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Attention: Woodworkers with limited funds and small spaces....

set up a workshop in a garage




A complete guide to building a complete wood shop for under $1,000... including a shopping list of the best tools and exact links to buy those tools for the lowest price along with floor-plans for creating optimized layouts in spaces as small as 8'x8'!

Warning: Even Amazon, Lowe's and Home Depot won’t give you the best price on quality tools like you think they do! 

But my secret tool source can save you at least 70% off their prices. 
(HINT: It’s not Harbor Freight)

Dear fellow woodworker,

I’ve created this page for people who have these questions running through their mind:

How much money do I really need to setup a woodworking workshop?

Is my space too small for a functional workshop?

What are the bare minimum tools I need to create basic wood projects?

How do I avoid bad quality tools that will just crap out on me in the first year?

How good is good enough? Do I need to go ultra-high end to ensure a long-lasting tool?

What are the critical factors to setup a proper workshop?

How much money do I really need to setup a woodworking workshop?

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setup a garage workshop

After 20 years of woodworking and coaching other… I’ve seen enough to know:

These questions are the biggest roadblocks woodworkers face today...

Ralph Chapman

Ralph Chapman - The "Small Shop" Expert

In fact, it’s so bad that I must apologize it has taken me this long to reveal my answers to all of these questions!

Hi. My name is Ralph Chapman and I've been in love with woodworking for more than 25 years.

And like you, I’ve struggled with buying tools, setting up my workshop and practicing my craft. But I have to tell you… All of that frustration, planning and hard-work has paid off!

I finally have things setup just right… and I love this hobby even more than I did when I started many moons ago.

All the optimizations I’ve done… the little habits I’ve picked up… and the countless techniques, tools and layouts I’ve tried… all of that has come together to make this hobby exactly what I knew it could be.

My love for this hobby is so strong that around 5 years ago I just had to share it with others.

So I began mentoring and helping other woodworkers – from all around the world – take their creations to the next level.

And as I talked to these beginner, novice and sometimes expert wood-workers, I began to see a pattern…

top of the line workshop

The Most Common Problems Beginner Woodworkers Face Are Tool Selection & Workshop Space

When it came to tools, people simply didn’t know what to get.

They were afraid of getting bad tools and wasting their hard earned money on something that would stop working within a year…

Or they were afraid of overspending and buying something that... when it came down to it… they would never even use.

They’re usually confused about which tools they need to have, and which ones they can do without. (After all, if you’ve looked inside a woodworking magazine lately, EVERY single tool is a MUST-HAVE item… even the ones that seem to have no practical purpose!)

“...I’ve had a lot of BAD tools over the years.”

Its been rough on my pocketbook… but even worse on my motivation. Some of the most memorable bad tools I’ve had over the years are: (disclaimer, these are my personal opinions)

Delta 31-255x drum sander

BAD TOOL #1: Delta 31-255x Drum Sander. 

Sure, a drum sander is not a vital tool for wood-workers. But this one sticks in my craw anyway! I felt the design was utter crap.

It wouldn’t keep alignment on the 4 lead screws. Which meant I could NEVER sand anything evenly… and everything I used it on turned out thicker on one side. Boy was it annoying.

And to top it off, the gears were plastic with a cheap rubber belt. When I saw the low quality, I just knew they weren’t going to last. And sure enough I was right. When the belt busted, I went online to order replacement parts. (I had planned on ordering new gears because I just knew they would go next.)

That’s when I found the tool had been discontinued altogether… and you couldn’t even find parts for it. I had paid $800 for it and suddenly it was nothing but junk. A complete waste.

BAD TOOL #2: Ryobi Detail Sander

The problem I had with this tool actually surprised me. The thing was, it vibrated so much that my arm would get fatigued within 10 minutes!

Now, I’m no pansy or anything. I’ve dealt with some heavy duty machinery in my life and never had this issue. But this thing really did a number on my arm!

It was so bad that I switched back to hand-sanding and found it LESS tiring on my arm. Eventually I sold it on eBay and got about 50% of what I paid for it. A waste of time and money.

Ryobi detail sander

Harbor Freight 6” jointer

BAD TOOL #3: Harbor Freight 6” Jointer.

No matter how much I messed with this tool, I was never able to get a true 90 degree jointed board out of it.

About the only thing I could do was make shingles with it. Eventually I sold it on craigslist to someone locally. I told him why I was selling it, but he swore he knew how to “make it work right”.

I wished him good luck and then promptly lost hundreds by selling it for just ¼ the price I paid for it.

BAD TOOL #4: Ryobi Benchtop Table Saw

I spent more time tinkering and fixing this tool versus any other tool I’ve ever had!

