Moving #1: .............Just keep moving...........

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-07-2014 05:41 PM 2202 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sue and I are moving. Ten years here and we need a change. Found a place in the middle of the country (no traffic past the front door), sheep in the fields on either side but only ten minutes walk from the centre of town. It’s also only three miles from where we are now. I’ve left my old workshop post up for now to remind me of where I came from. This is first thing thing this morning

at the old place

Seen here, with it’s stand and 110v transformer in the back of the car.

I’m doing this, as we are the house move, in a number of small trips. Here’s the new place

As you can see it’s got a double garage, something of a luxury in our crowded islands. Whilst the landlord has left a few things in there I have much more space to play with.

So far I’ve done six trips. The workbench seems to be the only prblem. Just too big for the car. It may have to wait until Saturday week when we move all the big household stuff and finally move into the new place or I take it apart. The whole workshop move is taking longer than I expected too. Need to spend some more time tomorrow. I anticipate some time in setting up at the other end but as I’ve a weeks holiday in early July this shouldn’t present a problem. As long as Sue doesn’t find me more in the series of ‘little jobs’ to do about the house.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 05:48 PM

I’m glad to see that the new place has a second ‘story’ (Why do they call it that?) You will be able to keep your stairway gallery.

Also… from the look of the old place…. you’ve got a bunch of trips to make. Moving always takes more time than anticipated. But gotta tell you…. moving to the country would be worth it.


-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 05:56 PM

Yes I’m finding those ‘things that fell down the back’ and numerous bits of wood that ‘should come in useful’ but never did. Tomorrow I may take the bench apart. On the other hand I’m sure Sue already has my day planned out for me.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 06:01 PM

A move is always a great way to begin a “new chapter”. At least, that’s how I view it. A great chance to change a lot of the things, and ways I’ve been doing things. And, I find change fun. The new digs look great and more shop space is always welcome.

We too, have been contemplating a move, but candidly, I’m somewhat daunted by the prospect of moving all my “stuff” across the country. I’m a slow sort of guy, and it takes me years to get my shop set up the way I like it. So, starting over, the challenge and newness is appealing. And daunting.

Hopefully, it’s a great experience for you. A fun and beneficial change and improvement. Good luck, and best wishes for all the potential offered by a new shop. Daunted perhaps, but I’m also envious.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 06:48 PM

Your new place looks truly wonderful! I am very happy for you and this will give you a chance to weed things out and really figure out what you need.

It looks like a tremendous amount of work, but I think it will be worth it. I just returned from a trip of dropping off no longer needed clothes. It felt good to leave them behind. Purging is good.

Congratulations! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 06:51 PM

I am so happy for you, Martyn..peace & quiet and a new space. I know moving is tough, but it will be worth it, if you survive it :-)

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#6 posted 06-07-2014 07:05 PM

Martyn, congrats on the new place. Enjoy the country and good luck moving the shop, that’s a big task!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 08:27 PM

On to new and different.
Looks like a good move. It’ll be fun to watch it grow.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 06-07-2014 08:35 PM

Always fascinating to see other workshops and this one will be a work in progress for some time I am sure… keep posting as you go…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 08:35 PM

The new place looks awesome. There is always a hard part of moving then there is a fun part. You are doing the hard part. Tough and frustrating as one will change their minds several times regarding the placement of the machinery. Move once, twice and maybe a third time. #$%&@-++& Then comes the fun time. A larger shop means more empty spaces. Got to fill those empty spaces with the “have to have equipment” or the new “must have”. Now that is fun. Maybe Sue will not see it that way, but you will be able to convince her. Have fun. This is a neat time.

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#10 posted 06-07-2014 08:41 PM

Moves always invigorate the mind to “GET GOING” again and with a new found abundance of energy too. Good luck and good boxing!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 06-07-2014 09:11 PM

Congrats and wonderful new space

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 06-07-2014 10:27 PM

Congratulations on the move to the country Martyn. I’ve almost always lived “rural” and only in the city when my business demanded it. Peace, space, and clean air …...... hard to beat.

Having moved several times, I feel your pain but share the sentiments above about change and the opportunity to improve and “get it right” this time. Just try to remember all those little ” I wish I had done———differently” and ” I should really re-arrange this” moments we all have and incorporate them. Then sit back on your shop stool, marvel at the new shop, and turn your fertile imagination loose. Can’t wait to see what you can achieve when you can actually move around in your shop. :-)

My first thought when I read this and looked at the pictures was ” Does this mean bigger boxes?”

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 12:39 AM

Enjoy the New Location Martyn, though getting there is not half the fun!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 11:34 AM

A move can be an experience. Especially if you have a lot of tools. What scrap pieces of lumber do yu take. Where do you leave it ? Also it takes long time to get shop the way you like it. My last move was 2 years ago. Two trips across Canada. I actually found things last week that i forgot i had !(I tend to save EVERYTHING) I am considering moving back. Job didnt turnout .
Best wishes with your move.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 11:41 AM

Martyn, Well, if you get a whole two-car garage for your shop, you are a fortunate woodworker. I have the two car garage, but it gets used for cars, too. Congrats on the move…...we will all be looking forward to hearing about and seeing the new shop take shape…... and new projects, too.

-- jbschutz

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