Your Workshop

Advice for your inspiring workshop is here with topics that include shop storage, dust collection, lighting & wiring, and shop jigs. You'll also find tips about shop layout, maintenance, and workbenches.

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Getting Back to Basics
I decided to go back to basics and refocus my efforts around a core set of tools to develop the fundamental skills.
Guide to workshop dust control
Setting up a dust-collection system is easier than you think. Here’s how one man made it work, and how you can, too.
2 Jigs for Fast, Accurate Tapers
With these two jigs, you can rip tapers on anything from a footstool leg to a tall bedpost.
Hobby (formerly horse) Shop
A horse stable transformation creates the heart and soul of a workshop haven.
Pride and Joinery
This workshop hideaway presents an open invitation to enjoy its cozy atmosphere.
Guiding lights: supplementary light sources
Even with adequate overhead lighting in a workshop, many tasks require more targeted light to illuminate the work at hand. If you need extra light, reach for any number of these handy LED options.

More Your Workshop

Trick out your workbench: From zero to workshop hero
Turn a lackluster worktable into a capable woodworker’s bench with these seven simple ideas using common add-ons and accessories.
Vise Squad
A vise makes a workbench more than a flat surface for working on projects. Install a vise on one end and another on an edge, and you’ll cover nearly all your workholding needs. We’ve built a lot of workbenches over the decades with a lot of vises, and we recommend these six.
Bat Cave

Just a few steps outside the back door of his family’s house stands Luca’s 8×5' workshop.