I’ve wanted a proper workshop for ages and over the years I’ve amassed a small collection of books on the subject:
- Build Your Own Mobile Power Tool Centers
– I must have had this book for about 15 years now and keep coming back to it. I really love the concept of “arbitrary dimensions being made specific” where components are sized to fit tools/each other nicely. I also like the way the different stations can act as each others outfeed tables etc – a very well thought out system (although I don’t think I’ll ever have space to build it all I plan to use some of it as the basis for my workshop).
- Making Workbenches: Planning, Building, Outfitting – As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I don’t think the current space will allow me a proper work bench as well as all the power tool stations I want, but I can dream! This book has designs for Joiners and Cabinet makers benches, along with advice on selecting vices, outfitting and storage.
- Workshop Idea Book – Contains some great workshop layout, workstation and storage ideas which I’m sure I’ll be drawing on in my workshop. I’ll certainly be turning to its section on storing sash clamps soon, given my recent purchases!
- Smart Workshop Solutions: Building Workstations, Jigs, and Accessories to Improve Your Shop – Another book full of great ideas for workstations, storage and jigs. This book is also full of tips on technique (I think this was the first place I read about the triangle marking system, for example)
- The Workshop Book: A Craftsman’s Guide to Making the Most of Any Workspace – This has been my bed time reading for the last few weeks. I really liked it, but most of the workshops described are much bigger than I can even dream of!
- The Workbench Book: A Craftsman’s Guide to Workbenches for Every Type of Woodworking – Another excellent book about workbenches that includes a lot of information on the history and also many designs for different types – now all I need is the space and the skill to build one!
Update: I’ve now formed this post into the basis of the Library page and will update that page when it arrives.