A garden shed can be easily turned into a woodworking shop provided that it is the right size, in the right location and you have an electricity connection. In this article we will look at the steps you will need to take to build a shed and then turn it into a woodworking shop.
However, before you start we would like the emphasize that you’ll need a good set of garden shed building plans in order to build the garden shed we will discuss here.
Location Is Everything
The first thing you ought to do before you start building a garden shed which is to be turned into a woodworking shop is to find the right location. Ideally, you will want the shed located in close proximity to your home so that it is easier to hookup electricity wires and a telephone line.
However, in addition to being near the main home it also needs to be located on a stable patch of land. A foundation mainly consisting of concrete will work best since it provides the most stability and strength.
Type Of Shed
The way I see it you have choices as far as shed types are concerned. If you’re going to build a small workshop a ‘lean-to’ type shed will suffice. The advantage of a ‘lean-to’ shed is that it leans on the main home so you can easily drill a few holes for an electric cable and a telephone line to enter your shed.
You will also be able to work in your woodworking shop without straying far from home. If you’re considering a medium to large sized workshop then a Gable shed is your best option.
Materials To Use
Since, you will be working inside your shed it needs to be constructed from high quality materials. Using high quality wood like Redwood or Cedar wood is recommended.
The advantages of both (wood) is the fact that they are naturally insect repelling and water resistant. Redwood is also fire resistant which makes it great for building sheds with.
Adding Shelves And Benches
Once your shed has been completed in order to turn it into a workshop you will need to add places to hang your tools, a bench and an electricity outlet which is used to power your tools.
Most high quality shed plans are accompanied with a wire diagram which should help you add electricity outlets, a light, fan etc to your shed. With the left over wood you can add a work bench near the electrical outlet and window.
Most people who are DIY enthusiasts will want to convert their garden shed into a woodworking shop. If you already have a shed in your garden all you have to do is to make sure it is structurally stable.
Check the levels of your shed and make sure it is the right size for a workshop. You can then add electricity outlets, a workbench, shelves and lights. You can also probably make your own workbench and shelve to suit the size and type of your workshop.