By Joshua Farnsworth
I’ve always loved planning what I’m going to do with a space, and my first traditional workshop was no exception. I feel very fortunate to have a walkout basement with nice natural light, but my space is very limited to say the least. But that’s the great thing about traditional woodworking! All you need is space enough for a workbench and some storage shelves. I hope this guide inspires you to create a traditional woodworking workshop where you spend countless quality hours creating beautiful furniture! Please send me photos of your workshops!
Where can you put your woodworking work shop?
The beautiful truth about traditional woodworking with hand tools is that you don’t need much space to get started; just a small room. A couple years ago we needed to move into a new house with more bedrooms, but with a much smaller basement. Because of this I sadly sold most of my big power tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, router table, etc.). But this apparent setback was really a blessing because my 8’x14′ basement space was perfect for a traditional woodworking shop! Heck, you can even use a spare bedroom if you have to.
Sketching Your Workshop Space