No matter if you’re just starting on your DIY path or you’ve been passionate about power tools for years, every DIY-er needs their own space where they can relax, make a mess, and be creative.
Some of us see DIY as a necessary evil, there to save money on hiring the professionals, however the majority of home owners find it hard to stop once they get the bug. If you are adept with a circular saw, or think your electric screwdriver is the best gadget invented since mankind began, read on for a touch of luxury that you can create for yourself.
Make Workshop Space Work for You
You may be lucky enough to have an array of outhouses where you can secure some space for yourself, however if you don’t you can make space no matter how big or small your home. The beauty of being good with our hands mean that if we don’t have something we can simply build it, adding a whole new dimension to DIY bliss.
It can be a corner of a garage, a shed in the yard, or even a caravan parked on the drive, no matter how you find it make it your own complete with a Do Not Disturb sign. If family protest simply let them know it’s for safety as you wouldn’t want interruptions when using a compressed air staple gun!
My partner once commandeered our spare room after I pinched the shed for garden furniture. It made for interesting looks of bemusement when we showed potential buyers around the house!
Do It Yourself
Once you have your space, you need organisation. Tools have a much better shelf life if correctly placed back in the cases at the end of each use. Not only this, but many people become frustrated as they hunt round the workshop for that one drill bit they need. A workbench is the perfect starting point, as you can hang tools behind it, stack tools under it and still have a platform for your creativity. The joy of this is the wood doesn’t have to be pre-treated solid mahogany, any hard wood will suffice.
Adding vices and clamps will give you more options for your DIY ventures. Some drills and saws work better when held in a clamp as they are easier to control and to use for work that needs a precise touch. A Circular saw will feel safer when screwed to a workbench as there will be much less chance of slipping as you navigate the wood to the teeth.
You can make your design as intricate or simple as you would like, depending on how much time you have to spend on the project. A simple sturdy workbench of six legs and a surface can be added to later when you feel the need to relax and unwind with your tools.
With a workbench in the workshop you’ll elevate your DIY status as not only will you be able to fix and maintain little jobs around the home, you’ll have the perfect platform to create too! Today a workbench- tomorrow a birdhouse, a plaque, a toy box or even the first Go-Kart with your son.
Adam Hanner is an ex-tradesman turned DIY training course guru who thinks all DIY lovers need an area to call their own in the same way the executive has his plush office or a Footballer has his luxury car. He is currently writing helpful tips and guides for online training course website Courses Plus.