I was actually glad when the angle adjustment “mechanism” broke (just a plastic rack and pinion). It lasted just one week. But it was one week of deep frustration.

The biggest problem was just overall poor design. The “throat plate” was just a rectangular piece of metal indented on one side to accommodate the 10 inch blade, so one could not make a zero clearance replacement.

And to top it off... it was noisier than ANY other benchtop saw I’ve ever used. Truly like something out of a nightmare!

Ryobi benchtop table saw”

Again these are just some of the bad tools I’ve had. And more than that, bad tools are just one part of the story.

I lost money on tools in a lot of ways during this time (what I call my “tool tryout stage”).

It happened over and over again. And every freakin’ time I thought I knew what to look for... and what to avoid… I lost money again in a different way.

After all my experience… and after coaching hundreds of students and hearing their experiences... I’ve taken note of....

“The 6 Common Ways To LOSE Money On Tools...”


fake online reviews

This is by far the most common scam. (I call it a scam but some might disagree. Let’s see what you think.)

The way it works is this. Someone puts up a website called something like “Table saw reviews”. And on this webpage is a list of “the best” tools in this category. Of course what they DON’T tell you is that when you click the links on this webpage and buy the tool, the owner of the website gets a cut of the sale price.

Now, do you really think the owners of these websites care about the quality of the tools they recommend? Nope. What they do is recommend the tools with the highest revenue share.

Which means, when you search for anything to do with tool reviews… you’re going to come across hundreds of these webpages… and all of them are designed to earn your trust… and take your money!


This one really gets to me. I mean it really gets me hot under the collar. Because it’s just so damned brazen!

As though I am too blind to see the rust or too deaf to hear the squealing! This is why I never recommend buying anything from Craigslist and I rarely recommend eBay. Because you never know who you are dealing with.

Even those eBay sellers with good feedback scores may use third-party “refurbishers”… and you don’t know who those folks are. It’s just not worth the risk in my opinion.

old woodworking tools


woodworking tools that suck

Some might not call this a scam... but that’s exactly what it is! And the list of bad tools I gave you earlier is just the beginning.

Cheap Chinese manufacturing might be ok for Tupperware… but heavy-duty tools meant to last for years and years…?

The only reason a company would dare outsource such a thing would be to stretch profits. Parts, materials and assembly costs go down… and branding, marketing and prices go up. It makes me sick.

And to make it worse… given the fake review situation... you can never be sure a tool is high quality or low quality... until you buy it.


One of the most common mistakes is buying tools that are too expensive or buying tools you don’t need. The truth is, you don’t need much to build pretty much anything you can imagine. 

And you can get good quality tools for big discounts if you know where to look. (More on that later).

In all you can spend under $1,000 and be setup in a great workshop. But I know how it feels when you’re shopping for new tools… and you think… “why not buy the top of the line so it lasts longer”… or “may as well get the best while I’m spending money”… those kinds of thoughts won’t only get you into big trouble with your other half… it’s also COMPLETELY wrong.

Because high price doesn’t always equal high value. More on this later.

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cheap woodworking tools

The other risk is not spending enough. The need to save money might backfire and you could end up losing money in the long run.

The discount tool industry is a billion-dollar one and some companies compete on price alone. Their target market is wanna-be handy-men and women who take on a single home improvement project.

Those types want to get things done for cheap... so their sole focus is on the price. Now we need more out of our tools than the average customer… so we simply can’t go for the cheap stuff.

But keep in mind here… good quality tools can be bought for bargain prices if you know where to look.


You might be shocked by this one. I'm talking about Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and the like.

These places aren’t the best when it comes to stocking quality tools at cheap prices. Now I’m not saying you can’t find good stuff at these stores… you sure can... from time to time.

But I would never go to any of them as a single one-stop-shop for everything tool related.

That honor goes to a particular online store which I’m surprised more woodworkers don’t know about. More on this in a second.

buying tools from lowes

So there… six of the most common ways my students and I have lost money on tools.

I bet you’ve fallen victim to at least one of these scams or mistakes before?

If not, count yourself lucky. Because one or two would be somewhat easy to avoid… but SIX? 

 It's a literal minefield out there for anyone looking to buy quality tools on a budget.

But you know what… here’s something else…

As bad as losing money is…

Losing your TIME is SO MUCH WORSE... Because there’s no way to get your time back!

What could you have built so far with the time you’ve spent dealing with bad tools?

… All the research... sending them back for warranty repair… reselling them on Craigslist or eBay… or the time you’ve spent ruminating about which tool is the BEST to buy for a specific need?

With all that time you've wasted... You could have built a lot!

And since you’ve spent your time reading this far... I know you’re in need of guidance when it comes to setting up a complete small workshop.

I want to help you achieve that. More than anything.

