Last Friday afternoon we moved tons of stuff (literally) to our new shop and managed to get most of the big stuff set in place by the end of the day. The photo here will show you how things are shaping up and you can click on the photo to enlarge it for a better look.
While we still have Megan’s and Bob’s benches to move, as well as some storage cabinets, I think the new shop feels more roomy than our prior shop space. The new place’s rectangular footprint just lends itself to a more efficient floor plan. The old shop was L-shaped and had an odd angled wall. The new place feels a lot bigger than the additional 100 square feet we picked up. It’s about 1,500 square feet total and twice as long as it is wide.
Thankfully, we had the help of a moving crew so getting the 12″ jointer, 20″ planer and Powermatic 66 table saw up on dollies wasn’t a back breaker. The movers also supplied lots of stacking boxes and other rolling carts that we filled last week before the actual move day. All and all, it hasn’t seemed like too much trouble . . . yet.
There’s more to be done to decommission the old shop. And at the new place most of the boxes still need to be unpacked and the contents put away. Our lumber rack needs to be securely mounted to the wall, and I’m sure there will be lots of new stuff we’ll want to build to make our new home even more livable.
The old shop looks a bit forlorn in the aftermath of the move. And as you can see there’s still more to disassemble and move. At this stage the old place almost seems smaller now that it’s mostly empty compared to when it was fully occupied. Maybe that’s because there are still so many fond memories of projects built and good times spent there with the magazine crew sharing our passion for woodworking.
If you want to learn more about setting up a woodworking shop or improve the shop you already have check out the book “The Complete Woodshop Guide– How to Plan, Build, Equip and Improve Your Workspace,” from the editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine.