Woodworking in a Basement or Apartment
Woodworking in a Basement or Apartment

How to Start Woodworking in a Basement or Apartment

There is a myth that just because woodworking projects are directly linked up to woods, it will need a large place to work on the projects. But this is not completely true. At the preliminary stage any fresher woodworker can start up from his or her home itself. Any DIY wood-crafter or small woodworker can easily use his or her apartment’s store-room or house’s basement as a woodworking workshop.

In this article, we will provide such ideas of how to use one’s apartment or basement as a woodworking workshop followed by few tips to maintain the same.

Though setting up a suitable place is the prior concern for any kind of work to start, especially in woodworking woods and tools play the main roles to make the entire process successful. Proper planning and selective instruments would be enough to thrive your woodworking hobbies even in a very small place.

Furthermore, do not invest much on unitasker tools. So, we will mainly focus on different tools and equipment along with related arrangements that could be required for starting woodworking projects whether at home or any well-decorated wood workshop.

To get fruitful outcomes from your start-up woodworking business, you must research the experts’ suggestions and recommendations about planning a project from home and utilize your intelligence and knowledge skillfully.

As your workplace is limited, you have no scope to misuse even an inch of it. You should use your work space carefully, so that along with working on your project, you can also clean your workplace immediately after your work ends. Messy surroundings inside the workshop make it more congested.

Useful tools

  • Portable table saw

Table saw is the most important and common tool for any kind of woodwork whether it is small or large. Table saw is used for cutting large ply sheets, wood planks, tenon and so many others. But a full size table saw won’t be fitted inside your home based wood workshop, so you should take a portable table saw instead. Though, it is not eligible for large projects but perfectly suitable for small woodworking.

Woodworking router – A router is a tool used to hollow out a piece of wood. It can cut grooves, fancy edges, or patterns. There are two types of routers a fixed base and a plunge base. A fixed base router is set in place once the bit is locked in. A plunge base allows the bit to plunge up and down in the material. There are many different bits available to use, depending on the project and depth. Routers are small enough to be moved easily, making them very versatile. Here you can find tips on how do woodworking routers work and how to use them safely. For other added information, you can check out The Router Workshop television program that teaches you how to use a router. The show has nearly 200 episodes that you can watch online to improve your knowledge of wood routers.

  • Miter saws

If you need to do a lot of angled cross or straight cuttings in your small carpentry, miter saw is the must have tool. Though it is not versatile enough, yet it is preferred for woodworking at home.

  • Circular and track saws

Both circular saw and track saw are used for ripping or breaking larger sheets of plywood. Both the saws are easy and handy to use as the user guide is simple enough to understand and the machine is also not complicated at all. Though track saw is costlier than circular saw, still woodworkers prefer them for their accuracy. Both the saws are easy to store even inside your closet.

  • Drill press

Though handheld drill is much more efficient than any 10 or 12 inches drill press, still drill press is helpful for placing the holes on the woods in the accurate place with proper control technology and repeated actions. This is a basic tool for small carpentry.

  • Saw hoods

Saw hood is an appliance that prevents the spreading of sawdust produced by the work of different types of saws. As cleaning up sawdust or debrises are the main ordeals, saw hood helps to collect the dust and store it in one place without letting those to spray all over the workplace. This is actually designed for the professional woodworkers who work in the customers’ houses on request, but small carpenters also can use that at home as it is easy to fold and store.

  • Shop vacuum

Regular vacuum cleaners are not applicable for cleaning woodworking dust as their functionality is not eligible for collecting wooden dust or particles and their filters might clog up too fast because of heavy disposals and their suction capacity would be decreased. So, you must arrange a shop vacuum that is faster and more powerful than a regular one. You can use them at home too.

When you are planning to start your woodworking business at home you must think smart, be minimal and set up your workshop with useful handy tools and materials. There are three major considerations that you must look after while you have decided to start your woodworking at your apartment or basement, such as: noise controlling, cleanliness, odor control system.

These three issues must be settled down before, during and after your woodworking process continues. You should look after that your neighbors won’t feel disturbed due to excessive noise, dust and overpowering carpentry solutions ( oils, stains etc) during your work in progress. You can also check some woodworking blogs to get more information on vacuums.

Let’s check how to avoid such issues:

Noise controlling

Complaining about noise is the most common factor while you are working with woods at home. It might come from your apartment’s owner or other tenants. The possibility is high that you have neighbors with infarcts and olderly persons at their home around you. No-one wants to live in a noisy environment. You should be respectful about your neighbors’ existence.

There are plenty of techniques you can follow to avoid noise pollution and make sure that no-one aware of you is creating products from wood by using noise cancellation hand as well as power tools. It is not possible to work on big projects when you are doing these in your apartment.

In the vast realm of woodworking projects you can choose pyrography and wood carving as those are the perfect genre for those who are to start woodworking at homes. The stated areas of woodworking would not require too many complex tools rather than small and easy hand tools that won’t create excessive sounds.

In case you are not suitable for the stated woodworking areas, you can choose hand tools instead of power tools. Rather than investing too much power in a wide range of hand tools that are required for your work. Like, instead of using a table saw you can use a hand saw for cutting woods as the later one produces less noise. Though, it will consume more time yet you have to consider that in order to get rid of noise complaints from others.


Taking good care of your work wastes produced from your wood carving is a big factor when you are continuing your woodworking from your apartment. Because it is the matter of not only keeping your workplace as well as your home clean, it is also the concern of you, your family and neighbors’ safety.

It is quite possible that you have disposed of your work wastage unmindfully here and there around your locality or apartment ground, later on your own family members and neighbors faced massive accidents from that. This kind of situation is not at all expected. Moreover, it is possible that saw dust is spreading through the air that is really harmful for lungs and will affect the respiratory system and cause cancer too in the long run.

So, you should set up your cutting jobs near or beside a wide window. Your workplace must have enough air flow arrangements facing towards the window. A large box fan can save you from breathing in the sawdust and paint fumes. To avoid such issues you must use a proper work mask and face shield while working. Additionally, you should have adequate light in your workplace.

Odor controlling

To control overpowering smells from your workplace, you should find out the origin of the smells coming from and take steps according to the specific requirements. Generally, all kinds of wooden paints, thinners, resins etc have strong doors.

Therefore, it is suggested to take the made up wooden products to the common area while working on painting or thinning them, so that the smells vaporize in the atmosphere. Or else if you have not enough space and want to make the work done inside the workshop, you should do it beside the window and keep your box fan on during your painting jobs.


A proper workbench is really important when you are dealing with woods. Most wood hobbyists have a tendency to take any table for their work as while working at home. But it is not the right way. Always remember, whether it be in your professional workshop or you have settled up a temporary one at your apartment, your creativity is well. So respect your work.

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Do not take any spare kitchen table or old computer table, take a flat surfaced, sturdy and four-legged table with the legs even underneath. Take a table that has a strong lid on which you can do scribble, hammer, stain, screw etc. Make sure to replace it every often as the perfection of your wooden products depends on your workbench to many extent.

Usage of power tools

Though it is not at all recommended to use the power tools for woodworking at home, in case of special needs you can use them at early day time in open space around your apartment or garage area.  If possible, make this work done outside your apartment complex as it will be helpful for you to dispose of the work wastage as well as controlling noise.

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