How to Set Up a Home Woodworking Shop
Whether your workday is filled with woodworking or you have a completely unrelated job, home woodworking should be treated professionally. Getting set up right from the beginning is the best way to be productive and to enjoy woodworking in your spare time. This way, it may potentially grow into something with a commercial basis.
Here are a few tips on how to set up a home woodworking shop successfully.
What Does It Means to You?
The philosophy of your home woodworking shop matters because it sets the tone of what is to come. Do you want to potentially build large projects that surprise you in their depth and creativity? Or, are you going to be strictly small-time? How large will your dream be for your shop?
Expandability is a key consideration with your whole approach. For instance, having enough electrical outlets and power coming through to the workshop is important, otherwise, you cannot add better tools or a greater number of tools later.
Think About Workflow
It doesn’t matter whether your woodworking shop will be compact or spacious, the workflow matters as you move from station to station. You’ll have different tools in various areas of the shop, so you need to consider what tools that you’ll use in which order, to avoid hopping all over the shop slowing down your progress. Placing the most frequently used tools nearby and the ones most often used in a set order in a logical path creates good progression and maximum use of available time.
Work out a template for how your design will progress one part to the next until it is completely assembled. How will each wooden piece be machined or cut and in what order? Planning will be helpful to figure out how to organize the woodwork shop for the best utility.
Best Tools for the Job
A good woodworker needs a proper set of tools. You don’t need to be as well-equipped as a large woodworking company, but it helps to have a few items on-hand. Start with a table saw, a thickness planer, and a large belt sander to begin with and then expand from there as your needs demand it.
A woodworker is only as good as their tools, so when setting up just buy a few new ones with a quality brand to ensure dependability over a few years. You can always add more tools later, but get a good basic set if you don’t already have them.
Given that your tools are the most expensive part of a home woodworking shop, taking care of them saves you money in the long run. For most people, dust circulating around is the worst enemy but for people who live near the ocean, the sea air is damaging too.
Consider some plastic boxes with good seals to protect tools from dust, and warm or sea air. Leaving tools out makes them susceptible to the elements, even indoors. Some tools may be so large or awkward to lift that placing them into a plastic container won’t be possible, in which case just do your best to protect them.
Setting up a shop for woodworking at home isn’t difficult or overly expensive. It’s best to know your budget at the beginning and get organized first for best results.