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Five Ways to Set Up An Efficient Workshop

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( 22, 2020)--Workshops require efficiency. Not just to make any project you are working on more productive, but for the safety of any in the workshop and the longevity of your tools. An efficient workshop is one where you can envision projects and see them through, time and again. 

Whether you are looking to start your own workshop, or are going to use your time now to revamp your existing one, ensure it has these five components: 


Shadow Boards 


Shadow boards are easily one of the best ways to keep any workshop need. They are essentially plywood walls with the shadow or cut-out of the tools you would hang on it. This way, you can always put your tools away in the same place, making it easier to find what you are looking for as it becomes second nature. As a bonus, no one else in your workshop will put your tools in the wrong place, either. 


Industrial Shelves 

You need industrial shelves, and even custom brackets, to keep your larger tools safely stored. You wouldn’t want to leave your Leister hot air tools lying on the floor, as they could become damaged, kicked, or simply neglected.

For more delicate tools, it is a better idea to put them in a dust-free box or container. This way, your tools stay in tip-top condition. 

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Safety Clips


It is a good idea to have safety clips, cords, or other restraining devices to keep supplies safely in position. If you have a lot of wooden beams or pipes, then you need to keep them secure, whether they are standing up or positioned on the ground. 


Cleaning Supplies 


Possible one of the most important components for setting up an efficient workshop are the cleaning supplies. You need to be able to get rid of sawdust build-up or clean the blades of your tools. You need to keep them in tip-top condition, and this means a combination of removing residue and buffing them back into shape. 

The cleaning supplies that you will need will vary from a vacuum cleaner to oil, to traditional cleaners. Ensure you are using the best materials for each tool and even consider creating a cheat-sheet label you can post to each one so that no one gets confused and all of your equipment is in excellent condition. 


The Right Routine 


Having cleaning supplies on hand is only one half of the battle. You will also need to make a consistent routine for yourself and anyone else who works in your workshop to follow. Rust is a serious issue, and it will occur whether you live by the sea or not, as dust can also be a catalyst. By setting up a routine to clean your tools regularly (especially the ones that don’t get used often), you can prolong their overall lifespan. 


Workshops need to be kept orderly and clean. Without these factors, your workshop will be inefficient, and your tools at risk. Invest in redesigning your workshop so that you can reopen it better than ever before.