17 Free Garage Woodshop Plans: Ingenious Space Savers for Garage Workshops

Before digging into our list of 17 garage woodshop plans I wanted to cite my inspiration for this collection: a post at WoodNet called Garage woodshop questions. The whole thread is an awesome resource for anyone planning a new woodshop in their garage. Here are the tidbits that I thought offered the best advice…

6 Garage Woodshop Tips from Woodnet:
1) “Put everything on wheels.”
2) “One thing that I learned when I had my garage workshop is the value of organization and frequent cleaning. Another couple of hints: wire up some dedicated outlets for your TS and other power tools.”
3) “I would NOT put up a partition- You can back out a car and use that for outfeed space.”
4) “The dust issue: take the money you’d spend for a partition (plus a bunch more, no doubt) and buy a dust collector and air filtration unit. If you use it scrupulously and carefully you can minimize the dust problem.”
5) “mounting your dc (dust collection) on the wall and incorporating your router table into the tablesaw will save you a good deal of floor space. also overhead storage is your friend. if you can, place your jointer to the left of the tablesaw and if you can, elevate the saw so you can shove the jointer under the wing when not needed.”
6) Don’t advertise your tools to thieves – work with the garage doors closed.

There were a couple of funny comments there too that seemed to capture the spirit of garage woodworking:
1) “I thought of putting up the partition in my 3 car garage at one point. Now that I didn’t, luckily, my shop is taking up all three bays. Works much better that way.”
2) “Our house doesn’t have a garage; and it never will; it has a heated wood shop with an overhead door.”

Ok… enough with the great free advice, now for some free garage woodshop plans:

->> 3 Mobile Base Plans for Garage Workshops
->> 4 Workstation/Workbench/Outfeed Table Plans for Garage Woodshops
->> 2 Wood Storage Plans for Garage Woodshops
->> 2 Clamp Storage Plans for Garage Woodshops
->> 2 Sawhorse Plans for Garage Woodshops
->> 2 General Storage Plan for Small Shops
->> 2 Router Table Plans for Garage Woodshop
->> Dust Management Resources for Garage Woodshops
->> More Garage Woodshop Resources
->> 29 More Free Plan Collections by ToolCrib.com

->> 3 Mobile Base Plans for Garage Workshops
Mobile Table Saw Workstation

Universal Mobile Machine Base Design Guide (PDF)

Mobile table saw base with lifting mechanism

->> 4 Workstation/Workbench/Outfeed Table Plans for Garage Woodshops
Fold-Down Workstation

Fold-Down Workbench

The Best Workbench in Town

Jim Becker’s Mobile/Folding Outfeed Table System

from:
14 Work Surface Expansion Plans: Workstations, Carts and Worktables

->> 2 Wood Storage Plans for Garage Woodshops
Overhead Lumber Storage Rack Plans in PDF Format

Workbench with Lumber Storage

from:
Wood Storage 101: 14 Lumber Storage Plans and 7 Storage Tips

->> 2 Clamp Storage Plans for Garage Woodshops
Space-saving Bar Clamp Racks

Overhead Clamp Holder

from:
13 Free Clamp Storage Plans: Space Savers, Mobile Clamp Carts, Pipe Clamp Racks and MORE!

->> 2 Sawhorse Plans for Garage Woodshops
Knock-Down Sawhorses

Stackable sawhorse plans

from:
24 Free Sawhorse Plans in the Hunt for the Ultimate Sawhorse

->> 2 General Storage Plan for Small Shops
Ceiling Drawers: Small Shop Storage Solutions

Pegboard Storage Cabinet

from:
12 Free Workshop Storage Plans: Tool Cabinets, Rolling Carts, Under Stair Storage and More

->> 2 Router Table Plans for Garage Woodshop
Bench Top Router Table

Fold-Away Router Table (pdf)

from:
ToolCrib.com’s Ultimate Guide to Free Router Table Plans

->> Dust Management for Garage Woodshops
Box Fan Filter

Shop Vac vs. Dust

Ridgid 16 Gallon Shop Vac WD1851

Mini CV06 Clearvue Cyclone

from:
Woodshop Dust Collection on a Budget
Top 9 Woodworking Shop Vac Smack Down: Ridgid vs. Festool vs. Fein and More

