Well, the time has come to pack up my woodworking shop and move to a new house. After 17 years here, we just bought a new house, a much nicer house in a much better place, and one of the things that I get out of the deal is a nice, new shop. So it’s packing up 16 years of tool purchases and making the trek. This ought to be fun.
I’ve made due over the past 16 years in the garage. It had a small addition that I think was originally intended as a small shop space but I just took over the whole thing, except for all of the regular storage that got stuffed in there as well. I never made any of the upgrades that I had intended, I never insulated or finished the walls, I never added as much lighting as I wanted or nearly as many electrical outlets as I had hoped for, but it was home.
But the new place has an outdoor building already in place that’s bigger than my current shop space, it’s already insulated and finished, it already has it’s own electrical sub-panel and most of the upgrades that I could want. I still have to build a shed for my big compressor and dust collection but that’s simple to do and I’ve learned some lessons from the current one that will make the next one even better. Plus, with the new shop far away from the house, I can work out there any time of the day or night without bothering anyone.
All that’s left is waiting for escrow to close, which should have happened by the time this posts, and moving all of the stuff, which hopefully will also have happened by the time this posts. That’s the nice bit about putting down 20% of the purchase price in cash, everyone is happy to close escrow fast and they fall all over themselves doing whatever you want.
It might be a bit of a scary prospect to move the shop, as well as the rest of the house, but in the end, I think it will be a much better solution than the one I’ve lived with for almost 17 years. I’m excited to get everything set up again and cutting wood. It might take a couple of weeks of down-time but it will sure be a lot more fun building a shop again than it has been tearing one down and boxing it up, that’s for sure.