So you're thinking about taking up woodworking? Wonderful idea. Have you considered where you're going to set up shop? Garages, basements and sheds are some common arrangements. But before you get in too deep, there's a few things you need to consider – things like storage, electrical requirements and lighting. Here's some home workshop ideas to keep in mind:
- Storing your tools – It's a little difficult to build things without tools. So you're going to have to figure out what to do with them. Woodworking sets lots of dust so you probably do not want to use open shelves, although it's a very convenient way to store tools. A better choice is to build a worktable with closed storage. Make this one of your first projects (you should be able to get the plans online). Take care of your tools and they will take care of you.
- Storing your wood – Now that you've solved your tool storage program – where are you going to store your wood? Space is at a premium in most workshops to begin with so some people just stand their wood up in the corner or lay it on the floor. But I think I have a safer and more efficient way: build a rack! Make this your second project. Building a horizontal rack is quite easy to do. Get some L-brackets and screw them into the wall at every other stud. Be absolutely sure the screws are in the studies since they will be supporting a lot of weight. Hang the racks 6 feet off the ground. This way the space underneath will be usable. This is a great home workshop idea to save space.
- Electrical requirements – For the average woodworker, a 110 volt workshop will be fine. If you ever get into woodworking in a big way and start entertaining thoughts about buying a larger machine like a cabinet saw, you may need to install 220. The important thing to remember is to make sure you have enough amperage to power the tools you ' ll be using. Learn which circuit breakers feed which ports. If possible, plug each tool into a separate circuit breaker.
- Lighting – A good home workshop idea is to get as much natural light into your workshop as possible. It not only saves on the electric bill but makes your workshop brighter and cheerier as well. You probably will not be able to depend on natural light entirely (even if you do not plan on working at night) so you need to consider how you're going to set up your artificial lighting. Figure one 48 inch fluorescent light for every 150 square feet. That's a good rule of thumb. But remember, it's always better to have too much light than too little light.
Setting up your workshop correctly with plenty of storage for tools and wood, efficient lighting, proper electrical considerations and an eye for safety is the best way to get your woodworking hobby started in the right direction. You'll have more fun, create better projects and stay safe in the process. Before getting started, keep these home workshop ideas in mind and you'll have a safer and more efficient woodworking shop.
Source by Hank Walton