Today’s Woodworking Shop A Power Hungry Haven
Not many years ago, nearly every home had its own woodworking shop, where one family member may have spent hours working on simple projects or making repairs to furniture. With the number of available power tools available for working with wood, today’s woodworking shop may resemble a small commercial factory. In addition to the hand tools such as drills and jigsaws, the shop may also contain a lathe, planer, jointer and table saws.
Many use the home woodworking shop as a haven to get away from the stresses of family life. As long as they are producing useful products in their shop, very few will complain about the amount of time spent working in their isolated space. There are a couple of things that will be necessary in every valid home woodworking shop, to make getting away from everything else more bearable and more productive.
One of the key items in any woodworking shop is the workbench. Most people will build their own to insure that it is strong enough and stable to withstand the beatings that it is likely to take. The bench needs to be big enough to handle the largest project that may be made in the shop, and also needs to be perfectly level.
Tool Arrangement Important In Shop Design
When a person is working on a project in their woodworking shop, they do not need to spend time moving one tool in order to use another one. Consider the types of projects likely to be made in the shop and arrange the power tools accordingly. This can prevent one tool from being in the way when they move onto the next segment of the project.
The sander, belt or circular, should be located near the end of the production line, as typically it will be the last phase of any wood project. However, to protect the health of the person working in the woodworking shop, a strong vacuum cleaner will be necessary to reduce the amount of sawdust hovering in the air. There should also be a ready supply of breathing masks to prevent the person working with the wood from breathing in the sawdust.
Located somewhere near the power tools should be a fully stocked first aid kit and a means of calling for help if an accident does occur. Even the most experienced person working in a woodworking shop is subject to an accident and it is always better to be prepared. Familiarity with the tools is an important part of quality craftsmanship, but it can also lead to making mistakes that can quickly turn a small project into disaster.
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