Setting Up A Home Wood Shop

Setting Up A Home Wood Shop

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There are many things to consider when setting up a wood shop at home. The task can be somewhat intimidating, and even professionals find decision making to be difficult.

setting up a home wood shopThis is easy to understand when you consider, for a professional, his livelihood depends on production.

The faster he / she is able to move the project out the door, the faster he gets paid. No pressure here, right?

The situation isn't quite so critical for hobbyist woodworkers, though the enjoyment level you experience will be much higher, if your work area is well organized.

The frustration experienced in searching for your "stuff" is quite irritating.

If you're sharing an area with cars and washing machines, is is even more important to take care in your layout.

If I had to work in a small space, I would consider a multi purpose tool, like a shop smith. Actually, prior to owning a wood shop, I did use a shopsmith for a number of years.

Many of my first commissions were done on this machine. I simply didn't have space for the woodworking machines I have now, nor could I afford them.

Another plus is you're likely to find a good used machine, bought by someone who thought they would like to give wood working a try, (kind of like those exercise machines, with clothes hanging from them).

These secondhand woodworking machines may have less than ten hours on them.

shop layoutOn the down side, they require much more planning, when switching from one function to another. I can't say I wouldn't prefer dedicated machines, but they do require much more space.

Most independent machines for home shops are small enough to put on mobile bases. This will be a big asset in small spaces.

You'll be able to keep everything against a wall, and pull it out as needed. If your space is in the home, such as the basement, you'll need to be very conscious of dust, and noise.

Your spouse won't appreciate all of your nice projects, if you keep the kids awake, or have dust tracked around the house.

A drop ceiling will do wonders in reducing the noise level, as will sound insulation between the joists. Another way to handle this is make use of the machinery early, and save the hand work for later.

Dust can be controlled through religious use of a dust collection system, even if it's just a shop vac, hooked to the machines.

There are several brands of room dust collectors that hang from the ceiling and do very well at keeping the air clear.

Try to layout your tools in the order they are used. Meaning a jointer next to the table saw makes sense. A planner next to a jointer also makes sense.

If you consider the types of projects you want to do, and the order that you do it, layout will be easier to determine.

Electric is another item to be considered, but use of extension cords will make this a non critical factor. Just make sure the cords are heavy enough for the tool or machine.

Also, the quality of your tools will play a big part in actually enjoying this hobby.

Poor quality tools lead to poor quality results. It's far better to have a few good tools, than it is to have lots of junk.

Things to consider are plentiful, but better to do most of it prior to setting up, than having to change everything later.

The old adage: "never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over", is very applicable here too.

Nice Home Wood Shop Example Layout:

wood shop layout

The above home wood workshop was designed and is been used by a friend of mine, who uses his 22' x 22' garage as his home work shop. And may I say that he has created some amazing looking wood working projects in it.

1. Unisaw
2. Jointer
3. Metal / Wood Bandsaw
4. Belt Sander
5. Radial Drill Press
6. Scrollsaw
7. Lathe
8. Thickness Planer
9. Router Table
10. Dust Collector
11. Dust Collector Cyclone
12. Woodworking Bench
13. Corner Workstation
14. Cabinets / Counters
15. Air Compressor / Shop Vac
16. Hand Tool Boxes
17. Clamps Rack