The Scroll Saw Lady

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Your Workspace

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on July 30th, 2008

This is my last entry before I take of for Arkansas to visit my dad in the hospital again.  I will try to write once I am down there but, If you decide you want to set up a workshop here are some things to consider.

The first thing you need to consider is where you’ll be crafting your projects.  Most people take up woodworking in their garage or basement.  This is fine; just remember that you’ll need some space to store materials and the finished product.  You’ll want a space that is easy to move around in and that you can keep organized.

If you’re using power tools, you’ll need easily accessible power outlets.  Remember that power tools can be quite noisy, so take into consideration the comfort of your family and your neighbors.

You’ll need a workbench which doesn’t necessarily have to be elaborate.  It’s a space for you to work on and keep your plans out in the open. 

You can buy commercially made workbenches at most home supply stores.  When choosing a workbench, look for one with a wood top, or another smooth, non-marking top, so that the surface doesn’t scuff the wood you use for your projects. Storage underneath the bench is nice if your budget allows a model with built-in drawers and cabinets.

Choose a workbench that fits comfortably in your shop space and that matches the types of projects you think you’ll be working on. A small workbench will do for crafting toys, but you’ll need a larger space if you’re making armoires.

But you’re getting started with woodworking as a hobby.  Why not make your own workbench?  This will give you valuable experience and will become one of the most useful items in your shop!  We’ve included a simple workbench plan in this book.  Try diving right in with and start your workshop out with a piece you made yourself!

It’s a good idea to have a bin where you can place operating manuals from your tools.  This way, you won’t lose them and they’ll be easily accessible.

We also recommend a good tool box to store your tools and a box such as a tackle box to store nails, screws, etc. in.

As with most any projects, the better organized you are, the more efficient you’ll be.  You’ll also save yourself a lot of stress by being able to locate what you need easily.

Some people like to have a peg board over their workbench to hang their tools on.  This is a good idea as is to have a bulletin board so you can hang the plans for your current project.

Last, you’ll need good lighting.  You can get shop lights inexpensively at discount stores like Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

Now that you have a place to work, what do you need to get started?  The obvious answer would be wood, which we’ll talk about a little later.  What’s the second obvious answer?  Tools!  More to come on a selection of tools later.

Happy Woodworking All!  Watch for our website to start real soon.