Everyday Woodworking Podcast Ep 8
Setting Up A Small Shop – What Are You Doing?
Hey everyone. I’m Ricky Fitzpatrick with Everyday Woodworking, your Podcast Home for tips, tricks and information on how to make the most of your woodworking time and money, every day.
Well welcome back to the show. We are drilling down today, into our new series on Setting Up A Small Shop. And today we look at What Are You Doing. Meaning…deciding what you’re going to be doing with your shop.
And you may be thinking “I already know that” or “Why do you need to tell us that?” And if that’s you then I just want to remind you that you may be further along in your craft or your woodworking journey than someone else.
We have listeners that range from seasoned pros to truly beginning hobbyist. So if you’re a little ways on down the road, just hang in there, and we’ll catch up shortly.
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Alright…Setting Up A Small Shop. What Are You Doing?
As I said, this may be something you decided on, years earlier. But a lot of woodworkers are still finding their way. Still figuring out where to “set up shop”…pun totally intended.
So before we start buying tools and pricing buildings, you need to know what you want to do.
Now that can be a very easy question, or it could get really ugly. If you’re like me, you’re going to be tempted to go with the “rough” answer, which is going to sound something like:
- “I don’t know.”
- “This and that.”
- “Just piddling.”
- "A little bit of everything.”
And hey, I get it. Unless you’re running a business, you might want your shop to be you place to letting your hair down and not really having a plan. And that’s cool.
But narrowing down a general idea of what you’ll be dong with your shop, will help make it more productive, easier to use and much more of an enjoyment rather than a frustration.
Now if you’re going to run a business, you obviously need to have a very specific idea of what you’ll be making.
- Rustic Furniture
- Wooden Signs
- Children’s Toys
- Cutting Boards
- Turned Bowls or Pens
The more narrow your focus, the better you can lay your shop out.
If you’re doing this as a hobby, then you’ll still want to try to define what you’ll want to do. Generally speaking.
- Things for the house
- Handmade gifts for the Holidays
- Toys and Gifts for the grandkids
- Cigar Boxes
- Yard Art
Again, the list could go on and on. And you can see, you don’t have to be specific. Just get the ball rolling.
“Why does it matter?”
Well let’s say you just start clearing a space or building a building that’s about the size most guys have for a shop. And you buy the tools that most of your friends have. And you set it up, like some magazine said you should.
When you’re done, you’ll probably have a really cool space, that’s most likely going to prove that it need to at least be rearranged after the first week, because it just doesn’t fit your workflow. Or you’ll be cramped because you don’t have the room to add that planer in you’re going to need for your first project.
It just pays to think ahead and have a rough idea of where you’re going. That way, you’ll greatly increase your chances of being happy, efficient and organized.
If you know you’re really interested in turning some bowls, then a table saw might not be the most obvious choice for your main tool. You’ll want to dedicate space and planning to your lathe.
If you want to make those scroll work door signs that everyone loves, then your CNC or scroll saw needs to get the bulk of your attention.
If cutting boards are your thing, then you’ll want to ensure you plan for a lot of real estate for your glue up and finishing station.
Again, not to beat a dead horse, but the more closely you can narrow your focus, the happier you’ll be in your new favorite space.
Don’t get me wrong, there will always be changes and evolutions and reasons to redo, rethink or rearrange. But knowing your direction will also help you be better prepared to handle those things when they come up.
Alright. That’s it for “What Are You Doing”. I hope this helps get you started on our path to setting up your small shop.
Be sure to come back next week where we’ll take a look at Knowing and Making the Most of Your Budget. Because unless you’re Elon Musk, you’ve probably got a budget for your small shop, and if you don’t manage it well, you’ll wind up half done and out of money.
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