I'm still sitting here this morning trying to decide exactly where I want to start... The ideal approach would be to remove absolutely everything from the 24' x 40' basement area I am moving it to and then move everything that I am moving from the current shop to the new one. Just not going to happen. There is still a lot of stuff stacked in one end of the current shop that does not belong there yet (some of it does not belong anywhere). I don't want to spend a lot of time sorting the stuff stored in the basement shop area so I will move most of it into the existing shop with only quick and dirty sorting and sort it later, probably in the spring. I need to store it in that building pretty well compacted since I still want to keep a little shop stuff (extra tablesaw and some carpentry stuff) there for a few months so I can work on that building and the adjoining house. I will also need to be able to move all of the stuff currently stored in that house to the existing shop between now and spring as well. My western boot rebuilding shop will also need a little space there for a few months as well. That building is 1,400 sq. ft. and the boot shop will only need about 200 sq. ft. and is already stored there so it won't be much of a problem except for the energy to move it around. There are at least 4 pieces that weigh in at about 600 awkward pounds each. Hopefully by spring/early summer that whole building will be all storage. I hate to tie it up but it beats renting a storage unit. We are hoping to have a blow-out yard sale or two next spring. You know, one of those where you sell a box full or two of stuff for a buck or less just to get it to a new home without sending it to a landfill. We have a lot of stuff, mostly antiques, that we want to Ebay. Our kids are generally not interested in it so we are going to convert much of it into "traveling money".
Over this week I intend to alternate between clearing out some spaces and making a hole in the basement wall so I can move the stuff in directly instead of carrying it through the house (just not practical). I figure that as soon as I get a hammer, my Ridgid TS-3650 tablesaw and a Shopsmith moved in I can start calling it a shop...
From humble beginnings I can then move a batch of stuff out to storage and then move a batch of shop stuff into the empty spot it left until it is done. There is an old joke about "How do you carve an elephant?". You get a huge block of stone and chip off everything that does not look like an elephant... I figure that the same rule applies to shops...
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill