If you are like most woodworkers, the smell of sawdust and the whirring of tools makes you feel like you did walking into the kitchen as a child to the smell of freshly baked cookies. Our tools are our refuge, our method of escape from the stresses of our daily lives. Shouldn’t you have an efficient, quality area in which to enjoy your time with your projects? This week we are going to take a look at some of the ways that we can add to your enjoyment.
Some would have you to believe that in order to have a good shop, you must have a lot of space. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While a small shop will limit the size of the projects that you will be able to handle, if you have an efficient and well organized shop, you will be able to greatly enhance your enjoyment while working on hobbies.
One of the key elements that you will want to consider is the lighting in your shop. Not only will a well lit area make it easier to see your work, it will also make the area safer. We will try to eliminate as many shadows as possible. You can also reduce your power usage by trying to use natural light by adding some windows to the area. The goal is to be able to use your woodworking tools from any angle without casting any shadows.
If you spend a lot of time in your shop, you may want to consider the flooring in your shop. You may want to get away from the simple anti-fatigue mats and instead, look at the various types of flooring that you can use that will reduce fatigue no matter where you choose to stand in the shop.
Also take a look at storage. In order to save space, you may want to consider overhead or rack storage for your wood. This can go a long way toward making your shop feel larger than it actually is. This will also make it easier to find wood when you need it.
Take a look at your equipment – Are the machines simply placed around the shop in the order that you purchased them? As a general rule, you will usually use the tools in a specific order as you work on projects. Think about organizing the equipment so that you can minimize your movements between machines.
Don’t forget about dust. Installing a vacuum system in your shop will not only keep things cleaner, but it will also make it easier to breathe. Especially if you have breathing issues, this can make the difference between enjoying your shop time and being forced to give up your hobbies.
A.C. T. Services would be honored to have the opportunity to show you the best ways to organize and design your workshop. We can put our 33 years of experience to work in making your woodshop into the envy of your friends. We will make the shop match your personality, as well as your personal tastes. Most of all, you are the most important member of our remodeling team.