6 Guru-Level Tips for Setting Up A Small Shop




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1 – Manage you scrap wood. I get ENTIRE projects from the scrap wood I have, and that’s only possible if you effectively manage and keep track of it. I made that large “closet” a few years ago to keep it easy to find the right piece I need, and also keep it dust free. I consider the space it takes up as well worth it.
2 – Keep some lumber on hand. Even if you don’t have a project planned, it’s a great idea to have an assortment of hardwood (and softwood) on hand. The longer it sits in your shop, the more of the drying stress will leave the wood making it much better to work with.
3 – Follow through. A storage solution, whether you buy it or make it yourself, is only as good as how you use it. Take the time to efficiently organize the storage you have and you’ll save countless hours not looking for the stuff you need.
4 – Maximize the space around your go-to tools. If you use a tool almost every time you are in your shop, that’s one of your main tools and you should set it up in the best way possible. For something like a drill press, that means locating where you can use it without moving it or something else out the way, and then building storage space around it to put the space it uses to work.
5 – Avoid single purpose cabinets. Instead work in a modular fashion where you can add new pieces above, below and on either side without having to change anything. Better yet, build (or buy) vertical units that start on the floor and extend up near the ceiling. Section off areas inside for specific things, like drilling accessories or sanding accessories.
6 – Be realistic about dust collection. Sure, everyone wants top notch dust collection, but it’s expensive and takes up a lot of space in a small shop. If you are just doing the weekend thing and not running a production shop, your money can be spent on more important things.
Consider a combination of passive dust collection and small shop vacs placed locally, in areas that otherwise wouldn’t be used. Install a high CFM air cleaner to run when the dust is flying to clean the air. And embrace the broom! Sweeping up takes seconds and it doesn’t need to be spotless – it’s a workshop, after all.

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