But I don’t have the time to coach everyone personally…

So I’ve done the next best thing and put EVERYTHING I know about creating a small workshop into a detailed guide.

And the most important part of this guide is:

A List Of The Absolute BEST Tools To Get... and WHERE to Buy Them For The Cheapest Price Possible

where to buy cheap woodworking tools

Once you have this list… you won’t have to spend anymore of your precious time researching tools… and more than that... you’re going to save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run by buying the best tools from the start.

If that sounds good... then keep reading...

because in a moment I’m going to give you a chance to get just that.

A shopping list of the best quality tools and where to buy them from a trustworthy (and formerly secret) source for up to 70% off prices from big box retailers such as Amazon / Lowes / Home Depot....

But before we get to that...

Lets Talk About Shop Space....

...Because it was the other major problem my students seemed to faced.

Most of my students only have a small space to work in. Some of them can't start projects because they don't have a proper workshop and the space to set one up.

And many of them assume you need a LARGE space to even think about setting up a workshop...

First, a little about me... and why I can help you...

I’m Ralph Chapman… and as I mentioned earlier, I’ve got more than 25 years of woodworking experience under my belt.

You see, most of my students are having issues with setting up a workshop as they do not have the "space" for it.

And I could always sense their frustration as I talked to them about it.

I would try to help as much as I could… but I was lucky enough to have a dedicated large workshop, so I didn’t have an exact plan worked out to just hand over to them.

But all that changed in 2008 when I faced a major financial setback

I won’t bore you with the details… but the end result was that I had to move into a smaller home, and unfortunately, I lost my dedicated workshop.

Boy was it a tough time! Not having woodworking in my life made everything I was going through SO much worse.

I think in all I spent six months not creating anything. It was the most downtime I had ever experienced since I started woodworking.

financial set back crisis

And man could I feel it… almost as if woodworking was in my bones. Or like I needed it for stress-relief or something. And actually now that I think about it, I remember not sleeping as well too.

So yeah, I wasn’t happy.

Of course eventually I just had enough and

I decided to setup a shop...any workshop... no matter how small it was or how much it “lacked” compared to my old shop.

I couldn’t wait for my financial situation to change because there was no telling when that might happen… I just couldn’t take it anymore. I needed wood-working in my life.

But another thing that compelled me… and this is something that all tinkerers or craftsmen can relate to…. was the need to just FIGURE IT OUT…

That internal drive to just keep working and perfecting until you come up with the perfect solution.

The absolute need to try different things, brainstorm, plan and keep at it until you’re standing there looking in pride at something you’ve built or fixed.

So that’s what I did.

And at first… it was terrible.

The space I had was a little smaller than 10x10 feet and..

  • I remember bumping into tools, stumbling and feeling suffocated by the lack of space
  • The heat, dust and noise affecting everyone in my family.
  • But more than that... looking back... I know how dangerous it was.

Without a clear laid out plan (which of course I didn’t have), small workshops are a disaster waiting to happen.  It's tough to work with anything and it only takes one accident to seriously injure yourself or worse.  Luckily nothing like that happened to me...

“But I kept at it. Slowly optimizing the different areas of my workshop”

My small shop" that cost me about $600

In all... it took me 1 year to perfect my small workshop.

Rotating between sourcing for tools at the best prices, planning the layout and optimizing my work space little by little.

And it was worth the wait!

It was actually SO good that

I ended up enjoying this small 10’ x 10’ shop even more than my larger shop!

Everything just connected so well. And it might sound strange… but in this “small” workshop…

I just felt more like a craftsman...


It seemed like I had more of a connection to my tools than I ever did in my larger workshop.

When I was done with this one year “experiment”… I shared my new small shop system with my students. I showed them exactly what I had done. Step by step.

The feedback great and it seemed to be exactly what everyone really needed. Instantly I could see a change in their motivation and drive.

They were floored when I told them how little I spent!

And it felt just as good when my students took a look at my setup… and then dropped their jaws on the floor when I told them how little I spent.

Now, I’ve learned a LOT more about building cost-efficient workshops since then. And to be honest, there are insider resources available now that just weren’t around back then.

So now, it’s even easier to create your own compact, fully-stocked workshop on a small budget!

And for the first time...

I knew I could finally help everyone who wanted to start woodworking - regardless of their budget for tools... or the free space they have.

So you...

  • You don’t have to go through all of the trial-and-error…
  • All the wasted money…
  • All of the bone-headed mistakes…
  • And all of the frustration I went through.

Because finally, I have put everything I've learnt - both the tools list, workshop setup guide, suppliers list into ONE easy-to-follow blueprint...

