Moved South ... shop still in Limbo

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Blog entry by swirt posted 08-04-2011 05:33 AM 1705 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, back in June we packed up our house in upstate NY and moved down to the west coast of Florida. I managed to get my entire shop into one U-box (U-haul’s version of PODS) The ubox is 5’x8’x8’. I am looking forward to switching from a basement shop to a garage shop. However, our current home is temporary until we can get the money out of the sale of our house in NY and find a suitable house down here with at least a 3 car garage (2 cars and a shop).

Until we find the new house, our belongings are sitting in uBox storage…. including my tools. Yes I truly believe I am going through woodworking withdrawal. Fortunately I have been so busy with the move and getting a accustomed to a new job that I haven’t had a lot of time even think about woodworking. Probably a good thing… I need more time for my blood to thin to where I can spend 20 minutes doing work in the shop without rivers of sweat ruining my tools and the wood. And of course I have been too busy to spend time here on LumberJocks. That needs to change. I miss this place, and my tools.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 05:38 AM

i feel your pain

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 06:09 AM

Welcome to the HEAT. Glad to have you down south of the Mason Dixon line. Its been 102 degrees here with a real feel of 120 degrees. I have had 2 friends pass out from the heat in the last 2 days. Drink lots of water. And let you body get used to the humidity. Glad to have you Swirt. Good luck on the house!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 06:22 AM

That is kind of the funny thing… with the last heat wave that went through, we were actually cooler here than most of the country. Being close to the Gulf seems to regulate the temp here a bit. Mainly I was just noticing the heat in the “shop”. In my basement shop in NY it was always cool …. sure it was a pain to get wood or large tools down into it, but once you were down there, it was cool. Here in FL garages are just the opposite… easy to get stuff into them, but they seem to be considerably warmer than the outside temp. I was just doing a little sweeping of the garage in our temporary house here and within 5 minutes I was drenched

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 06:24 AM


I know the feeling. Here in Alabama, it was 100 degrees today with humidity of approx 90%. The worst part of that is that you sweat, but it doesn’t evaporate so you don’t cool off much. You just get wet and miserable. Take it in small doses and adjust. I went on a mission trip earlier in the summer and almost got heat stroke at one point. Don’t over do it.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 01:19 PM

moving does suck. there is nothing more stressful. Good luck. Hope you find a home quickly

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 01:42 PM

I agree Roger …. Losing job…. finding job…selling home….moving temporarily all very stressful. Its been quite a rollercoaster. I need to make some shavings to de-stress. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 02:23 PM

Hey at least you didnt have to bring your snow blower! Good luck with the transistion swirt.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 08-04-2011 02:39 PM

Swirt, I hope your house sells soon and that you can get settled into your new job and a new house with a shop. BTW, welcome to the South.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 02:50 PM

Welcome to the Wet where the Devil beats his wife and the alligators roam. Welcome! And don’t forget, there are only 118 days left in this year’s Hurricane season. Enjoy your stay.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 08-04-2011 02:59 PM

Welcome to the Sunshine State. My experience with moves is that they are hard on shop activities. It might actually take a few years to get back to where you want to be.

The upside is that you now have an opportunity to plan a new and much better shop, with painting, electrical, insulation, air conditioning, and all the working environment features that were lacking in your old shop. This is also an opportunity to weed out and upgrade your tools and equipment. Think positive and keep us posted. Good luck.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 08-04-2011 05:54 PM

Welcome to wonderland. I moved to St Pete 30 some years ago and still love it. More than 1/2 the year you can open your garage/shop doors and use nothing but a fan to be comfortable. Hang a window unit somewhere to take the edge off in the summer. I tend to be a nightowl, so in consideration of my neighbors I don’t run most power tools after 2 am or my planer after midnight :-) Seriously air circulation is a big consideration.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#12 posted 08-04-2011 05:57 PM

I did this too, Swirt. Albuquerque to WV. Opening the boxes was like Xmas in June. You have that to look forward to, at least!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 08-04-2011 09:05 PM

I made the move from Md to Fl 7 years ago and have no regrets at all except that I wished we had moved 3 years earlier! May I make a suggestion? I would strongly recommend that you look for a house with a separate building for your shop and not one that is connected to the house. Noise and dust control is so much easier with a separate building. Be sure to have it wired for at least several 220 outlets and get a 220 AC unit that will make life so much easier and better for you and your tools. Welcome to Fl and may you prosper here!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 08-05-2011 12:50 PM

moving sucks :-) but the new possibillity´s in a new home makes it alot easyer to think of
watch out for the rust on the tools I gess the humidity is a lot higher down there
good luck on the hunt ….......but don´t use the wrong ruler to figur out if every thing can be there … LOL

take care

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#15 posted 08-08-2011 05:04 PM

Hi Swirt,
So wonderful to see you back here, you have been missed by me.
Yes trust me I know what you are going through, when I got sick I lost job, house, summerhouse, had to live temporary in different places. Yes that just sucks, but also doubble the pleasure after when we have a place to call home.
It sounds like a sweet deal, to get to the sun, and a new job, so focus on the smiles there.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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