TIPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR WORKSHOP
1. Make sure that you have enough space. While you’ll most likely be working on a wide range of projects in your workshop, you should ensure that you have enough space for working on large projects. This generally means you should allow for at least 8 feet of space in all directions, making it easier to haul and work on large pieces of lumber without constricting your movement in any way.
2. Ensure your space is well lit and well ventilated. Many of the projects you might take on in your home workshop involve working with small pieces and/or working with harsh chemicals. In order to ensure that projects both remain safe and are performed correctly, make sure that you can see properly and that air is circulating well either through vents or open windows.
3. Plan to make a mess. Nearly any project you take on at home, small or large, will create a mess in the process, and that is perfectly okay. You will, however, make your life a lot easier if you have a disposal system already in place – know what to keep and where to keep it, just as you should know what to get rid of and how to get rid of it in a way that is environmentally appropriate.
4. Make use of walls and ceilings. If your home workshop is small, then you may find yourself running out of space relatively quickly, even if you have access to numerous drawers and cabinets. Make the most out of your space by installing racks and hooks on your walls and ceilings too, and you’ll easily discover that you had a lot more storage space than you might have initially thought.
5. Secure sharp or dangerous tools. While nearly any tool can cause injury if used incorrectly, there are certain tools, such as box cutters and handsaws, that need to be handled extra carefully. When done using, always make sure that these tools are put away securely, and if you’ve got curious pets or small children, it’s wise to be extra cautious and place these objects up high and out of reach.
6. Keep clean-up tools handy. In addition to all your supplies and tools, no home workshop is truly complete without an on-site vacuum. While it may not seem important, lugging your regular vacuum out to the garage or down to the basement every time you create abundant amounts of dust and debris will become an obvious hassle quickly.
7. Have a drying system ready. It’s great if you have a sink built right into your workspace, but not always possible, so at the very least you should have a system in place for when you need to dry freshly painted or stained objects. Having a drying rack in place in advance will easily save you from having to scramble around trying to find something to hang your painted or stained item on in the heat of the moment.
8. Have a place for everything and stay organized. While it’s always a good idea to stay organized in nearly every area of your life, nowhere is this more true than in your personal workshop. A good workshop will have dozens, if not hundreds of tools and supplies, and knowing where everything is kept and always putting things away when done with will ensure that you always know exactly where to look every time you need something.
When setting up your home workshop, whether you are building it entirely from scratch or simply looking for the right tools to stock up on, we encourage you to pay us a visit at Shell Lumber & Hardware in Miami. No matter your passion or level of experience, Shell has everything you need to get started and comfortable working in your home workshop, so please give us a call at (305) 856-6401 if you have any questions or concerns.