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to…

The Ultimate Small Shop Guide

How to set up a complete small workshop on a budget

In this detailed guide, I’ll take you by the hand and show you exactly how to setup a FULLY FUNCTIONAL workshop for under $1,000… and do it with very little space.

In fact, if you have just 10’ x 6’ square feet, I promise you can setup a workshop just as great as the $10,000+ ones the experts use.

Inside this 246 page illustrated book there are SIX modules.

One for every area of setting up a home workshop. This includes:

Module #1:

Tool Selection

By far the biggest way woodworkers lose money and get discouraged is tool selection. In this module, I’ll show you:

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How to determine exactly which tools you need for your woodworking hobby BEFORE you start buying… so you’ll never blow your hard-earned cash on a tool that just ends up sitting in a box unused.

My hand-tool only shopping list if your budget is under $500 (or if you just want to use hand-tools only)…  and direct links to buy them for the best price. (pg 41)

My power tool and hand-tool shopping list if your budget is under $1,000…  and direct links to buy them for the best price. (pg 42)

The 5-second trick that keeps your tools and machines in top working condition. The manufacturers won’t tell you this for a reason! (Do this before and after you start working and you can postpone buying replacement parts for YEARS.)

My secret source for buying tools at HUGE discounts. I once found a Dewalt DW734 12 ½ inch planer for $170 on this site… when Amazon sold it for $399. And NO ONE talks about this place.

You’ll get my “short-list” of stationary, portable, and pneumatic tools for your new workshop… and I’ll show you where to buy them at 40-60% off what you’d pay at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Amazon, or even Harbor Freight!(Go to Page 89 for this eye-opening intel!)

The best (and really the ONLY) items I would recommend buying at big box stores like Home Depot and Walmart.

The difference between wood-working with hand-tools vs power-tools. And how to know if a project is better suited for power tools or if hand-tools are the way to go for better precision and control.

Why shopping for tools through most online and big-box retailers is almost always a waste of money. (There’s a BIG difference between promising low prices… and actually delivering on that promise!)

My personal "rolodex" of suppliers that offer heavily discounted tools.  These suppliers have everything you need - from hand tools, to power equipment, to portable tools and even replacement parts  at the lowest prices I’ve ever seen! (I don’t let many people see this “hush-hush” list.)

The tools I recommend have been used by either myself or someone I personally know. Their durability and performance is top notch and I can vouch for them. 

Module #2:
Space Selection

When setting up a long-term shop, you don’t want to screw this up. Get it wrong, and you’ll have all sorts of problems… but get it right, and your life will be much easier. In this module I’ll reveal...

workshop plans

Starting on Page 11, I’ll walk through all of the possible types of home workshop spaces… and list the pros and cons of each so you can choose the perfect space for your shop.(This has saved my students SO much aggravation and time!)

You'll get ideas and layouts for all sizes of workshops, from the large to tiny - including setting up a woodworking shop in your garage, basement, attics, home spaces, apartment corners and more...

The one place that is perfect for a small workshop... but from what I’ve seen… very few ever consider it!

The most popular first choice for a home workshop that seems like a good idea at first.. but causes nothing but problems in the long run... (Hint: some things are downright impossible to build in it… and more than that... it can be a real fire hazard!)...(pg 15-16)

The ONE part of your home that’s very spacious… but is the WORST area for a shop for three very big reasons. (pg 13)

Why mobile homes should NEVER be used as dedicated workshops. Ignore this and you could easily end up arm-less or on your way to the morgue! (pg 23)

How to divide your workshop into different areas of your home. This requires more walking around but if you’re really stressed for space this is a god-send idea!

Module #3:
Shop Layouts

Once you have your location picked out and your tools ordered and on the way… the next step is choosing the best woodworking shop layout for your space.

Inside this module you’ll find:

small shop layouts

How to plan and design your workshop to fit nicely in whatever space you have available… without sacrificing tools and machines you really need. (I’ve built woodworking studios in spaces as small as 7’x7’!)

Perfect shop layouts for spaces that are 10’ x 10’ or under. (Get drawings and diagrams showing how to position every item in your shop for maximum productivity, safety and enjoyment.)

What I call the “doorway trick” … using this technique along with a smart layout can make a small space work like a larger one! (pg 29)

The ONE tool you absolutely need to setup as movable to maximize your workspace… and my exact process for converting any heavy, stationary machine into a mobile one that anyone can move around.  (pg 33-35)

You’ll get detailed floor plans and space-saving layout recommendations for your workshop. It includes machine placement and dividing your work space effectively for different woodworking tasks. (You’ll be surprised what you can do with a tiny or oddly shaped space!)

