How to Keep Your Workshop Clean

 

How to Keep Your Workshop Clean

Keeping your workshop clean can be quite a challenge. There are so much sawdust and small bits of metals, and all kinds of things that can get lost when dropped on the floor.

Also, if you are not thinking your layout correctly, you can end up stumbling over dangerous appliances, and even hurting yourself. Not to mention, you will be incredibly unproductive and ineffective in everything you do.

Air should be clean of fine dust particles

Not only the floor should be clean, but the air, as well. Small dust particles can enter your airways and cause allergies or just the unpleasant sneeze that doesn’t seem to go away. Here is an inexpensive solution, in case you don’t want to invest in a special air cleaner. Take a box fan and attach to it a furnace filter.

When the fan works, it will attract all the fine particles, and they will accumulate on the filter. Once the screen fills with grime, you can quickly change it.

 

Use a robust vacuum cleaner when tidying up your workshop

There is no better advice than this. The problem with most vacuum cleaners is that they just suck all the dust and fine particles on one end and just eject them on another. So, what we advise is that you find yourself a vacuum cleaner with a high-quality filtration system. These are perfect for people with allergies.

Also, make sure that the engine is powerful enough since you will be forcing it to do some heavy lifting.

Magnetic brooms are pretty swell

A regular vacuum cleaner may not be a good idea if you are planning on cleaning your workshop floor. All kinds of metal bits, screws, brads, and nails are most likely spread on the floor at the end of the day. Before using the vacuum for absorbing the fine dust, get a magnetic broom to pick up all the nasty stuff from the floor.

You can make one yourself, from a wooden stick and a magnet. You will sweep the floor like never before, and you will also get rid of the nasty accidents that happen when metal pieces get stuck to your footwear.

 

Keep things neat and tidy

There are many things you can do to keep your workshop clean. A good idea would be to focus on keeping all you need within arm’s reach, especially small tools, but without having to face the usual mess. Here is a practical idea.

Take an old tennis racket and screw its handle under a close by working table. Drop your most used small tools on your improvised shelf and just swing it under the table when you’re done.

 

3 essential tools for every beginning woodworker

I’ve talked about building a wonderful workshop in one of my latest posts, as well as how much you should spend on a drill press if you need it to be a reasonable expense. Today, I’m going to address the matter of tools that I couldn’t possibly live without in my workshop, and the neat thing about those that I am going to recommend to you is that I got them when I first started out with my woodworking projects.

A router

A woodworking router is a gift from God if you’re looking to soften the edges on a rough piece that you’ve been working on for quite some time. This machine can be used for a variety of applications, and the neat thing about it is that it can even be utilized for mortising and dovetailing.

While the array of products that is available out there is downright baffling, I’ve noticed that there are certain features you need to be on the lookout for if you’re set on getting as much value as possible. Some of these include adjustability, a spindle lock, an electronic feed-back circuitry, a soft start, as well as a variable speed.

A miter saw

10-inch miter saws are extremely popular among hobbyists and DIY-ers, so it’s likely that you’ll be choosing this kind if you’re a beginning woodworker. Most of the units I have seen are equipped with 15-amp motors, which enables them to raise up to par under the majority of circumstances. Loads of blades are available on the market, and you can even replace the one that the model initially comes outfitted with.

If you’re not convinced by the versatility and convenience offered by a 10-inch alternative, perhaps you might benefit from using a portable 7.25-inch cordless miter saw. Many woodworkers choose this option because it’s compact, easy to work with, and even easier to carry from one spot to the next. Who knows when your neighbor or best friend might want to take up woodworking and you may have to explain to him how a miter saw works?

A drill press

Last, but not least, a drill press is surely a handy tool to have around. This particular machine can be utilized for drilling into all sorts of materials, so if you’re going to buy a powerful one right off the bat, you ought to know that you could even be able to drill through metal, not just wood.

Mini drill presses are exceptional when you’re starting out, but you have to pay attention to cleaning and maintenance as corrosion might affect the tool in the long run. Keep it clean and rust-free by using a lubricant once in a while.

If you want to purchase a new drill press, I recommend reading info from professional review sites.

