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Ultimate Small Shop Review: Is This Program Right For You?

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If you're a newbie to woodworking, then 9 times out of 10 its best to have a good set of guidelines to

follow. But with all the unethical teachings in the industry, it's hard to actually find useful information that works.

I'm always on the hunt for the new hot products on the market to help improve my skillsets.

Ultimate Small Shop Review

I recently came across the ultimate shop when browsing through a blog I read for woodworking news.

To put the program to the test, I decided to try out some of the methods and strategies it teaches to see if its a program that could benefit others too.

Today I'll be sharing my results from using this product to help you make a clear and easy decision in

whether it's something that could be for you.

What is the Ultimate Small Shop?

The goal of this book was to help woodworkers with tasks

ranging from setting up a complete shop, cooling & ventilation systems, safety, tool selection and much more.

It's a 246 page illustrated guide with lots of imagery and floor plans to help make your building success an easy process.

The highlight of this guide is the fact that it's designed to do all of the above even with little cash to spend.

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What is the Ultimate Small Shop?

First, we'll take a look at the contents inside of this program, then we'll go through some results I got after applying the information from the guide.

So let's go through the modules and check ou the information you can expect to find inside each of them.

The guide is split into 6 modules in total. And the topics that's covered inside of the modules include:

  • Tool Selection
  • Space Selection
  • Shop Layouts
  • Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Dust & Drying
  • Electricity, Lighting & Soundproofing
  • Safety Tips
Space Selection

Tool Selection

The information in these sections includes help for beginners and experienced woodworkers too.

It starts off with a few examples of bad tools and good tools which is pretty useful to know when buying some new tools.

Surprisingly he mentioned a few of my own tools as ones to stay away from. 3 being the Ryobi Detail Sander and Delta 31- 225x Drum Sander.

To be honest, I was meaning to get rid of them but I figured that if they do a decent enough job Id hold onto them.

I bought them from a car boot a few years back and they've held up kind of ok so far.

He then goes on to his list of recommended tools that you can buy for under $500 or $1000 of you got a little more cash.

I'll be honest, it's not often you see a person calling everyone out like this, which made me super keen to find out what else he had to share.

Everything is nicely organized with a list of tools that fall into certain price ranges and a list of the best-recommended power tools on a budget.

Combined in this section is also a list of hand tools that Ralph recommends you can use for a majority of jobs without needing big tools like a bandsaw, drill press or chop saw (if you're on a budget).

It was relieving to know that you don't always have to use big tools to do big jobs.

Had I of coming across that from the start, I probably would have saved a lot of money on tools over the past few years.

Space Selection

This section goes through how to set up shop in different locations around the house (big or small).

If you're looking at setting up in a garage, attic, basement or a small room of some sort, then you'll certainly love this section.

Ralph explains that his own shop sits at 10 x 10 feet which I personally find to be a little small.

But it works for the majority as I also understand that not everyone has the amount of space that I do.

Inside there's also a few illustrations and snapshots (of Ralhps workshop) to help you with identifying if a room will be suitable to set up inside of.

The process of checking the suitability for a room includes checking: 

  • Ventilation
  • Electricity flow
  • Outlets

Once you can be sure that the room is suitable to set up a shop, then its time to get onto the next module.

Shop Layouts

Once you've selected a room to use, the next part explains how to make the most out of your chosen space. It explains how to organize your equipment in a way that permits the most space and ease of use.

Youll be taken through height limits and a few recommendations of some pieces of equipment that can serve for multipurpose use.

That way you can save yourself space and time when working by using 1 thing for 2 jobs and so on.

Just like before youll also find a bunch of illustrations and plans to help you with setting all of this up.

He also includes a few photos of other places that have applied his guidelines and what they turned out like too.

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation

If you have any experience in woodworking, then you'll know how much of a problem this can be.

Working with a bunch of tools in a confined space very quickly leads to heat and dust flying about everywhere.

Thats why the focus of this section is making sure that you followed the previous step correctly,

as without doing so you'll end up with a heap of problems when working.

