Equipping a Workshop

by David

Hi Sue,

I find your website very helpful. I was wondering if you could give some pointers or recommend a resource for designing, and equipping a stained glass workshop.

In particular, I'm looking for workbench plans, storage ideas, and just general layout designs and considerations.


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Hi David,

There is a great, free publication, called "Stained Glass News", that you can get at most stained glass retail shops. Every issue features "The Reader's Workshop". The readers tell about their workshop, and the article includes a picture so you can see how it's set up. If you could find some back issues, I'm sure you'd find a workshop that would suit you to a T. I have drooled over many of them!

Go to one of the many stained glass forums and ask how people store their glass and supplies. You will get many varied answers. It's always a very interesting topic to throw out to the forum members. Warner Crivellaro's Glass Chat is the forum I use the most, but there are many to choose from. Do a search on Google using "stained glass+forums" to find them. You'll be surprised at how many and how varied they are.

Here's a web site with plans for a work bench that looks pretty functional to me: Workbench Plans.It could be changed to suit your needs, and it looks like it would be easy enough to set a light box in the middle of it.

You will need plenty of light and good ventilation (think about putting in extraction fans). Set it up so you have easy access to the equipment you use the most. Ease in getting to a source of water is something to think about.

Think beyond now...think about what you want to be doing several years from now. Build your workshop so you have space to add equipment and create more storage space.

Does hot glass work intrigue you? Wire the room so you can run a kiln, or put in enough ventilation so you can do torch work. It's easier to plan for it now than to have to start over when you're ready to take that next step.

Your question should bring quite a few comments, so anyone reading this, please feel free to give your advice. Tell us what you like or don't like about your stained glass workshop. Let's help David build the best workshop possible.


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Feb 15, 2008
Equipping a work space
by: Pam

Sue is right. When I set mine up I thought I had factored in growth. Pffft. NOT! I am in the process of remodeling my studio. I hope to incorporate 4 different places I have glass stored to one wall of sturdy shelving to hold it all and room for more. That alone will free up some needed real eastate. I am also reconfiguring my work benches to include a place for my torch and kiln. It's a fun trip. I plan on having one wall with a sit down height bench approx 15 feet long. My torch space, jewelry making area, PMC area and photo area will all be there. My cutting/layout table will be L shaped and have a built in glass light box for cutting. Also think about lighting, I will have no less than 3-48 inch florescents, plus overhead lighting from 2 ceiling fans. My ventilation hood over the torch is a whopping 40 inches wide. This extra room is due to the fact we had to reconfigure a steep roof. This added almost 80 square feet to my studio, and I now have regular windows for natural light. You can see my progress at www.sunflowerartglass.com.

Feb 07, 2008
Good info...
by: David

That's great info, Sue. Thanks! the comments so far have been helpful. I consider myself an intermediate level glasser and ready to kick it up a notch (thanks, Emeril). I have most of the equipment I need, but everytime I start a new project, my kitchen island becomes my workbench. It's inconvenient and I need a place where I can set up without having to put it all away when we need to, oh I don't know...cook! ;-)

Looking forward to reviewing everyone's comments.

Feb 06, 2008
by: Ronald Ruffner

When Sue said plan for the future, she is so right. I have a large shop in my home in Tenn but I spend most of my time in my motorhome. Now that is a real challange setting up shop but I manage to do stained glass, run a kiln, and do some torch work. So my best advice is research and planning.

Good Luck

Feb 06, 2008
by: Shrubcat

Hi David. If you look at my slide show on photo gallery you can see how I've set up my workshop. I've got very small amount of room at this stage, so I have to utilize every square inch!
Talk to other leadlighters as sue has suggested but ultimately as you start to make items, you'll find you will continually make small alterations as you go along...good luck and it's a lot of fun! Shrubby (David)

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