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Brian Havens

comments (26) March 31st, 2010 in Shop Tours        
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Scroll down for an incredible video tour of Brian Havens shop in San Jose, Calif. Youll get to see a full shop layout designed in SketchUp.
Scroll down for an incredible video tour of Brian Havens shop in San Jose, Calif. Youll get to see a full shop layout designed in SketchUp. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Scroll down for an incredible video tour of Brian Haven's shop in San Jose, Calif. You'll get to see a full shop layout designed in SketchUp.

Shop Specs

  • Location: San Jose, California, 400
  • Size: garsq. ft.
  • Type:
  • Focus:
  • Heating/Cooling:

Several people asked me about my dust collector modifications, so I made a follow-up video: Dust Collector Modifications

You can also visit my workshop: Workshop Page


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Comments (26)

TexasBelliott TexasBelliott writes: Wake up, Brian!

Nicely done sir. You have some great ideas for use of space. I particularly liked the cabinet under your drill press.

Posted: 10:55 am on June 9th

havens havens writes: The link in my reply was not clickable, try this:

Dust Collector Modifications
Posted: 6:50 pm on April 22nd

havens havens writes: - I used the free version of Sketchup.

- Yes, Macs are absolutely 'wunnerful' :-)

I had several folks ask me about my dust collector modifications, so I made a follow-up video:
Posted: 6:48 pm on April 22nd

dicyapperson dicyapperson writes: loved it thanks!
Posted: 10:03 am on April 16th

woodchopper3 woodchopper3 writes: Nice job Brian
Posted: 4:32 pm on April 15th

seaquel seaquel writes: Truely remarkable as to what can be done in limited space. I am in the process of redoing my shop and your tour has guided me in different directions. I can only imagine the music has to be part of your project design and woodworking as it is with myself

Posted: 9:46 am on April 15th

Stumper Stumper writes: Nice job on the video and the shop.
Question: did you use Sketchup pro or the freebie?

P. S. Ain't Macs wunnerful!
Posted: 12:30 am on April 15th

philvinci philvinci writes: I really enjoyed the tour Brian and it does inspire me to get to work on mine. Nice job. Loved the music as well; very relaxing. You must have been listening when you fell asleep.
Phil - San Diego
Posted: 6:57 pm on April 14th

havens havens writes: Thanks for all the great comments. It was quite an honor to get featured in the newsletter.

I want to try to answer some of the questions:
- I will have a follow-up video shortly, covering the dust collector modifications.
- I am also planning to do a video follow-up on the outfeed table, since there is so much interest. The sketchup model is available in the Sketchup 3D warehouse:
- I used iMovie '09 (Mac) to do all the editing. I exported the Sketchup animation to a movie, and edited it in iMovie
- I have some removable wings that I attached to the miter saw when I need to do a lot of accurate chopping. If I had more wall space I would prefer to have it integrated in a long auxiliary workbench.
- The shop is approximately 20' x 20'
Posted: 1:44 pm on April 14th

tails1st tails1st writes: Brian,

Great presentation! Like Scott L,I too would would love to see your sketchup drawing of the outfeed table. Would you be willing to share? Thanks
Posted: 7:20 am on April 14th

WilliamCanada WilliamCanada writes: The presentation combining slides, sketch-up and music was really cool. Shop appears to be spacious and well organized. However, I was not impressed with the way turning gouges and hand tools were simply placed in open drawers with no dividers - not a way to treat fine tools.
Posted: 6:37 am on April 14th

Posted: 7:20 pm on April 12th

Kenld Kenld writes: Good use of space. the table saw is especially a smart set up. I was trying to see what clever way the compound miter saw could be used with more versatility but did not see any. Presentation is nice.
Posted: 7:45 pm on April 7th

marcela marcela writes: Brian, excellent job, both in the shop and with the presentation. What is the size of your shop ?x? in feet? And did you make your own outfeed table? Would you share the plans for it? My husband and I make larger pieces of cabinetry sometimes, so we need a little bit more room for assembly, but your layout sure makes a lot of sense.
Posted: 6:12 pm on April 7th

nailhead49 nailhead49 writes: WOW, Shop & Presentation/Music
Posted: 4:48 pm on April 7th

El_Abuelito El_Abuelito writes: nice shop and great presentation. When I grow up (retire) I want to have such a shop. For now I have to roll every thing out of the garage to make a simple cut. Great Job!
Posted: 2:14 pm on April 7th

sregormij sregormij writes: Outstanding!! Great presentation!! The best garage shop I have seen yet.
Posted: 10:13 am on April 5th

swenson swenson writes: As a woodworker and a retired film-tape-digital editor I gotta say it doesn't get any better than this. Great shop, great piece. Thanks.
Posted: 8:03 am on April 4th

NM_Woodworker NM_Woodworker writes: WOW! Nice shop with excellent use of space. Great presentation. So much for showing static pic's of my dirty dwelling :)

Job well done Brian.
Posted: 12:14 pm on April 3rd

Scott L Scott L writes: Nice outfeed table for the tablesaw! I'd love to build one form my PM66. Is it your own design or someone else's plans? Can you share a link to the plans for us? Thanks.
Posted: 6:28 am on April 3rd

Cezar Cezar writes: After such a presentation I might say that you choose the wrong job. Maybe movie director?
I enjoyed your shop tour and after what I've seen, I've changed an idea or two for my own garage/workshop retrofit which is on roll right now.
Posted: 12:17 am on April 3rd

spasdickone spasdickone writes: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too coooooool!
Posted: 4:44 pm on April 2nd

JLYoung JLYoung writes: Awesome Shop and shop tour. What's going on with your dust collector? Did you create a manifold for a single stage collector? What are the plan dimensions of your shop?
Posted: 12:47 pm on April 1st

Sixty_Vette Sixty_Vette writes: Outstanding presentation Brian! Nice use of Sketchup too. What slideshow software did you use.

I also utilize Sketchup and use Proshow Producer software for slideshows - now you got me inspired! LOL! Already starting my workshop tour - hope you are not offended that I will take your approach - never really thought about incorporating both pieces of software like that!

Again very VERY nice presentation - oh and a GREAT SHOP TOO!!
Posted: 10:09 am on April 1st

Pete_504 Pete_504 writes: Simply a wonderful presentation!
Posted: 8:59 am on April 1st

ELRICK ELRICK writes: Dream Shop. Really enjoyed the video tour. Been caught napping myself only not on video. he he :-) Thanks for sharing that. Gives me some inspiration.
Posted: 8:25 am on April 1st

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