 

5 tips for organizing a workshop

Completing a project in a messy and heavily disorganized workshop can easily become frustrating and time consuming, not to mention dangerous to both life and limb. If one is really serious about shop craft, they need to keep a well-organized workplace. These are five tips to help ensure just that.

 

If you can’t invest in a ready-made storage system, build one that is truly functional and versatile.

Building your own storage system can be fun. You can design it to fit the workspace as well as the tasks that are executed there. You can create short, rolling storage cabinets that you can slide under the workbench. It’s also cool to have cabinets that you can easily slide on wall-mounted tracks. The cabinets can be attached using masonry bolts into pre-drilled holes in the wall using a hammer drill. Some bins and hooks on the tracks can be used to store items while enabling quick access.

Wall space can be used for storage as well and since a workshop is not typically built with a lot of that, you can still make your wall space more exponentially expansive. How about a flip-through tool rack? This makes tool extraction as easy and quick as leafing through a magazine, yes? Construct plywood ‘leaves’ that swing via standard door hinges for flipping through your tool collection. This can be hung on a flat panel board that mounts to the wall.

Make your workbench as project-friendly as possible

Design a workbench that incorporates lumber storage space. This way, your workbench can double as a storage rack to handle plywood and long lumber pieces that tend to eat up workshop space.

Make your sawhorses with adjustable height jigs so projects can be held at the perfect working height. You can even utilize two sawhorses as a great stand to accommodate benchtop as well as portable power tools. To create a temporary workbench, simply lay a piece of plywood on top of the two sawhorses. Put heavy tools in a cupboard so things do not just pile up uncontrollably on your workbench.

 

Organize your tools smartly

To do this, you need to lay everything in one row. This facilitates effortless viewing of what you have in your collection and pretty much simplifies decision-making on how to categorize tools according to their application. For instance, put metal work tools into one bin or drawer. The woodworking devices go into another.

Spare tools or duplicate ones should be placed elsewhere. This means, if you own three identical pliers or wrenches, keep just one in the shop and store the others somewhere else. Less used tools should be stored further, while frequently used ones should be nearer the workbench. Cutting tools should be near each other.

Organize with safety in mind

A cabinet is where chemicals in their original packaging should be locked in, always away from potentially reactive sources of heat. Oily rags that result from doing projects should be disposed of in a waste can dedicated just for them. Fire extinguishers should be in all work locations. Choose ABC-rated extinguishers that are usable for all types of fires. Dispose of unwanted items such as bent or rusty nails as well as small pieces of wood.

 

Observe cleanliness during and after working, and when the shop is not busy

This can’t be stressed more often enough: clean up as you do your projects. You might say this will take time, but can you imagine of you let all the generated dirt pile up till you are done working? If you clean up after finishing each stage of your project, there will be less cleaning to do afterwards, when you are already too tired to lift a shop vac let alone sweep up all the dirt.

A clean workshop ensures you always work with a clear mind and good perspective. It is much easier to organize items when the workshop is clean. Sweep the floor as well as the bench. Remove cobwebs from top corners.

Remember: a well-organized and clean workshop is a sign of a sane mind and nothing is scarier than a shop worker driven mad with a disorganized workplace and who has access to all those dangerous looking tools, right?

How to build a great workshop

If you are to make the most of your workshop, it needs to have the perfect layout of tools and large pieces of equipment. You will need to plan what goes into which part of the workshop to optimize your workspace. Here’s how to create the perfect floor plan for any workshop.

Make the entire workshop handyman-friendly.

Lighting is essential to ensuring that your projects end up looking professionally made. Install receptacles for T8 LED fixtures. Compared to fluorescent types, T8 LEDS contain no mercury (If you want to buy multiple lighting options, I recommend this site). The multi-directional light that fluorescent provides only makes it lose some light in the fixture itself as well as other wasteful places. LEDs offer directional lighting for illumination at the exact spot you need it for. LEDs work well with controls systems because the useful life is unaffected by the constant switching on and off. T8 LEDs of the newest variety offer approximately 30 percent more power efficiency compared to fluorescents. The variety of color temperatures that LEDs come with ensures zero flicker issues. Most importantly, LEDs have long lifetimes and are shatterproof because they are typically constructed of aluminum and plastic, although there are glass options that resemble fluorescents. Those are not shatterproof.