TIP: Having a good airflow with an efficient ventilation system will more time be just about everything you'll need.

Even drying can be a big deal when varnishing or painting as you and I both know that you need the right ventilation in order for it to dry.

There's nothing more frustrating to find air bubbles left in your work after you've spent the best part of a day ensuring it was smooth.

Electricity, Lighting, Soundproofing

This section covers a few useful tips on running the right currents, extensions and leads to avoiding fires.

Lighting is also just as important for detailing jobs and basement areas, so Ralph threw in some info on that too.

The part of this module that I was most impressed with was the section on soundproofing a room.

This is a problem I've had many times, as my kids are in bed by 20:00 and there are times that I've had to run late into the evening.

Thats, why this section was so useful to me, as making sure that my work doesn't get in the way of my family is pretty important.

There's a small setup guide in this section that takes you through buying the materials and how to set it up after.

Safety Tips

Working in any workshop involves risk and safety, which is why this part is essential to any program on woodworking.

To be honest, the information here was exactly what you could find anywhere else, but what can you really expect on a topic like safety.

Whilst there's some truth to that, there are a few helpful tips on handling power tools, workbenches and lifting.

I threw my back out a few years ago now and to say it was painful would be an understatement.

So even if you find that the information is generic,

I would still glaze over this section as there a probably a few things that you may not have known inside.

Bonus Materials

There are 2 bonuses that you can take up when buying this guide.

One of them being a cheat sheet with a list of suppliers that you can buy cheap tools from.

The other is a deal alert notification of where Ralph will send you an email with highly discounted tools from online suppliers.

To be honest I don't think that either of these is essential to your woodworking hobby or career.

But if you do decide to check them out, then there's an option to buy access to them at an additional cost.

My Story With This Program

A few months back I and the family moved into a new place in the south of Idaho. we've gone from a 3 bedroom to a 4,

we have still lost some space that I had down in the basement where I had my workshop.

Problem was that when we moved I now had to set up the workshop in the garage which I might add has a decent amount of space, but the airflow was not all that great.

O be honest this program couldn't have come at a better time, as I do have a ton of other resources to go to. But not many of them focus on setting up on a budget.

Anyway, the garage sits around 24 by 30, but I still needed to leave some space for my son's dirtbike to go into.

After going through the first module, I then found a few useful tips that applied to me in the second and third modules.

There were a few great points on how to divide the workshop into parts that really helped with making sure my son's bikes could fit in around the workshop.

Instead of going for the corner setup, I then decided to go with a half and half approach. That way I can have a whole section to myself and my son can have the other.

Module 3 was really helpful too as I do a lot of varnishing during the summer, but it doesn't get to warm here in Alaska.

So for that reason, I needed to make sure that I had the right heating system in place for drying.

The program recommended I use a dehumidifier in the room as oddly enough I found the garage to be very humid.

The one I bought was on Amazon, I believe it was called the SEAVON Electric Mini Dehumidifier which has really help to give the room a nice airflow.

of that, it now feels like you can breathe in the room which is great for whilst im working too.

Whilst the information was relatively good in the program, there were still a few things that I think could have been better.

So thats exactly what I'm going to share with you in the next section.

Pros and Cons

As you can expect there are good and bad points to any information that you'll find on woodworking.

After trying out this prorgam I was able to pick on a few areas that seemed really good,

whilst other areas could really do with some work.


  • You learn how to build a workshop in a budget
  • Great resources of where to buy products
  • A great amount of information is shared throughout the program
  • Great for beginners wanting to learn
  • Buyer protection guarantee

Positive stops

  • More focused on beginners over experienced woodworkers
  • Its a pdf guide with no video content (only online)

Thats just a quick few bullets on what I think was good and bad.

However, in the next section, I'll go into a little more detail to help give you an insight as to whether this program is for you.

Things I Liked

I really like the fact that this program shows you exactly what tools to buy and then where to get them.

For most people like myself, finding a set of tools that you know will do the job is a difficult thing already.

