The Five Foot Shop

It’s been about a year-and-a-half since my shop size got cut in half. It presently occupies a one-car garage and I must say that I’m quite happy with the space. All my machines made the move, including my sliding table saw, 18″ bandsaw, jointer, planer, drill press and dust collector, but I did give up my tall joinery workbench and a lot of wood storage.

With this particular machine layout, I can work quite efficiently on material as long as five feet for any machine, and can handle longer material with handheld tools. All this without a mobile base under each machine.

In an article for Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine, I explore the concept of a shop optimized to handle materials up to five feet long and provide examples of how it works in practice. Read it in the annual Small Shops issue (June/July 2017).

You’ve probably noticed that things have been quieter around here than usual, but don’t worry – I’ve enlisted a new helper. Once he’s fully trained, things should be back up to speed. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

7 thoughts on “The Five Foot Shop

  1. Your new apprentice looks like a natural, though based on my experience, you’ll never have return on the time invested, but still a great investment.
    I like this concept of planning around working with 5ft pieces, I look forward to seeing more about your experience.

  2. I have been one who worked in a small space for a long time. I was never as organized as you!. I would just drag it all out and use it outside. But you have seemed to get it right. Great shop.
    steve

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