Setting Up a Small Garage Workshop – Tips for Beginners

If you are a person who likes crafting with your own hands, then you already know the importance of a shop/garage to complete a project. A garage is really important where all the tools are available to use anytime. If you also want to set up your small woodworking garage correctly with all needy tools, then the following article will guide you from start to end.

1.Decide your Space


The first and the foremost step to building your workshop is to decide the place and space. You don’t need to purchase a property to open a functioning workshop. You can open your own workshop in your garage or basement room. Deciding space includes mapping the available space for tools. It will help you to determine how to place all the tools within the available area correctly. Knowing the storage dimensions will help you to work and approach tools after setting up easily.
After deciding the space for a functioning workshop, you also need to know about the storage area. The storage area includes collecting your hand tools, which you can’t set up on walls and bar clamps. The proper storage area also contains a space to collect wood, which is accessible.
To decide all the steps mentioned above, you need to clean up your space or area that you intend to set up. It will provide you with ease to determine dimensions and tools placement places.

2. Purchase equipment 


No one can set up a workshop without the right equipment. As a woodworker, the basic equipment includes a nice kit of hand tools. You can look at your home if any tools can help you in the workshop. As a woodworker, you also need various kinds of basic hand saws, and they can easily hang on the walls. Purchasing the right equipment depends on you and your work. Visit a nearby shop where you want to buy equipment and consult with shopkeepers if you don’t know which equipment is necessary for your workshop.

3. Organizing equipment


After purchasing the right equipment, you need to organize them in your space. An organized workspace makes it enjoyable and safe to work. Take your time and think about all the possible options to arrange your tools and where they are easily accessible. If your workshop is not organized correctly, your half time will be wasted searching for tools because they don’t have the proper place. You can put your tools in tool chests or pegboards. Tool chests have more area than toolboxes, so you can properly organize your tools in them. You can also use ceiling mounted hangers that hold your electric cords, wood, large six-foot carpenter t- squares, air horses, and extra light bulbs.

4. Portable equipment 


Many people skip this part while setting up their workshop. But soon, they recognize their mistake because it’s very tiring work to lift larger and heavy stationary tools during work. You lost half of the energy in lifting tools that you can utilize in completing your project.  Making a cabinet like a table saw with wheels and putting all the necessary project equipment in that cabinet makes your work easier and faster. You can make these types of portable equipment or can buy from the market. There are a lot of portable tools available that provide you safety and comfort during work.

5. Proper ventilation


If your workshop is not in your garage or basement of a home, then you should make sure of the proper ventilation of the workshop. This step also depends on your living location. If you are living in a place where the temperature remains moderate all year, then you don’t need to work on proper ventilation of the workshop. But if you live in a place where the summer season is harsh, then you need to make your workshop properly ventilated. If you skip this part while setting up your workshop, you may face difficulties in the future when it will be hot outside and you need ventilation. It will affect your working capability. So, make sure the ventilation of your workshop.

6. Power consideration


No matter if you are working with power tools or hand tools, power is the basic thing you need to work. If you are working with hand tools, you need power for light and drilling. Your workshop should consist of 110 volts to 220 volts outlets because most of the tools work on these power outlets. For larger tools that need 220 volts outlet, you should dedicate a plug to each device to not face any problem. Determine the place of your plugs and decide on an accessible area so you can easily perform your work. Try to choose a higher position, so you don’t need to bend again and again to switch off.

7. Outsource your work


There is nothing wrong with getting help and advice from experts and experienced people, especially when you are building the workshop alone. Explore various ideas through reading articles and watching videos on the internet and apply those which you like in your workshop. Keep ideas and layouts of professional workshops and insert them in yours to make your work easier and faster. It will help you to complete everything which you need in your workshop and prevent you from missing out on equipment when required. It will also help you to do everything professionally and up to date.

There may be a question in your mind that you don’t hold a big place like professionals, don’t worry, you can get wood planed and can make dimensions in the store. You also don’t need to buy expensive saws; just make sure you have the right measurements.

Finalize the workshop


After following the guide mentioned above, you will own a functioning workshop. Developing a workshop is not a one-time job; you can modify it as you progress in your work and make yourself a brand. You can modify your equipment, your skills and can work on complex and larger projects.

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