An efficient workshop is essential for getting projects completed on time, safely, and on budget. Making sure you have an efficient workshop can be difficult, however, when you’re so focused on developing new projects. So here are five key tips, ranging from using proper woodwork machinery to the right safety equipment, to help you keep your workflow smooth.
Good quality woodworking machinery is essential to keeping your workshop efficient. It will cut through even the thickest wood easily and accurately. This means you spend less time throwing away good wood that has been chewed and splintered to pieces, and constant machinery breakdowns aren’t a concern.
Invest a little time before you begin your project to map out a plan of what you intend to do. Remember that plans always change, so you may not end up following everything to the letter. Having a rough guide will make sure that at every step of the project you know exactly what you have to do next, minimising wasted time.
It’s tempting to just plough through to the end of the project and try to tidy up at the end. But if you begin getting into the habit of tidying as you go, you can start moving straight into your next project after completing your current one. Even just tidying up glue/wood-shavings as you work can improve overall efficiency.
It can always be tempting to think you’re saving time by not using the proper PPE before working. Not using goggles or appropriate hand protection etc can lead to severe injuries, however. A trip to the hospital and a week of not being able to work is a lot more of a drain on your efficiency than the few seconds it takes to put on proper PPE.
Remember that an efficient workshop is a long-term goal and rushing through individual projects doesn’t mean you’re being more efficient. Taking regular breaks is essential to allow your body and mind time to rest and recover. It may make each project a little bit longer, but it means you make fewer mistakes and can focus much more clearly.
These simple tips can help you improve the efficiency of your workshop – whether you operate a professional workshop or it’s your hobby, these tips can help you greatly.