Your man cave doesn't have to be a space to only kick back and watch the game, it can also be a haven for investing time in your favorite hobbies. A few steps are needed to help make your workshop a productive place that leaves you with finished products to call your own. So before turning your spare space into a workshop, must-have items need to be in place. Here’s how these essentials can transform your space into the ultimate power workshop.
The Workshop Must-Haves
Whether you are designing a small picture frame or building an elaborate bedroom set you need to be equipped with the right woodworking tools. Stock up on a sturdy supply of cordless drills, sanders and saws to keep on hand for jobs large and small. You want to be fully prepared to precisely cut wood for projects on your honey-do list or cater to your craft or woodworking hobby. Be sure to include a utility sink in your space to rinse off excess dirt and dust from tools and surroundings.
When you’re getting your hands dirty during projects that are in full force, it is likely your workshop is going to be full of dust, wood chips and grease. Keep your prized man cave spotless with multiple cleaning products. Be sure to keep household wipes and assorted towels around to swab everything down, but for bigger messes you can use a cordless hand vacuum. Cleaning off your work space after each use also helps you to stay more organized. And, it actually saves time to give your wood carving tools some TLC after every use to ensure your equipment is ready to tackle the next project at a moment’s notice.
The Floor Matters
Your workshop space needs to be set up to handle heavy-duty woodworking, grease dripping from mechanical repairs and dust generated from your power tools. Avoid damaging the floors beneath your feet by adding modular, interlocking floor tiles to the space. Concrete floors are easy to maintain when your projects toss dust and dirt everywhere, but your comfort also matters. Since you’re likely to be spending countless hours in your workshop, often on your feet, equip your man cave with floor tiles that offer a bit of a bounce and cushion. This way, you can keep trudging along on those pressing projects while revving up the power tools without any fatigue.
Get the Look You Want
Your coveted workshop deserves to be dressed up to reflect your style. Place that big-game fishing trophy on a shelf. Hang up sports memorabilia to show your team spirit. Put custom magnets on your mini fridge and add comfortable lawn chairs or utility stools to provide your pals a place to lounge in your man cave when helping with your projects or just hanging out.
The Well-Lit Workshop
Tools to finish constructing a picnic bench or any other project are essential, but without proper lighting, you might not always see what you’re working on, especially in dark spaces like a garage or basement. Add an adjustable table lamp to your workshop space to angle toward the blueprints you are drafting or the hard drive you are rebuilding. Shine the spotlight on your work with overhead pendants or track lighting features so you can work well into the evening hours.
Whether you are tinkering with a do-it-yourself project or drafting elaborate plans for a home addition, you need power tools, a comfortable workspace environment and good lighting to take a project from start to finish. Don't let a lack of outlets stop you. Invest in cordless tools that let you work anywhere along with cordless cleaning supplies to ensure you can clean up any sized mess. Add your own personal tastes to the space and get started on any project you want.
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