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Ever so slowly since i began painting minis (i've only painted a few, total newb) the corner of my desk has become more and more crowded. I had seen a posting a while back where a guy made a paint rack out of a few planks and some spacers... so i decided to do something similiar to at least get the paints off my desk (that is until the new game room is done ...more on that later)

 

So i grabbed a couple pieces of red oak today, measuring 9x36 each... i fastened them together with connecter bolts (from the rear) and into these grabby socket things (technical term i know) so that i wouldn't have jack the hole thing up by drilling through the front (as some helpful soul pointed out in the above mentioned posting). I used some half inch chrome spacers in between as well.

 

Here i drilled the first hole

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Time passes....

 

I've drilled about half the holes

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The triangular patter toward the top is due to me remembering that i had to avoid the spots where the connecter bolts were. My current paint supply will fill about 3/4 of this when its done so, when i need to make another one i'm going to plan this a little better. I was actually at home depot to pick up a dremmel and ended up with all sorts of extra stuff. I expect to finish this up tomorrow, at least the drilling and sanding...

 

i think im also going to look into making a small tool rack ... right now i have a 2X4 with various sizes of drilled holes in it for brushes, files, cutters etc..

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Update: so the game room trumped the rack today... its a long story but my wife and i now live in my mother in law's place (economy in california sucks ) besides the lady could use the help close by these days... any how... doing some little remodeling stuff for her and so we are ending up with an extra room that im going to turn into a work area / gaming area as long as the space is enough... so i was getting her squared away most of the day... the other part of the day I started painting this... I'm learning to play pathfinder soon so i thought this would be a good representation of my first character. These are from my iphone and probably not worth anything... once completed ill take some real pics.. I can say that this job is going better than past ones... im concsiously trying to use very thin coats and take my time...

 

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So I had wanted to provide a bit of a work log but its been a mad house around here, I'd be happy to answer any questions though.

 

final pics

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Next time I will definitely use an alternative back piece, its a little heavy. once i fill this up i'll likely use the back in order to create a new one. Also want to explore a different mount, lots of wasted space.

 

Also used an old ratty pre-ikea desk to put into the newly vacated room... beats spending extra cash on a desk to paint at. I plan on getting some shelves and building a game table, however i wont be able to pull of 4x6 due to the wife's excercise bike... sigh... oh well, if i learn to play something that requires a huge table i'll figure something out. i think 4x4 will be ok for now.

 

Anyone have any ideas on how to attach felt to a surface? any special adhesive or padding that should go under there?

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I would actually turn the desk so that the wall was the back of the desk. Then I would run shelves up the wall using the rail system and mount a light under the bottom shelf which I would put about 12 inches up from the desk. Doing that will offer lots of benefits. Clears off desk space while keeping things in easy reach. Puts a light over the work space without it taking up precious work area. Gives you natural light, which is beneficial but it won't be coming from the back of the mini where it will obscure details on the figure. You'll also have the window sill easily available to put the minis on while they dry or when they are finished.

 

As for adhering the felt to a table, first make sure you get heavy weight felt. It comes in different grades from very thin to very thick. If you are going to put it on a gaming table where it will get a lot of rubbing get the thickest you can afford. Then use a spray adhesive to mount it to the table surface. You can get good ones from WalMart, Lowes, craft stores, etc. The spray goes everywhere- it comes out of the can like little wild hairs- so make sure that you have a large plastic sheet or paper down around it. Seriously, make sure the drop cloth extends about 2 feet all around the edge of the table surface and if you have legs on the table make sure you mask them off with blue tape and newspaper.

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