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02-06-2019 06:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodshop help work table question

im getting my woodshop together and going to start building cabinets/storage for it, i have three windows in a row on the same wall and all three open i cant make my mind up if i want to make a table under the windows or just cabinets/storage ? im a beginner ideas are welcome thank you my woodworking friends.


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#1 posted 02-06-2019 06:50 PM

I would definitely put my bench under the windows. Nothing beats natural light.

My shop is in a three car garage with no windows and I am jealous.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 02-06-2019 06:51 PM


I would definitely put my bench under the windows. Nothing beats natural light.

- LittleShaver

^ He said it as accurately and succinctly as possible. Nothing to add.

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#3 posted 02-06-2019 06:51 PM

I would do cabinets and make a top for them so you can sort of have both. I also have a two car garage workshop. I got a great deal on some kitchen cabinets that are plywood sides and all oak fronts and doors. I bought them and had a laminate kitchen style counter top made for not much more than I could have bought materials to do it myself. How much height do you have under the windows? This could limit your possibilities.

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#4 posted 02-06-2019 06:58 PM

yeah with limited space ya gotta make the most use of it,i agree about make a bench and put drawers or cabinet space under for storage.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 02-06-2019 07:12 PM

Avoid the thoughts of pegboard or other wall systems. I took 80% of my tools off of the wall and into a large 42” wide 5 foot tall tool chest. Bigger things especially clamps get the wall space, I’ve found it’s really no different to get a hammer off the wall or pull it out of the drawer. Once you start needing to store wood, finishes, have stationary tools etc, space goes fast. These pics were from when I was mostly finished moving off the walls and into the tool chest.



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#6 posted 02-06-2019 07:40 PM

My shop is only one HALF of a two-car garage, and it is the half which does NOT have the two windows in the garage. I’m SERIOUSLY jealous!

On a more serious note, though, I purchased adjustable steel open shelving with plywood/particle board shelving, and then installed a couple of preformed Formica counter tops across the top of them (the cheapest I could find at HD). Easy to clean, and the built-in back splash keeps small stuff (nails, pencils, small nuts/bolts/washers, etc.) from running off behind the shelving into never-never land.

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#7 posted 02-06-2019 07:57 PM

I agree with the others, I would definitely put my bench under the windows. Make use of natural light whenever possible.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 02-06-2019 10:56 PM

thank you guys for your input i decided to go with the work bench will post some pictures in a bit thank you my woodworking friends.

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#10 posted 02-07-2019 12:42 AM

I’m late to the party here, but I disagree. I myself have a 2 car garage shop, and have had it for almost 3 decades now. I think there are two practicalities to consider first:

1) What are the longest boards you expect to handle? If you need to rip an 8’ long board or sheet of plywood, you need to place your tablesaw at least 8’ from the front or back wall (or if your climate permits it, open the garage door to gain that space). Same for jointers and planers, and maybe chop saws. Can you place those accordingly and still have the bench under the window?

2) If you assemble on your workbench, having access from the back is often very handy. And sometimes you’ll be working on things bigger than your bench is deep, so being able to have part of your piece overhand the bench on the back is also handy.

Depending on what you build, these may or may not be considerations. I built the cabinets, entry and passage doors, and moldings/trim in the house (solid wood). Plus some furniture. My longest board was over 17’ (two piece crown that I designed and milled). Knowing this kind of work was coming, I positioned my stationary power tools about 8’ from the garage door, which when opened, lets me mill most long boards without moving equipment around and lets me do most milling with the door closed.

My workbench is free standing about 3’ from the tablesaw, at tablesaw height, so when I’m milling long boards the workbench acts as an infeed support. My windows are to the left, and I can look out them when I’m at the workbench. I also have 2 skylights!

However, if the largest things I built were coffee tables or such, then these criteria may not matter.

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#11 posted 02-07-2019 03:21 AM


I m late to the party here, but I disagree. I myself have a 2 car garage shop, and have had it for almost 3 decades now. I think there are two practicalities to consider first:

1) What are the longest boards you expect to handle? If you need to rip an 8 long board or sheet of plywood, you need to place your tablesaw at least 8 from the front or back wall (or if your climate permits it, open the garage door to gain that space). Same for jointers and planers, and maybe chop saws. Can you place those accordingly and still have the bench under the window?

2) If you assemble on your workbench, having access from the back is often very handy. And sometimes you ll be working on things bigger than your bench is deep, so being able to have part of your piece overhand the bench on the back is also handy.

Depending on what you build, these may or may not be considerations. I built the cabinets, entry and passage doors, and moldings/trim in the house (solid wood). Plus some furniture. My longest board was over 17 (two piece crown that I designed and milled). Knowing this kind of work was coming, I positioned my stationary power tools about 8 from the garage door, which when opened, lets me mill most long boards without moving equipment around and lets me do most milling with the door closed.

My workbench is free standing about 3 from the tablesaw, at tablesaw height, so when I m milling long boards the workbench acts as an infeed support. My windows are to the left, and I can look out them when I m at the workbench. I also have 2 skylights!

However, if the largest things I built were coffee tables or such, then these criteria may not matter.

- Smorgasbord

I have my sawstop in the middle of my garage no out feed table yet but am planning on making one for it once I finish my cabinets/storage I plan on making cabinets and furniture most likely 17` board will come across a project I started building my cabinets but dont mean they have to go there i was going to build 125” table top with two 36”w cabinet on each end with a opening in the middle

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#12 posted 02-07-2019 03:25 AM

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#15 posted 02-07-2019 04:59 AM

I just put everything on casters/mobile bases so I can move around easily. Still need to get the flip down casters for my workbench.

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