7 Woodshop Essentials You Need To Be Safe, Comfortable and Secure

Your woodshop is one of the most important parts of becoming a better woodworker. These are the core woodshop essentials you need for comfort, safety and security.

You have a lot of fuel in your woodshop. Lumber, sawdust and various finishes and solvents. You need to have a reliable, full-charged fire extinguisher in your woodshop.

Fire Extinguisher

With the advent of less-expensive LEDs, there is almost no excuse anymore to put up with a dark woodshop. Nor is it safe. You need to be able to see everything you’re doing in bright light, especially when using power tools like a table saw.

Adequate Lighting

While this is one of the more expensive upgrades to your woodshop, it is well worth it, especially if you spend a lot of time in your shop and want to work on projects the whole year.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Lumber, tools and you can’t deal with a moist or wet environment. Controlling humidity in the woodshop is key if you want to have successful projects, not damage your tools and have a comfortable, enjoyable place to work in.


Keeping your shop clean is a must for your own health and safety. A shop vacuum cleaner, dust collector or cyclone is must. It also helps to wear a respirator or special mask as your shop vac likely won’t be able to capture all the dust you create.

Dust Collection

It would be really tragic if one day you went into your woodshop and all your tools were gone! As you buy tools, the contents of your woodshop may exceed in value of the rest of your house. So protect it.

Dust Collection

Providing enough power for power tools may require hiring an electrician to install new outlets on a separate breaker or you may require a sub panel for your workshop.

Workshop Power

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