Planning a Garage Woodworking Shop in 3 easy steps

I want to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend in my garage processing business. The reason for this is that I took time in advance to plan it. I have a stationary radial arm saw with a fixed workbench, a table saw on a mobile bench and folding table that can be used when I need them. It's not perfect, but it's the best I can do with what I have. And I can always make changes in the future.

Whether you are a woodworking hobbyist or a professional craftsman, your garage can be the perfect area where you can create an ideal woodworking business. Before you start, be sure and have a plan for your garage woodworking in writing. In this way, it is almost impossible to deviate from your plan.

"How do I get this plan?" You might ask. Well, in my opinion, you just need to follow these three simple steps.

Step 1. Your first and most important step must be to cancel your financial budget. This sounds incredibly obvious, but it is almost always the biggest mistake that individuals make when planning a project like this. Their dreams can be bigger than their wallets. You should not make any purchases until you know how much money you have access to.

Step 2. Next you have to decide how much floor space you can allocate to your new store. This information will let you know if you can buy stationary power tools or portable power tools that need to be moved when you need to work and store when the job is done.

Step 3. Now that you know how much floor space there is and what type of woodworking tools you should buy, you need to create a simple floor plan to determine the size and location of your workbenches and lockers. These drawings can only be simple sketches that you can refer to when building your garage woodworking shop. Since you build a woodworking shop, you can always purchase custom woodworking plans and build your own cabinets.

Here are several other factors to consider when planning your new store.

  • Is there enough power supply for the power tools?
  • Do you have the right lighting for safe working conditions?
  • Do you need heat supply if you live in a cold weather climate?
  • If your garage is connected or integrated, will sound and dust be a problem in the rest of the house?

A properly crafted garage woodworking can give you endless hours of enjoyment with your hobby or profession. A poorly designed store will bring endless frustration. Everything starts with a good plan.