Moving the Machines – Moving My Woodworking Shop [Part 2]

Welcome back to my new shop! 

If you missed my previous video on getting the shop setup to this point, we converted this two car garage into a bright, well lit, welcoming workspace. Today we are going to be moving all of the machines over from the old shop. I’m looking forward to this quite a bit, because we’ve been living in this house for a month, and it’s been really, really hard for me to not have all my things here. Today, the tools are coming here, and we’ll get things set-up and organized. So Lindsay and I are heading over to the old house with the skid-steer, and I’m also picking up a 26 foot box truck along the way.

Here is the current shop. Everything you’ve seen me make has happened here, and it’s a little weird knowing this will all be out of here really soon. The plan for today is to get all of the big things onto the truck. For the smaller things, we will pack what we can into the drawers and cabinets, and strap things to the horizontal surfaces to get as much as we can over to the new place. We’re going to do a quick walk around the shop as it is right now. It’s extremely messy right now, which isn’t out of the norm for me, but it’s especially messy right now. 

On this side of the shop, we have the jointer, bandsaw, toolbox, planer, the outfeed table, and the tablesaw. The hobbyist machines are fairly light, and all of my machines are under 1000 pounds, which the skidsteer can lift without a problem. I’m most worried about my toolbox, because with it fully loaded with tools, it’ll be close to 1000 pounds.

Back here, the Bridgeport is staying. I haven’t finished working on it yet, and I think it will be easier to work on when I have the whole shop completely emptied out. 

Over here we have the bandsaw, some smaller stuff like the little carts for the boring machines, my desk, the roubo, the lathe, and the dust collector. 

I’m going to put the jointer in first because it is the widest, and it will go all the way to the front of the truck. Then we’ll just keep loading the machines in!

The dust collector was too big to get out of the door, so that’s not going right now.

One casualty along the way. 

That’s as much as we could get in!

Now we are back. Driving this truck was actually fun, good visibility and it’s nice to be up high. Although backing up our nice steep driveway after it just snowed was not the most fun thing I’ve ever done. 

I’m going to start unloading this thing. This is essentially the same process, just in reverse. Unless something falls off the back of this truck, which I hope doesn’t happen. 

Now the truck is emptied, and the shop is full of stuff. It actually went pretty quickly, not bad for a Sunday afternoon. It took us about three and a half hours to load the truck, and then it took me an hour and 45 minutes to get everything off the truck and into the shop. In the past when I’ve moved my shop, it has taken me much longer to move fewer things, so it was nice. There’s still a fair amount of small stuff back at the other shop, but it’s nice to have the big things here. 

Since you’re probably wondering about the drill press, let’s try it out. Yep, this is the drill press that won’t die! 

That’s going do it for this one. Next time in the shop move series, we’re going to do a mini shop tour. I want to show you how things are currently laid out, because I’m really happy with the general layout and flow of the shop. I want to make a few small tweaks to make better use of the bigger space I have in this shop. 

Thank you as always for joining me, I really appreciate it. If you have any questions or comments about the new shop, anything back in the old shop, really anything at all, please feel free to leave me a comment. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have! Until next time, happy woodworking!

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