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Woodworking is a worthwhile hobby that can produce some impressive things. While some may be eager to get started with woodworking, they may find that they simply don’t have a lot of space for it. Space constraints can be a hindrance, but there are ways around it. Home woodworking in a limited space can be done with the following items.
One of the most commonly used items in a woodworking station is a table saw. This tool draws power to spin a blade that can cut through wood evenly and much faster than a traditional hand saw. In small areas, there just isn’t enough room for a full sized table saw to be used. Luckily a portable table saw can be used in place of a full sized one and it will still cut the wood. When the saw isn’t being used, it can be stored away.
Miter saws are quite useful in woodworking for their ability to crosscut wood in an angled or straight manner. A miter saw of 12 inches does a great job, but it may be just a bit too large for a small space, so a 10 inch saw will have to do. This kind of miter saw can be put away on shelf storage when it isn’t used, and can cut board that are as wide as 6 inches.
Track saws and circular saws are useful for cutting large sheets of wood like plywood. The strength of these saws are their ability to accurately cut straight lines, and this is made possible with guides and straightedges. Track saws to keep everything in place while the saw is moved to prevent splintering.
More than likely a handheld drill will be present in a woodworking station, and while it can drill the necessary holes into a piece of wood, there are times when more accuracy is needed. The homes may need to be completely vertical or meet a specific angle, and that’s where a drill press comes in handy. For a small work area, a 10 inch drill press will be able to handle specific drilling jobs.
There needs to be an area for woodworking to take place. Full size work spaces use large work benches that can hold a lot, but in a small space, this kind of bench probably won’t fit. Folding work benches that can be broken down and set back up are the best choice for these tight spaces. Portable wood clamps combined with these benches will hold items in place.
A lot of sawdust will be generated from all of the woodworking and it must be cleaned up. A regular household vacuum isn’t really meant to hold sawdust, especially in large quantities. The sawdust can easily get into the vacuum’s filter and clog it, which causes suction power to drop dramatically. A better option is a small shop vacuum that has a high powered motor for sucking up sawdust without the same clogging pitfall of a regular vacuum.
Even with a limited space, home woodworking can be done with the right sized equipment.