Building A Home Woodworking Shop? Read This First!
By Business Desk
Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
For many of us who have a passion for woodworking, it’s easy enough to get by with one corner of the shed. As you take on bigger and bigger projects, however, the need for your own workshop becomes more and more obvious. If you’re thinking of taking this kind of step, then it’s important to have a solid plan in mind. Here’s a brief guide to building your workshop.
The secret to building a good workshop is getting an idea of the workflow you’d like to use for every project. Look around the available space, and try to imagine it as a kind of assembly line. It will start with a place where you can safely break up raw lumber into smaller, more manageable chunks, and end with a sanding and painting station where you can take care of the finishing touches. Scale your space down on paper, and then start plotting out where you’ll be keeping all the equipment and tools you have. Even if you’ve thought everything through, you might run into some changes you want to make fairly early on. Fortunately, using mobile bases for some of your apparatus is an easy way around this problem. The most important things to plot out wisely is more permanent equipment like a dust collection pipe.
Next, a place to store all of your tools. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all had a massive space and an unlimited budget to create the workshop of our dreams? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, so you’ll probably need to use the most of the space available to you. Seen as you’re reading this, I’ll assume you already have a fair amount of tools, and that your arsenal is only going to grow! I recommend sealable plastic storage boxes, which can be easily stacked and stowed in one corner. A wall rack is more convenient, and there’s nothing stopping you getting one. However, leaving your tools on one of these for long enough will expose it to damage from moisture and dust.
Finally, a little attention to your own comfort will save you a lot of hassle later on. If you’re passionate enough about woodworking that you want to build your own workshop, then I’m sure you’ll be spending a lot of time in there. This makes adding some comfort features extremely important. Odds are, you’re going to need to set up your shop in a basement, shed or some other “extra” space in the home. Heating and cooling can be a challenge in these spaces, so consider a plug-in heater. An air-con unit, or simply having more windows installed, will keep the space comfortable during heatwaves. You should also plan the space for a small desk and chair, where you can edit plans or simply take a break. Think carefully about the comfort features you may end up wanting; sooner rather than later!
After these three steps, you’ll be on your way to the home workshop you’ve always wanted. Better warn your family that you won’t be around for a while!