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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 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!
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!
By Stern Kestrelmann
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!
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