How to Set Up A Complete Woodworking Shop on a Budget?

Ultimate Small Shop

That’s right. In this article, we are going to show you exactly how you can set up your own woodworking shop in under $1000. Not only we will show you the easiest and the most affordable way of choosing the right tools, but we’ll also get you through space selection, shop layouts, and other information crucial for helping you realize your dream of owning your own shop.

You could think about how all of this information would fit in this small article. Well, we’ve got a better plan.

Meet The Ultimate Small Shop Guide

Introducing this phenomenal step-by-step guide that is written solely to bring a 20-years of woodworking experience to your devices. Its a downloadable PDF, but if you’re not into the modern ways of reading, you can go old school by ordering a paperback copy.

But either way, you will get a fully illustrated and colorful book that deals with setting up your own small shop of woodworking that works like a large, commercial shop. This book actually tells you the exact difference between these two types of shops, and that’s space.

All that a large shop needs have been dealt with in this book and their small but very much performing alternatives are presented.

Who could do such a feat? A woodworker who has been in the field for over 20 years and who has been teaching all the secrets to a successful small shop to people like you. His name’s Ralph Chapman and he has been through all the highs and lows that you are experiencing.

He has struggled with the instruments, has seen failures in setting up his shop, and has struggled with practicing his craft.

In his 20 to 25 years of woodworking, he has unearthed some secrets that have led him to success and now he wants you to step on the same route and follow his footsteps.

  • He wants you to know that there are bad tools out there, which have been costing you loads of money. Some of them are well known - The Delta 31-255x Drum Sander, Ryobi Detail Sander, Harbor Freight 6” Jointer, and Ryobi Benchtop Table Saw.
  • He wants you to understand that most people lose money on these and other mediocre tools because they come across fake or paid reviews of old tools presented as new one, tools that are just a pain, buying too much without realizing what you need, buying cheap tools from cheap stores, or buying from big retailers at a high cost.
  • He wants to tell you that in a fit to buy the right tools, you waste all of your precious time. It is a “literal minefield”, he says.

However, with his book, you can definitely avoid spending so much on poor tools and begin making smart decisions.

What’s inside the book?

The guide has been divided into 6 modules explained below.

Module 1: Tool Selection

In this module, you are  

  • Told how to select the right tools,
  • Given a hand-tool shopping list,
  • Given a power tool and hand tool shopping list,
  • Made familiar with a 5-second trick that helps your machines stay healthy and working for long,
  • Told about a secret source where you could get discounts,
  • Given a short list of portable tools and where to get them,
  • Given some recommendations by the author,
  • Educated about the difference between different tools and which one to use, and
  • Introduced to his personal suppliers that offer discounts.

Module 2: Space Selection

  • Choose the perfect shape for your shop,
  • Contains ideas for layouts,
  • Know about a place that is overlooked but is perfect,
  • Learn why the most spacious place could be the most unsuitable,
  • Learn why mobile homes should not be used for woodworking,
  • Know how you can divide your workshop into dedicated places.

Module 3: Shop Layouts

  • Learn planning and setting up your shop in the right way,
  • Know perfect layouts for 10 x 10 spaces,
  • Learn “doorway technique”, and
  • Get detailed floor plans and layouts.

Module 4: Electricity, Lighting, and Sound Proofing

  • Has a list of low sound tools,
  • Contains information on making your shop soundproof, and
  • Helps you learn all the ins and outs of electric works needs for your shop.

Module 5: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, and Dust

  • Let’s you know $3 trick to clean air,
  • Has alternatives for “cheap heathers” and the best heaters so far,
  • Alerts you about a possible humidity mistake, and
  • Helps you discover the perfect temperature for your wood storage.

Module 6: Workshop Safety

  • Learn about 4 items that can cause serious fires,
  • Get the author’s 10 item checklist for shop safety,
  • Know two tricks to avoid short circuits, and
  • Learn about a type of fire that can cost you your home.


The author does not stop on the modules only. He has some bonuses for you as well.

  • The Workshop Cheat List has information on getting free lumbar and tools from stores nearly every month.
  • Deal Alert Service is a free lifetime subscription service to get discount alerts from the author himself.
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