What You Need To Transform A Shed Into A Woodworking Shop

Whether you do woodworking as a hobby or as a way to earn money, it's important to have a good woodworking shop. You need a lot of room and good lighting to do your best work. Because of the mess with sawdust and wood shavings, many people are limited to woodworking in their garages. If this sounds like you, do you dream of having a better area to work in? Maybe you are tired of cluttering up your garage with your woodworking tools? Consider transforming the old shed in your backyard into a woodworking shop. Here's what you will need to install.

Outlets

Of course you'll need outlets in your woodworking shop so you can operate your massive power saw. Plan for any future purchases you might make as well. But take time to plan out the exact locations for your power tools before you have an electrician install the outlets and wiring. That way, you won't be tempted to run extension cords if you want to relocate or reposition your woodworking equipment. It can be dangerous to run extension cords in a woodworking shop. Extension cords clutter the flooring and become trip-and-fall hazards, which is definitely not something you want around dangerous equipment.

Lighting

Once you've figured out where your equipment and power tools will be in the shed, you can then decide where to put the lighting. You'll probably want a strong light above the table saw and other equipment. The light bulbs should be encased in safety assemblies that are designed specifically for dangerous locations such as woodworking shops. The encasements will prevent most debris from flying up into the light bulbs so they don't break. The last thing you'll need is for something to break the light while your fingers are close to an operating saw.

Dust Collection System

Now that you know where your equipment and lighting will be, you can figure out where to locate a dust collection system. A dust collection system is not necessary, but it can help keep your woodshop clean… as well as your lungs. Breathing in sawdust on a regular basis can cause breathing problems, especially when there is mold or fungus in the wood or the wood contains preservatives and pesticides. Dust can also affect your finished products. It's difficult to get a nice, glossy sheen of varnish when there is dust settling from the air.

Heating

You'll want to keep your woodworking shop at a comfortable temperature year-round. However, do not get tempted into using portable heaters during the winter months unless you have a dust collection system. The dust could settle into the open flame or heating element and cause embers or smoke, which could result in a fire if you are not careful.You might consider installing a wood burning stove, since you'll be able to throw your scrap wood into it. However, avoid burning wood that contains chemicals or is pressure treated. If you choose to use a stove, make sure your shop is properly ventilated.

Insulation

Insulation in your shed is a good idea if you plan on working late at night or are worried about the reactions from your neighbors. Look for sound insulation that can also double as a barrier against extreme temperatures. Keep in mind, however, that soundproofing materials block sound from getting out of the shed but it will also reflect the sound back inside the shed. A soundproofed woodworking shop may seem a lot louder than you may be used to. Therefore, always protect your hearing by wearing a headset.

Many people who work with wood dream of having a woodshop on their property. If you don't want to use your garage, or you don't have one to use, consider transforming a shed into a woodworking shop. Working with local building contractors and electricians can help you with the transformation. Visit http://aaaeinc.com/ to learn more about the services an electrician can help you with. 

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