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Show us your WELL ORGANIZED Workbench!
Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:32 PM

If you have a well organized workbench, please post pictures. I am always looking for better ways to organize my bench. Right now my biggest issue is lack of drawers, so I store a lot of stuff right on top of my bench, which is supposed to be my work area. Second problem is that I stored a lot of paint right in front of my bench on the wall. I need to move my paint storage area to somewhere else and just have a small area for the paint I need for the current project I am working on.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:19 AM

Between builds, its not usually this tidy.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:25 AM

My somewhat well organized

 

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:28 AM

Great thread...these are photos of my old bench. I am currently building a shop with a modeling room in it. I will post photos once I complete it.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:33 AM
What gives Hunter. No spilled paint no glue marks. Hehe

 

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:36 AM

tempestjohnny
What gives Hunter. No spilled paint no glue marks. Hehe
 

LOL TJ!! I have OCD when it comes to being clean and organized. Plus, these photos are when I first started modeling and I built this area.

P.S. - I really like those glass shelves. Looks Great!

Hunter 

      

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:43 AM

Hunter

 

 
tempestjohnny
What gives Hunter. No spilled paint no glue marks. Hehe
 

 

 

LOL TJ!! I have OCD when it comes to being clean and organized. Plus, these photos are when I first started modeling and I built this area.

 

P.S. - I really like those glass shelves. Looks Great!

 

Thanks on the shelves. Other then the dust and 55gal drum of Windex to clean them they are great.  Bought them from a store going out of business. One day I'll build a cabinet around them

 

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:48 AM

tempestjohnny
Thanks on the shelves. Other then the dust and 55gal drum of Windex to clean them they are great.  Bought them from a store going out of business. One day I'll build a cabinet around them

LOL....I imagine it would be painful having to remove all of your builds, and then clean all those shelves. When you do have the time to build the cabinet I hope you post a completed photo.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by fermis on Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:06 AM

When I finished off my basement, I did a "built in" work bench. Made a couple small shelves in the corners, build in rack for those little Testors paints, drille holes in the sides of said rack for holding brushes and tools. Drawers (in the shadow to the right, unseen)are from my old build desk (desk top went out to the garage for a butcher block). Needs have evolved a bit, since I built it almost 15 years ago, and there's a few things I'd do a little different, but it still works well. One thing I wouldn't change....having a large glass work surface!

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:30 AM

A well organized work bench? No such thing... LOL!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:55 AM
Of course Fermis has to check in on this one,always loved your whole setup.

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Posted by DasBeav on Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:31 PM

Here's my hodge-podge of a "work bench". I have been looking at flea markets for stuff for a smaller set up so I can put a squat rack/bench in the "cave". That is actually a nice old table underneath the paint and glue spots.

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:39 PM

Hunter -

Your bench is a perfectly neat and well organized work space.

My head is hung low and I'm doing the walk of shame.

Patrick 

 

 

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Posted by RX7850 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:05 PM

Great thread. Love to see how everyone else sets up shop.This is my workbench. It's mobile so I can get around . The tools and paints are stored in cabinets around the workshop.

 

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, November 26, 2017 6:27 PM

Fermis,

Nice set-up....don't you have shelving on the other three walls displaying your builds? You have a nice modeling room.

 

Patrick,

No need to hang your head in shame sir. Those photos are from when I first started...now half the grid lines on my cutting mat are gone from spilling thinner on it. I have paint stains on the bench...Use it like you stole it LOL. And thank you for your comment.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:14 PM

Sorry. The pictures are sideways because I have a "Dumb" camera.

Just a tilt of the head to the right.........

Tool's in portable drawers / trays.

Paint's

Scratch building supply's.

  You can "NEVER" have too many decal's...

And of course ... The workbench itself. It's on wheel's. And also double's as the "stash box".

There are Drawer's and cabinet's full of stuff.... but I thought I posted too many picture's already.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:32 AM

My workbenched has changed a little since these pictures have been taken.  I added another table just for my computer.  However, this is the most organized it's been.  

 IMG_1231 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 IMG_1232 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 IMG_1233 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 IMG_1234 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:12 PM

Mine's organized, but it's organized clutter...

As far as storage is concerned, a couple of years ago, I picked up a Rubbermaid or Sterlite 3-drawer cabinet on casters, which I have stowed under the bench:

I store most of my paints in two of the drawers, and putties and some tools in the third.  I originally stored paints in the wooden toolbox you see in the one shot, and the rest were just on the bench.  But they got in the way there.  Also, I wanted to be able to take my paints with me, when we have a modelers' meetup, for example.  I thought about getting a large tacklebox, but I wound up getting the cabinet instead.  It's still portable enough for me to take along on the road; it fits on a seat in my truck.