Module #4:
Electricity, Lighting and Sound Proofing

After you have your layout chosen, the next step is to plan these three elements around your layout. Inside this module I’ll show you:

You’ll learn the ins and outs of lighting and electricity for your workshop, including cost, layout, and whether you should tackle this part yourself or hire a pro. (plus my $40.78 solution to superb whole-shop lighting!)

The cheap circuit type that can power almost anything... without ever risking a blown breaker. (pg 89)

How to sound-proof your shop using the same process singers use to record their music. This will reduce the sound coming from your shop by 50% or more.

The best time of day to run your loudest equipment. Combine this with my sound-proofing tip and you’ll eliminate the possibility of disturbing neighbors

How to lower all sound that escapes from your workshop by as much as 70% for under $500.. (The people you live with will thank you, believe me.)

Speaking of noise… I’ve included a list of low-noise tools to help keep the peace in your home… and all together, they’ll only set you back about $1,000. (Yes, low-noise tools really do exist at budget prices… check out Page 81 to see for yourself!)

Module #5:

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation & Dust

Don’t underestimate how important these issues are. They can mean the difference between working in comfort and working in constant irritation. In this module I’ll show you:

diy ventilation for your workshop

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

The EXACT model of shop vac I recommend to my students. (this vac is the best performer for its price... a great value!)

Why “cheap” heaters are not the way to go if you want to save money. And what to do instead. (pg 200)

The best types of heaters for shops that are well insulated and those that are not well insulted. Read about it from pg 198

Don’t make this serious humidity mistake when choosing your heating solution. Doing so could ruin your wood stock within hours. Find out what it is on pg

Discover the perfect temperature for long term wood storage

Module #6:
Safety & More

Maintaining and organizing the overall safety of your shop should be your final step in setting up a small shop.

In this part of the guide I’ll reveal:

safety in woodworking workshop

The one type of shop fire that gives you a 50/50 chance of losing your home. Learn about it on pg 121)

Two tricks to avoid tripping over cables. By far the most common way people get injured in home workshops. More than that... it also ruins your peace of mind always having to be careful where you step. I’ll show you how to solve these issues and achieve both safety and freedom of movement.

90% of workshop fires can be prevented by doing this one post-work habit which you'll discover on page 91

My 10 item checklist for shop safety. Even experienced wood workers should follow these guidelines… doing so can save your house, your fingers and maybe your life!

The 4 items that can set your shop on fire faster than you can blink!  (This is something all woodworkers must absolutely be aware of) 

“This guide represents over 20 years of my woodworking career. It’s the result of my countless mistakes and lessons-learned-the-hard-way”

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A home workshop that one of our students recently completed.

This is also the guide I wish I had when I was starting out as an amateur woodworker.

But I’m happy that, because you’re investing in the Ultimate Small Shop guide today… you’re going to skip all of the expensive and maddening mistakes I made.


I’ve laid out a step-by-step blueprint for turning your spare space into a workshop without all the hassle and expense. 

And now you can use this blueprint to skip all of that frustration.

Instead, you could be working in your own ultimate woodworking shop… within two weeks or less from today.

But don't just take my word for it...
Listen to what some of my students have to say

Tim Simmons Livingston, TX

“I purchased this book because I'm newly retired and attempting to set up my shop in a home we recently moved to. I'm new to setting up shop and can use some professional advice. Money is always an issue, but more important to me is the subject of time. This book solves both aspects for me. It contains sound advice if you do not wish to overspend on your shop.”

George Hardy - Conifer, CO

“I set up my first shop in a spare corner last week with the help of this book and I must say it has helped me considerably. Many of the tools I've bought with the list provided has really saved me quite a small fortune.”

Donald Combs - Ontario Canada

“This is a very good book for ideas. I bought it because I will have an opportunity to build a new workshop after a move next year. The book is well organized and written, with very good discussion of things like space selection, heating & cooling, natural and artificial lighting, electrical, storage, workflow, safety and much more.”

Marc Berg - Tigard, OR

“Many practical ideas for the not-so-rich. Unlike other books I've read, this book has tons of info for folks that don't have cash to burn. There are a lot of great ideas that can be implemented at pretty low cost. If you are serious about setting up your first real shop, this is the book should have, period.”

Tracy Robbins - Louisville, KY

“My husband I bought this book to set up our first workshop. It is very insightful and gave me good ideas in planning our space. I've already purchased some tools recommended in this book at prices we couldn't possibly believe!”

William Wolf - Yucaipa, CA

“I've set up automotive repair shops before but never a woodworking shop. In my opinion this book will be invaluable to anyone setting up a woodworking workshop. It walks you thru setup step by step. What I found really great was the list of places you can get discounted tools.”

