There are likely plenty of opportunities on your property to create the workshop of your dreams, whether it’s that old shed out back or a garage that you rarely use. As you start the transformation, consider these four key aspects you should keep in mind as you develop your plan.
1. Tool Storage
If you don’t have a spot to place your tools, your workshop can get disorganized in a hurry. Large industrial toolboxes with a rigid caster wheel or two give you mobile storage that you’ll get a lot of use out of. When weather permits, you can even work outside by simply rolling your tools out where you need them.
When working with fumes and sawdust, it’s important to work in a space that has good airflow. A stuffy workshop creates a dangerous and uncomfortable environment, especially when the weather is warm outside. You might opt for an internal system to support ventilation requirements, or you may just add a couple more windows.
Don’t overload the structure with too many materials and nowhere to use them. A workshop should have sufficient room to lay out your projects, while still having space to maneuver safely. When using power tools, you need to have a good range of motion to maintain control over what you’re doing. Depending on the intended use of the shop, a long workbench is another good option.
4. Climate Control
Cold weather can really penetrate spaces lacking in insulation, and significant temperature drops can have an adverse effect on building materials and tools. To keep yourself and your resources content, invest in some sort of heating system to keep the space warm when it gets chilly out. Conversely, you may also want to think about a cooling option for those hot summer days.
Taking care of these factors is only the start of your dream workshop. Be creative and design the space that inspires you to get things done.