Wiring a Garage Workshop
Plan smart, and you’ll know what to tell the electrician
Synopsis: The electrical wiring, outlets, and lighting in your workshop should be as specialized as your tools. Electrician and hobbyist woodworker Clifford Popejoy shares an insider’s view of the special power needs of the woodshop and explains the best way to communicate those needs to your electrician. Tips include installing a dedicated subpanel for the shop, effective woodshop lighting, providing enough power outlets for portable tools; getting plenty of juice to stationary machines; and adding custom touches to improve safety and convenience.
The electrical wiring, outlets, and lighting in your shop should be as specialized as your tools. It’s hard to turn out high-quality work— or to work safely—in a poorly illuminated shop. It is equally frustrating and potentially dangerous if your tools keep tripping breakers on underpowered circuits or if your floor is a tangle of extension cords. To upgrade your workspace to meet the special needs of…