Whether you want to build a home shop for personal woodworking or a commercial shop for woodworking instruction, you'll want to address safety issues, workspace and storage of supplies. Setting up a woodworking shop isn't difficult with a little forethought and planning. Here are some strategies for building a functional shop for your woodworking hobby or business.
Choosing Your Location
Woodworking shops come in all sizes, depending on available space and the equipment used. The type of projects a wood craftsman does will often determine the size of the shop. A woodworking shop can be an addition to your house, built by you or someone else. It can also be a garage, a basement or even a storage shed behind your house. Use whatever space is available that allows you enough room to operate your tools. Be sure your shop is well-ventilated to allow you to finish and paint your projects.
Arranging Your Shop
Woodworking shops should be arranged for convenience. Big machines, such as lathes, are often placed together in one area. A bench often goes along one wall, and it's ideal for a pegboard to run the length of the wall to hang frequently needed tools. Add a couple of storage bins in a dry place for keeping scrap wood. Use a metal cabinet set to one side if you're planning to store paint and varnishes. Leave plenty of space between machines and work tables to allow you to move freely, especially when you're working with larger projects.
Safety issues should always be a priority in a woodworking shop. It's a good idea to keep goggles, gloves, and a first aid kit on hand. Be sure the aisles are always clear of anything you could trip over. Keep metal tool boxes to store tools not in use. Make sure power cords are rolled up and hung on wall hooks when they aren't in use. Sweep the shop floor periodically to ensure there is no debris.