A Moving Experience

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 07-01-2009 05:38 PM 2178 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Moving an entire wood shop is no fun. But you can save yourself a lot of back ache if you hire some help. Money well-spent if you ask me. In this episode I show you everything I did to get my shop ready for the road trip. By no means is this meant to be a guide of any sort. Rather, its just a peak into my personal experience. And if you ever have to move your own shop, you’ll know what you’re in for.

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 06:27 PM

Great Video… I am pretty sure I have a shop moving experience coming soon myself. I don’t have near the amount of equipment you have, but I am not looking forward to it.

Do you have any experience with professional movers for cross country moving? being in the military we have to move quite often… I am looking for recommendations on how to set my tools up before the movers get to them.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 07:49 PM

...solid, stable mobile bases! ...if it moves tie it down ...if its sharp protect it from a 6’ drop onto concrete if its expensive, insure it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Derek Lyons

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 07:55 PM

interpim; Insurance, insurance, insurance – through your insurer not the moving company.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 08:32 PM

Look forward to seeing the new shop Marc. It has been a nice ride for you and those of us that have watched your first episodes. Wish you all the best!

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 09:59 PM

Great share! I would have had to hire tons of people. That’s a really tough job you’ve achieved.

-- Sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting? Let Rockwell Sonicrafter do the job. & A more general blog at

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 06:15 AM

I’ve only recently discovered your podcasts and am working my way through all the episodes. I have learned alot already. I actually joined lumberjocks from your mention on one of your shows. I’m putting together my first shop now and hope to post my first real project soon!!
Congratulations on moving up to the new shop…can’t wait to see it-

-- learning, building, playing

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 02:20 PM

Looks a lot like what I went through in 2005-2006. in Nov 05 my wife and I found a bigger house with a 1000sf pole barn out back and decided to move from our first house. I spent the next 4 months taking a bare metal pole barn and turning it into my cabinet/furniture shop. In May 06, my wife got transfered from KC to STL. Got to move the tools all over again, but this time 250 miles instead of 5 miles. My 24ft enclosed trailer had 8000lbs of equipment and supplies.

Congrats and good luck.. I wish I was closer I have the experience and the equipment to move stuff like that,and I would have loved to help. However I suppose if I was that close, you probably would have been sick of me by now. lol

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 06:15 PM

The one thing that made me cringe was watching those “experienced” machinery movers lifting your jointer by the tables !! !! !! BIG NO-NO !! !! !!

It looks like nothing bad happened, but that is an invitation for disaster.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 06:26 PM

Well for the sake of getting it done, I had to turn my back on a number of things. I went into it knowing that pretty much every tool was going to need to be re-calibrated. So a quick lift on the jointer bed, although not ideal, was pretty much expected.

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Derek Lyons

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#10 posted 07-03-2009 02:39 AM

I think that with the vibration of being moved, even as short as your drive Marc, planning on redoing the setups is probably a good idea.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#11 posted 07-04-2009 03:32 AM

Thank you for your great video, it is great to look over your shoulder.
This is a thrilling time for you guys, a new house, a new shop a new surrounding, maybe new people.
It is for us now 3 years ago we moved and everytime you do you say this is the last time.
But like you said it is for you a new beginning, it is a step forwards.
Who knows what kind a great things are gone happen in you new house ;-)
I wish you all the best and I hope it gets where you both hope for.
We wait what is gone happen.

I wish I was able help you, but I have already problem with myself. The only thing I can do is praying
that everything goes so as you both want.

I wish you all the best, Schummie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#12 posted 07-04-2009 04:14 AM

moving price is worth every penny indeed… I had to turn my back on a few things myself while watching the video …. like the jointer move, and the drill press move…. made me grind my teeth. but as you said – small price to pay, and expected… as long as everything gets to the other end.

congrats! and enjoy the new journey.

P.S. – the clutter in your new garage looks kinda like my workshop. LOL. I don’t have all those tools- but I do have that 1 ft space between things to move around in…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 07-05-2009 07:42 AM

Once you do your first project in your new shop, you’ll probably never look back. I’ve enjoyed watching your podcasts, reading your blogs, and reading your articles in FW and Woodworking Magazine. I only found your podcast last year when I got an iPhone and had to get an iTunes account. Then I found LJ’s from a link on your site. What a great forum for sharing ideas and posting everything woodworking with the woodworking community. It’s so great that information is so freely shared in this community. Having received so much help from local woodworking groups and sites like this really make me want to give back anything I can at any opportunity. I can’t wait to see your new shop get built.
I too, cringed a bit at the jointer move, but as long as you’re okay with it and no permanent damage is done, it’s all good. Keep up the great work.

Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place. – Bender

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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