How I built my small workshop

As some of you might now, one of my greatest pleasures is making furniture by working with wood. Recently, while crafting a new shelf for my granddaughter, I was talking with a friend of mine that had dropped by about how easy it is to put together your own workshop by making use of what you already have. So, today I have decided to share with you the ideas that I used when I was building my own, as some of you might find it of use.

 

Because nowadays it is difficult and expensive to construct a workshop from scratch, my advice to you is to follow my example and transform your garage into your personal crafting room. If you are lucky enough to have a large room at your disposal, why don’t use a separating wall to divide the space? By doing so, you will have a place for the car, and enough room for your own DYI projects.

Another important element that you should make sure you have is proper lighting. We’ve all heard about horrific accidents people have suffered due to not working in fitting conditions.  To make sure you save yourself from this kind of unfortunate situations, invest in good lighting and don’t overcrowd the space by getting stuck with stuff you don’t need, as they will end up staying in your way. To enhance the light, paint the ceiling in a bright shade of white, as this will help diffuse the light evenly. Also, keep in mind that open floor space is a must when you have to use tools such as a circular saw.

 

More than that, you can save space by constructing shelves where you can place the small tools and devices; this way, you will be making smart use of the space by avoiding using sizeable cupboards. Securing the benches to the walls is another method that you can use with the same end result in mind.

When speaking about the floor area, the flooring should be plain cement, so that you can easily clean it and you avoid tripping on mats. However, if you want to have the best workshop and don’t mind making a small investment, I suggest you cover it in rubber. And, yes, I know this might seem a bit over the top, but, if you stay and consider all the arguments for it, you’ll reach the same conclusion; rubber made floors are easier to clean and walk on. Moreover, if by any chance you are a bit clumsy and tend to drop tools, by making this investment, you also make sure that your devices are a safer from serious damage.

 

 

My favorite power tools

 

Building and equipping your own workshop is not an easy job, especially when you have to consider what kind of tools to buy when working with wood. Therefore, because I believe there are quite a few people who enjoy carpentering as a hobby as well, I have put together a list of what I consider the most important power tools one’s workshop cannot go without.

  1.    A drilling press

Because drilling is not something you can do without the use of a machine, one of my favorite tools that I’ve bought is a drilling press. I personally enjoy using a compact model that works well with both wood and metal. However, before buying such a tool, make sure you select one that is precise, easy to use and that fits well on your worktable. I suggest you settle for a model that was designed with a table raising mechanism, as this option allows for precision and it comes in handy almost all of the time. Additionally, the chuck quality should also be considered, as it is a feature that will prove helpful when drilling. If you don’t know ‘what is the best drill press?‘, I recommend reading expert review sites.

 

  1.    An electrical screwdriver

Although manual screwdrivers are perfectly good when performing small, once in a while repairing jobs, once you want to focus on building wood made objects that require a lot of effort, an electrical screwdriver acts as a day saver. Moreover, you have to take into account the fact that the materials you have to insert screws in have different degrees of toughness, so you have to make sure you don’t overuse force and grow yourself tired.

  1.    A circular saw

Woodwork, even when done as a hobby, involves a lot of (wood) cutting. Because of this, a circular saw is always a convenient tool one can use. The main feature you should search for in such a device is the blade diameter. In my personal opinion, the best dimensions are 7-1/4 inches. By opting for this common size, you make sure that your new purchase will be able to cut both small and large sized pieces of wood without any problems.

 

To make sure you get your hands on a safe model, make sure the circular saw you are buying has the electric brake feature. Thanks to it, you will be able to stop the device in less than 2 seconds, in the case of any unfortunate accidents.

These three powerful tools are the basic devices any workshop should contain. However, I am a carpenter by hobby and my choices are based on my particular needs. Nonetheless, everyone who wants to build his/her own small workshop should think about what he/she wants to build in their free time and chose their tools accordingly.

The pictures were taken from:

woodgears.ca

diyadvice.com

 

Music from the 70s

 

Now the 70s had my kind of music. Brilliant!