If you want to have fun and also be effective as a woodworker, then it’s important to have a great wood workshop layout. This will help you to stay organized and ensure that you achieve your maximum potential with every project.
But what should those ideal woodworking shops even look like? If you need a couple woodshop ideas to get you started on the right track, we will provide you with five layout tips in this piece to have your woodshop in the prime and efficient condition in no time.
5 Woodshop Layout Tips
Whether it’s specific materials that you can get for yourself or simple organizational or safety measures that you can implement, here are five woodshop layout tips that should work for you.
1. Make Sure Your Workbench Is Near a Window
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Having your workbench exposed to ample natural lighting will help to make sure that you can see every little woodworking detail, ensuring precision as well as safety. Even if you have enough artificial lighting in your workspace, getting frequent exposure to sunlight will keep you in a better mood and create that model woodworking environment.
That workbench window placement is also important for the finishing process. When preparing and applying your finishes, it’s important to have the right amount of ventilation so that you’re not inhaling any toxic fumes.
2. Consider Investing in a Garage Heater
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That garage workshop can get cold in the winter, but an inspiration for a particular project could strike you at any time. That’s where a garage heater can come into play. Now, a garage heater is larger than your typical residential space heater (and it needs to be, considering the large space that you’re working in) and should offer around 5,000 watts of heating power, which is enough to warm up at least 750 square feet of space.
Try to get a heater that comes with a built-in thermostat, so you won’t have to constantly be messing with the settings. While it’s supposed to add convenience, that space heater can turn into a real hassle if you need to constantly pause a project to turn the temperature up or down. You’ll also want to try to get a heater that’s mounted either to the wall or the ceiling so that you have enough space to move around your shop and also don’t start any fires.
3. You May Want to Get a High-Powered Fan As Well As a Portable Air Conditioner
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In the same way that you want to have your shop prepared for the winter, you also want to make sure that it is prepared for the summer months as well. Enter a high-velocity fan. Not only can a fan help keep you cool, but it can also help to dissipate the accumulation of sawdust or anything other debris as well as toxic fumes from sprays, paints, and finishes.
While a fan can be great for maintaining a cool environment, it might not be all you need to get the job done, particularly if summers get especially brutal where you live. If this is the case, then you should consider investing in a portable air conditioner.
4. Store All Your Wood Near the Woodshop’s Entrance If Space Allows
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Nothing can be quite as much of a pain in the butt as having to drag heavy pieces of lumber all around your shop. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep all your wood as close to your shop’s entrance as possible for quick and easy unloading.
Now, depending on what kind of shop situation you’re working with (such as a basement woodshop, for example), you may be stuck with storing that wood in perhaps not that most ideal of locations. But if you have a garage or shed setup, then you should be able to more properly store that lumber so that it’s not as much of a hassle to move or get to.
5. Make Sure That Your Tools Are Grouped and Stored Efficiently
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Keep similar tools next to similar tools for accessibility’s sake. Also, it might be a good idea to store certain tools, such as bandsaws, drill presses, router tables and stationary sanders, against the wall in your shop.
Make Woodworking Fun and Safe with the Right Woodshop Layout for You
Hopefully, you got into or are looking to get into woodworking because you enjoy it in some capacity. Sure, it can be hard work, but ultimately, woodworking should be fun. A fun and enjoyable woodworking experience start with the perfect woodshop layout for you.
You want to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You want to know where your tools are at all times and have easy access to them. You want to make sure that your workbench is situated in the correct place and is getting the right amount of lighting. Comfort, safety, and efficiency are all important facets of a top-notch woodshop, and if you have these present in your shop in some capacity, then you should be on your way to churning out fantastic workpiece after fantastic workpiece in no time.