We don’t recommend you build a woodshop in less time than it takes to take out a garbage bag or fill out tax bills.
If you’ve been asked if your woodshop needs a lot of space…that’s because it does. However, if your space is not large enough for a shop, there are many more resources available to help you make that space bigger – and cheaper!
The number one way to put excess wood into the woodshop is to use a jig or router table with a small amount of sandpaper.
The key is to make sure the sandpaper is coarse enough and to get it out at once, so the wood is fully exposed.
After that, sand the piece with finer sandpaper. If you run out of coarse and fine sandpaper and would like to add a little more sandpaper, the best way is to buy extra sandpaper at the hardware store and mix it with a small amount of cement (for example, use 2 tablespoons of cement for every tablespoon of sandpaper, and add one tablespoon of cement per tablespoon of sandpaper). Then simply work the jig or router with the cement to cut out the needed channels. The sandpaper makes this process much smoother and less prone to the risk of cutting into the plywood.
A jig or router with a hole saw attachment will be more than sufficient to cut out your space. The hole saw can be used to cut out the channels as well as the plywood.
Another way to help you make your space bigger is to use a shop vac or drywall squeegee to vacuum or fill in the space. It is also worth using the shop vac to clean the plywood after the sanding step.
How can I cut the plywood for my shop?
The short answer is that you are not limited to what you can find at your local hardware store…you can use a very common kitchen saw to cut plywood. The wood that comes out of the saw is called “masonry” and it holds more wood per square foot.
To make the plywood smaller, simply put a piece of 1/4″ x 15 1⁄ 2 ” oak board into the saw. Don’t use a piece you’ve carved out with a saw horse since this will cut into the edges of each corner.
The saw’s blade is designed for the “masonry” you cut out. So don’t worry about having to remove the wooden slats once
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