Only a woodworking enthusiast can relate to another woodworker’s obsession in regards to building or improve upon their workshop. As one advances in skill and acquires more woodworking tools and equipment, the shop must be able to accommodate these additions.
Current and future projects play a big role in the amount of space that you’ll need. Regardless if you are building a new workshop or renovating one, cost effectiveness, efficiency, and cost are critical.
Many woodworkers dream of having a huge space devoted to woodworking with a beautiful view of the great outdoors.
Unfortunately, that is not possible for those who reside in or near the city. With that said, that shouldn’t stop you from creating a workshop that your proud of.
Start with some well-thought planning. This involves knowing how much you plan on indulging in the craft going forward. Do you want to work on large or small projects? This is important because the kind of tools, machinery, and work surfaces you will need depends on the size of the projects you intend to undertake.
If you have limited space to work with, organizing all the tools and fixtures may be challenging. Create a layout first on a scaled graph paper with cut outs of scaled drawings of the bigger tools and fixtures.
Consider what layout works best for you. What is most comfortable? Workbenches and storage cabinets can be used as infeed and outfeed tables if they are made the same height. An outfeed near the door can accommodate long or large workpieces.
A folding workbench is practical rather than a traditional one that eats up space even when it’s idle. Rolling bases can be used for setting stationary tools aside when not in use. If possible, avoiding purchasing any tools or equipment that will rarely be used.
Maximize your space with the use of storage solutions. Since you are into woodworking, make your own custom storage cabinets according to your needs and space requirements. Customize them to accommodate the various tools that you plan on storing in them.
Get create, use every little nook and cranny to your advantage. Use the walls to save valuable floor space for tools that can’t be stored on cabinets.
Other considerations when building a workshop include safety devices, electric outlets, lights, among others. Regardless of the design of the shop, never fail to be practical and ensure safety precautions.