Saturday, September 6, 2014

A New Shop on the Horizon

It’s been four and a half months since we left beautiful Colorado for sunny Florida.  Another great opportunity was afforded me with my company and so we’ve relocated for the third time in just the last five years.  Life is certainly full of adventures…be sure you’re taking them! 

While settling into my new role we’ve been researching schools and house hunting for a place to settle the wandering Harbins.  We’ve finally landed on a home in the school district we were targeting…a townhouse in Jupiter, FL.  Aside from a short stint in an apartment when we were first married, we’ve always owned a single family home.
But you want to hear about this new shop!  Lots of new changes in that arena as well.  The shop in Colorado was my first foray into woodworking in the basement.  I have to say that I really enjoyed that shop.  It was a walk-out basement, so it was very accessible, and the ease of temperature control was really nice for year-round woodworking.   Now I will find myself back in the garage, as I was in New Mexico and Minnesota. 

The biggest change, and challenge, I foresee will be in dealing with climate control.  While Minnesota could see higher humidity levels at certain times of the year, it’s not even close to what I’ve already felt here during the Florida summer.  The new shop will exist in a detached two car garage.  It does have its own small electrical panel, so while I won’t be able to link off the home’s AC I should be able to install a small, stand-alone system to control both temperature and humidity.

We should close on the house in late October, so my tools will just have to wait in their moving pod for just a bit longer.  To any fellow Floridian woodworkers out there…I sure would appreciate any tips you have on wood movement and tool protection that you’ve picked up along your own journey.

It’s been too long and I can’t wait to get back at it!  And I’m sure you can’t wait to see another series of blog entries of me setting up a shop again.  This is starting to become my “thing!”