Photos of shops that customers have sent me:

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Kyle's amazing home workshop for under $900 in total with refurbished tools using our guides

setup your small woodworking shop

John sent us this photo of his new shed shop which cost him under $500 to set up

With my guide and my secret resource of discounted tools, you too can set up your shop for FAR LESS than what it would cost you.

Don't subscribe to the myth that you need to burn through money to set up a proper shop. Hundreds of my satisfied customers are proof to that!

“Imagine having a shop so well laid-out that it FEELS like a larger shop.

  • And spending much lesser than what you should be paying for tools...

  • And having tools that are so durable you could pass them down to your son or grandson in perfect working condition.

What would that be worth to the average beginner or novice woodworker struggling to setup a shop?

What would it be worth to you?

Well let’s do the math and think this through…


“How much money do you really lose from a bad tool?”

Well let’s say you bought a tool and it works just fine for 6 months… then stops working. 

Now let’s say you paid $200 for this tool… a very conservative estimate for power-tools... but let’s make the price between hand-tool prices and power-tool prices. So $200 sounds about right.

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Replacing this tool would cost you AT LEAST $200. With shipping and tax... the total might come more to $240.

Now let’s add to that the “time cost” of researching.

If you make $15 per hour at your job, and you spend three hours (another conservative estimate) reading reviews... that adds $45 to the replacement cost.

That brings the total to $285 to replace the tool

Now here’s where it really adds up:

What happens if two… three… or four tools need to be replaced in the first year?

You’ll lose money, lose time and your frustration will multiply over and over. Now you see just how expensive this hobby can get… and why so many people quit within the first year!

Now in my years of experience I've own or owned almost all major brands…

.....tested dozens of models of EVERY tool type… 

and have spoken to hundreds of woodworkers face-to-face.

essential woodworking tools

If I were to give you my exact list of tools which I personally recommend

… tools that I know will last you at least ten years of average use...

What Would That Be Worth?

Using the math above… if this list saved you from replacing just one tool (which I am certain it will)… using conservative estimates… you would save around $285.

So technically... I could charge $285 for this list and you would break even.

But of course I’m NOT going to charge anywhere near that.

Actually, even $100 is more than I think would be ok.

And I feel the same about $75… and $50. Those prices are simply too high for most people.

So Let Me "Pay It Forward"

I know from my experience working with woodworkers that times are tough and budgets are tight.

I was there myself in 2008 and I know how it feels to be without woodworking. This hobby has given me so much joy that I simply can’t live with myself if I don’t make this guide available to everyone.

That’s why here today… when you order below this page…

how to set up woodworking workshop on a budget

I’m going to let you have The Ultimate $1,000 Small Shop...

… complete with the tool list, secret suppliers list and the workshop guide

… all 6 modules of exact instructions as if I’m personally coaching you (which I never do for less than $150 per hour)

… for the low price of $285 $129 $39.00

But you know what?...

I'm going to make this SO MUCH BETTER...

Because beyond the tool list... beyond the shop guide…. and all the other modules in this book…

I’m giving you two FREE bonuses when you order today.

“Claim these exclusive BONUSES when you order the Ultimate Small Shop guide today…”

I know that the Ultimate Small Shop guide is worth many times more than the “price of admission.”

But I never feel right unless I deliver woodworkers like you MUCH more value than you paid for.

So along with your Ultimate Small Shop Guide (which will be in your inbox right after you complete your order today), I’m also giving you these BONUS items:

Free Bonus #1:

The Workshop Cheat List

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Regular Price: $59


First is my guide titled "The WorkShop Cheat List" - where you'll learn tips and tricks  to buy lumber & tools at deep discounts


You'll cut enormous costs on wood, tools and suppliers with this detailed "insider" guide.

I'll show you a secret method to get free lumber from stores

How to get 80% off the cost of premium lumber from sawmills

How to get FREE tools delivered to you every month (and you don't have to send them back!)

How to get 70%+ off retail cost of brand-name power tools

And much more...

This guide is worth at least $50 given the savings you can make from the information within.

But for you… if you take action today... the price is ZERO.

Free Bonus #2:

Deal Alert Service

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Regular Price: $10/month


And the second bonus is a FREE lifetime subscription to my exclusive deal alert service.


This is a one of a kind service where I notify you of the discounted deals I find on tools and supplies.

By using these alerts you can save a staggering amount of money on tools.

And the thing is, some of these deals only last a day or two, so it’s important to act fast when they show up in your email inbox.

 I could easily charge $10 per month for this service and just the money you could save with ONE DEAL would make that price worth it.

But here today, you get this for free for as long as I offer this service!

Again, you get both of these gifts for free... IF you order right now below....

Claim Your Ultimate Small Shop Guide + Bonuses Today! 

Right now, you’re just a few clicks away from getting a complete, exclusive guide to building your own fully equipped workshop properly, cheaply and quickly… no matter how small your budget is or how much space you have available.

