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So Where Do You Do Yours Then (Model making That Is)

Where do you do yours then?  

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  1. 1. Where do you do yours then?

    • On the kitchen table.
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    • On the living room table.
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    • Other living area facility.
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    • In the basement.
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    • In the attic.
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    • In the garage.
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    • In a workshop.
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    • In the patio (yes, I've seen it before).
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Mr. Bolin or should I say Herr Bolin, a warm welcome to our corner in the Model World.

I see you have found your very own "cozy corner". It's a perfect place. I like it.
Swedes do know how utilize all space available.

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So, we just moved into our new house last month (move #38 for me, but hey, who's counting?), and I am finally getting my "man cave" sorted out, tidied up, and appropriately decorated. To whit, a few photos ...

 

"Display case" (IKEA shelf units with optional glass doors -- need to get me some more doors!)

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Work area with plenty of shelving. Hammer is for further decorating work -- not for smashing models!

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Bookcases to hold my growing nautical reference library (wife says I need to "pare down" -- ha!). TV is to stream soccer games while I work (Bundesliga is coming to ESPN+ next season -- can finally watch Bayern games!).

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Oh, and what's this? Did the postman bring me a little something yesterday? Why yes, yes he did! A little project to move toward the top of the to-do list, along with my CLC canoe kit coming later this week.

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Still some things to sort out around the house, but I feel that modeling time will soon be back on the schedule, hooray!

 

Cheers!

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8 hours ago, MEDDO said:

Great shelving but those heavy looking books on the shelf above those nice models make me nervous.

These IKEA units are very sturdy. I've had them arranged like that for years. If, however, disaster were to strike -- well, then I'll have more display space freed up. 😁

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New location since first week of February, the garage workshop (32 x24 ) is getting emptied out from boxes and other non-essential item from the move.

Starting to leave me some work area.
These two pictures doesn't show all the area I will have available. Planning of setup is still undergoing.

The peg-boards and wall tables were there when we moved in.

Lots of shelving was there too.

Piping for pneumatic set is also install, so also water.
A separate 100A main breaker is located in the garage/workshop.
More than enough. 

Now I have windows in the yard. 

Workshop will have it's own computer and audio system.

Once I have of the area cleaned out more pictures will be uploaded.

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After finishing my last model I decided to attempt the “work cleaner, neater, better organized) system before launching my next project.  This began with repair and reorganization of tools and ended months later repainted with new cabinetry, etc.  Here are the results:

 

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Workshop update, can't believe how much job there is involved to get things set up again.

Painting and cleaning up, shelves in place. 

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All the ceiling lights will be LED in a few days. Will replace the hardware, were considering the plug and play tubes but reconsidered as the price is almost the same a complete unit.

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The top is unfortunate OSB particle board. Nailed down so I have to figure out a way to make the surface better. 
Been considering Formica veneer as it is being used by cabinet makers.

And it's thin too.

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I used 1/2 inch cabinet grade birch plywood for my worktop. Came in 2 ft by 4 ft size. Perfect for the top, no cutting required. Check out Lowes, lumber section. 

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An untreated kitchen top made from beech staves served me very well for the past 27 years. If you want to put something like this on top of an exising board, this kind of material is also available as 13 mm or 16 mm thick shelving.

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MDF is smooth, flat, and cheap enough to be disposable when it gets scarred up. Secure it by driving sheet rock screws on a grid.  The OSB particle board provides the strength.

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In the kitchen my parents bought in the mid 1950s the top was made from some sort of HDF with edges from beech. I have seen similar work-surfaces also in workshops. They were hard-wearing. The ktichen furniture was relegated to the basement in the late 1960s, but the tops survived in a good shape until the house was given up a couple of years ago. In DIY stores these days it seems to come only in two thicknesses, namely 3.2 mm and 4.6 mm. The thicker variant should screw down well and flat.

