You’ve probably read about all the cool things that you can do at home using basic materials, so let’s get started.
If you’re in the market for a new woodworking shop, chances are you already have a large space for your shop, or at least space that is easily accessible from other parts of your home. The next step is to put in a few tables and a workbench to help you organize everything in this small space.
The next step is to pick up your first tools, which I plan to show you shortly. The third step, of course, is to fill in the barest details: cabinet doors. I’ll assume that you have an old, unused desk or counter, and a cabinet for your workbench.
The next step is to choose a suitable floor to work. I prefer floors that don’t have a whole lot of surface area. That’s because cabinets can get crowded if they are too high. There are many different combinations out there for floor to cabinetry, for example floor to chairbacks.
One thing to keep in mind is that furniture in a typical modern apartment is usually about 1,000 pounds, and even large pieces of furniture can be quite heavy. So when I say that I chose a floor that was no less than 1,000 pounds I mean that it was heavy enough to handle my cabinet work.
Next, the woodshop’s basic requirements: a table and a workbench. These can be found in most home improvement stores, but they can also be found in many large furniture stores. I like to try to find woodworking tools at both kinds of stores so that if I ever find an unusual product I’ll be able to use it. I also look for ones that are reasonably priced to buy.
Once all of this is done, your woodworking workshop should be ready to go. Here are a few general guidelines to follow.
1. Keep it clean and tidy; clean up messes as soon as you can. There’s nothing worse than an old dirty cabinet after you’ve begun the work on it.
2. Have a lot of tools—preferably good quality, preferably quality designed to last you a long time. For example, good quality hinges and drawer pulls.
3. Learn the tools you’ll need right away—for example: a router or a lathe.
4. Keep lots of work and storage materials nearby. For example, a variety of shelves (not
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