Woodworking is a hobby that many may have just taken up for fun, but there are people out there who become quite attached to the whole concept. Especially in the hustle and bustle of the big cities, where everything becomes disposable and there is no direct contact with nature anymore. It is in these same concrete jungles that some woodworkers have managed to stay true to their passion for creating things from wood. Small woodworking shops do not seem like an easily manageable feat, mostly because some of the woodworking equipment can be quite big and hard to lug around. All you actually need is some creativity and commitment.
One woodworker from Manhattan has managed to setup his woodworking shop in the bathroom of his studio apartment. The concept is something one needs to see to some to terms with the practicality of it. The bigger equipment like the table saw, band press and drill press are dragged into and out of the small woodworking shop when needed. The workbench has been constructed by the owner himself and has been made in such a way that it straddles the tub. While this may not be the most sophisticated or clean approach to having a small woodworking shop, it is definitely a creative and practical one.
There are other ways of getting a small woodworking shop as well. A very interesting but rather advanced concept is of a woodworking shop “dungeon”. This does not need plumbing even as you can get the water you need from an air dehumidifier. As cool as the whole thing sounds, it is not something someone without experience can do. Still, there are less complex options as well such as; turning your garage or basement into your very own woodworking space. It is basically about how you go on managing things. Get the kind of tools you can easily keep on the little shelf space that you can manage with ease.
The most important points that need to be kept in mind for one to be able to build a practical small woodworking shop have been given below:
- Think about some space in your house or apartment which is not being used for anything and can be converted into your hobby shop. This allows you to narrow down the place you can easily do your work without causing any sort of disturbance.
- Since, you will be working with wood and tools, the set up should be in a place where there is not a lot of humidity, no leaky pipes. Keeping this in mind will help you protect your tools and products. Rust and humidity can ruin a perfectly good setup.
- Storage space for your tools. Put your woodworking skills to the test and build yourself a couple of small and convenient shelves. You can also make a workbench which allows you to more effectively use the little area that you have.
- Easy to clean out. Piling on waste like wood shavings and other small pieces here and there can reduce the space you already have. Be sure to have a constantly clean work area for best results.