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Posted is a before and then after photo of my newly improved build area. 2020 has been the year to remember for many reasons and one of them is been having the time do some home improvement to my build area. Figuring that the quarantine was coming and knowing I was going to need something to do, I scrambled to plan and acquire the necessary materials. Major objectives were to:

1. Create a build area that could really have a clean appearance.

 

Anything pile on table tops just looks messy. Solution was to create additional storage like the cabinet on the filing cabinets and organizing existing storage for greater efficiency.

 

2. Improve the available work surface real estate. The fold out table was really starting to buckle.

 

Two “tanker” style desks and one “tanker” style long table were acquired from a warehouse, cleaned, and refurbished.

 

3. Improve lighting

 

I’m on a mission to “banish the shadows”, I never seem to have enough light!. Well, I actually discovered maybe too much light. This industrial 35,000 lumen 240W LED lamp seems to be doing the trick. I custom built a mounted swing arm out of 3/4” steel.

 

Now back to the building!

 

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I use my dad‘s workshop in the basement which was restored and painted (like the room in the shared apartment I lived in when i went to university) after he had passed away in 2008. Used it to build and repair small things for the family until we moved to the house and I started building ship models in 2014. Except the fact that there is not much natural light it is quite comfortable and there are no problems with humidity. Installed some steel strips on the wall to hang large plans by using magnets. And it has a lot of storage opportunities (you can‘t have enough of that). In the cupboard there are the 1/6 Airco D.H.2 parts already finished, I will end this build when I own a 3D printer someday and be able to print my own 1/6 Gnome cylinders.

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Lots of work and changes has taken place in my to be work area.....

I can host some build meetings too, plenty of room.

The space where the office chair and stool will have a slide sit-down work table.

Ps. I will stop using smartphone for taking pictures, the outcome is so bad. The phone is a Samsung 7 Edge.

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I am new to the hobby and am still setting up the shop.  My current project is the Syren Medway longboat.  My shop is 12' 6" x 28'.  The cabinets were found on the side of the road with a free sign.  Can't beat that price.  I keep moving things around trying to find the most comfortable set up.  I do require better lighting,am going to purchase a 48" LED shop light to go above the work area.

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On 4/29/2020 at 3:20 AM, Azzoun said:

Posted is a before and then after photo of my newly improved build area. 2020 has been the year to remember for many reasons and one of them is been having the time do some home improvement to my build area. Figuring that the quarantine was coming and knowing I was going to need something to do, I scrambled to plan and acquire the necessary materials. Major objectives were to:

1. Create a build area that could really have a clean appearance.

 

Anything pile on table tops just looks messy. Solution was to create additional storage like the cabinet on the filing cabinets and organizing existing storage for greater efficiency.

 

2. Improve the available work surface real estate. The fold out table was really starting to buckle.

 

Two “tanker” style desks and one “tanker” style long table were acquired from a warehouse, cleaned, and refurbished.

 

3. Improve lighting

 

I’m on a mission to “banish the shadows”, I never seem to have enough light!. Well, I actually discovered maybe too much light. This industrial 35,000 lumen 240W LED lamp seems to be doing the trick. I custom built a mounted swing arm out of 3/4” steel.

 

Now back to the building!

 

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"Oh yes  - the pearl":dancetl6:

 

OC.

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49 minutes ago, VTHokiEE said:

I knew my working area was not up to par here, but I’m embarrassed about it now that I look at all these wonderful spaces. 😁

Mine is just the  lounge table  taken over by all my bits  - good job we eat on our laps.

 

OC.

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1 hour ago, Diver said:

The cabinets were found on the side of the road with a free sign.  Can't beat that price.

so jealous of those.  my stuff is just laying on a bunch of tables a complete mess

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So I suppose I’ll post mine (no laughing now). It’s really not big enough, I need to figure out how to add a second table for some power tools.5A3AEB09-36F0-4A97-AAB7-E13545CA067B.thumb.jpeg.d4d1ade6f61a1e014b265c41cf8a8ff5.jpeg

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