Starting on Your Journey to Make Great Projects from Small Workspaces

Hi, I’m Randy Maxey and you may recognize me from the early days of the woodworking show “Woodsmith Shop” that airs on PBS in the USA. For ten years, I was one of the editors for Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines. I’ve also taught dozens of woodworking seminars. I’ve been a lifetime woodworker.

In many years of showcasing woodworking projects you can create at home and answering your questions from the shows, magazines, and seminars, one comment I hear is, “Randy, these projects are fantastic – I want to build great woodworking projects too, but I only have an old garden shed or one stall of our garage to work in.  How can I accomplish projects like these in so little space?”

That’s a problem I’ve had myself, and I can tell you from my experience there are solutions to this age-old dilemma.

To help all of you out there at home, I’ve put together my tricks and know-how for creating “maximum results from minimum spaces” into a solution package — and I’ve called it MiniMax Workshop. This is a collection of ideas, plans, and clever solutions to wring the max out of your home workspaces no matter the size.

We’re on a journey. You and I. My goal is to prove that you don’t have to have thousands of dollars worth of tools and a workshop the size of an airplane hangar to do great woodworking. All it takes is a little creativity. And sometimes hard work. And a lot of patience.

Welcome to your MiniMax Workshop. I want to help you build great woodworking projects in your space — however big or small that workspace is.

Follow along with me as I endeavor to convert a 10′ x 16′ shed into a viable, creative space for woodworking. Without spending a fortune. One day at a time.

Your workspace might be one corner of a garage. Or a carport. Or a closet. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is you having the desire to convert that space into a workshop. It can be done. You can do it.  

Your job right now is to start sketching out ideas for your MiniMax Workshop space. And hopefully, you’ll learn a few things right along with me as we face the challenges ahead. All while having fun! I’m here to help YOU!

If you want to learn more about how MiniMax Workshop came to be, read this page for a little history.

6 Replies to “Starting on Your Journey to Make Great Projects from Small Workspaces”

  1. Glad to see something targeted for those of us with minimal space in part of a basement or other confined area that will help in woodworking towards nice projects

  2. So, I am in the same boat. Small space, have to move car out of garage…. Maybe I am missing something, but this site seems to be inactive.

  3. Randy, I have been building my 10×16 shop for approximately 6 years now. Like most woodworkers my shop was driven by how much I could afford, where would the city let me put it, and how big was permitted. I look forward to you kicking your project into high gear and seeing the great ideas that will come out of it.

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