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Tip of the week: How to build a workshop

Find a spot; Stock up; Build a bench<strong><br /></strong>

Find a spot. Space, light, and power are “primary concerns” when deciding where to put a workshop. “Aesthetics dovetail with practicality here.” Pick a spot that gives you “enough room to maneuver a 12-foot two-by-four or large sheet of plywood.”

Stock up. Purchase a retractable extension cord, which “brings the power to you without the clutter and clumsiness of a conventional cord.” A multi-drawer organizer is also a necessity. Fill it with “every screw type and size you can fit.”

Build a bench. You can get along without a workbench, but having a single place to put everything important will help avoid a “diaspora of tools.” You can buy one, but that doesn’t provide the same satisfaction as building one. “Height is critical,” and you’ll need something with a “solid top that’s sturdy enough to mount a vise.”

Source: Men’s Journal

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