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With Idea Shop 5, we've shown you how to create a wide variety of versatile shop fixtures using just a few modular, easy-to-build components. We know, of course, that you'll take the ideas from Idea Shop 5 and run with them, creating workshop wonders we haven't even imagined. When you do, we want to see them. Take a good-quality picture or two, write a short explanation of how and why you built the project as you did, and send them to:

WOOD Magazine Idea Shop 5 1716 Locust St., GA-310 Des Moines, IA 50309-3023

Or, you can send an e-mail, with your photos attached, to Who knows, you might even see your handiwork in a future issue of WOODŽ magazine!


Comments (23)
edwardnorton2012 wrote:

To p38m I say vehicles have NO place in a garage. I have 4 vehicles with a value of over $200,000 so they are not a POS. Garages are man caves to enjoy and relax in.

5/30/2015 02:33:24 PM Report Abuse
p38m wrote:

Shame on you guys. You lose your man card if you banish cars from the garage! Well, unless your car is a pos. I have about 18.5 x almost 12 feet that I have reserved in my 3rd bay. It's a challenge to get all my stuff room.

5/28/2015 11:28:06 PM Report Abuse
cstonex18777 wrote:

We are just putting the finishing touches to a new 24x30 garage that will be set up primarily as a wood shop. It still needs insulation. sheetrock and electrical service.

12/25/2013 08:33:00 AM Report Abuse
rwballca wrote:

It would take less time to look at the plan if the location diagram was oriented the same as the photo. I have to share my walls with my camping gear, etc but every one of these plans assumes you have no other interests other than a wood shop. I have the water heater in my 3rd space too.

9/19/2013 10:58:54 PM Report Abuse
rastorey wrote:

This plan is great for those who have sufficient room. Whatabout those of us who have very, very limited space?

1/5/2013 10:00:21 AM Report Abuse
pappy1771 wrote:

15x22 with 10 foot ceiling , like to have that.

4/13/2012 08:24:36 PM Report Abuse
beavertooth wrote:

My space saving tip, if you are able to work it is to put your table saw in front of a window. If running thin stalk it's an easy slide. Wider stalk requires a window with no fixed panels allowing the glass to be lifted out One drawback is location. I'm west coast so a forced coffee break sometimes happens.

4/13/2012 07:07:24 AM Report Abuse
t.mcconnell292938 wrote:

The biggfest problem that I see with this plan is that there isn't any dimensions given such as how far is the t/s away from the end walls, how big is bench #2, etc etc etc. If someone could supply those measurements that would be great.

4/12/2012 09:00:06 PM Report Abuse
love ELU routers wrote:

I have an 11-yr old house w/a 3 car garage. This single stall is 10' x 21' and this shop would only fit in the 2 stall portion. Nice shop however. Congrats.

4/12/2012 02:00:57 PM Report Abuse
TheChief wrote:

You are WAY off in that being just one bay of a 3-car garage. A garage bay is normally only 10' wide, if that, and this just will not work in most garages.

4/12/2012 01:44:56 PM Report Abuse
jmail13789 wrote:

agreed. must have a very nice wife to allow using 18x22 of garage space.

12/19/2010 02:13:37 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

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12/8/2010 01:28:48 PM Report Abuse
tamanno2905170 wrote:

If your like me you build a variety of projects different sizes and shapes. There is no one way layout that will fit even the most clever craftsman. I believe it is part of the tool manufactures responsiblity to get clever and design tools which can be used comfortably in anyones shop. I for one am tired of trying to design my shop around their tools. The more complex their tools, the more I appreciate hand tools and a typical bench.

11/2/2010 10:18:34 AM Report Abuse
ripberger.john79 wrote:

I am using a small room appox. 12x12 is wall storage and rolling carts the way to go?

10/24/2010 10:13:13 AM Report Abuse
hwieland2 wrote:

I am researching heavy duty slides to house most of my tools (oscillating sander, 12" sander, chop saw, jig saw & router table) in drawers along one wall to reserve floor space for table saw, band saw & drill press. I figure the planer to be a infrequent tool that can store under my portable work bench and use on that work bench when needed. The duste collector will be housed outside in a tall cabinet and plumbed through the wall.

10/23/2010 10:32:52 AM Report Abuse
rjilek1 wrote:

We have a one car garage. My shop is in the from part. So it is only 8x9.5. Mostly I work outside. The point is our 1 car garage is only 9.5 x 20. I'd love to have the space they mentioned...

10/21/2010 05:57:12 PM Report Abuse
hparslow wrote:

With a shop like you show at wood Mag. I could have a commercial set up.Please get down to earth.

10/21/2010 03:35:48 PM Report Abuse
utahvernon wrote:

I have a 12 by 22 shop and it can work. in fact it does quite nicely

10/21/2010 01:01:53 PM Report Abuse
LaMarDay wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions. As is clear from the comments below, we all have different configurations to work in and around. I finally built my first shop after more than 25 years of working around everything else in my garage, carport, and/or sheds. I took all the best ideas from various of your articles and came up with solutions that fit my curcumstances. The result is a shop that meets my project needs in the space I have available. Please keep the ideas coming! RLD

10/21/2010 11:40:01 AM Report Abuse
D11RDozer wrote:

I agree with the other comments. My 3rd stall shop is 10x22 and I stole every spare inch I could afford from the 2-car portion of the garage.

10/21/2010 10:12:07 AM Report Abuse
gei wrote:

A couple comments. First, I have found that angling my table saw gives me more room for infeed and outfeed of large pieces in my cramped space. In fact, I often have to open the side door (to the outside) and run my infeed there. Second, I would never wall off a bay. What do you do when you need the space for a big project? Carry the pieces out the roll-up door and back into another bay? Otherwise, very nice and helpful article.

7/19/2010 04:40:52 PM Report Abuse
knotty_novice wrote:

I do have an 8x20 space as work shop and find that it is tight squeezing all my mobile-based tools against one wall and still finding room for a bench and storage. Instead of the more powerful cyclone, I have a shop-vac with dust deputy which is distributed via 2.5in tubes. Not as powerful, but picks up dust off the tools well during clean-up.

7/17/2010 02:30:02 PM Report Abuse
jrfiero wrote:

"We walled off one 15x22' bay" - You're kidding - 15' is one third of a three car garage? Its the whole 2 car garage for Jbi7459 above. Nice shop, but advertised with some editorial license.

7/15/2010 07:58:18 PM Report Abuse

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