Creating your dream woodworking shop is a venture filled with excitement. Here are some of the best woodworking shop features you may want to include.
Here's a guide to ensure you have everything you need for your woodworking expedition.
Let's begin with the electrical system - this isn't just about having a place to plug in your phone charger. You'll want plenty of electrical supply and room in the panel for future expansion. Are you feeling like a high roller? Consider 3-phase if you can afford some heavy-duty machinery.
Don't forget the importance of space - and we're not talking about the final frontier. High sidewalls, open bays, and an abundance of windows up high are crucial. This isn't just for aesthetic purposes; it will give your shop an open, well-lit feel and prevent you from feeling like a hobbit in a hole.
Dust collection is next - and this isn't just your ordinary spring cleaning. Consider a system that sits outside and dumps into a trailer, which you can simply drive away when it fills up. It's a bit like magic, just without the wand and robes.
Storage racks, industrial style, are a must. You can forklift your pallets of wood up into the air, freeing up valuable floor space for, well, more wood. And let's face it - seeing your wood collection hoisted up high gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Now, we move on to the fun stuff. Sound system already wired up so you can hear your favorite tunes across the room? Check. A spray booth? Check. Compressor with automatic everything, filters, and overhead piping with drops for your air tools? Check, check, and check.
Don't forget about the quality workbench, assembly tables, and a roomy area for a wide belt sander. You'll also want cabinetry, multiple saws for various tasks, a first aid station, and fire extinguishers (safety first!).
And last, but definitely not least, make room for the little luxuries. A coffee pot, radio, big screen TV, an office area with a couch, bathroom, and various amenities for the ultimate hideout. Trust me, it's worth it.
Oh, and one final piece of advice - make it twice as big as you think you'll need. You can thank me later.