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How to Improve Workshop Efficiency

February 15, 2021 2 min read

As the old saying goes, a job is only as good as the tools you have to hand. Anyone who has started a DIY task using nothing more than a blunt chisel and a rusty old hammer will testify.

A good, productive workshop will always have the right tools to hand for any given job but efficiency is about more than that, it’s about the people and the work processes.

How does your workshop look? 

Take a look around your workshop area, is it pristine clean with tools and woodwork machinery cleaned and oiled or does it look like an explosion in a lumber yard? When you’re doing any job whether as a hobbyist or as a professional woodwork workshop it has to be much easier when the place is free from dirt and dust flying around and the things you need are all easily accessible.

Your workshop floor should be free from any hazards which people could trip over and hurt themselves. You should be able to navigate your way around easily without having to move things out of the way in order to get to your workbench or get the tools you need to work with.

Are your staff fully trained?

Many of the machines used in woodwork whether heavy duty industrial machines or small home working machinery can be deadly; the circular saw springs to mind as most A & E departments will confirm. Make sure that every single person using the woodwork machinery and tools in your workshop is fully conversant in how to safely use them and how to use safety guards during and after use! 

In our opinion woodwork machinery functions at its best when new but by keeping it clean and well maintained a good quality tool or machine should give many years of service.

What do you need the most?

An efficient woodworking workshop will always have a core group of equipment which will be used more than anything else.

The circular saw, with different blades for different tasks, is one such essential for beginners, hobbyists and professionals alike. Jigsaws are another much used standby and handsaws will always have a place. Of course larger workshops may have room for something like a table saw. Planers, files and sanders to smooth and shape, power drills and screw guns all play a part in most projects while for the larger workshop guillotines, lathes or glue spreaders are among the array of much needed machines and tools which you’ll need.

If you’re not sure what woodwork machinery would improve the efficiency of your workshop, why not get in touch? We’d be happy to talk to you about your needs and suggest what machinery could benefit you.