|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 11-03-2014 03:56 PM||1127 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-03-2014 03:56 PM
Workshops vary from the top of the line TV show worthy to the space under the staircase. We all would like bigger/better shops but we work in what we have. Some folks are lucky enough to have a dedicated woodshop with all the space devoted to the hobby. For me I have a workshop that specializes in woodworking but has to handle all the duties from mechanical to plumbing. If Rube Goldberg was still alive I am sure he would be impressed. My goal was never to build a shop, rather it was to have a shop to build things in.
I would like to start this thread by listing things that make working in the shop a better experience. Tools, ideas and repurposed items, etc. that we can use. Sure you can design an make a project out of adding lights to the shop or you can use a shop light with an extension cord that has a built in switch when you need the extra light. Below are a few things I have found to be great additions that make it more fun to be in the shop. Some folks are happy designing and redesigning their shops and that becomes their major project. That’s great because it makes them happy and that is why we are there in the first place. But for me function will always win out over form and aesthetics.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Used furniture, cupboards and kitchen cabinets. Great for storage. Old desks make great tool stands and sit down work areas.
- Air conditioner. I don’t enjoy working in a 90 degree room and if you put a furnace filter in front of the intake it helps remove dust.
- Air compressor. Not the first tool you think of for woodworking but I have found this to be one of the most used tools in the shop.
- Small shop vac tucked under the workbench for quick clean ups or to be attached to a sander or biscuit joiner. On/off controlled by a switch on the bench.
- Work bench set up as outfeed for table saw. Sometimes this is a problem but it forces me to keep a lot of clutter off the bench.
- Small stool for working on low areas. Not everything can be put up on the bench.
- Box fan with a furnace filter is a portable air cleaner.
- Shop lights – cheap enough to have everywhere.
Although my shop is a mix match of many things, it works for me. Some would be envious and others would cringe if they had a look at it. But I am pretty sure Mr. Goldberg would be pleased.
So what are some of the tricks or items you use to make your shop more enjoyable?
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."