James Huggett’s Dream Woodworking Workshop

//James Huggett’s Dream Woodworking Workshop

In the above video James “Jim” Huggett shares a recent tour of his Furniture Making workshop in Earlysville, Virginia, just a few miles from the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School.

James Jim Huggett Furniture Maker and Woodworker in Earlysville, Virginia

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.

James Huggett's custom furniture woodworking shop in the woods of Earlysville, Virginia

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.

Interior of James Huggett Custom Furniture woodworking workshop

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:

Workshop plans of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

Visitors are welcomed by a charming front covered porch:

Covered stoop of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

This is the first view that welcomes you when you enter the workshop:

Interior of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

And this is the view looking from the back of Jim’s workshop to the front entrance:

Interior of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

Here you can see Jim’s power tools and his design station & reference library:

Interior of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

Jim added a lot of windows along the walls of the workshop to bring more light into his workspaces. He added skylights along the more shaded forest-facing side of the workshop.

Interior of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

Jim’s carving & sharpening workbench runs along the east side of the shop:

James Huggett woodworking workshop workbench windows

Jim included a working cupola with an integrated attic fan, which sucks the dusty or smoky air from the workshop in a matter of seconds…notice the hand saw weathervane!

Cupola with integrated shop attic fan for Interior of James Huggett's dream woodworking furniture workshop

Jim builds many types of furniture for his clients, but his favorite furniture styles are more aligned with traditional New England furniture, including American antique styles from the Newport, Philadelphia, and Boston families.

wooden desk built by james huggett

Below you can view photos of Jim’s work. If you’re interested in commissioned work from Jim, you can contact him through his Facebook page (here) or drop me a line (here) if you don’t have Facebook, and I’ll give you his phone number or email address.

wooden desk carving built by james huggett

Contemporary Walnut Split Top Toy Chest build by James Huggett

Contemporary Walnut Split Top Toy Chest build by James Huggett

mahogany serpentine chest of drawers built by james huggett

mahogany serpentine chest of drawers built by james huggett showing dovetails

mahogany serpentine chest of drawers built by james huggett showing dovetails

Jim Huggett making hand cut half blind dovetails with chisels

End table built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

chest of drawers built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

walnut sideboard built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

mahogany end table built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

table built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

furniture built by james huggett

dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

arts & crafts table built by james huggett

Highboy built by james huggett

Highboy built by james huggett

Highboy built by james huggett

Highboy with fan carving dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

Federal Cherry Serpentine Entryway Table build by james huggett

Federal Cherry Serpentine Entryway Table build by james huggett with dovetail drawers

sideboard buffet built by james huggett

little girl with a yellow doll house built by james huggett

Chest of drawers built by james huggett

Chest of drawers built by james huggett

sideboard buffet built by james huggett

Entry bench with fan carving built by james huggett

Stacked dovetail drawer jewelry box built by james huggett

Stacked dovetail drawer jewelry box built by james huggett

Desk with wood carving of knight with a shield with deer

Desk with wood carving of knight with a shield with deer

Sideboard table built by james huggett

Planter cabinet built by james huggett

End table with drawers and doors built by james huggett

Building a bed in a woodworking workshop

Furniture cabinet built by james huggett

Federal Serpentine Sideboard Table build by james huggett

Walnut end table with pull out tray built by james huggett

Curved drawer matching end tables built by james huggett

Paneled coffee table with carved legs built by james huggett

Fancy gray doll house built by james huggett

Pine serving table built by james huggett

Molding details of Pine serving table built by james huggett

coffee table built by james huggett

carved legs and dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

jewelry box with dovetailed drawer built by james huggett

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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2018-09-13T17:11:38+00:00

About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool 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 in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Just flat out …OUTSTANDING…

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Josh,
Beautiful shop. How sparse compared to the work the he produces. How does Jim thickness his stock, hand planes?

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Given all the other woodworking machines present, I’m rather surprised at the seeming absence of a thickness planer, and would like to hear Jim’s thoughts on this. Isn’t the jointer usually the dispensable machine, if pressed for space or budget? (especially since his jointer looks like a 54A – 6 inch.)

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