Five years from now, you’ll either be glad you decided to grab your Ultimate Small Shop guide… or you’ll be wishing you had!

Place your order below and get started on your shop in the next 5 minutes...

Here's What You're Getting:

Ultimate small shop - setup your woodworking shop on a budget

The Definitive Guide To Setup Your Shop In Any Space For Any Budget  - Everything you need to setup shop guaranteed! - Hundreds of pages of pure no fluff, step-by-step, how to instructions, advice, strategies and resources to setup any type of shop (no matter how tiny your space is)

Workshop "Perfect Layouts" - Tons of layouts from small to large spaces you can copy to maximize your work space and make your shop much more efficient.

Tool Selection + Price Guides + Secret Suppliers List: Discover WHAT tools you actually need and where to buy them at deep discounts. (Retailers will hate me for this!)

Free bonuses: "The Workshop Cheat List" & "Deal Alert Service". Discover how to cut enormous costs with lumber, tools and get alerts on discounted deals online.

Get instant access. You can download everything immediately after purchase. You also have the option of getting everything shipped to you in the members area.

A time-sensitive discount price when you order now.  (I reserve to end this discount price and the bonus at anytime. If you want this deal, you'll have to order today)

Remember, you are protected by my 100% money back policy. If you are not satisfied for any reason within 60 days, I guarantee I will refund each and every penny you paid.

Retail: $129
Today's Price: $39

This is a special launch offer price and I reserve the right to end it anytime.

Since I want you to be confident about this, I'm giving you my
Legally Binding 60 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Listen, I totally get it if you’re still looking at that big green button above and thinking, “What if this is just another ripoff where I get a useless guide telling me to go garage sale hunting for my tools?”

But there’s still a BIG part of you that senses that this guide is different.

Maybe it’s because I’m a 25-year veteran woodworker, or maybe it’s just because you’ve seen enough “fluff” to sense whether someone is being sincere or not.

Do you trust and risk getting screwed… or not trust and risk missing out on vital insights and insider resources that could help you build the shop you’ve been dreaming of?


Take a deep breath.

I’ve got a solution:

Try it RISK-FREE for the next 60 days
with my 100% money-back guarantee

If for any reason you’re not satisfied with the Ultimate $1,000 Small Shop guide…

...maybe you don’t like my shop layouts

…or maybe you hate the tools I recommend

...or even if you hate the way the book is organized.

It doesn’t matter how small or large the issue is… if you’re not happy... I’m not happy.

And if that happens… all you need to do is email me and I’ll refund every penny of your money… with NO questions asked and NO hard feelings.

So really, there is no downside here...

“You Can't Lose Money With This Deal... You Can Only Make Money Through Saving Money

But that’s not my entire mission here.


There’s more to it than just helping you save money and get your small shop setup…

Because I know once you have this guide:

you’ll know exactly which tools to buy for long-lasting quality

you’ll know where to buy them for the best price

and you’ll know exactly how to setup your shop for ultimate comfort and productivity…

… and once you have all of this...you can finally get down to business and start creating the items you know you’re capable of making… and more than that…

working in your woodworking shop

you’ll start building a rare and valuable skill known as woodworking.

I’m sure it will give you a lifetime of joy. I know it has me.

I simply can’t live a day without doing something in my workshop.

And looking back over the years… I am so glad I stuck with it and pushed through all the mistakes I’ve made.

Now you have a choice to make. 

Given everything you’ve seen here today… along with my money back guarantee... I think it’s an easy choice.

Getting the exact tool and shop advice I would give my high priced coaching students (who pay $150 per hour)

....getting that for just $39? (Plus the bonuses!)

This is something to jump on for any serious woodworker!

So click the button below now to get Ultimate Small Shop at this very special, limited-time-only price of just $39

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“Imagine Having Your Own Complete Small Shop Within A Week - With an Outlay of Less Than $1000”

  • Imagine having your own workspace – small. but efficient – where you have everything you need to create wood crafts, furniture, or anything else… within arms reach

  • Imagine having the right tool for every task neatly stored so you can find it in seconds… so you can make excellent progress during every woodworking session

  • And imagine doing it all without straining your budget… or being forced to give up your kids college fund just to pay for tools.

Ok. How do you feel now?

I bet you feel excited… because having your own place to enjoy your hobby (and the right tools to do it all) is no longer impossible… but easily within your reach!

You probably feel relieved… knowing that you aren’t going to have to “pinch pennies” for years on end in the hopes that one day – someday – you’ll finally be able to afford your own small shop!

You’re most likely feeling savvy… because you’re going to have a shop that’s stocked with top-quality tools and supplies that you paid next to nothing for… simply by shopping where the insiders shop!

