Setting Up a Small Woodworking Shop | Rockler Skill Builders

Setting Up a Small Woodworking Shop | Rockler Skill Builders

Every woodworker would like to have more workshop space. A large space is nice for many reasons, but you actually don’t need a large space to set up an effective shop. In order to demonstrate, we set up a complete woodworking shop in one corner of a typical two car garage. This workshop includes all the key tools necessary to tackle a wide variety of woodworking projects and still allows two cars to park in the garage. Take a video tour of this shop with Rob Johnstone from Woodworker’s Journal. Rob points out his favorite tools in this shop and shares several tips to consider when setting up your workshop.
Featured Products:
SawStop Jobsite Saw –
Convertible Benchtop Router Table –
Baseplate for Triton Spindle sander –
24×36 Shop Stand –
28×40 Table Top –
Shop Stand Casters –
Makita 36V Cordless Miter Saw –
Dust Right Hose Reel-
Dust Right Heavy Duty Shop Vac Hose –
Dust Right Separator –
Beech Workbench –
Workbench Casters –
Rockler Anti-Fatigue Mat –
Clamp Racks –
Bench Cookie Rack –
Lock Align Starter kit –
5000 Lumen LED Light –
Ceiling Track starter kit-
Wall Rack –
Router Bit Rack –
Shop Towel Holder –


  1. CARLOS SIMMONS on May 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I love this wood working book *TopFineWoodworking. Com* . A few of the topics talked about in the book include wood working strategies, explanation on the development cycles of trees, and various lumber characteristics that craftsmen favor. I also provided my father another copy.

  2. Cristi Tib on May 31, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    This makes me drool and so envious. Unfortunately I only have 1 car garage so I can only accommodate a 8 1/4 dewalt table saw, a small table top router table, small miter saw and handful of clamps. So limiting – can’t get a planer, band saw and drill press 🙁

  3. Pizza Warlord on May 31, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    no suction when he was "vacuuming" wonder if it was turned off or just so long a hose underpowered so as to be useless

  4. Howellpm on May 31, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    A great help to focus on essentials

  5. MICHEL DAVID on May 31, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Comment peux-tu dire que tu es un woodworking quand tu as absolument rien de fait avec tes mains toute des produits acheter et en métal , vraiment inconcevable 😡😡😡

  6. Dave Collier on May 31, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Love it! Amazing

  7. Isto é tudo uma palhaçada on May 31, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Mine is three times smaller. I guess size matters.

  8. Joseph Krug on May 31, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I would worry that with that long of a hose for a shop vac that you would lose most of the suction. That is why for my ‘small shop’ i went bigger with a laguna 14-12 and just have dual 4" quick connect hoses off of it that can reach all my tools. That way no log runs of hose and the hepa filtration takes care of the fine particles, and the built in cyclone keeps the bigger stuff in the bin. More expensive, yes…much much better hepa dust collection though.

  9. William Mitchell on May 31, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Where did you get the wall mounted POWER STRIP It’s not listed down with your other products ?

  10. Vince Baker on May 31, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    how much did it cost to set up this shop with every thing shown

  11. GH SH on May 31, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks to the Presenter, he is very efficient , thanks to Rockler too.

  12. Fleets Wood Shop on May 31, 2022 at 8:15 pm


  13. Daniel Puig on May 31, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Rob, that is a neat and efficient setup. I’ve watched many videos on shop setups and builds. What I can tell your audience is that work shops are divided into many aspects. I do some welding, auto mechanics on my own vehicles, woodworking builds, plumbing on my house, electrical and electronics and appliance repairs, mine. You can name it and I’ll attempt to do it especially with the help of youtube videos. What I can say about these convertible tools is that they are fine if one is not building stuff for mass production.

  14. S P on May 31, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    All you need is a house!

  15. Mike King on May 31, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    That is a lot bigger than my space!

  16. chris cardwell on May 31, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    A small space is 8 foot x 6 foot — this is advertising with rockler web links

  17. Matthew Granum on May 31, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Any tips on humidity control?

  18. Morgan Woods on May 31, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Not sure if you want people to listen to the music or the guy talking?

  19. Zenicfox on May 31, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Poor band saw

  20. AMD CLX on May 31, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Lmao thats a huge garage

  21. alaeddine bousmaha on May 31, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    The best space design I’ve seen, just enough essential tools for a shop and still have plenty of space, great job!!!!

  22. Frank_Texas on May 31, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    If you got to buy your own shop furniture you are doing something wrong

  23. Alan Boyce on May 31, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    All you are missing is a small cnc router. could build anything in that shop!

  24. D11RDozer on May 31, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Link to the power strip bar mounted to the wall above the bench?

  25. Mountain View Turning on May 31, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Great video 👍

  26. Doug Murray on May 31, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Brilliant shop – well done.

  27. Buddy Cromer on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    one question, Loved everything but the work bench seemed to small, say to put the project on. Any ideas

  28. Ysamo Theil on May 31, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    "I recommend this guide:
    So grateful it exists."

  29. brianmann01 on May 31, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    That is not my idea of a "small shop". I have 8×10′ of space. This is nothing more then a Rockler advertisement. That means I will resource everywhere high and low before I drop a dime with rockler. Clickbait.

  30. Union Pacific on May 31, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    My workshop is a small conservatory I’m sharing with a giant train table 😂

  31. James Starr on May 31, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    that space is already way bigger than my shop which is just like a hall way

  32. repapeti on May 31, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I like how he calls a two car garage a small space.

  33. James Wambugu on May 31, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Very organized gentleman.

  34. Kiran Bhat Woodworking on May 31, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Any advice on noise control/suppression for small shop? I’m redesigning my workshop which in the unfinished basement. The noise is one of the major problems and the whole house can hear it even when I use the drill! Thanks!

  35. Ken Mulvihill on May 31, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    One tool you don’t have is a benchtop planer. The dust collector would need to be more than a shop vac. Which Dust Right collector would you suggest?

  36. E C on May 31, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    How much would a shop like this cost?

  37. Steven Nguyen on May 31, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Tidy and clean wood shop. By the way, have you gotten any noise complain by neighbors?

  38. Joshua Nelms on May 31, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Well done, thanks.

  39. Alexander van Wyk on May 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Mind blowing what can be done. My place looks absolutely s&i!t to the square.

  40. Darrel Jensen on May 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    where to you buy the track system and curtain in thegarage

  41. sladynamo on May 31, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Thats the most sterile shop I ever saw. Where’s all the materials, cutoffs and half finished projects??? At least put some old license plates on the wall.

  42. Greg Thomas on May 31, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    What are the dimensions of that space? This is a perfect idea for me to create a small workshop? Also what about filtration?

  43. MuffinTessee on May 31, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    All you need is an absolutely massive garage like this

  44. Mike Cagle on May 31, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    This sounds more like a Rockler commercial than tips on how to utilize your small work space.

  45. MrKockabilly on May 31, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    This is just a storage of neatly arranged and apparently unused workshop tools. For more reliable advice see the real workplace of real woodworkers.