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The other green giant. At 9′ tall, this Zimmermann band saw has more than twice the throat capacity as a typical 14″ home shop band saw.

A St. Louis physician spent years assembling the perfect shop.

The problem with many “dream shops” is that their visionaries never wake up and get on with building any furniture.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with building a hobby shop and having the shop alone being the hobby, but this magazine is about building wooden things inside a shop. So it seems a waste when I visit a shop that never sees a speck of sawdust.

For the last few years, I’ve been following the progress of Dr. Kent Adkins, a young surgical urologist outside St. Louis, who has been methodically planning and constructing an 1,800-square-foot shop attached to his home by a breezeway.

In pleasant surroundings. Adkins’s shop is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by trees and a garden.

It would be easy to assume that Adkins simply picked the machines and tools with the highest price tags for his shop, but that would be an insult to the years of passionate research Adkins and his friends have put into searching the world for tools that are the best in class and safe as possible.

I’ve seen Adkins on the floor of the International Woodworking Fair, picking apart the features and details of machines, veneer presses and even hand tools. He traveled twice to the Ligna woodworking show in Germany. I’ve watched him question sales representatives with the insight of a journalist. And in May 2010, I got to operate his crane.

Yes, the man has a crane.

During a warm spring weekend, Adkins opened his new shop to friends, neighbors, family and two editors – myself and Senior Editor Glen D. Huey. During our evening in his shop, we picked through every nook and cranny of his wood-floored soaring shop space, ran his machines (mostly…

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