shop’s layout. You can also watch a video of Workbench’s space-saving shop and download the accompanying article.

The guide for this seminar is now available for download. It’s a 10-page pdf and the cost to you is $2.95. You can download it by clicking here.

8 Responses to “Podcast #10: Tips for Setting Up a Great Home Shop”

Clayton said,

Great topic. Just an fyi, not sure if problem is on my end or not, but at around 34 minute mark the podcast is corrupt and stops playing.

Brian VanHeuverswyn said,

Hi Clayton,

After viewing your comment, I’ve talked to several folks and have tested the podcast myself. None of us experienced a corrupt download and all of us were able to view the entire podcast without a problem.

My guess is that perhaps your download aborted prematurely and caused your file to corrupt itself. Or, there could be other reasons.

In any case, you may want to delete episode 10 from your computer and download it again. Or, you can download it directly from http://www.WoodworkingOnline.com.

Thanks, and please let us know if you continue to have the problem.


Brian VanHeuverswyn
I.T. Manager
August Home Publishing

David said,

I am having the same problem. Just as Jim starts talking about adding a router table to the table saw, the podcast stops. It will not resume but will start again from the beginning.


Allan said,

Rather than watch streaming, I downloaded it. Much better that way.

Mike said,

He mentions about a “shop made” over blade guard.dust collector – which issue is that plan in?

Randy Maxey said,


We had a dust-free blade cover in ShopNotes 92:



Steve said,

Couldn’t you use the table saw as an out feed table for the jointer and planner if you made the carts to fit the height?

Matt said,

My only complaint about the planner is that you can’t have multiple items of the same type. It only allows you to have one door, one bench of a certain size, etc.