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By Rob Dean
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.
By Al Capwn
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!
So after finding myself working at my computer desk or gaming table (or on my lap) due to lack of space at my actual hobby table, I decided it was time to do some cleaning so I could go back to just sitting down and painting instead of spending time moving/balancing paints and partially completed project, which doesn’t inspire much creativity.
an older picture back from when the painting table was usable... the airbrush is in the unfinished part of the basement, with the hood properly vented to the outside.
TV was moved onto a cobbled-together platform I made with scrap wood onto the desk. Some Ikea Besta frames were added to the walls next to my computer table and above the painting table.
Content is not final as I need to sort out all my storage and display space, but it’s getting knickknacks off both desks for the moment.
Unfinished projects or works in progress will go into the unit above the desk, freeing up space for whatever I’m tackling at the moment.
I might put some lights under the unit, but the ikea ones make pretty yellow light. Will have to find a better alternative.
Next up will be a drawer unit under the desk that will hopefully welcome the various paints, materials and things spread everywhere.
By Lidless Eye
One benefit of our unplanned and sudden move is that we will finally have a hobby room.
The first few displays were moved over first:
Then came a lot more of the mess:
Shelves have been set up, and a folding table arrived from Amazon:
An older end table has been drafted as a paint and build station:
Once it's finished up, I'll have to take shots of the whole set-up, but there's still a bit left to go.
Now that our new house is done and we are unpacking, living in it for 11 days as of the time of this posting. I wanted to go ahead and start up a WIP thread showing my hobby/game room and the WIP as the last few days I've been setting it up so that I can paint. My OCD won't allow me to actually paint (even though I have an area for it now) until I have the rest of the room cleaned up and organized!
Let's start up with the original plans -
And here it is after it was done, a blank slate!
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