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How To Set Up Your Small Woodwork Shop for Under $1000


For over 15 years Ralph Chapman has been mentoring and helping woodworkers around the world take their creations to the next level from his Chicago woodworking training school.

He is highly passionate about woodworking and spends most of his time either building new wood projects or teaching and coaching students.

We love woodwork and there comes a time when we want to setup our own workshop to build our dream wood projects and creations.

For those with limited space and funds, expert woodworker Ralph Chapman developed an invaluable Guide, the Ultimate Small Shop to entirely setup your small but complete workshop for under $1,000.



The most common problems beginner woodworkers face when trying to setup their woodwork shop are:

      • Small space
      • Lack of funds
      • Selecting tools

As woodworkers, we are limited by the tools and facilities we have access to. With the correct tools and a small space, we can build and enjoy almost any type of wood project we want.


The Wood Workshop Myth

The necessity for a large area and lots of money to setup your own fully equipped woodworking workshop is a myth.

A small area was sufficient for our fully functioning workshop.

This new shed workshop was built for under $500 by following the Ultimate Small Shop Guide:



We learnt about: 

    • The amount of money needed for our workshop.
    • The amount of space that would be enough.
    • How to find quality tools at very low prices.

Discover this useful Guide and see how it helps you:




Workshop Setup Challenges

If you have been trying to setup your workshop, you would have gathered by now that it is difficult with a small space, restricted funds and inadequate tools.



Tool selection requires planning and working out several factors. We have seen that several individuals simply do not know what to get. No woodworker wants bad tools. We waste our hard earned money on something that stops working within a year.

Why overspend and buy tools you would never use?

It is confusing working out which tools we need to have and which ones we can do without.

If you have looked through a woodworking magazine lately, every single tool is a must have item.

Including tools that seem to have no practical purpose.

It can be overwhelming and confusing.

It is costly to overspend on tools that we do not really need. Looking for good quality tools on a tight budget? There are several variables to consider.

Online stores can have paid reviews and comments on product pages and forums. Some tool manufacturers might sponsor paid reviews. Purchasing tools feels like a guessing game. 

Do not waste your precious time and money buying too many tools, paying high prices and buying tools that do not perform.

We found that Ralph Chapman’s Ultimate Small Shop provides the complete Tools Guide for your small workshop.


Low Budget Workshops in Compact Spaces

It is wonderful to see some of the workshops users of the Guide have easily built.

Here are some examples of woodworking workshops built in basements:


Small workshop example 1

Small workshop example 2


Small workshop example 3


Ultimate Small Shop Explained

As a complete resource the Ultimate Small Shop helps us to setup a fully equipped workshop that can build almost any wood project in a small space at low cost.



It contains a large amount of resources with step by step instructions, advice, strategies and tutorials to setup your workshop within your budget.

Smart layouts and well designed ventilation with safety measures makes it possible to have your workshop where it suits you best.



We love having a proper workshop cheaply and quickly. This small workshop was set up in a home garage by following the Guide.



Feedback has been that many are pleased with the Ultimate Small Shop and many wished they had used it after struggling to do it on their own.


The Guides and Bonuses



The Definitive Guide For Your Woodwork Shop
    • Developed by Ralph to provide everything you need to setup your shop in any space with any budget.
    • It includes hundreds of pages of quality step by step, how to instructions, advice, strategies and resources to setup any type of workshop.
Perfect Workshop Layouts
    • Numerous layouts from small to large spaces you can copy to maximize your work space.
    • Make your shop much more efficient.
Tool Selection, Price Guides, Secret Suppliers List
    • Discover what tools you actually need.
    • Where to buy them at deep discounts.
Free Bonuses
    • The Workshop Cheat List. All the secret tips and tricks you need to know about.
    • Deal Alert Service. Discover how to cut enormous costs with lumber and tools. Get alerts on discounted deals online.
    • Ralph’s list of stationary, portable and pneumatic tools for your new workshop. Buy them at 40 to 60% off (Page 89).
    • Determine the difference between woodworking with hand tools vs. power tools from an expert. Learn how to know whether your wood project is better suited for power tools or hand tools for better precision and control.
    • Ralph’s personal Rolodex of suppliers for highly discounted tools. These supply sources have everything you need such as hand tools, power equipment, portable tools and replacement parts at the lowest prices.


60 Day Money Back Guarantee

Ralph understands that there are many ripoffs online and you would first like to see whether it is of value to  you.

Being a 25 year veteran woodworker he is sincere and gives you a full refund if you are not satisfied for any reason within 60 days.




