The Big Move #1: From Minneapolis to Phoenix

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Blog entry by dq2 posted 09-22-2010 08:38 AM 1356 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in June of 2005, I was offered a job in Phoenix. My wife and I flew out to find a place to live. We had 3 days. The night of the last day we finally found a house to rent. Never had been to Phoenix, but trusted our instincts.

Back to Minneapolis. Two weeks to pack our 35 years of memories. (You know how much stuff you accumulate in that amount of time?) Got to Phoenix the end of June in time to start the new job. Moving van arrived 5 days later. I had only packed a few of my wood shop tools. Had to leave my heavy duty Craftsman table saw and most of my custom made jigs behind.

Now the challenge (opportunity). Create a wood shop in my garage while it is 110 degrees outside and 120 in the garage. I had to move around all the cardboard boxes until some visitors found us. TERMITES! Yes, these little critters like cardboard, wood and everything else. Pest control soon took care of the problem.

Had a real nice shop set up, most of it was termite proof with raised legs on cabinets, etc. – table saw, 2 band saws, drill press, joiner planer, surface planer, spindle sander, 4 routers, downdraft table, heavy duty vacuum, etc. The neighbor across the street had put in new kitchen cupboards, so I had just inherited all of them including the counter tops in January 2010.

Then, in February 2010 our landlord informed us the house was going up for auction. We had to move within 90 days. In the month of May, friends from church helped. Everything in my shop was put in boxes. 20 people showed up on moving day.

It is now mid September, still over 105 degrees, and I have yet to go into the garage. Everything is still in boxes, nothing of the wood shop was labeled. I am so looking forward to October, when the temperature gets below 90, so I can finally get back into my garage and recreate my ultimate wood shop. Anyone want to help?

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 08:54 AM

Sounds like you Got things under control try Shop planner and plan on the computer then when it cools down follow the plan and get back to making dust

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 09:16 AM

Thanks for the advice. I will check out Grizzly in the AM.

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 11:29 AM

DQ, I have lived here in Mesa, not far from Phoenix my whole life, I can remember when the temperature was not as extreme as it is now, thanks to all the concrete and asphalt. My shop is in a metal shed that is 100’x50’ and I only get 16’ of the 100, it is hot and I don’t really work during the summer months. Good luck in getting things setup and take some before and after pics and post them.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 02:17 PM

I hear you. We moved across Canada 2 /12 years ago. 2500 miles ! I put everything in STORAGE for 2 years while we lived in bachelor apartment. Last July we found a home with tiny garage. It was like christmas unpacking items that I had not seen in two years. Some tools I still have not found yet ! Best of luck with your new home and job !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 06:49 PM


Been in Phx area for 8 years now. I dont want to scare you, but we have had a few Halloweens that reached the mid 90’s. I hope this isn’t another of those years. Good luck on your move. Let me know how the move goes, and if you need some help.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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