A new shop in the making #20: Moving the machines and sorting the hand tools

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 09-12-2008 09:23 PM 1530 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There is nothing quite like a move to point out what a board hoarder and tool junkie you really are!

I had no idea that I had accumulated so much “stuff” until now.

I had a pretty good idea from using Sketchup and surveying my major tools how I was going to lay them out in the shop. What I didn’t realize was how much space is taken up by hand tools, screws and nuts bolts jigs,rulers clamps. etc. etc.
I had started moving arm loads and box loads of a small stuff in my truck and would bring the heavy stuff for a mover with the truck and a hydraulic tailgate.

Because I haven’t had time to do the cobblestone sidewalk over to the shop ( guess that’s next spring) and in preparation for the move this Wednesday I laid out plywood over the grass and up the steps.
On wednesday afternoon the fellow arrived at our work began.

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It went quite smoothly with me helping and surprisingly, we got the tools loaded, lashed down and moved over to the new shop in less than an hour.
I had assumed we might have trouble with manipulating the curved cobblestone sidewalk beside the house and scooting the heavy equipment, some up to 500 pounds, across the grass but this fellow made made it seem easy and before I knew it the place was packed with gear.

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Right now the place is packed with nonworking gear and all forms of disarray. And I will be spending the weekend at reassembling the pieces and formally decided on their final resting places.

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I am beginning to really see that I must say goodbye to some of my toys that are used infrequently and finally once in my life make the most use of the space available to me.
It’s going to been challenging, but it should be fun.

There’s still a 1000 things still to do but the smoke is clearing and I am anxious to get finished .

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 09-12-2008 09:48 PM

Looks just like the old place, except whiter.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 09-12-2008 11:01 PM

“I am beginning to really see that I must say goodbye to some of my toys.”

Don’t do it Bob #2, don’t do it!


-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#3 posted 09-13-2008 12:16 AM

Nothing like moving the tools into a shop, that can make it really shrink. Don’t worry, Bob, if it was a 40’ x 40’ shop it wouldn’t seem big enough. I’m sure that once you get everything in it’s place, it’ll be just fine.

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 09-13-2008 12:24 AM

Mike it pains me but reality is setting in. Not very far mind you! <g>

Tim, my problem is with downsizing from a 40×40 to a 20×20. There is no way but I am still looking for one!
Maybe a second story on the garage.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 09-13-2008 02:46 AM

Yah! Bob lets your heirs get rid of your stuff.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-13-2008 02:56 AM


Ugh! Don’t say that.

I’m with Karson.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-13-2008 04:26 AM

Looking good. I am happy for you. Thanks for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 09-13-2008 08:51 PM

I agree with Karson! Let your heirs worry about it.

Your shop reminds me of gizmodynes shop.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 09-14-2008 12:14 AM

Votes are in.. what dosen’t fit in today gets put out on the ” storage area” – temporarily. <g>



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 09-14-2008 04:51 AM

Guess you could always make another story ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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