->> More Garage Woodshop Resources
Grizzly Woodshop Layout Tool
Woodworking Shop: Sample Layouts
Bob Vila’s Workshop Planner
Shop Layout from Taunton
Garage / Workshop Organization Flickr Pool
DIY People: Two-Car Garage Workshop
Ultimate Home Woodshop
Ultimate Woodshop on Wheels: Mike Doerner

->> 29 More Free Plan Collections by ToolCrib.com
52 Outdoor Bench Plans: the MEGA GUIDE to Free Garden Bench Plans
16 Planer Table, Cart, Sled and Jig Plans and Resources
10 Downdraft Table Plans and Build Notes for Wood Shops
14 Work Surface Expansion Plans: Workstations, Carts and Worktables
8 Free Benchtop and Contractor Table Saw Workstation and Outfeed Table Plans
25 Free Backyard Playground Plans for Kids: Playsets, Swingsets, Teeter Totters and More!
14 Circular Saw Jig Plans: Crosscut Jigs, Ripping Jigs and More!
10 Free Wooden Bike Plans: Make Your Own Wood Recumbent, Bamboo Bike and More!
11 Free Miter Saw Stand Plans + 9 Pictorial Idea Guides, 2 Videos, 6 Paid Plans and MORE!
7 Table Saw Jointing Jig Plans: Straight Edge, No Jointer
13 Free Clamp Storage Plans: Space Savers, Mobile Clamp Carts, Pipe Clamp Racks and MORE!
15 Free Table Saw Outfeed Plans: Mobile Tables, Folding Tables, Outfeed Stands and More!
21 Free Cat Furniture Plans: Free Plans for Cat Trees, Condos, Scratching Posts and MORE
19 Free Jewelry Box Plans: Swing for the Fence with a Wooden Jewelry Chest!
The 38 Most Popular Free Woodworking Plans of 2008
31 Free 3D Puzzle Plans for Woodworkers: Burrs, Japanese Boxes, Tangrams and MORE
25 Fast, Easy and Free Woodworking Plans for Last Minute Christmas Gifts
Build Your Dream Workshop: 23 Free Workshop and Shed Plans
12 Free Workshop Storage Plans: Tool Cabinets, Rolling Carts, Under Stair Storage and More
20 Free Cutting Board Plans + the 4 that Blew My Mind
15 Free Mobile Base Plans: Put Your Power Tools on Wheels
Wood Storage 101: 14 Lumber Storage Plans and 7 Storage Tips
32 Free Picnic Table Plans + Top 3 Most Awesome Picnic Table Plan Awards
15 Free Toolbox Plans for Woodworkers
24 Free Sawhorse Plans in the Hunt for the Ultimate Sawhorse
ToolCrib.com’s Ultimate Guide to Free Woodworking Workbench Plans
9 Sandpaper Storage Ideas (+ free plans)
ToolCrib.com’s Ultimate Guide to Free Router Table Plans
ToolCrib.com’s Ultimate Guide to the Crosscut Sled

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3 Responses to 17 Free Garage Woodshop Plans: Ingenious Space Savers for Garage Workshops

  1. The layouts are great,and the tips for saving space come in very handy. My customers are usually confined to 10X10 to 14×10 size working areas so space saving ideas are really needed as they grow in tools and project sizes. Any overhead space for storage is always a plus.
    Randy

  2. Brad Smith says:

    The first item says to put everything on wheels and I agree. I have a large pedestal fan and its heavy at 67 pounds. I put it on some old castor wheels (non-locking).

    Now it moves around on its own when the fan is on and is quite amusing. So I came up with a ‘parking brake’ for it. Anyway, being on wheels makes it so much easier to move around to reposition.

    Images and a short video… http://diybackyardworkshop.com/index.php/2010/06/casters-added-to-a-workshop-pedestal-fan/

  3. Steven Shepard says:

    What a great website! Normally every twist and turn has someone asking forr another dollar. This is a great site. Thank you.

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