Featuring the Woodworking of Jim Voss


My wife talked me into building a dedicated building for a workshop to get the dust and noise out of the basement and free up to the space for other uses. We took a loan on the house to build it with the theory that if we waited until my retirement, I’d miss out on all those years of enjoyment. Here are pictures of my shop.

My stationary power tools include a Steel City cabinet saw, a Grizzly 14″ band saw, a Delta benchtop 9″ bandsaw, a Delta 12″ planer, a generic Chinese made jointer (my next tool to replace), a Ridgid drill press, a DeWalt compound miter saw, a Jet 12″ clearance lathe, a Ridgid oscillating spindle/edge sander, a Shop Fox 12″ disc sander, a very old Montgomery-Ward scroll saw (hopefully replaced after the jointer), a Bosch router mounted in a router table, a Delta dust collector, a unknown brand wood lathe (inherited), and various wet and dry grinding & buffing wheels.

My portable power tools include a Milwaukee cordless drill and impact driver, a DeWalt 8″ cordless circular saw, a DeWalt, jig saw, a Bosch random orbit sander, a Bosch plunge router (usually mounted in the fixed base in the router table), a Milwaukee 1/2 sheet finish sander, a DeWalt 1/4 sheet finish sander, an unknown brand trim router, a Dremel drill, a unknown brand Chinese-made angle grinder and various other little tools.

My hand tools include a #4 American-made plane (unknown brand), a Stanley rabbet plane, a Stanley(?) jointer plane, an Anant jointer plane, a Shop Fox block plane, a couple of Indian-made bench planes (still haven’t flattened or sharpen them yet, although I’ve spent hours), a set of miniature brass infill planes, a four-piece Two-Cherries chisel set, an unknown brand mortise chisel set (nice socket chisels I inherited, mostly missing handles, but that’ll be a fun project to make out of some lignum vitae I have), a Veritas saddle square, a Veritas dovetail marker, brass setup blocks, several sizes of engineer squares, various steel rules, various files & rasps, various cabinet scrapers, etc., etc.

Although my shop is equipped with a central-station monitored alarm system, it doesn’t keep out all of the riff-raff. As you can see, the workshop also serves as a man-cave on certain occasions.