When Ed Kassof converted his two-car garage to a woodworking shop, he exiled the family cars to the driveway, a decision he hasn’t regretted.
Edu2019s main workbench incorporates a large face vise made with pipe clamps, and a conventional wood tail vise. A roll of paper at one end protects the benchtop during glue-ups. His benchtop router table and sander tuck underneath to maximize space.
A wall-mounted shelf keeps Ed's pancake compressor accessible and frees up floor space. The drop-down door reveals accessory storage.

When Ed Kassof converted his two-car garage to a woodworking shop, he exiled the family cars to the driveway, a decision he hasn't regretted.


The shop features many creative solutions for storage, mobility, and multipurpose use. For example, the hideaway tablesaw (see below) and mitersaw workstation with flip-up wings both store small, but work big.

Ed's benchtop tablesaw stores on a platform below this workbench, then glides out on full-extension drawer slides. The platform lifts up to bring the tablesaw surface flush with the benchtop.

Ed designed his shop with lots of open floor space. Putting casters under benches, a lumber bin, tool cabinet, and clamp rack means that "no tool in the shop is ever in the way of any production," Ed says.

A compact rolling rack corrals lots of clamps and accessories in very little floor space.

Two custom-made workbenches fill specific needs. The top of the tablesaw workstation consists of a hollow-core door sandwiched between two layers of plywood. At the front of the bench, an outlet strip nestles between the plywood layers. Large drawers hold tablesaw blades and accessories.

The folding wings on Ed's mitersaw station support long workpieces, then fold down for compact storage. Two casters on the back, and handles up front, make easy work of moving the workstation.

The main workbench provides a rock-solid project-assembly worksurface. Its sturdy 2×4 frame supports the 214  "-thick solid-wood top; a pair of vises and rows of dogholes add secure work-holding options.

Ed framed in a series of wall cabinets before the drywall was hung. Securing the cabinets directly to the wall studs and ceiling joists increased their weight-holding capacity. Sliding 14 "-plywood doors hide the contents and create a clean look.

You won't see much sawdust in Ed's shop. He keeps things tidy using a shop vacuum attached to a Dust Deputy miniature cyclone system. This assembly rolls where it's needed on a cart Ed made.

Ed Kassof, a disabled veteran with 35 years of combined military service, retired from the New York Police Department. During 40 years of woodworking, he has built projects for his home, family, and workshop.

A 24" wall-mounted Air King fan helps circulate air when the garage door is up. "But it's still warm when the temperature hits 100 degrees outside!," Ed quips, as he reaches for his glass of sweet iced tea.