1. Set Up a Proper Workshop Environment
The workshop is a woodworker’s castle, and this is where all woodwork activities take place. This is the first and most important step, as it will set the environment for everything else.
Look around you and locate a cool spot to situate your workbench where you do all the rough work. In simple terms, your workshop could be a vacant room, garage or basement right there in your house.
The secret is you need a workshop all to yourself where you can explore and develop yourself. Think about these tips while setting up a workspace.
- Your workshop needs to be 8-10 feet high from the ceiling and spacious enough to accommodate various sizes of work tools and materials.
- Ensure that there are enough ventilation outlets for getting rid of dust and paint spray fumes.
- You will need sufficient electrical outlets to allow you to safely power electric tools and also adequate lighting system for illumination during your project.
- Keep a cabinet and a pegboard in place for organizing small hand tools and other items for easy access.
2. Acquire the Right Tools for Each Task
In the world of woodworking, we have numerous machines and tools serving various purposes. But it is your duty to identify and acquire the right tools for the task.
However, getting the right tools depend largely on the nature and magnitude of the job in view. So in a bid to avoid workshop errors and project failures, clever woodworkers often come up with tools list in order of priority. With first priorities on basic hand tools and power tools for cutting and dressing lumber. Other tools and equipment will vary with respect to the project you are working on.
So for example if you will be working on wood turning, then you will get a different set of equipment than if you are planning on doing cabinetry.