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Woodworking Shop Setup On A Budget – Part 2 of 2

wood shop photoHopefully you read part 1 of this 2 part series on making a woodworking shop on a budget. If not then check it out by clicking the link below:


Now that you have designed the perfect size for your woodworking shop you will need to consider a few other points. Your woodworking shop will need to have sufficient electrical outlets and lighting without having to run inefficient and dangerous electrical cords. Many of the power tools that you choose may require a higher amperage or a 220 volt circuit.

If you decide to invest in air tools you will need a quality air compressor. Most quality air compressors require a 220 volt outlet. The key point is to design a future woodworking shop that will accommodate all of your current power tools and your desired future power tools into the floor space. This advanced preparation will assure you that you will have an awesomely designed and efficient woodworking shop

Another important consideration will be proper ventilation. A woodworking shop produces a lot of dust. Dust can affect your ability to breathe properly. Dust can also be a hindrance to your woodworking projects when painting or staining. Also, it is simply annoying to have dust on everything in your woodworking shop. Plus, there is a safety issue because of the fact that large amounts of dust can become explosive.

When you design your woodworking shop make sure that you have an entry door that is suitable for large projects going in or out. A double door entry should take care of this situation. Most woodworkers build their woodworking shops in their basement. However, if you are designing a woodworking area in a garage or in a completely new structure, then you can also consider using a rollup door for a secondary entry point.

Another requirement will be the proper ceiling height. In a residential home an eight foot ceiling is adequate. However, when you want to flip a four by eight sheet of plywood in a room that has an eight foot ceiling, well, that is almost impossible. If you have an opportunity to choose the ceiling height you should choose at least 10 feet.

Drawing a “to-scale floor plan” for your future woodworking shop is not that difficult. You will need some graph paper, a ruler, a pencil, and an eraser. First draw a template of all of the power tools that you own and desire to own. Then make a template of the workbench. Finally, draw the actual floor plan.

Move the templates around the floor plan that you have drawn until you come up with the perfect design. Make sure that you remember to include adequate walkways and any necessary space that you deem essential for all sides of the stationary power tools.

If you discover that you do not have adequate space for all of your stationary power tools and workbench, you will have to make some adjustments. One of the adjustments that you can make is to use smaller power tools that will fit on top your workbench. You will also be able to save space by being well organized and having specialized storage cabinets to hold smaller tools, materials, and accessories.

If you have never done woodworking before you will be thoroughly pleased by the wonderful feelings of fulfillment that this interesting hobby provides. There are many books and online videos that can help you to understand how each tool works. However, there is nothing quite like actual experience. Do not be afraid to make mistakes because that is how you will learn. In no time at all, you will be considered by your friends and family as a master woodworking craftsman.

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Updated: June 12, 2015 — 2:27 pm
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