I have lumber cut to add a hutch to the back of the bench.  It will consist of two shelves, and I'll be able to organize the bins of figure kits and other supplies, that are currently on the floor under the bench.  I just have to knock the parts together one of these Saturdays.

Here's what the bench looked like back in 2009, by the way:

Not much has changed, except that things are piling up, heh.  And some of the toy soldiers not finished back then, still aren't finished today.  But it's a hobby, not a job!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:42 PM

Here's waht mine looked like about 2 years ago. Now you can't see the tabletop LOL. I really need to do a field day.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

In Que

Secret Santa gifts will move to the top after Christmas.

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Posted by Doc Ward on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:19 PM
Mine is an absolute mess right now. Our basement flooded recently and I have stuff piled everywhere. Once I get things organized, I will try to get something posted, since I now have an iPhone to take pics with.

Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' folk is near miraculous.

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:34 PM

Hunter, if your old bench is still in one piece, I'll rent a box truck and come over and take the whole thing. I love it.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 6:01 AM

Here is my hobby room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website:

David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, December 02, 2017 8:20 AM

Mine is usually tidy'd up but not while working on a project. The wood shelves are wine crates that I added a middle pine shelf to store my glues, thinners, paints, etc. The middle small plastic drawer between the wine crates has my Humbrol tins, clothes pins, and assorted building junk.

The desk is a drawing desk from Ikea. The metal cabinet is also from Ikea and houses my paints, tools, and most thinguies needed for the hobby. The plastic bins are full of AM parts, decals, pigments, and more tools.

To the right is my 5 ft display case that I snagged from a shop going out of business. There are also two more tall Ikea glass display cases on the opposite side of my mancave.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, December 04, 2017 1:42 PM

plasticjunkie

 

 
I do the same thing with my jars of paint-labels on the lids.  I'm working on a rack to store the Andrea and Vallejo bottles, too.  Because of their shape, of course, I can't put labels on their caps.  I've got some scrap styrene to make a rack which will hold the bottles at a 45-degree angle, so I can read the bottle labels, and which will fit in one of the drawers of my cabinet.
 
I remembered how I was storing my paint jars before-in cookie tins stacked up on part of the bench (see my old photos, above0.  I lived with that for years, till I ran out of patience hunting for any given jar while painting.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, December 04, 2017 1:46 PM

I have a tip for storing things on the bench or in your work area:  take-out containers.  I forget when all the Chinese places around here started using plastic containers, instead of aluminum, but when they did, I started saving them every time I got take-out.  The containers are great for storing things, because you can stack them, you can label them, and the lids are clear enough that you can see what's inside any given container.  I like the oblong ones the best, but there are round ones, too, about eight or nine inches across, and they work well, too.

I also used a take-out container to make my own wet palette.  I found a kitchen sponge that fit perfectly, and I can use brown packaging paper for the membrane.  Works just as well as the commercial products.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 04, 2017 1:47 PM

When I get a new jar I'll put a drop of color on the lid so at least I can find the color then look at the label. I has cut down on the hunting.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

In Que

Secret Santa gifts will move to the top after Christmas.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 4:50 PM

It's neat to see all your workspaces.

-Greg

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, December 31, 2017 6:49 PM

Here's my little corner in the bedroom. 

All the drawers of the desk are FULL.  Paint jars and brushes are in the top left drawer, supplies like putty, scissors, superglue, sprue cutters, tape, and a bunch of other stuff is in the top right drawer.  All the other drawers are filled with just about everything you might need!  Stash is in the corner, and my homemade paint booth on the right.  I started out working at the dinning room table summer of 2016.  At that point I was dragging my airbrush/compressor outside to paint, lol.  Decided to move everything upstairs and build a booth once winter came. 

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Posted by Hunter on Monday, January 01, 2018 12:19 PM

fox

Hunter, if your old bench is still in one piece, I'll rent a box truck and come over and take the whole thing. I love it.

Jim  Captain

 

Jim,

Thank you for the immense compliment. Sadly it was taken down while we were in the process of selling that home and moving in to our new home. 

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Sunday, January 07, 2018 6:08 AM

Wolfman_63

Here is my hobby room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Christmas my Wife got me a new workstation and a new chair. Lots more surface area and very stable.

Website:

David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

 

 

 

 

 

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