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How to design and build your ideal woodshop
Stankus, Bill.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Popular Woodworking Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Format :


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TT152 .S73 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Turn your vision of the perfect woodshop into reality!

Picture your ideal woodshop: tools neatly stored within the reach, plenty of space for lumber and materials, ample ventilation, lighting and electrical outlets. Everything you need, exactly the way you want it.

Whether your woodshop is in the garage, basement, outbuilding, attic or even a closet, you can make the most of your space and bring your ideal woodshop to life. The invaluable advice, layouts and planning tips inside show you how.

From space management and tool setup to noise reduction and dust control, Bill Stankus covers every subject in detail. He takes a logical approach to woodshop organization, showing you dozens of ways to achieve optimum efficiency for less time and money. In this completely revised edition, you'll learn how to:

Plan your ideal woodshop--everything from lumber storage and ventilation to dust collection and lighting Avoid potential mistakes and injuries with safety-first checklists Make your woodshop environment comfortable and cozy Maximize space with ideas for building mobile storage units and workstations Create useful storage space and the perfect workbench Customize your woodshop, while considering layout and budget issues

Seven examples of actual "ideal" workshops, with insights and ideas from the woodworkers who designed them, help illustrate every guideline and tip.

You can begin transforming the space you've got into the shop you dream about--quickly, practically and effectively.

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Library Journal Review

One of the best parts of woodworking is setting up a workshop; in some cases, more effort is expended here than in creating finished projects. An efficient design allows one to get the most out of their shop. Stankus provides a wealth of information on how to maximize floor space and on choosing the best electrical, lighting, or safety features are best. He also gives guidelines for locating machinery and shows sample shops for cabinetmaking, carving, woodworking, and furniture restoration. A variety of storage solutions round out this excellent title, which will appeal to most woodworkers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Building Safety Into Shop Designp. 8
Chapter 2 The Woodshop Environmentp. 14
Chapter 3 Planning Your Ideal Woodshopp. 19
Chapter 4 Choosing the Right Shop Locationp. 29
Chapter 5 Maximizing Your Shop Spacep. 37
Chapter 6 Customizing Your Woodshopp. 46
Chapter 7 Examining Real Woodshopsp. 57
Chapter 8 Powering and Lighting the Shop Effectivelyp. 73
Chapter 9 Implementing Your Dust Collection Systemp. 84
Chapter 10 Creating Useful Storage Spacep. 96
Chapter 11 The Workbenchp. 108
Resourcesp. 124
Indexp. 126