Even with regular cleaning and organization, a woodshop can get cluttered and dusty over time. Spring is the perfect time to deep clean and reorganize your woodshop. Removing large items and cleaning the shop well can help you envision new ways to lay out your workbench, machines and tools for better workflow. If you haven’t already, arrange machines, tools and supplies for optimal efficiency based on your preferences and types of projects you do.
A good place to start Spring cleaning is the workbench. If your workbench tends to get cluttered or disorganized, the result can be a less enjoyable work environment as well as a potential safety hazard. Getting the workbench clean and tidy may be as simple as creating permanent storage for the items that regularly accumulate there. Consider adding a peg board if you don’t already have one, or use small plastic drawers or jars to organize small items that need to be accessible.
When deep cleaning the woodshop, one thing you may overlook is cleaning tools. This can be a tedious project, but cleaning power tools helps keep them running smoothly and safely. Ensure that power tools are unplugged prior to cleaning or performing any maintenance. The correct methods for cleaning different types of tools varies, so be sure to consult the owners’ manuals for each tool to ensure safe and proper cleaning.
Even if you have a quality dust collection system and clean regularly, sawdust is an unavoidable byproduct of woodworking. Excessive sawdust in a woodshop can create safety issues and is not good to inhale. Spring cleaning is a good opportunity to clean out sawdust that has accumulated behind and under items in the woodshop that you may not regularly access. A strong shop vacuum is an indispensable tool for cleaning sawdust. Clean behind and under large tools as well as any tool boxes or other items that are not moved often.
Cleaning up dust is a straightforward part of woodshop maintenance, but loose ends like scrap wood and miscellaneous items can create clutter that make the shop never seem organized. The key to organizing is to have a place for everything, which makes it easier to store items out of sight. Think about the types of items that tend to clutter up your space, and consider a free standing closet, set of bins, hanging rack or other type of organization system that will give you a place to store them out of the way.
Of course, any respectable woodshop will be covered in sawdust and wood scraps again in no time! Repeating the deep cleaning process a few times per year and getting into the habit of putting things away will help you maintain a clean and organized work environment in your woodshop.
About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., provider of the best hardwood dowels on the market. They offer wooden balls, wood knobs, wood dowels, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.