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Inside view of Daniel Webb's shop.0
In front of his parked cars, Daniel utilizes the space for a bench and racks for lumber storage.

Floor plan of Danial Webbs shop.

Picture of Danial Webb.
Daniel spends his daytime hours as a church business administrator. He looks forward to his time in the workshop, where he can relax and express his creativity.
Daniel Webb developed his love of woodworking spending time with his grandfather, a master craftsman. But he had to wait decades before having the space to pursue his own dream workshop. 

When Daniel and his family, with three young children, moved into their new home, he saw his opportunity to build out his shop in the attached two-car garage. A third car-size work bay provides room for bicycles, toys, and lawn-care equipment, but has also become part of Daniel’s woodworking haven.

First, Daniel maximized the walls for storage. Pegboard above his workbench keeps hand tools readily available, and two racks above an adjacent bench separate lumber from turning blanks. A pair of space-saving drop-front finishing and assembly cabinets provide additional workspace when needed. 

Because Daniel prefers working on smaller projects, benchtop power tools, such as his tablesaw, planer, bandsaw, and lathe, serve his needs just fine. A compact mitersaw saves bench space.

Bench with tools on it.
For easy access, Daniel’s tablesaw rests on a cabinet that also serves as a sanding table and outfeed support.

To aid in gluing and clamping projects, Daniel relies on a freestanding assembly table, with T-track for adding clamps and fixtures. Drawers below and clamp racks on the ends of the cabinet provide storage, as does a cabinet under his main workbench.

Photo showing two drop down work bench surfaces.
Daniel upcycled a pair of commercial diaper-changing stations into ideal work centers that close up to both save space and conceal the contents from kids.

Daniel mounted his dust-collector’s motor and blower on the wall near the ceiling inside a plywood surround that helps reduce noise. The system draws dust through a cyclone separator on a steel drum. He ran the dust-collection ductwork along the back wall of the garage. He says it fulfills the goal of keeping the dust off his wife’s car.

Daniel has been able to use his passion and efficient space to start a side business, Webb Wood Designs, making craft items. To help sell his projects, he created a tabletop-sized photo booth illuminated by a pair of 4' strip lights, as shown in the photo below. He changes the angle of the lighting by adjusting the length of the chains.

Photo booth set up in Danial Webbs shop.
Daniel set up this simple photo booth with hanging LED lights for shooting photos of his projects to sell.

Daniel says spending time in the workshop provides a spiritual retreat that gives him time for quiet and reflection. When it comes to spending money on tools and supplies, he smiles and says, “I have a wonderfully supportive spouse who encourages me in my hobby.”

Inside view of Daniel Webb's shop.0
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