I can honestly say that after moving my shop 4 or 5 time’s this had to be the worst. It has been brutal for all involved, but we are finally seeing daylight, a small glimmer but daylight none the less.
As I write this the guys are up getting the last of the “stuff” out of the old shop . Today we will have everything out of there, I had no idea how much “stuff” one accumulates over a life time, I did decide that if I haven’t needed it or used it in 10 years It needed to go, well some of it , more or less.
The mechanics of the new building left alot to be desired, but we now seem to have them in order, still need to replace the hot water tank, but that’s not a difficult task. Switching from propane to electric, and from a large one to a small one, we just use it for washing hands and so forth so that makes sense.
The electrician just left and we will begin getting that all done on Wednesday , it took one class to decide where things need to be and that operating everything off 2 , 220 circuits wasn’t going to work for long. The extension cords and being able to do some work really helped to make sure we had things located as we wanted, or at least “hopefully” we have it right . But if you have ever tried to situate a shop you well know, no matter what it will need to be changed . The other thing is to be sure to add some extra outlets.
The other thing having some decent space afforded us the ability to put every thing on wheels. WOW what a difference, mobility of machines is a must. It makes life so much easier and versatile .
I have to say the casters we got from Woodcraft really are impressive , they have proved to be excellent http://www.woodcraft.com/category/3/1001050/1002219/Wheels%20and%20Casters.aspx
I searched all the box stores and everywhere, these by far were the best I could find , worth every dime in my opinion .
For those of you who have not followed along on all this, the issue was getting the property closed and possession, we were to be in by Feb 1st, it wound up ,end of March , and we had already been moving stuff down from the second story of the old shop , and suddenly we were unable to work very much in the old shop , so we were sorta trapped, not a good place to be, so when we were finally able to move we had to move fast , and like I said it has been brutal, and there is no way I could have done it without alot of help from family and friends, and I want to thank them all , they have been super.
So at this stage we are operating some what , but still have a way to go, we have 4 storage building full of wood, and “stuff”. we are building wood racks and so forth trying to get things in order, and in the midst of it all we had 2 classes, but we prevailed and got them done.
I feel sure it will be several months before we are comfortable in the new shop, but I must say, it will be a pure pleasure, and will set up as we want, and hopefully flow and work well. Having a nice class /show room, and state of the art finishing booths, and nice clean bathrooms and offices is a dream come true, not to mention “ROOM TO WORK”, I know most of you who have home shops know the strain that can be.
Well I have to go climb my big butt up into an attic hole in a 15 ft ceiling to see how we can run electrical lines, I’m thinking conduit on the out side and stay out of the attic ..
For those who have not seen the building and property or the trials of the move here ya go http://www.cn-woodworking.com/moving-in-april-2014/
Did I mention , I don’t like ladders !