So the pack is progressing, even in the shed now. It isn’t just a matter of throwing everything into boxes (although that would be much easier!) and sorting it out at the other end (that wouldn’t be fun), because like any move, some boxes just don’t get opened again for a long time, until there is something inside that is specifically needed.
Each box is being sorted by category, based on the tool they are for: drill press, Festool, Vac Clamp, spindle sander, clamps etc. Everything for that tool then ends up in the same box. Some can be packed and sealed straight away, some are for items scattered all over the shed (deliberately, or otherwise), so they get left open so additional items can be added as they are found.
I’ve gone from having 8 boxes complete, then 16, to having around 40 boxes now packed. Finally looks like some progress is happening out there!
Along with boxes, I’ve been considering whether there is a benefit to palletising some of the items. Of course that’d mean hiring a pallet truck, and critically, dealing with a restriction on the path that has a maximum width of 980mm. Pallets in Australia are generally wider than that, so I’d have to use the Euro pallets, and pallet truck. Unfortunately, the hire place I rang didn’t even know there were 2 types of pallet truck.
The other problem is the total weight – not for the pallet truck (which typically can lift 2500kg), but to not exceed the load capacity of the truck’s lifting capacity. The other part of the debate, is whether it is worth the hassle of hiring a pallet truck etc. Most of my machines are already on mobile bases. The only two that are not, are the DVR lathe (135kg) and the bandsaw (121kg). Thinking it is probably good that I managed to get the thicknesser onto a mobile base when I first bought it home (260kg), which would be the heaviest machine I have, followed by the tablesaw (220kg).
Machine weights etc may all seem a bit irrelevant, but as I am getting into the logistics of the move, this is all becoming important. I have a pallet full of tassie oak, which on it’s own weights about 1080kg! Might have to split that one between 2 or 3 separate pallets so that it is manageable.
Now I just want to move, get over and past this current stage. It is a negative phase – the devolving of a working workshop into boxes. Going from a functional to non-functional condition.
I was thinking while packing (there is a lot of time to think, funnily enough), that you can not move a man’s shed (or a girl’s, for those who have similar pursuits). A shed ends when it is packed. It cannot be relocated. A new shed is then created at the new location, even if it is using the same components as the previous location.
This isn’t the first ‘relocation’ of the shed, although it is the first new address
The shed started in a 3m x 3m shed, that fitted a tablesaw, router table (both Triton), and a lathe. It then expanded by becoming a 6m x 3m, with the 3m x 3m remaining as storage. Next, that shed collapsed to the middle, and the walls ‘pushed’ out to form the current 8m x 4m structure (and still with the 3m x 3m storage). So this is, in a way, relocation number 4, and by FAR, the largest!
Very difficult to estimate, but I’d guess a conservative figure of 3.5 tonnes of tools, machines and timber.