Are you a serious woodworking woodworker? If so, then you should consider taking a woodworking workshop tour. But what a workshop tour is not really… if you know what I mean. There are many misconceptions about these tours. So, let me explain the difference between a workshop tour and a woodworking class.
A workshop tour is simply a trip to your local woodworking shop. Usually there are no more than two of you each bring a pair of safety glasses with you. Safety glasses for eyes and hearing protectors for ears. This is because these trips usually include a chance for you to do some hands on projects which will expose you to the danger of wood dust and/or sawdust.
The other thing you will generally find in the workshop is lots of books on projects and tips. But again, there is one big difference – in a workshop you are the only guest. In a library or a conference room you have other people who pay to be there. With a woodshop tour you are free to read, listen to, watch, or participate in whatever activity you like.
Now back to the point. What should you expect from a workshop tour? Well, first of all, you need to have plenty of small, lightweight portable power tools. These tools include, but are not limited to, a table saw, a circular saw, a planer, a jig saw, a drill press, and power hand tools such as a sander and a sanding drum. Most woodworkers also own hand held power tools such as a sander and a circular saw.
Now let’s talk about the woodworking shop environment. Woodworking can be messy business; particularly if you are building tables and chairs and using canned wood products. So you may want to consider using some industrial-grade dust extractors to keep your work area neat and tidy. Also consider using an exhaust fan to keep the shop fresh. An exhaust fan will take the guesswork out of moisture accumulation and remove any oily rags or waste products.
You’ll also want to have a good, sturdy workbench. There are many different kinds of workbenches, but probably your best choice will be a heavy duty, solid wood workbench with locking wheels. This will protect you while you are working, and it will keep your woodworking tools from making a bad connection when you are trying to chop something up. A solid workbench will also be well-suited for most woodworking projects.
An outfeed table is another useful addition to any woodworking shop environment. An outfeed table is simply a table that stands on its own in your shop. These are often seen used in home shops, but they can also be used for commercial woodworking shops as well. An outfeed table is especially handy if you need to move heavy objects from one part of your shop to another, and if you need to get some really exotic pieces of wood working out of shape.
There are many woodworking shop tours in Northern California and southern Oregon that will show you the best woodworking shops in the country. These tours offer experienced woodworkers from across the country with a chance to come together and work on projects. Because the size of the woodworkers’ workshops is limited, these workshops are always full of people who love to help others complete their wood projects.
One thing you should look for when you’re looking at a new woodworking shop are benches. If your shop is small enough, you should be able to put a bench in it. The benches allow us to get more work done, and to be more comfortable while we’re working. They also allow us to have a place to sit down and work without having to disturb other people in the workshop. A small workshop with a bench in it is a place where many people can get done in a short period of time.
Another thing to look for is a good selection of power tools. An excellent wood carving shop would have a variety of different power tools, each of them appropriate for wood carving projects. The power tools will allow woodcarvers to complete detailed projects, while keeping their hands safe from blades that could cut them. In addition to power tools, a shop would need good bench top and workbench tools.