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Looking for ideas for my "modeling room" suggestions/ideas/ and even pictures would be VERY helpful!
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 12, 2006 12:33 AM

Ok I've learned that the "search" feature on the FSM forums is like a lot of forums, I entered some very basic search terms and 99.9% of what was returned had nothing to do with what I was wanting. So I refined the terms, ahh the same thing again with many of the same threads and subjects I just spent the last hour sifting through!Banged Head [banghead]

I really do hate reading 400 threads all with the same basic question or problem, so I'm a little fearful of posting this, alas my search didn't wield anything useful so I'm going to do so anyways.

We've had our new house since February of this year. Basements aren't common things in North West Florida, unlike where we moved from. The house we bought did have a converted garage so, that is what I'll be using for my "workshop". It's basically bare bones and has been used as a catch all/storage room since we have moved down here, well I'm hoping to change that now...with some help.

So I've taken some pictures of the room, though it will be completely empty when it comes to the construction, or is that destruction time?!

The rooms dimensions are roughly
12' Wide (going from the brick to the wall where the closet doors are) by 24' Long


Picture One:
The rear wall with door and access to the back yard. The "book case" was there when we bought the place, not sure if I'm going to keep it or not, more than likely I will.


Picture Two:
The left side wall, well as you can see there really isn't much "wall" as there are two rooms there, one of which is the laundry.


Picture Three:
The "front" wall...as you can see no windows, I'm really considering adding one on this wall but might not want to go through the headache of that, plus the potential costs.


Picture Four and Five

The right wall, and as you can see it's brick painted over brick though LOL. I've never really messed with brick by either drilling or anything else so I really don't know what to do over here. I do have a box of masonry bits and a hammer drill though that was given to me....it's still in the box just like the day it was given to me.

You also see the 2 windows...I don't know why someone had windows put in the house looking into the garage, it's a first for me.

Well for the most part this is a blank slate. I guess that's what is causing the most trouble as I really don't know where or with what to start. I need some work surfaces and some storage that much I do know. The overhead lighting is pretty good and I could always spotlight the workbench/'s to make up for any that's lacking. The only electrical outlets is the 4 receptacle box on the brick wall. There's some outlets in both rooms, but that's it for that room.

So there you have it. I need some ideas and suggestions, I mean the room is "usable" as it is all I need are some working surfaces, I'd like something more though without having to hire a contractor or a decorator LOL.

Thanks in advance for anything as I'm drawing nothing but blanks!

 

 

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Posted by Triarius on Friday, May 12, 2006 9:59 AM
Man, that's a huge amount of space!

Two things are "absolute musts":
  1. A spraybooth built to exhaust directly outside. This can be located anywhere, as long as it is ducted to the outside.
  2. As many electrical outlets as  you can legally and safely have. Trust me—you may not think you need them now, but you will!
I'd add some windows to the outside if the outside walls are frame. Daylight is the best light of all. If the outside walls are masonry, and you are not familiar with masonry construction, you will need a competent mason.

Here are some pictures of my workbench, to give you some ideas. If I were doing it again, I'd make it wider.



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Posted by Yann Solo on Friday, May 12, 2006 10:53 AM

Some good things to have in a modelers room:

1. Large working table top surface with drawers underneath to contain all the tools.

2. Small shelves on the wall in front of the working surface to stack paints.

3. A telescopic document holder to keep the instructions visible anytime without going over the working space.

4. A spray boot with fan to blow the fumes outside (bathroom fan is ok)

5. I like to have a corner with a white or light blue tarp to take good pictures.

6. Lights, lights and lights.  Keep every working area well lightened.

7.  Shelves to stack your models (some crazy modelers here possessed more than a hundred)

Never forget that you must be comfortable cause you're gonna spend hours building kits.  You definetly don't want to get a back pain.

This is not an official list but it's a start.  That working space will evolves with time anyway as you try different new modeling techniques or depending on the type of tools you will use.

Post some pics when you're done.

 

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 12, 2006 1:19 PM

Thanks for the ideas so far! I spent some time in the room today just looking at it and thinking about what I would want and where it should be.

Thanks for the photo's Triarius and your right it is pretty big. But I have a feeling it's going to fill up fast!

