Spring is in the air, and thoughts often turn to Spring cleaning your home, but it's absolutely a great idea to go through your wood workshop too.
Making your workspace safe
Now the days are lengthening, and you may be getting busier or back out in the workshop as the weather warms, so a tidy and uncluttered workspace will help you operate safely. Even the neatest and most organised woodworker can benefit from taking a fresh look, an extra deep spring clean and considering how well the space works.
Our spring cleaning tips only really include what you should be doing as a matter of course, but it never does any harm to make them a special job at least once a year. Spring is around the corner, so there couldn't be a better time to get started.
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Sort tools – Now is an excellent time to see where you put your tools when you finish with them. Being organised is not only safer, but it can also save you valuable time looking for things. Spring is also an excellent time to check that they are all in good order and stored safely. As the days get lighter for longer, they may be used more, or you may find yourself busier and run out of time, so do it now to ensure they are ready to go.
Carry out maintenance checks – machinery can often go on for long periods without failing, but that doesn't mean we should ignore maintenance checks. Cleaning and greasing parts that get lots of use may happen regularly, but leaving woodworking machinery unused for lengths of time often sees maintenance be forgotten. It's still important to keep machinery in tip-top condition no matter how much or little is used. Spring is an excellent time for that too.
Order spares and replacements for consumables – Spring cleaning is another great way to remember to stock up on consumables for the year ahead. In tidying, you will see what you already have, so it's easy to see what is needed.
Organise and make it easy - If you haven't found spring-cleaning fun, then the only way to avoid it is to set up a more regular cleaning and maintenance routine, so you keep on top of organising and tidying as you go! There is no doubt that working with wood can be dangerous, so you need to make it happen if you want to stay safe.
We are always here at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery if you need help or advice. If you tidied and found space for new or replacement equipment or had so much woodworking dust that you have a dust extractor on your shopping list, we can help with that too. Just get in touch with the team, and we’ll be happy to see how we can assist you.