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9 Responses to “Thank You for Subscribing”

  1. Sheila says:

    I just bought a 10×20 shed with one side having a 72″ doorway & a2x3 window on each side of door (utility w/8′ walls). Trying to layout for a small woodworking / storage building. Mostly using for small / medium projects as a hobby. Money is tight, so my have to do in stages. I have the following tools: table saw, tabletop router/tabletop bandsaw, mitersaw,air compressor & various hand tools. Plan to buy scroll saw. Would like a lathe, dust collection system,drill press, jointer, Sanders, mortised. Have some type heat & air. Looking for layouts of equipment & electrical. I’m a novice & would appreciate any help.

  2. Ed Kanet says:

    Not only did your post help me in my planning process but inspire me to plan ahead.

  3. Robert Schultz says:

    Thank you for the help in planning my shop layout. I’m sure I’ll be in touch later.

  4. PFred Clarke says:

    I need help with dust collection I am growing very frustrated with the whole thing but I so need dust collection. Help please….

    • Bobby says:

      Hello Fred,

      Drop me an email at and I can walk you through specific questions; meantime take a look at “Dust Collection Mastery” article (, and also at the bottom of the article there is a related article on what you need for a filter to keep the dust from being recycled into yoru shop’s air that I think will be helpful.

      There are “rules of thumb” that work quite well but are often mis-used; however if you start to understand the basics then you can create a dust collection system without getting overly technical. Though if you like to take things to the Nth degree, you can really have fun with it. I’m going so far as creating a static pressure calculation spreadsheet that uses engineering fluid dynamic formulas and fitting losses from SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association) and ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) and optimizing my ductwork diameters and velocities. Based on experience, I can point you in the right direction.

      I used to make cuts and then run out of the my 1-car garage shop and wait for the dust to settle a bit before continuing. Finally I broke down and bought my first dust collector, some sheet metal duct fittings from Home Depot, and then set up a simple network of duct to my table saw and router table. Now I have a fully ducted shop with an optimized extra-large filter bag that was custom-designed and fabricated. I no longer see fine dust accumulating on surfaces, and I’ve measured my airflow with an anemometer and I’m getting good numbers. I still have things on my list to improve the system, but for now it works great.

      What kind of shop do you have? Do you plan to stay there for awhile? I usually recommend a “stationary” system where you don’t have to connect and unconnect dust hoses and wheel the collector around. I much prefer having one (or maybe two) stationary dust collectors and use blastgates I can open and close. I also have a keychain remote to turn it on. Basically, I turn on the collector, slide open the blastgate, and make my cuts. When I’m done with that machine I close the gate.

      Anyway, let me know what specific questions you have (sizing, etc.) and I’ll be glad to help! Maybe I can take your questions and incorporate them in an article to help others too.


  5. Dan Bull says:

    going from a 18×25 to a 40×40 shop

  6. Bobby says:


    My second shop was in a 1-car garage space. I relied on mobile bases with casters to make room for large workpieces, and kept lumber storage at a minimum. Anything that wasn’t woodshop-related was stored out of the 1-car garage space. Wall cabinets work well in this type of space too. I don’t like them in a 3-car garage sized shop because you have to walk too far to get at things, but that’s not an issue in a 20 ft. by 10 ft. space.

    I thought I was going to buy a house with a 2-car garage so I did a layout with
    a 20 ft. by 20 ft. floorplan. In the Resources & Glossary section,
    you can find a sketch. I added the descriptions when I started this blog.

    For more tips on a 1-car garage space, you can read the article “Shop Space Where You Are – Part I”, located at

    Are you in the process of redesigning your shop?


  7. Sandy says:

    Looking for layout plans for 1/2 of a two car garage. I don’t have a table saw but rather a Shopsmith with table extensions.

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