Setting Up a Woodworking Shop

One of the main reasons that people decide not to start woodworking is because they believe they need to set up a large workspace in order to actually be able to start a woodworking project. However, this isn’t the truth. You can start woodworking by setting up a woodworking shop at home. All that it requires is a little planning, preparation, and some effort.

This article will help you get past the initial hurdle of getting started with woodworking by supporting you through the setting up your workspace process.

Prepare The Woodworking Space

First you need to find some space where you plan on creating your woodworking shop. It doesn’t need to be a huge space, it can be a small shed, a garage, or anywhere that has enough room that will allow you to work on your woodworking projects and store your tools.

Once you have decided on a location, you should map that space out so you can decide where the various tools will go. You don’t need to buy all the tools for a workshop that you see on lists online when you are starting out. As you continue to work on different projects, your list of woodworking tools will continue to grow.

As an example, stationary power tools will take up a lot of space, so you need to know the dimensions of the space you are using, so you can properly place them and store them away when not in use. Other tools for a workshop such as hand and power tools will also need allocated spaces for storage so they can be neatly put away. This will help make woodworking a much easier and more enjoyable undertaking.

You need to know where the actual work bench will be placed, as you will be using it most of the time to work on the various different projects you undertake. It will have the vice you will use to secure wood as well, this is one of the most important parts of the woodworking shop, so knowing the measurements of the space is essential.

Buying Your Woodworking Equipment

In order to actually start woodworking, you will need the equipment to do so. Hand tools are an important part of any woodworking shop, so make sure to add them to your list of tool. Even after getting power tools, hand tools will always be needed. There are many hand tools that you can purchase, you should look online and find the recommended hand tools for a workshop.

You also need to make sure that you have all the safety equipment you will need. This will include things like goggles, ear protection, and a pair of gloves to keep your safe while you are working. These are the minimum safety precautions you should be taking at all times when woodworking. Moreover, you will want a vacuum to clean up after you are finished, keeping your workspace clean can help you stay safer.

Woodworking Equipment Organization

Organization should be one of your top priorities when starting woodworking. This is something experienced woodworkers and beginners should always do. An organized workspace will make woodworking more enjoyable, efficient, and safe. You don’t want to spend long durations of time looking for a single tool when you are working, it will get annoying, and you will lose motivation very quickly if you need to continue stopping work to find pieces of equipment.

Start organizing your tools immediately when starting woodworking. Even if you don’t have many tools, you should start early so that you can develop that good habit. Place tools in their allocated space, this will help you in the long run. There is no doubt about that.

You can use tool chests, these are much bigger than tool boxes and as a result, they will allow you to store more tools within them. This is an easy way to stay organized and neatly put away your tools when they are not in use. Another storage and organization method you can use is pegboards. These allow easy access to your tools and a nice and simple way to store your equipment.

Power Considerations

Power is going to be necessary when you are setting up a woodworking shop if you plan on using power tools. Since this is more than likely, you will need to consider how you are going to get his power. Your workshop should have 110 volt and 220 volt outlets in order to allow you to use the different types of power tools.

Handheld power tools will usually use the 110 volts outlets, while large power tools will require the 220 volts outlets. Even if you don’t plan on having a heavy power tool in you workshop, it won’t hurt to have at least one 220 volt outlet in your workshop. Additionally, you need to consider where the outlets will be placed. Ensure that they are placed in places which are easily accessible and won’t cause you any trouble.


Proper ventilation is important when you are creating a woodworking shop at home. Flowing air can help with reducing humidity and keeping you cool when the temperature is high outside. More importantly, proper ventilation is a must have when you are working with different types of chemicals in the workshop.

In order to stay safe, if your workshop doesn’t have proper ventilation, when you are working with chemicals make sure to do it outside. As well as ensuring you are wearing the properly protection such as googles and gloves.


Building your workshop can seem like a daunting task, but it really shouldn’t be. Just take your time and work on it slowly and you’ll get there. Your workshop will continue to grow as you work on different projects, because you will discover that you need more tools that are better suited to the different jobs you need to complete.

You don’t need to focus on everything listed above all at once. Choose one and get it done properly and then move onto the next one. Do not make things difficult for yourself by taking on too much at once. Lastly, you do not need to break the bank when you are setting up a woodworking shop, choose what you can afford and work from there.

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