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StackaRack is a customisable plastic rack for miniature paints, designed to hold pots or bottles from any of the major manufacturers.
Paint collections have a way of growing organically, and most of the current paint rack solutions out there are fixed to specific configurations, and made for a specific type of paint pot. If you're like me, and collect multiple brands of paint, that can make organising them a little frustrating, and so we thought we would try to fix that.
StackaRack was designed to hold any of the major miniature paint ranges - from the dropper bottles used by Vallejo and Army Painter, to the tall pots from the likes of Privateer and Reaper (and GW's old range), and the current stubby Citadel pots. The injection moulded plastic parts will fit together with plastic clips, allowing you to build it how you like, and disassemble and reconfigure it as needed.
Check out the project live on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spiralarmstudios/stackarack?ref=acpi8t
So after too many years of painting with my bottles just in boxes or standing around on my shelf of shame or in various drawers, I have finally at much cost of labor made paint organizers! BEHOLD! I made these to hold up to 204 Reaper dropper sized bottles (Army Painter and Vallejo fit too). They aren't the only ones I use by any means, but they're the bulk of my paint collection.
Wasn't the hardest thing in the world, but honestly I might try another method if I do this again. Right now the units are loose, probably going to lean them on the wall--eventually I would put supports on the backs so they can stand up at an angle (think picture frames). The insane super duper bonus feature is that I can put the two together and transport, or more importantly, SHAKE all my paints at once! The main purpose was organization though and being able to see each of my paints and, when I've organized and sorted them, see the spectrum at a glance rather than digging through a drawer as I have been doing. For the chromophiles out there I'll post pics when they're sorted and in their proper places.
To make them, I sized the bottles and figured out the hole size and spacing (bottles are about 1" diameter, I used a 1 1/8" hole saw (paddle bit blew out the back side) and drilled 102 holes (sandwiched the 3/4" boards together). It took hours as my drills' batteries kept dying and the saw lost its good edge by the 60th holes or so. I used the "holes" I drilled out as supports (had to chisel the middle supports in half) between the silver parts and the 5mm (yes, civilized world, in the US we know how to use proper/metric, and certain sizes of wood are specified in metric!) plywood base (black, not really visible). I carefully glued and screwed these together. Decided to use up some spray paint I had lying around. Enjoy and be inspired!
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.