April 23, 2007

Setting Up Shop - Review

setting_up_shop.jpgOur workshop used to belong to someone else, so when we moved in, we pretty much kept things as they were; the workbench is against the same wall and the lumber racks are in the same place. We made a few changes and built some shelves, but nothing too severe. Well, we just finished Sandor Nagyszalanczy’s Setting Up Shop and now we’ve got some work to do. This book has opened the door to such a large array of possibilities for our workshop that we don’t even know where to begin the renovations.

Nagyszalanczy makes that point that every shop should be different in order to match the working style of its owner. But even with this difference, there are a lot of universal considerations to take into account before rolling in the table saw and having at those oak boards. This book is about those universals, some big and some small, that all come together and create the functionality of a workspace.

Literally every aspect of planning or renovating shop space is covered in this book. How to deal with sound insulation, how to run wires under the floor, and how to group tools for maximum productivity are just three of the hundreds of topics discussed. The list goes on and on and we guarantee that even if you think you’ve thought of everything, there will be a few things that are new to you. The chapters on storage are particularly valuable to those of you who are convinced that you don’t have enough room for a workshop.

The book is written in a clear and enthusiastic style so that by the time you finish with it, you’ll be running out to the garage with a head full of ideas. Much of the information is presented in helpful charts and drawings and the book is filled to the brim with photos of some of the coolest shop spaces on planet Earth.

Essentially, we can’t recommend this book enough. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional cabinet maker with a 1,000 square foot shop or a DIYer who only has a small corner of the basement, Setting Up Shop will help you optimize your work space while at the same time tailoring it to your specific needs.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 23, 2007 6:41 AM
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