How to Set Up a Woodworking Shop In Your Home


One of the fantastic things about woodworking is that you can create quality pieces right in your own home. If you are considering taking up woodworking, it is important to set up a shop that contains all of the tools and supplies you will need for your projects. With the right equipment, you will be well on your way to becoming an expert woodworker. Here is a brief guide to setting up a home woodworking shop.

Locate a Table Saw

A table saw is an essential part of any home woodworking shop. You can use a table saw to reduce the size of large pieces of wood, and for many other important woodworking tasks. When choosing a table saw, it is important to select a saw that fits with the size of your shop. Familiarizing yourself with the tools you want to use.  Research, ask for demonstrations & review online forums for feedback and user information.  Carefully study the safe use of all tools before designing a woodworking shop.

Create Your Workspace

In addition to purchasing all of your woodworking tools and supplies, you will need to create a workspace in your shop. Ideally, your workspace will contain a wood clamp, sawhorses, and a place to store your tools. Consider safety when creating your workspace and have a dust containment system.

Purchase Lumber

Once you have set up your tools and supplies, you will be ready to purchase lumber for your woodworking projects. At your local lumber supply store, you will be able to select wood and boards that are ideal for your woodworking needs. Make sure that your home shop has a designated space to store all of your lumber.

Festool Woodworking

Festool is a line of precision woodworking tools and accessories that are well respected around the world.  Festool is not for everyone; only expert and high-end woodworkers that are familiar with the line should use it, for it is the destination for high end woodworking tools and dust containment systems.

If you are setting up a woodworking shop in the San Jose area, come to Southern Lumber for all of your woodworking supplies. Along with our quality selection of specialty woods, we also carry the finest tools and equipment for the discerning home woodworker. To learn more about the quality lumber that is featured in our showroom, call us at (408) 297-9663.

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