When you like start woodworking you need a small but neat place may be a garage or a shed and if not available then you can start in basement or apartment. We will show you the basic need in order to set up a wood shop at basement or in an apartment.
Most of the people think that they need a huge workspace in order to start wood shop but you can start a small hobbyist shop even in a small space at basement or apartment room. A compact wood shop needs proper planning and preparation only. Tool selections are of prime importance while you are starting a new shop. You should rely on bench top or handheld tools.
It is possible to avoid power tools fully instead of handheld tools to start a new shop. You should also take into consideration of material collection wood, plywood whether in big size or small piece and their storing and few essential woodworking books.
Proper ventilation and dust collection is also a challenging job for a small space. Now are going to select the tools described below.
1. Portable table saw
It is needless to say that the most useful tool is the portable table saw. A full size table saw can be safely used to break down a large sheet of plywood or sawing tenon. Since the full size table is not always feasible in small place it is better to go with portable small table saw.
The compact tools are best suited for many smaller ripping and cross cutting operation. The compact and portable table saw can stored either horizontally or vertically.
2. Circular and track saw
To cut larger rip from large sheet of plywood circular saw or track saw are appropriate. There are found many guides which are helpful in achieving straight and circular cuts with the help of circular saw. Better track saw is quite easy to use and offers more accuracy but is costlier.
While using a circular saw you need to keep shoe pressed against guide the saw pushing forward. Track saw on the other hand remain on their track and need only to push forward.
3. Miter saw
When you require a lot of straight and angular cuts the miter saw is no-brainer. The 12 inch miter saw is not a versatile but a 10 inch miter saw is more comfortable and affordable. This 10 inch miter saw can handle 6 inch wide boards very easily and small enough to stow in a shelf.
4. Work stand
In small space you can easily do a particular type of job but when you need different works you need more space. For multifunction of a workbench you can easily add a clamp but you need small work or tool in a small space. While there is a pressure of work you can take another nearby room. The branded work stand comes from mainly Dewalt, Rockwell and HTC stand.
5. Drill Press
A 10 inch or 12 inch drill press cannot replace a handheld drill. But this type of drill press will be helpful if you need to place holes accurately and repeatedly. There are many hand tools and power tools that can be used while you are working with woodworking. But when get some of the basics you can advance with your particular plans.
6. Sawdust control
It is needed by both small and large shops. Sawdust and chips collect everywhere you use power tools. Small rooms are always poorly ventilated and the sawdust with other particles take time to settle down. This is also very harmful for human lungs and so most of the plywood and other engineered materials come with chemicals as protection.
You can easily use a dust mask or a respirator for protection while your woodworking but this not be protecting you and your family from the suspended particles moving in the air. As because you need to use an air filter in the wood shop. It is also possible to use own air cleaner and furnace filters.
7. Lumber and Raw materials
If you are thinking to start a small shop there is no chance for milling your lumber into squares. So it is better buy boards of the exact size in length and breadth. In some cases you can buy these sizes free of cost and sometime with some fee as cutting charge.
It is noted that there are online vendors who can supply to your door as per your order. If you have got rip cutting equipment such as table saw, band saw or track saw you can order for individual boards or project package to the online vendors.
8. Sawdust clean- up
The job of sawdust cleaning is an ordeal. To make the job painless you should control sawdust and direct it in particular destination for collection. In case basement or small room in apartment you should do industrial carpeting and laminate flooring which is inexpensive to have better living at the end of day.
Place a large rubber mat beneath facilitate sliding over the carpet. In order to prevent from flying the sawdust far you can build some temporary walls as barrier.
9. Saw hoods
Saw hood is another dust control accessory which prevents spraying dust and derbies around the space. It is portable and designed to work in contactors job at customer house that can be easily folded and stored in a small place.
10. Dust extractor
Another tool known as dust extractor is very expensive but efficient for a wood shop. These are made in such a way that it matches with other power tools. It has got a long hose that can be docked neatly inside the dust extractor. If you like to collect dust from planer, shaper or other large tool with 4 inch collection port we call it as full size dust collection system.
11. Shop vacuum
Household vacuum cannot handle large quantity of dust and wood chips. Their filters are clogged up quickly and reduce suction capability. So need a vacuum of higher power and capacity. So when you buy a shop vacuum you should consider the disposable bags, washable and reusable clean stream filter.