Moving shop #1: Denver bound

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Blog entry by Dooley posted 07-30-2008 02:49 PM 999 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m leaving for Denver today, just for a few days, in order to look for a place to live. If we find something than

we’re moving! I wanted to start a little blog about moving the shop. Mostly I’m hoping for some input from

members who have moved a shop before. To crate or not to crate, that is the question for today. Anyway, I

hope you all have tons of moving experience and will share your highs and lows. You can view pictures of the

shop on my page so you know what I have. The heaviest piece is a 15 planer and I’m guessing around 800lbs.

So not something me and a buddy can toss into the back of my truck. Let me know. Be back soon.

-- Dooley

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 04:34 PM

Hi Dooley

I moved my shop from North Dakota to California and did not crate anything. I moved it myself and just strapped the bigger equipment to the walls in the front of the truck. I nailed some 2 X4’s cleats on the floor of the truck as a safety measure. Pack items as tight as possible and everything should make it fine. When I moved from California to Iowa I just sold everything. I am in the process of putting in a new shop and buying all new equipment now that I am retired. Good Luck on your move.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 04:37 PM

you will love woodworking in denver very little wood movement. drop me a line whrn you get here.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 04:40 PM

When I moved my shop. it wasn’t very far but I had a small bucket loader to move the heavy stuff. I’d recomend renting a fork lift or something like that.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 05:01 PM

Yeah, we’re taking bids right now. I won’t be muscling this one out. Packing in big enough right now.

Since , I really haven’t posted much lately, I’ll also turn this blog into a project one as well. This piece I’m working on will have to get finished in Colorado, I just don’t see it coming together in the next few weeks, but we’ll see.

current project

Walnut and Zebrawood

-- Dooley

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 05:41 PM

hey dooley don’t know if you want to live in denver, but the the house i live in will be up for rent soon, it is in evergreen and about 15 minutes from down town. 3 bed 3 bath with a 2 car garage.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 02:27 AM

When I moved I crated everything before the movers loaded it. Packed all the tool accessories individually and took off all the guides, rails etc.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 05:53 AM

I moved between Montana and Ohio several times in 4 1/2 years. I would take some heavy machinery back and forth and never crated it.

One trick I found handy was to take 2×12’s and set them on edge, creating a deck on top with storage space underneath.

I think that you will love the living in the West. Denver has a lot of galleries and culture. Colorado is beautiful.

You will also be closer to the Anderson Arts Ranch!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 06:17 AM

That is a sweet looking project in progress.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 08-01-2008 02:43 PM

Welcome to Denver! It really is a great place to live. We’ve also got a great fine woodworking program here at Red Rocks Community College. I’m taking the guitar making class this fall. Good luck on the move.

-- Kevin

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