How to Build a Wood Workshop

Written by michael mason
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How to Build a Wood Workshop
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One of the most rewarding of crafts is that of woodworking, but in order to carry out that craft effectively, you will need a well thought out wood workshop. New woodworking equipment can be quite expensive, but if looked after properly it can last for many years. Both new and used equipment is plentiful, but it will pay you to take your time and build up your stock of equipment item by item.

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Things you need

  • Workbench
  • Wood vice
  • Large rectangular piece of 9mm plywood
  • Nails in anchors
  • Table saw
  • Band saw
  • Hand held circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Planing machine
  • Bench drill
  • Assorted clamps
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Assorted screwdrivers
  • Belt sander
  • Assorted screws, nuts and bolts
  • Set square
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Wood stains
  • Wood varnish
  • Thinners
  • Paint brushes
  • Wood as needed

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    Find adequate space--at least 15 feet by 12 feet. A disused garage or a basement area is an ideal size. After clearing out the space, the first thing to do is to erect a sturdy workbench. Use 3-by-3s for the legs and attach a piece of 3/4-inch plywood measuring about 8 feet by 4 feet as a bench top. In order to ensure it does not move around, screw the rear of the bench top to a piece of 3-by-2 that has been securely attached to the wall. It is a good idea to include a shelf beneath the bench for storage of hand held power tools.

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    Attach a piece of 1/2-inch plywood measuring about 7 feet by 2 feet flat against an accessible wall using nails in anchors. This will be used to hold wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, tape measures, steel rules and other small tools. They can be suspended from this board using pins and sprang clips. Once this board is accommodated, it is easy to spot which tools are missing. Attach some shelving onto another accessible wall using L shaped brackets. You can find these at any hardware store.

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    Purchase woodworking equipment. Get the basics first. If you cannot afford new equipment, try looking in the classifieds and go to a few garage and yard sales and second-hand shops.

    How to Build a Wood Workshop
    Used tools work just as well as new. (tool bag and tools 1 image by Warren Millar from
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    Consider your space. When you buy larger woodworking equipment such as table saws, band saws and planing machines, think carefully when you place them in the workshop. You will often find yourself sawing or planing long pieces of wood, and you must leave room for this.

Tips and warnings

  • There is nothing worse than an untidy workshop. Always put everything back in its storage place when you have finished your work session.
  • Woodworking machinery, especially if powered, can be extremely dangerous. Do not wear any loose clothing or get long hair anywhere near it. Cover your head and use protective goggles when using powered machinery of any kind.

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