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 -