How to Lay Out your Home Wood Shop

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Get ready to lay out your home wood shop the right way, making allowances for work area, hand tool placement, materials and correct lighting and ventilation. Learn how to create a truly functional wood shop in this free video of professional home help tips.

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Hi, Chris Palmer here. Today, we're going to talk about how to layout a small wood shop. Here are a few points you want to think about when you're laying out your wood shop. Number one, tool location and don't forget to think about you're going to be running through those tools both in feed and out feed. Number two, where you're going to store your hand tools and what sort of surfaces do you need to work on. Number three, where you're going to store your materials both schick cads and solid stock. And number four, proper lighting and some sort of ventilation or dust, dust control system is pretty helpful. The table saw is a real work horse of the shop. You want to have plenty of room in front of the saw and at your out feed section of the saw. The out feed table is extremely important for supporting your work as it comes off the saw. I have a room here for a four by eight sheet to be ripped or crossed cut. You want to keep all your push sticks, your cross cut sled, everything you need to work on the table saw right nearby, but out of the way when you're not using them. Here's a great way to store a whole bunch of lumber. Store your lumber flat will help keep it straight. This is a, an adjustable shelf system. Each of these two by four arms is sandwiched in between two uprights. So, I can, I can pull them out and re-configure the size of my shelf depending on what sort of material I have coming into the shop. This is actually a lot of lumber and not too much room; utilizes the space all the way up to the ceiling and you know, a lumber room is notorious for the piece you want is at the bottom of a pile. This way, you have a lot less moving wood around to get to the stock you need. Here's where I store a lot of my hand tools. I have all my chisels, screwdrivers random stuff here, more storage up high. My work surface here is the same height as my table saw. So, when I do long cross cuts on the table saw, this actually supports the work. A vice is a great thing to have on all of your work surfaces and always make as much storage as you possibly can. Here are some bench top tools that I only need to use infrequently; my surface planer and my mortising machine. I don't need to use them everyday, so, when I'm not using them, they live right here, save a lot of space in the shop. Thanks for watching. I'm Chris Palmer. That's how you layout your home wood shop.


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