Moving #2: OMG!

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-05-2014 04:01 PM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: .............Just keep moving........... Part 2 of Moving series Part 3: Workshop progress »

It’s been four weeks since I moved my shop tools over to the new place. Other, last minute panic, items got deposited in the garage too. We finally moved in about a week ago. Today I started to re-build my shop and on entering the garage this is what I found

Under there (somewhere) is my table saw, workbench and router table! The rest of the place wasn’t much better

Still I cleared some of the excess away and found the bench

In three parts; frame, top and back

This is the first time, in ten years, that it has been disassembled. For some bizarre reason, when I built it, I screwed a couple of the top screws down into the frame, rather than up through the frame into the top. I’ve cut these and plan to totally ‘screw up’ this time. (The top is a three layer affair, two 18mm chipboard layers and one of hardboard or masonite to our American cousins). So I had to add in a mid stretcher

Off to find a piece 46 mm square for this out of this pile

I settled on a piece 23 mm thick which I would double up. So my first timber cut in the new shop

and I broke out the trust old Sandvik to make the cuts in the frame.

It’s now re-assembled, well partly, as I need to add the lighting rig and find the draw runners .Why I took them out I don’t know, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’.

Be seeing you

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 04:48 PM

Glad to hear moved in, sorry to hear so much work to get set up

-- Norman

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 05:13 PM

I hear ya Brother! It’s been almost 15 months since I packed up my shop back in 10aSEE and now that the new building is up I’ve started moving things into it, in anticipation of the electric getting hooked up this week.

Back when I was packing everything up, I was figuring it would only be 2 or 3 months till I had a new building put up. So for SOME stooopid reason I simply wrote one or two of the items in each box, then wrote “GARAGE” on every box. Geeze, that was not such a good idea. I’m having to cut open every box as I move it in just trying to find some of the necessary “first needs”.

Biggest problem with that is I dont have many shelves up for storage yet, so most of the boxes are just getting piled back up again.

If I NEVER move again… it’ll be too soon :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 06:30 PM

I feel your pain Martyn, having had to break the Shop down, move it, and re-construct it twice in the last three years!
The only consolation I can give you, is that it’s rather like a Jig Saw Puzzle… The more pieces you put where they belong, the easier it gets to find where the remaining pieces go…
Still, a Day in even an un-assembled Shop, is better than a Day without one!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 06:42 PM

Moving is a nightmare, especially a shop. Good to see that you are getting reorganised Martyn. Looks pretty roomy in there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 06:53 PM

If it makes you feel any better, it looks a lot like my shop and I havent moved

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 08:26 PM

When I moved my shop 7 years ago, I needed a 46 cubic metre moving van just for the workshop… as well as the van for the household gear… next time I move everything stays….I will buy new LOL… looking forward to you turning chaos into order….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 07-06-2014 12:27 AM

When I moved I did not have a shop :)

It took about 6 months to completely empty the boxes and get rid of all the stuff we did not need and have no sentimental value.

I guess you are well on your way to producing more great boxes.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 07-06-2014 12:52 AM

After 37 years in the same house, we had to move back in May. All my shop is still packed up and will be until this weather cools down some. :-(

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#9 posted 07-06-2014 01:04 AM

Martyn, I totally understand. My recent move looks almost identical to your photos . . . almost no room to unpack the boxes, and no place to set up the equipment. Right now the dust collector, table saw, drill press, and band saw are all in one corner, literally touching eachother. I’m hoping they’ll mate and I’ll find some new tools in there when I get them separated. Best of luck with your new shop.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 07-06-2014 01:28 AM

Good luck in getting everything up and going quickly.

I fear the day I have to move.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#11 posted 07-06-2014 02:05 AM

Last summer, I did a little reorganizing in my shop (one car garage). Feel fee to check it out. The wall hung cabinets with power tool cubbies and parts trays have proven to be the best thing I have ever done. Easy access and most of the power tools are at arms length ready to go.

Good luck setting up your shop again.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 07-06-2014 03:22 AM

Perseverance is yours. I’m sure we will be seeing more great boxes in the near future.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 07-06-2014 01:44 PM

A new beginning, it will all come together Martyn
So I’ve been telling myself for the past 3 years.
Look at my shop and you wont feel so bad. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 07-06-2014 05:16 PM

I moved a little over a year ago and am still looking at boxes that are still unpacked. Martyn, you’ll get there sooner or later.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-06-2014 05:34 PM

A bomb might help.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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