We have moved and building dream shop #1: Step #1 Excavation

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 11-10-2018 03:58 PM 2210 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off, Thx to many of my fellow Lumberjocks for reaching out and cking on us. We’ve been off line for a bit. Big change in our lives, (a good one though). Blondie retired from Homeland Security and we decided after 23 yrs in Southern California enough was enough. Tired of the taxes, politics, traffic and Sanctuary Cities. We sold our house 1st day, first buyer. Well over asking price which was silly in the first place.

We fell in love with Nashville and it’s people a few yrs ago. A close freind told me there would be openings at BNA Airport and with my seniority I should consider it. Long story short , we moved cross country, leaving Southern California behind. Bought a beautiful house on 5 acres with a creek through it and wondered why we waited this long.

So we have broke ground on my dream shop….. It will be 30×50 fully insulated with 12 foot ceilings. It will also have a 8×50 porch on it with celing. In process of running a 200 amp service to the shop directly. Over 300 feet to the nearest pole. Wilson County and Mid – Tennessee Electric have been amazing. Blows our mind how nice Southern people are compared to California.

It will have a bathroom with sink and small spray booth as well. Lay – out to be determined. Of course I have ideas but I’m sure it will change.

Would love to hear anything you would do or would have done differently building your shop. I’m all ears.

Glad to be back, been a crazy 4 months.


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 11-10-2018 05:01 PM

Welcome to the less hectic side of the USA! Looking forward to seeing pix of the shop as it progresses.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-10-2018 05:15 PM

Wow, this looks like a great move Ken. As for shop organization ideas I would think that the main type of work you wish to do in the near future might dictate your current needs. My best advice would be to design in way which will give you maximum flexibility for future and numerous changes. In other words don’t lock yourself into a static arrangement based on your current desires/needs as these will likely change as your range of expertise expands and you are able to take on new challenges. This might especially apply to lighting, electrical outlets, dust extraction, material storage, etc., etc.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-10-2018 05:16 PM

Ken, congratulations on the big move! What an exciting time for you and your wife. After 33yrs in San Diego, my wife and I left for a small community on the Southern Oregon Coast. You are really going to enjoy the change.

Funny thing is last week I was going thru some old pics and found the one of us, with Medic Ken and his wife, at the Orange County Woodworking show many, many years ago. That was a nice day.

I will definitely be following your blog as you get to build your dream shop.

Good luck and take care,

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#4 posted 11-10-2018 05:36 PM

WELCOME TO TENNESSEE KEN!!! I live about 2 1/2 hours west of Nashville. You’re going to love it here. I’m more than a little surprised about the move, but I’ve talked with several others who have moved here from California and I get it. The shop will be awesome. Best wishes and again, WELCOME!!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 05:51 PM

I’m happy for you & your wife.
Congratulations on the move and new shop.
With all you mentioned and a few other things, I wouldn’t want to live in California.
With all the fires they seem to have, it’s a wonder that there is any place there to still live.
Good luck.

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 06:20 PM

Enjoy your new location and what looks to be a fantastic new shop.


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#7 posted 11-10-2018 09:20 PM

Thx guys we do Love it here. Good advice on matters as well. Thx for the help.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 09:20 PM


I am very happy for you and your wife!

I didn’t know she worked for Homeland Security… In Calif., I’m sure she was very busy fighting the Battle.

I wish we were younger and able to move away from Family & friends… we’re just stuck, living here for the rest of our lives.

I fully understand WHY you wanted to get OUT of Calif…. Basically already Bankrupt just trying to Raise Taxes & pull all other ways to steal $$ from the people STILL HERE; it’s an impossible task… They will have to go BELLY UP someday… when it’s REALLY IMPOSSIBLE to pay the INSANE labor retirements, etc. etc. The Insane agreements made with the Labor Unions are the main REASON for the problem… They failed to handle the event of LOWER ANNUAL INCOME (as the result of chasing businesses & people OUT of Calif)... with Built-in Increases without the income to pay for them! We need someone with the BALLS to meet with Unions, re-negociate to reduce expenses to be more in line to expected income!! Without that, Calif. will DIE!

Sounds like you’re going to have a DREAM SHOP!! Glad you sold your house so fast giving you a nice bundle to do more of what you wanted to do! Great way to go!!

I will be looking forward to seeing the progress of your New shop and the subsequent projects…

Glad you’re really HAPPY in a place AWAY FROM CALIF.!!

Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 11-10-2018 11:02 PM

Have a great adventure.

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

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#10 posted 11-10-2018 11:17 PM

Welcome from Florida.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 11-10-2018 11:38 PM

Wow, that will be a dream shop! You put some thought into it!! You’ll find it more relaxing to live in Tennessee than Ca.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-11-2018 12:13 AM

Howdy Ken….Good to hear you’re still kickin’...I wondered where you got off to….The Nashville area is pretty nice….My son and family live in Murfreesboro, Tn. just down the road out of Nashville….He works in Nashville….Sounds like you got fed up with Cali like a lot of people….Here in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas people are flocking like mad hatters from Cali….and other parts of the country….My little town of 720 is growing..:)

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#13 posted 11-11-2018 01:36 AM

This wonderful news on both fronts…Deb and I have made to move to Thailand,.... do miss the shop but hey the lifestyle is out of this world.,..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 11-11-2018 04:47 AM

Fun and exciting times ahead for you Ken! Looking forward to seeing your dream come true!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 11-11-2018 03:48 PM

Leaving California was the bast part I’ll bet. I am just south of you in Alabama.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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