Jim reached out to me over a year ago, after he learned that my shop & school were just down the road from him. I dropped by his workshop (J.F. Huggett Custom Furniture), and was amazed that such an accomplished and skilled furniture maker lived so close to me. Jim started woodworking about 45 years ago while in the United States Navy, out of necessity because he couldn’t afford to buy furniture for his small home. The old Navy chiefs taught him how to build furniture at the woodworking shop at the Navy base. He then spent the next 45 years refining his woodworking skills in basements and garages, as he worked through a Navy and business career, building furniture for clients on the side.
Five years ago, in preparation for his retirement Jim built his dream workshop in the woods behind his house, and now works full time building custom furniture for clients along the East Coast.
Jim spent decades designing his dream workshop, down to the smallest detail. His designs included large windows & skylights, copious lighting, two workbench locations, a carving station, lumber storage, a vacuum system, spots for his various power tools & hand tools, a sharpening station, and even a design station with a computer and books (this is where Jim taught me to use SketchUp!). Here are his woodworking workshop plans:
Visitors are welcomed by a charming front covered porch:
In the next article Jim will be sharing a tutorial on making half-blind dovetails for drawers. If you want to be notified when future blog posts and videos are released, make sure you’re added to our email list:
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Joshua loves mixing his passion for woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture and teaches woodworking classes in his workshop.