Workshop Basics


In this tutorial the requirements for a productive woodworking workshop are explained. Workshops typically evolve over time and the workshop featured in this particular tutorial has been in operation for a number of years. The fine tuning and placement of equipment and benches in a workshop occur over a period of a few years. Workshops typically share many similar features but can vary a great deal in the type of equipment and tools which form a workshop. Workshops can be primarily machine oriented at one extreme and hand tool oriented at the other extreme. In between, there are hybrid workshops which benefit from both machinery and hand tools. I tend to favor workshops where machinery is used to process rough wood with hand tools used in the later stages of furniture making.

In my workshop, I have created storage and placed equipment and workbenches to maximize the efficiency of the workshop. I share with you the experience I have gained through many years of developing functional, efficient workshops. The core components of a workshop are discussed with many illustrations and images. As well, the safety requirements of a workshop, storage requirements, dust collection and the optimal layout of a workshop are explained. After following this tutorial which includes the videos on workshop safety and workshop basics, you will have a better understanding of how to set up your workshop. Included are the workshop tutorial, workshop basics video and workshop safety video. The Workshop Basics tutorial is downloaded to your computer.

Dust collection Pt. 1 
Dust collection Pt. 2 
Band saw dust collection 
Shop size and layout 
Workshop electrical 
Workshop access and lighting 
Workshop storage 
Basement workshop 
The workbench Pt. 1
The workbench Pt. 2 
Workshop safety 
Storing and processing lumber