I’d say you’re feeling efficient… because you’re making the most of your woodworking space without having to build a shed or addition… or taking up your family’s living space!

You’re definitely feeling smart… because you know better than to waste your money on those “must-have tools” that you don’t really need! (Let the other guys and gals brag about their useless thingamabobs. You’ve got better things to spend your hard-earned money on!)

You’re feeling proud… because you’ll never have to get “that look” again when you don’t have a complete workshop to show your friends!

More than anything else, you’re feeling accomplished… because you’re finally achieving a dream that’s been lingering in your heart for a LONG time – maybe even decades!

Its time. You can start putting together your small shop mere minutes from now.

Right now, Ultimate Small Shop is available at an incredible value of $39.

You have 60 days to read it, discover the secret resources to buy deep discounted tools, strategies to setup a complete shop in a small space, and judge whether it was worth your hard-earned money.

Remember your complete satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. You have 60 days to get a no-questions-asked, 100% money back refund.

I've seen Ultimate Small Shop help hundreds of my students setup their first shop without spending more than they need to. It's time for your turn... 

Get Ultimate Small Shop & All The Bonuses at this very special, limited-time-only price of just $39

Ultimate small shop - setup your woodworking shop on a budget

Everything You Need To Setup Your Shop (no matter how tiny your space is!) - Hundreds of pages of pure no fluff, step-by-step, how to instructions, advice, strategies and resources to setup shop in any space for any budget.

Workshop "Perfect Layouts" - Tons of layouts from small to large spaces you can copy to maximize your work space and make your shop much more efficient.

Tool Selection + Price Guides + Secret Suppliers List: Discover WHAT tools you actually need and where to buy them at deep discounts. (Retailers will hate me for this!)

Free bonuses: "The Workshop Cheat List" & "Deal Alert Service". Discover how to cut enormous costs with lumber, tools and get alerts on discounted deals online.

Get instant access. You can download everything immediately after purchase. You also have the option of getting everything shipped to you in the members area.

A time-sensitive discount price when you order now.  (I reserve to end this discount price and the bonus at anytime. If you want this deal, you'll have to order today)

Remember, you are protected by my 100% money back policy. If you are not satisfied for any reason within 60 days, I guarantee I will refund each and every penny you paid.

Retail: $129
Today's Price: $39

This is a special launch offer price and I reserve the right to end it anytime.

“Don't Make The Mistake Of Winging It On Your Own

One of most common mistakes is that many people try to figure things out on their own.

Many of my students when it comes to setting up shop say, "Okay, let me just go and figure things out."

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They go online or even worse, get recommendations from sales people at retail stores. And quite frankly a lot of the suggestions are terrible.

For a lot of online reviews and retail salesperson, they are NOT woodworkers. And you'll be recommended on purchases that gives them the most commissions!

Then they end up paying more than they should. Even worse is buying wrong tools, overspending on something you rarely use. 

But you know what, as bad as losing money is…

Losing your TIME is SO much worse... Because there’s no way to get your time back!

Time that could be spend working on your project.

With my guide, I'll take the confusion

You'll discover exactly:

  • WHAT tools you really need (so you won't waste your hard earned money)
  • WHY do you need each specific tool (so you'll get only the tools required for your project)
  • WHERE you can buy them at ridiculous prices (discover my secret supplier list...)

I'll take the confusion away and also guide you on the exact specifics on setting up your shop...

So to get started today, click on the big "Add To Cart" button below and I'll see you on the inside

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After you click on the Add To Cart button... you’ll be taken to our secure shopping cart. Put your details in on the page to continue.

And don’t worry about security. We use use the same technology that Amazon uses... so your details are 100% safe with us.

After that, you’ll be taken to the members area where you can download everything.

From then on I’ll be talking to you in the book. We’ll continue our current conversation...

....only this time I’ll reveal everything you need to eliminate your frustrations with woodworking and turn it… finally... into what you KNOW it can be… the best hobby in the world.

See you on the inside,

Ralph Chapman

P.S.: If you’re still on the fence about investing in the Ultimate Small Shop guide, think about this: If you buy even ONE tool on Amazon or at your local hardware store this month, you’re probably overpaying by MUCH more than $39...

I’ve seen folks spend $500… $800… even $1,000 more on machines and tools than they needed to, just because they didn’t have access to the right connections! 

So the small amount you’re paying for instant access to Ultimate Small Shop today can pay for itself 100 times over when you’re buying essential equipment for your new workshop!

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Today's Price: $39

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I hope we have exceeded your expectations and look forward to providing you with whatever tools, resources and training we can in the future to help you with setting up your workshop.

Ralph Chapman
- Founder & Lead Trainer

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