Then to get those tools at a good price is another hurdle that most of us have to crossover.

By Ralph sharing exactly what to get and where I found that the things I was missing in the kit were very easy to locate and purchase with ease.

He also recommended that you keep your toolset to a minimum viable amount.

This essentially means that you only buy tools as you need them to save yourself money and time.

This was a good point because I tend to spend a lot of money on tools that I keep saying ill get round to using, but never seem to.

By actively thinking about what tools I really needed, I was able to narrow them down to an important few, then I sold the rest on eBay.

I don't know how good you are with eBay, but thats a great place to sell some tools if you're in need of some quick cash.

The fact that he recommends getting started with under $100 just blew me away, as thats the first time I think I've heard anyone say that.

And once you look into the tools he is recommending,

its quick easy to see how that could actually work.

Ok so that was a few things that I really loved about the program, but what about the things that I didn't like?

Things I Didn't Like

Right off the bat, I didn't like the fact that after buying this product I was bombarded with sales pitch after sales pitch.

I don't understand why I would buy more stuff form a vendor before I have tested out the first thing I've purchased.

But hey ho, I guess that what must be working for them.

But as a customer, I found it really frustrating as I get enough of that everywhere else.

Another thing was that a few of the tools he claims are outdated I belive is just not true.

But he does go onto say that new tools can also have the same effect of being useless to what you need them for too.

He means by that is buying a new upgraded tool will not improve your work or project.

Instead, the focus and practice of your craft is what will help in creating a good project.

Another thing I didn't like was the fact that all the reviews I found online either seemed fake or bias so I buy the program through their site.

If this was my won product, then I would have personally made sure that people are representing it in a very ethical manner. And that leads me onto my next point...

Is This a Legitimate Program?

Whilst there are a few flaws in this program and how it's presented on the internet, I DO in fact believe this is a totally legitimate program. 

The resources inside have been well researched and the program is listed on a well-established checkout platform Clickbank.

I've used them for a few things in the past and never really had any problems. Plus, the program actually did have a few great tips that we're able to help me set up my workshop.

Overall Ive had a mixed experience with this program, but would I really say that Id recdoemdn it over what's already available in the market?

Do I Recommend This Product?

I would definitely recommend this program for anyone that is relatively new to woodworking and looking for a great place to start.

On the other hand, if you are an experienced woodworker and looking for a place to enhance your knowledge, then I don't think this would be the best use of your time.

There are far better programs for this of you looking to take things up to the next level.

Thats not to say that you cant try it out if you are an experienced woodworker, but I do firmly believe that this program will not offer to someone with a higher level of experience.

My Results

As a result of going through the training, I can safely say tt my workshop is now live and kicking.

So far I've built a new set of tables and chairs for a friend and I've also built a new stool for our kitchen in the new place.

I just wanted to test out space and the tools to see how things went.

And I can now say that its all going well. The only thing is that there were times when I needed some extra help but I couldn't seem to find anywhere to get in contact with Ralph.

That was a bit of a bummer, but hey! I managed to do it all on my own in the end,

and to be quiet honest Im really happy with the way it turned out.

If you are looking to build a new workshop or just trying to get into woodworking and need helo setting everything up, then id recommends you give this a go.

If you ever have any questions about this program that I haven't covered here, then just drop a comment blew and Il aim to get back to you within as soon as I can (usually 48hrs max).

I wish you the best of luck on your journey and remember if you need help to just shoot me a message or reply on this page,

and I'll get back to you with any help that I can offer.

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To wrap this up I would certainly say that this is a great program, but only if your a beginner and have less than 2 years experience.

If however you are just looking for some info on setting up a new woodworking workshop, then this may also be a great option to explore.

Overall I can certainly say that this program prived to be helpful for me,

which is why I recommend that you check it out too. It is all legitimate despite what you might find out there and it did actually help me to set up my workshop and tools etc.

IF you want to see more information on this program, then all you need to do is click the button below, and you'll be taken over to their website where you can find more information.

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