||The workshop is an evolving space. Even when fitted with the best of tools, supplies, and setups, it still requires attention as your needs and skills develop. Thats where this book comes in. Its filled with all sorts of clever ideas that will help you improve your shop. Whether youre new to the craft or a lifelong, grizzled veteran, there are solutions here for every type of woodworker and for practically every aspect of woodworking. From shop layout strategies and important safety systems, to smart tool and workstation assemblies, handy storage schemes, and innovative benches and worktables, youre sure to find ideas that not only improve your shop, but make your woodworking more rewarding.
Ive organized this book into chapters that let you incorporate new ideas in a logical and sequential manner. For example, the first chapter starts with basic shop layout, and discusses the pros and cons of different types of shops. If youre just starting out, use this section as a guide for equipping your space with all the essentials to build a solid foundation on which to grow a great shop. On the flip side, if youve been in your shop for awhile and are simply looking for some inspiration, you can use the ideas in this section to fill in the gaps or to revamp some of your existing systems to make them even better.
The following chapter presents strategies for keeping the shop clean, and for making it a safer working environment. While having a tidy shop nears the top of most woodworkers wish-lists, corralling and containing shop sawdust is a priority for everyone in terms of safeguarding your health. In addition to these dust-busting schemes, youll find specific safety precautions and setups that make machine workand your shop in generala friendlier, safer place to do great work.
Workstations are covered next, from work holders, such as sawhorses and clamping gear, to tool supports for the tablesaw, bandsaw, drill press and other essential machines. Mobile and multipurpose stations are included that increase your shops versatility. If you want better workflow, easier stock management, and quality cuts, heres the place to look. There are also ingenious ideas for adding or fine-tuning other important work areas, including better sharpening, sanding, veneering and finishing arrangements.
Keeping track of everything youve got is only possible if you incorporate intelligent storage schemes into the shop. In this next section youll discover ways to stack and store lumber so you can access it without having to pull apart an entire pile. Well thought-out tool storage is discussed, with dozens of ideas for keeping your prized hand tools and accessories neatly organized and within easy reach. Places for clamps and clamping gear are also offered, allowing you to acquire a decent collection while making it serenely accessible during those frantic glue-ups. There are even novel designs for stashing hardware, so you can stock all the myriad fasteners and furniture hardware that the crafting of wooden things demands. Storing sanding and finishing supplies make up the final part of this section, letting you stockpile your gear in a logical manner so your work flows as smoothly and reliably as your last coat of finish.
Finally, every shop needs a decent bench. This last section not only provides some solid options in this area, it shows you ways of creating additional worksurfaces, with work counters and special-purpose benches that let you tackle a broader range of woodworking. Youll even find worktables that make final assembly easier, so all your careful machine and benchwork comes together in a harmonious and peaceful whole.
So get ready to dig into a shopfull of inspiring ideas, gathered from woodworking shops all over the country. Some are original; some are borrowed from centuries-old ideas and incorporated into todays modern woodshop. All have the unique trait of making your shop the best it can be.