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The garage is the perfect place for any kind of workshop. It is isolated from the rest of the house, so the noises and the mess won’t interfere with your family life. It doesn’t matter whether you are interested in woodworking, metalworking, electrics repair or just want to turn off making things for your home, that junk-filled garage can be turned into a shiny workshop you’ll enjoy spending time in.

These are some of the tips you can follow in order to make the best garage workshop possible.

Clear Workspace – Clear Mind

One of the prerequisites of a safe workshop is the clean workspace. Your work table must be clean from junk, surplus material and spare parts. You need that surface for operation and you definitely don’t need small parts lost between the trash of sheets of paper, leather, etc.

It’s also much easier to start working on any new project with the empty and clear work table than by clearing out the remains of the previous project. In the same way, it’s better to have a clear floor, so you don’t trip over something. Fix the tools on the walls and include wall cabinets. It doesn’t mean you have to fill every inch of the wall with even more items than you already have.

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Tool Storage

The most important items in any workshop are the tools. In order to have them ready when you need them and where you need them, it pays off to invest in a sturdy tool chest with levels, compartments and the lock.

Some of them come with ball-bearing drawers. If you are looking to buy a used unit, make sure there is no trace of rust, which can corrode your stored tools. You can equip the chest drawers with mats that will prevent your automotive tools from scratching the steel bottom and keep them from sliding around. A great thing about these chests is that they are set on wheels and can be pushed around and out of the way.

Tools

Although your choice of tools will largely depend on the sort of work you are interested in, there are some machine tools that no workshop can do without. They complement your hand tools and power tools. For making precision holes and equal bore depths, you’ll need a drill press. Large pieces of lumber can be cut with accuracy using a set of table saws, and then smoothed on a belt sander. Of course, no deal can be sealed without the firm grip of a vise.

Power Sockets

A functional workshop needs to be furnished with plenty of electric outlets for powering your tools as well as charging the batteries. You definitely want to avoid pulling extension cords across the floor. They can be easily damaged and they can send you flying if you trip them. Include outlets for lighting, electric heaters, AC units and electronic devices.

Once you start equipping your workshop, you’ll come to the conclusion that there is never enough outlets. However, you need to pay attention to the load your workshop will be drawing and install power equipment accordingly.

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Floors

A workshop floor must be stain proof and slip-resistant. Upgrade your existing garage floor with an epoxy finish that won’t just be easier to clean, but will also give extra traction. There is an alternative with softer surface, like the restaurant grade rubber floor mats, which are more comfortable to walk or stand on and also very durable.

Lighting

Garages are dark places. A few recessed ceiling lights or fluorescent tubes are maybe enough for you to get into the car or find a tool you need, but certainly not enough for precise tool work. There are several good options for upgrades, one of them being track lighting. Its installation is easy and its directional overhead lighting pattern can be complemented with a work table lamp that will eliminate the shadows.