 

The lighting fixtures should be spaced to match the bulb length, lens type and reflector. Install articulating worklight by the workbench to accommodate detailed projects. Paint the walls a light color to make the most of the lighting. The ceiling should be painted white as well to optimize the available illumination. Assign the lighting on one branch circuit, and the power tool outlets go on an independent or separate circuit. This is to prevent your machine and lights getting knocked out together during circuit breaker tripping out.

 

A rubber mat by the workbench provides greater traction for safety. It also cushions the fall of dropped tools and reduces fatigue since you won’t need to constantly walk directly on the rough floor of your workshop. Look for modular snap-together flooring that also dampens noise. You can secure benches to the wall or leave them mobile. Apply two-part epoxy floor coating or clear sealer on bare concrete to minimize light reflection and improve traction. This will also ensure that spills will be easy to clean.

 

Visualize how your tools and equipment should go together and ensure smooth workflow.

A circular or miter saw will apparently require open floor space to accommodate material that you will be breaking down. The miter saw should have left and right clear access, with adjacent work surfaces positioned flush to the miter saw table. A drill press should have ample clearance on both sides and the front of its worktable. Traditional woodworking hand tools need to be 32 to 34 inches off the floor for comfortable use. If they are to be used for a bit of woodworking and metalworking, a height of 36 to 40 inches is perfect. If you intend to use the tools mostly for model building while seated, 29 inches of height or desktop level should be enough.

Plan for storage and trash disposal as well.

Position metal pipes, all raw materials and lumber as close as possible to the entry point to the workshop. Use bin storage options to handle small plumbing parts, wire connectors, fasteners and miscellaneous hardware. To store power tools in their plastic cases or shop-made plywood containers, have more than enough shelves at the ready.

Store and move large, heavy quantities of scrap in a box that you make yourself. This can be made using ¾-inch plywood, with caster wheels. Provide for trash and scrap storage as well utilizing 3-mil contractor-grade trash bags to store bulky and sharp debris. Hang a bench brush near the workbench for convenient sweep off directly into the trash can. Better yet, use a 2 ½-gallon wall-mount wet-and-dry shop vacuum.

 

How much should you spend on a new drill press?

 

Thinking of buying a drill press? Maybe just a small mini drill?But, no idea what is the ideal budget for this helpful gadget in all your DIY and simple household chores? Well, you have landed in the right place.

Hi, I am a software developer by profession but a DIY enthusiast by passion. I make my home furniture, fix my kitchen cabinets, and hang the wall sculptures and do a lot more. You name it and I have done it. For all these endeavours, I own a well-maintained toolkit in which my drill press is the most versatile gadget that I can think of.

I give suggestions to my friends for buying the best tools for home chores. I have compiled a few tips for my readers to spend an ideal amount on a drill press. First things, first. If you understand your tool you will also get to know whether the tool you are buying is priced right or not. So, consider these features for a drill press which also works for metal drilling, mortising, sander, buffer, and grinder.

Usage– if a drill press is versatile and has multiple uses then you must be prepared to pay more for it. A plain and simple drill press is the basic tool that will be quite economical.

Additional components– The extra accessories with a drill press will increase the cost depending upon the numerous functions you want to perform by a simple change or attachment of a tool.

Brand– Brand name adds value, faith and dependability of a product adding obvious dollars to your budget. Getting a branded drill press requires you to loosen your purse strings

Speed options– the more the speed options in the drill press, the larger the number of tasks you can accomplish. As it will be technically better so, it will cost more.

Power –The power of a drill press is the major point to consider. A powerful motor in a drill press will add up to the price of this useful tool.

Now you are familiar with the factors that define the cost of a drill press, just explore the products that fit your needs and budget. In any case, a drill press will cost you between $300 and $1500 starting from a very basic model to the most advanced and accessorised drill press available. I truly hope that these points will help you in getting the most economical and versatile drill press.