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What To Expect In The Guide:

The guide gives you insights with 6 useful Modules. The following list summarizes a small portion of helpful information it contains. It comprises much more: 


Module #1

Tool Selection


It is the biggest way woodworkers lose money and get discouraged.

Plan your tool selection perfectly with this module. The recommended tools are familiar to Ralph who vouches for their durability and performance.

Determine exactly which tools you need for your woodworking hobby before you start buying. Avoid spending your hard earned money on a tool that just ends up sitting in a box unused.

The Hand Tool Only Shopping List is for budgets under $500 or if you want to use hand tools only. It has direct links to buy them for the best price. (Page 41)

The Power Tool and Hand Tool Shopping List is for budgets under $1,000 with direct links to buy them at the lowest price. (Page 42)

Ralph’s secrets for buying tools gets you the absolute best tools to get and where to buy them at the cheapest price possible.

You can get at least 70% off the prices compared to the popular online stores. Compare these prices to see the amazing savings for yourself.


Module #2

Space Selection


Setting up your workshop is a long term decision and you want to start off correctly without messing it up.

All sorts of problems arise when we get it wrong.

Your life will be much easier and woowdworking a lot more fun when you get it right the first time.

This Module covers all possible types of home workshop spaces and the pros and cons of each.

It is packed with ideas and layouts for all sizes of workshops.

Whether your space is large or small, setup your woodworking shop in your garage, basement, attics, home spaces, apartment corners or whatever space you have available.



Module #3

Shop Layouts

After your location is picked  your ordered tools are on the way, the next step is choosing the best woodworking shop layout for your space.

Learn how to plan and design your workshop layout to fit perfectly in your space without sacrificing tools and machines you really need.

Special smart layout techniques to make a small space work like a larger one. (page 29)

Get detailed floor plans and space saving layout recommendations for your workshop.

The Module includes machine placement and dividing your work space effectively for different woodworking tasks.



Module #4

Electricity, Lighting and Sound Proofing


When you have chosen your workshop layout, the next step is to plan these three elements around your layout. It gets everything connected and functioning correctly.

Learn the ins and outs of lighting and electricity for your workshop. It includes the cost and layout to make the process easy and straightforward.

The Module includes the Cheap Circuit Type that can power almost anything without ever risking a blown breaker. (Page 89)

Sound Proofing is important and you can lower all sound that escapes from your workshop by as much as 70% for under $500.



Module #5

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation & Dust


An important part of your workshop. It makes the difference between working in comfort and working in constant irritation.

Discover the $3 trick that ensures you have clean air even without inside to outside ventilation. It can also make your workspace either hot or cold. This trick might even be healthier than having fans in your windows. (Page 111)

Ralph provides the exact model for your workshop ventilation that is the best performer for its price and at great value.

Avoid cheap heaters because they are not the way to go if you want to save money. The Module provides a solution for what to do instead.

Learn about the best types of heaters for your workshop that are well insulated and those that are not well insulted.


Module #6

Workshop Safety


Organize and maintain your workshop for overall safety. This should be your final step in setting up a your own workshop.

Learn about the one type of shop fire that gives you a 50/50 chance of losing your home. (Page 121)

Two tricks to avoid tripping over cables.

Find out how 90% of workshop fires can be prevented by doing this one habit after you work. (Page 91)

The 10 item Safety Checklist for your own woodworking workshop safety.



Is It for You?

As woodworkers, we require a workshop for our working area, lumber and tools. One is usually under the impression that it is expensive to set up a workshop and a larger space is needed.



That is not the case. You can build your fully functional workshop for under $1000.

Being in the city, we have little space and Ralph helps to maximize our space and choose the right tools for your woodworking. He takes us step by step through the entire process of setting up our own workshop.

Ultimate Small Shop specializes in how to build our small complete workshops on a budget.

The comprehensive guides covers all aspects we need to know about to set our workshop properly.

We found outstanding learning about tool selection and where to buy them at the lowest cost.

Th Ultimate Small Shop is for woodworkers that want to know from an expert:


    • How much of money do I need to set up my workshop?
    • Is my space too small for a fully functional workshop?
    • How do I get quality tools, and what’s the bare minimum woodworking tools will I need?
    • What are the most important factors to consider when setting up a woodworking workshop?
    • What tools are necessary, how do I select them and where do I buy quality tools at major discounts?
    • What optimal layout should I use?How does it all fit and function together cost effectively and efficiently?


Whilst Ralph helps beginners to set up their workshop for the first time, the Ultimate Small Shop is also very helpful to experienced woodworkers who already have workshops.

We found many tips to optimize workspace, have higher efficiency, select appropriate tools and equipment layout.


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