A residence just isn’t complete without some sort of workshop, a devoted workspace where you can drill, lube, cut, pound, file, glue, or paint whenever you want to, without fear of dust going everywhere or bad fumes killing your pets. A garage workshop necessitates a sturdy bench or work surface, a basic set of hand tools, power tools, and a few handy materials to lessen trips to the hardware store.
Garage Workshop Space
Regardless of its size, a garage workshop has four vital elements: light, work surface, ventilation, and storage. Deal with the work surface first. A heavy lumber bench with a changeable plywood or particleboard top is perfect. Be sure the top hangs over the base a few inches so you can clamp to it. If you’re short on space, think about a flip-up bench (mounted to the wall) or a portable setup with two foldable sawhorses and a sheet of plywood.
Hand tools are the heart and soul of a garage workshop. Like cooking utensils and kitchen knives, they’re what you need more so than power equipment. It’s good to have complete sets of tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches, but this typically isn’t necessary.
Steel ruler (best with square, flush end; standard and metric scales)
Phillips screwdrivers (#1, #2, #3)
Slotted screwdrivers (a few sizes)
Socket wrench set (standard and metric)
Allen wrench sets (standard and metric)
Hammer (16-ounce carpenter’s finish hammer, with straight claw)
Tongue-and-groove pliers (Channel-locks)
Speed square or combination square
25-foot tape measure
Flat pry bar
Wood chisels (a few sizes)
Aviation snips or tin snips
Non-contact voltage tester
Handsaw (for wood)
Clamps (alligator-type and squeeze-type bar clamps)
25-foot and 50-foot extension cords
Safety glasses, ear protection, dust mask