few specific questions I have
Ventilation and Dust Collection
Power Supply and Lighting
Permits and Regulations
I would greatly appreciate any advice, suggestions, or personal experiences you can share. Your insights will be immensely valuable as I embark on this woodworking journey.
Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!
What kind of woodworking are you interest in? How much space are you talking about? Do you have a structure yet?
510 PowerPro Double Tilt:Greenie PowerPro Drill Press:500 Sanding Shorty w/Belt&Strip Sanders
Super Sawsmith 2000:Scroll Saw w/Stand:Joint-Matic:Power Station:Power Stand:Bandsaw:Joiner:Jigsaw
1961 Goldie:1960 Sawsmith RAS:10ER
Delta 36-725 TS
Kobalt Sliding Miter Saw
Bosch 1617EVS & Router Table
Craftsman 351.23371 Planer
Performax 16-32 Thickness Sander (finally tracking right!)
...and a growing collection of traditional hand tools.
For the workshop layout I am trying to follow the rule, "It is either mounted on a wall, or it is on wheels". This maximizes floor space and flexibility, as I can move things around as needed. Towards that end I have covered one wall with pegboards and have a ton of hooks and shelves. I am working on a French cleat wall on the opposing wall.
Storage solutions: I have mostly open storage on my walls and shelves. I have one roll-around tool chest, and a shelf under my workbench. Organized storage is an ongoing challenge.
Lighting: I bought an LED ceiling shop light which is really bright and covers most of my shop. I have task lights on my scroll saw and drill press.
Safety Measures: Eye protection, push sticks, and use the blade guard on your table saw. I cringe when I see YouTube videos with a bare table saw blade for throughout cuts. Also, learn what causes table saw kickback, and how to avoid it. I have a dust mask and should use it more often, especially when sanding which really creates dust.
As for essential tools:
A basic set of hand tools: squares, tape measure, a strange edge, hammer, hand saws, miter box, four in hand rasp, and multiple pencils. The shop gremlins steal pencils, so you always need extras.
Power tools: cordless drill, drill press, table saw, router, and sander. I have a circular saw and jig saw and rarely use either. I often rough cut with hand tools and then do the final cuts on a table saw. A shopsmith obviously covers multiple critical power tools.
As for ventilation and dust collection. I need to work on this as well. Most of my power tools have dust collection bags, but that is barely adequate. I was planning on purchasing a shop vac and cyclone separator to improve things.