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I expect that most of us are painting as a break from busy lives. I’m interested in knowing how much painting time people find, regular or binges, time of day, and if you’ve had any success in finding more... Personally, I tend to paint in blocks of several hours on weekend days when I can, which isn’t that often. I’ve long tracked painting completions (since ‘95 continuously now), but not how often or how long I spent painting. I started a habit tracker this month to see, inspired by my brother who set a goal of 30 minutes a day. So far it’s been an unimpressive 5 of 11 days. At home I do most of the painting between breakfast and lunch, which is often quiet time on the weekends because my SO is able to sleep in and I am not. My best found time technique is to have a second paint set at work, and paint at lunch if there isn’t a work crisis.
This is a look at the disaster of what the space currently looks like (you have been warned): Not pictured is the rather large corner desk, the Detolf shelves on the other side of the room, and the terrain taking up the closet. Here is the Ikea purchase from today that will help substantially with organization. (Two 3x3 Kallax shelves, three sets of drawers to fill three of the 18 cubes, two 6-drawer Alex drawers, and a countertop to go on top of the drawers) I may eventually get another 3x3 to stack on one or both of the others, and also may eventually get some doors and/or drawers for the Kallax shelves, but not yet. Ikea is a little over an hour away, so this combined with lunch and dessert was a decent amount of a day trip with the family. Wish me luck!
So my hobby space was getting cluttered; I had multiple sizes of paint/hobby bottles. Now, I could buy a pre-made organizer, but what would be the fun in that! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - lets step into the workshop and remedy this issue... Step One: Come up with the battle plan. This space here needs to be hold an organizer. As you can see, I have larger bottles (Vallejo specials/Daler Rowney Inks), Tamiya Clears, GW pots, and the standard dropper bottle fair. Step Two: Find some scrap material to work with. I grabbed a piece of 3/4" Oak plywood I had lying around and took some measurements to see if it was a good candidate. Step Three: Get to work! I tossed in on my cross-cut sled on the tablesaw, marked the line (and always mark your waste/outside cut line to prevent confusion) and cut it down to size. This humble 2x4 will serve as the sides and shelf frames for the storage unit... I take it to the jointer to get a flat face and edge and we clean up the other side on the planer and the tablesaw. Then to the bandsaw to resaw the board. Resawing is cutting a board's thickness in half. Ta-da! Two halves ready to be used! Here are a few bottles to take as a means of reference to measure the shelf sizes needed. Getting a general idea of the shelf layout. Gluing up and tacking the shelves in place, adding in the trim to the front of the shelves to match the sides... All glued up and ready for sanding and a final seal coat! Sanded and a couple coats of Danish Oil later we have our hobby organizer! Have you constructed something for your hobby battlestations or otherwise? Foam? 3D printed? Welded? Any other DIY'er that have taken the plunge into focusing that into their painting hobby? Super-sized something from IKEA? Let me know!
Ol' Stern's getttin' ready to start his 2012-2013 paint season. So, I spent Saturday dusting off (literally) my paint area, getting things re-arranged and ready. Also, sat down and put together my paint schedule and took an inventory of my paints... Snapped a quick pic before my camera's battery died. Anyone else wanna post their paint areas? Yes, yes. I know we've done this before... SK, almost re-ta go!