1/ When you begin your workshop the first thing you need to do is to layout your floor plan
Most of us don’t have a lot of space, so we will start with a small workshop in a garage or similar sized room.
- Perhaps a 6m x 6m Double Garage
- Access will be a rollup garage door or similar entrance.
- You also need good lighting, so the rule here is 10% of floor area will be minimum for the window area in case, 3.6m2 (say 3m x 1.6m).
- We will also need some 4 x 12m fluorescent fittings for night work.
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- Do you perhaps need a hanging rack hung from the roof on steel rods?
- Would it be beneficial to have your Tool Box on wheels so you can move it around, as you need it here or there to provide a bigger workspace?
- Where will you put the various benches and machines? Click on the link here to see how to draw up a Tentative Layout Plan of what should go where.
- Do You Need Water In The Workshop? Perhaps you need to put in a basin with hot and cold water, with a small geyser, ideally near the workbench.
- Do You Need A Portable Light For Fine Work? What would be the best type for you? A Mechanics Shielded Lamp or a Standing Lamp would definitely fit in well with the plans here.
- Do You Need Window Blinds To Shut Out Blinding Sunlight? Slatted horizontal or vertical blinds should suffice in this instance.
2/ Where To Place The Workbench?
The Workbench should be placed near the window for good vision when working.
- You will need a couple of sturdy stools or saw horses for working on large items such as cupboards.
- Also needed, is a workspace about 3m x 3m along one of the walls.
- A Timber Storage Rack with several layers to keep your timber and a large plastic or wooden bin for offcuts is a definite must.
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- Have You Thought Of Making Your Own Offcut Bin? This could be your ideal beginners project to saving money!
- Should You Put Your Workbench On Castors, Lockable Of Course Is Essential? This will make your space more flexible.
- Will You Cover Your Stools / Saws with Formica or Padding To Avoid Scratching The Work? Perhaps you need to make slatted floor frames or soft board sheets to avoid damage to delicate finishes.
- Should Your Timber Rack Be Of Timber Or Steel? What is available, and what can you afford? The choice is yours.
3/ Where To Position The 250mm/10″ Electrical Saw?
The Electrical Saw, with safety guard and if possible, a tilting arbor for doing angle cutting.
Likewise, you should have a 270m Blade Surfacer and if possible with the ability to thicknessing your timber.
These should be situated with space around to handle longer timber (say 2m to 3m) and on the sides to enable you to work safely and comfortably.
Have You Thought About Safety Factors In The Woodworking Workshop?
To make people aware of the safety factor when they walk into your workshop, the working area around the machines needs to be marked by 50mm Yellow Lines on the floor.
- Only the Operator may be in this marked area when work is in progress. No lingering by others is to be permitted.
- All machines must have a clearly seen safety switch.
- What Happens If There Is An Accident? There must be a First Aid Box prominently displayed and marked, and a First Aid EP? Available.
- All machines must have safety guards, and they must be used at all times except when work is in progress.
- Never take unnecessary risks when working with machines!
- ALWAYS wear protective googles and use a Push Stick on the Saw and Surfacer.
- Never wear long sleeves or loose clothing when working with machinery in your woodwork workshop.
4/ Where To Place The Storage Cupboard?
An ideal size for the storage cupboard should be about 1.8m High, 1m Wide x 0.5m Deep/Breadth for storing:
- Small Machines
- Drilling Machines
- Extension Cords
The Woodwork Workshop Storage Cupboard should be locked for Safety And Security Reasons at all times. The cupboard must always be kept tidy for ease of work, and also so that it can be seen at a glance when to re-order to replenish stock of supplies.
The small loose items can be stored in glass jars with lids screwed to the underside of the shelf above to save space on the shelf.
All chords of drilling machines need to be looped and tied with the ties of the extension cord as well, so that they can hang on a hook.
Glue, thinners, paraffin and all combustibles must be stored in a separate cupboard, preferably a steel one in accordance with regulations.
Outlines in marker lines of objects like:
can be done on the back of the cupboard and a clip fitted to hold each item.
Turned objects in progress, can be stored in a separate box near the lathe.
5/ What Would Be An Ideal Spot For The Drill Press?
A Drill Press is indispensable, a standing one, with an adjustable table on it. Perhaps it would be best to place it near the workbench so you have parts handy which you are working on.
6/ Now The Question Is: Where To Put The Woodworking Lathe?
The Woodworking Lathe should ideally be 1.5m / 6ft long, with a stand so you can work comfortably, with a rack for holding the Turning Chisel fixed to the wall near the lathe. So the best place would against the wall.
7/ Finding A Suitable Place For The Timber Storage Rack: Where To Fix It?
Your timber storage rack can be made of adjustable uprights and brackets so you have flexibility in storing various thicknesses of timber.
You can also have a rack with vertical angles to store wide chipboard or Masonite which won’t fit on the 600mm / 2ft wide wall rack.
It’s a good idea to keep a stock list of sizes and types of wood and also to work out in another list what your projects are and what you need to buy for each job.
You can arrange your jobs in piles of wood for each job in a set aside area near to the machines or workbench.
SAFETY! SAFETY! SAFETY!
Many accidents are caused by people slipping on dirty floors, pieces of wood, nails and the list is long!
So you need to keep floors swept clean at all times. Some Woodworking Workshops throw down wet wooden shavings and sweep it up afterwards as this picks up the dust as well as any debris and leaves the floor clean and dry.
A concrete floor is good, but it needs to be free of holes or obstructions such as old bolts mounting previous machinery.
The roof should be checked for leaks and if any found need to be plugged so you don’t find that your stock or precious hours of work are for naught or damage when it rains.
You should make sure that the workshop is well ventilated and dust free. Some workshops fit roof ventilators or fans to extract the dust and keep the air clear.
Security is always a concern when you have expensive machines and wood stock as well as hardware in the cupboard.
So windows should have burglar bars or expanded metal mesh and the entrance door needs to have a good lock or locking mechanism in place to keep out thieves and vandals.
If you are able to afford an alarm system, you should have one installed for your peace of mind.
Utilizing this information to plan your layout before you just put items in your workshop space, will save you time, money and frustration.
Furthermore, it will streamline your work so you can work efficiently and timeously.
Should you have any questions about the above information, leave your comments and questions below, I’d love to hear from you and help you out.