Setting Up A Workshop – Planning
If you want to know how to set up a workshop at home it’s vital to plan well ahead. Most people set up their workshop in their basement or garage.
Most importantly, your shop location has to be in a dry place. So fix the holes in your roof, windows or door and get the moisture out of the walls. Then waterproof the walls so no more moist gets in.
Next up is to have a water and electric current connection. Water is essential to keep the shop clean and you will need electricity for your power tools. Some of these tools or machines will be permanently connected. Also you need a handful of sockets for easy connecting power tools, so you don’t have the chaos of extension cable spaghetti.
Air and Light In Your Workshop
You will need sufficient lighting too. The best is to have fluorescent lighting. make sure to fit them above your drill, saw and lathe. However, if you prefer daylight, which is a more rustic approach, you will need enough windows. Windows are always good to let fresh air in.
Workshop Tool Storage
Think of where you will store your power tools. They need to be easy enough to reach for you, but also out of harms way for the occasional children who visit. They love woodworking shops. It will reduce the risk of someone kicking the tools or tripping over them. I suggest a good garage storage cabinet should do the trick.
You will need a dust clearing system. One that sucks up saw dust or plastic dust. These particles can lead to serious health issues over time. So opening a window is just not good enough.
Finally, you must make decisions on tools and of course your workbench.
The traditional solid wood workbenches are the way to go, but if you don’t have a lot of space a folding workbench might be the solution.
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If you have enough space available you can install permanent machine tools such as a lathe and a band saw.
A lathe is a tool that is used for making round, rectangular shapes, such as table legs. These come in different sizes and with different specs. There’s home use models and professional/industrial models.
The home use model will have less power output and will generally be a bit smaller.
There’s plenty of used lathes on the market too. As these machines are pretty expensive I recommend u buy a used one to cut costs and see if it works for you.
A band saw is used by large timber mills to cut Lumber to boards and they are famous for their lumber ripping qualities. It’s preferred over the circular saw as it results in less waste. Also they have a cleaner cut.
A band saw is a large serrated band of steel that travels around two or three wheels.
The band saw comes in various shapes and sizes. The can be house-high, as in a timber mill, or in a small wood shop a couple of feet.
A resaw is a large band saw that can be used making a veneer cutting lumber along its thickness.
There’s a large range of band saws available for home wood shops in the internet too.
Safety, storage and available space are the most important factors for knowing how to set up a workshop at home.