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I have been building things all my adult life. I spent ten years doing cabinets for corporate jet interiors. Then left that and went back into residential cabinets. The last few years I’ve really started making things for myself. Furniture around the house, cabinets and furniture to sell, whatever catches my interest.

Recently, I have started branching out and exploring new projects. I gave my home shop a name, Haven Wood Crafts, that reflects how I feel about spending time working out there. I do have more work than I have time for with my day job but not quite enough to quit. So right now I’m sinking all the money I make back into tools and materials I want or think I need. If things continue to pick up at this pace I may have to think about going at it full-time.

I’ve been busy. In January I decided my workshop wasn’t working out. It was too crowded and There wasn’t anywhere to work. So I started sketching things up and deciding what I wanted versus what what I can afford and make work. I came up with a few cabinets that I think will do the job. A rolling workbench/outfeed table, a router table, cabinet for my drill press and scroll saw, and a rack to hold benchtop tools along with small cabinet to set them on to use. I’m just getting things into shape to use the shop again. Time to start some thing new.

A list of my tools:
Delta 10” Contractor saw
Hitachi 16” Scroll saw
B&D benchtop drill press
B&D 4×36 belt & 6”disc sander
Craftsman 9” bandsaw
Central Machinery Oscillating Spindle Sander (HF Find)
Makita 12” Planer
Delta 10” Miter Saw
1×30 Belt sander (HF Find)
12” HF Disc Sander
Central Mach. 12×33 Lathe
Homemade Downdraft Sanding Table
11 assorted Porter Cable routers and 2 Makita trim routers
Assorted handheld power tools- Belt sanders, palm sanders, jigsaw, drills,
That and misc. hand tools

This is it. Thanks for looking around.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 1628 days ago

Nice shop Robert, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 1628 days ago

Robert, this is certainly a nice shop that you have to work in. It does look like you need some more room though but I can empathize with you about the wife’s SUV. I have often said that I am glad we added a third garage in our basement when we built that I later converted into a shop. If I had to ask my wife to give up her garage in order to address my need for a shop it would not be a pretty sight. I definately would be outside before her vehicle would be.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1628 days ago

A good shop space and some good tools too.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1628 days ago

Hey Robert,
Lot going on in there with some real cool toys to play with.

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#5 posted 1621 days ago

Some nice looking tools there. I Really like that wide belt sander.

I live in Tyler, not too far away. If you are ever in the neighborhood let me know.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 1620 days ago

Yeah, the wide-belt sure simplifies some things. It’s nice to have that stuff at work when I can’t do it at home or it’d take entirely too long. Other things like Face Frame Table and pocket hole machine, Gang Drill for adj shelves (Man I’d hate to do THAT by hand), 2 low assemlby tables and 8×10’ table around the Table saw for cutting plywood sheets. It helps with larger furniture projects. If I’m gonna be down that way I’ll PM you. Let me know if you’re up this way.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#7 posted 1620 days ago

Robert, thats a nice shop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 1593 days ago

nice update of the shop…have fun and enjoy

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 1593 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks Robert.. Nice shop there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 1573 days ago

Great shop. I love your tool storage cabinet

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#11 posted 1443 days ago

Robert, thanks for the update.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 1359 days ago

Nice lookin shop Robert. Really like the “door type” storage w/piano hinges? Good idea. Oh, and I see yer spindle sander in your other storage area. That’s like a storage garage….multi-floor.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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