At the end of this post, I’m going to give you some guidelines and tips for carpentry workshop security. Safety is an important issue when you work with heavy construction materials like nails or screws. This kind of work requires a lot of power tools and it’s easy to lose your focus in the middle of something. It’s always a good idea to have a few things on hand that will help keep you safe while you work. In addition, having a place to keep your tools safely stored and organized will make your job much easier. At the very least, you need a quality set of tools that doesn’t take up too much space.
One of the first places I check when I am trying to find something in my carpentry workshop is the ceiling. You never know when a crazy wood screw driver will fly through the floor and hit something! Keep a few tools on hand to handle any unexpected spills or unexpected slips. The last thing you want is for someone to trip over a nail and break their leg. Always be aware of where things are located so you can quickly get to them if you have to. A nice little ceiling mount shelf would be perfect for keeping small tools out of the way.
Cutting tables are another must-have when it comes to carpenters’ workshops. Carpenters are often required to cut or shape wood using fine chisels and tools. These might include hack saws, band saws, reciprocating saws, and other all purpose cutting tools. Having a cutting table nearby will ensure safety while carpenters are working.
Another item to have in any carpentry workshop is a large supply of wood. Carpenters spend a lot of time hammering, sawing, and nailing. You can bet that they’ll get through a lot of wood in a hurry if they have plenty of wood of every kind. Carpenters may also build a variety of wood items from scratch, such as planks and frames. Having an assortment of wood types and sizes will ensure you have plenty of different materials on hand. This will allow you to match the item to the space available, as well as providing customers with a much wider selection of products than they could possibly shop at a traditional wood dealer.
The third most important item to include in your carpentry workshop is a lathe. Most woodworkers will own one of these wonderful machines. You’ll find them in schools, home improvement stores, and even some farmers’ markets. Lathes are used to crosscut, cross-stitch, and print woodworking patterns.
A table saw is also very handy in a woodworking workshop. Many woodworkers own one or two of these machines as well. It’s not uncommon to find woodworkers starting out with a portable table saw, and then eventually converting their machine over to a stationary model. This saves a lot of space, and it allows the woodworker to work more accurately and with greater control.
Power tools are also absolutely necessary for a well-equipped workshop. A band saw is essential for most wood projects and should have a good warranty. A circular saw is ideal for cutting large boards, and a router is great for cutting small pieces into individual boards. A table saw should also have a few cordless power tools, such as an angle grinder and a circular sander. All of these items are necessary for any serious woodworkers to have in their workshop.
Last but certainly not least, is the wide variety of power tools, drill presses, Sanders, and grinders that are necessary for completing a woodworking project. These items may be bought new or used, and many people choose to build their own. Building your own tool set will save you money and give you more versatility in your work area. Your new, hand-made carpentry shop can include all of these items, or you can choose to buy them new, and outfit your workshop accordingly.