Yann, that's a decent list to get started on, thanks.

I spoke with a neighbor about helping me build some workbenches...I would like two possibly in an L configuration with the benches being roughly 6'Lx3'W or deep and about 30 to 32" H. This would provide 2 working surfaces in theory. This should allow me to sit comfortably in my favorite chair and work.

Somewhere to airbrush, not just on the workbenches but a seperate workspace for this...

Cork and Pegboard is definitely going up on the walls in some areas.

For shelving I'm really considering just sticking with "Plano" 4 shelf units as they're plastic and I wont care if something should happen to spill on them.

I've got a list going right now, so far it's relatively small but sometimes it's hard for me to get what's in my head on paper where it's makes sense!

Thanks Again.

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Posted by overkillphil on Friday, May 12, 2006 3:41 PM

Looks like a nice space with lots of potential.  One thing to include is a space for a TVand /or radio.  I don't always watch the tube while working, but I like to be able to if the urge strikes me.

Personally, I'd be thinking about building a wall mounted spray booth over one of those windows into the garage.  I'd definitely want to put a filter on the exhaust fan to protect my cars from overspray, but as long as the door to the garage was open it should ventilate sufficiently.  That would probably be the simplest way to vent.

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Posted by eizzle on Friday, May 12, 2006 9:33 PM

I'll second the Radio and/or TV. I have to have the TV on while I work, I don't watch it, but I have to have it on, its like some sort of company I guess? I get lonely Big Smile [:D]

A cheap and good looking way to do your shelves is to visit Home Depot or Lowes and pick up some shelving brackets and rails. They are priced pretty fairly and you can add on later if you need to. I would suggest using wood for the shelves, at least the ones you are planning on putting your models on, I like a solid surface to sit mine on. Good luck and post some pics when you get it done!

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Posted by ckfredrickson on Saturday, May 13, 2006 12:18 AM
Regarding the windows between the house and garage, my guess is that the garage is actually an addition to the original house.... my parents house was built 50 years ago with a carport, but in the 1970s the carport was replaced by garage.

We moved in the mid '80s, which brings me to what my dad did:  much of our first year in the house was spent remodeling, including the kitchen.  Four of the old kitchen cabinets (2 wall-mounts and 2 base units) were reinstalled in the garage and covered with an 8-foot section of melamine-covered molded profile kitchen countertop to create what, as a kid, I thought was the best workbench ever; space was left between the units for legs/storage below and a large pegboard above.  The cabinets were covered with a fairly thick coat of paint from the oops rack at the hardware store, and 20 years later, it's still in pretty good shape, so if you're going to remodel the kitchen give some thought to recycling those cabinets.

Most of the other "must-haves" have been covered.

The only other thing I can think of right now is to put a lap drawer in under your working surface.  I find it an indispensible feature of various desks I've worked at over the years, and am currently looking for an old desk to use as a modeling surface rather than the drawer-less table I had before I moved.
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Posted by hwells on Saturday, May 13, 2006 9:11 AM

Hi there.

One thing you may consider, Home Depot, Lowes, or any large hardware store that cuts kitchen counter tops may have some countertops that where damaged or cut wrong.  We got our kitchen counter top that way.  It was cut wrong and the original customer didn't take it, so we picked it up cheap. 

Back when I was still in high school, Dad built me a work bench in my room.  He got a counter top 'second', and three bathroom cabinets with drawers.  Two of them were the end pieces and the third in the middle.  It worked great.

When my wife and I start building our house, I will have my own model room.  One thing that will be in it is a free standing work table to do the big projects.  It's going to be the height of a kitchen bar, so I can either stand or sit at it.  It's going to have cabinets and an over hang so I can sit close to my work.  Given the amount od space that you have, that might be something you can add.

Henry

 

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Posted by Bgrigg on Saturday, May 13, 2006 9:58 AM
Everybody is offering up great ideas! I can't add much to the list, but it looks as if you and your wife will have to share this space. You'll want to "capture" as much territory as you can now, and get it marked somehow (Les Nessman tape?), or you'll end up having your area slowly encroached upon. Think of yourself as an endangered species, and get the "modeling park" protected by law! Wink [;)]

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Posted by Dr. Faust on Sunday, May 14, 2006 12:07 AM
 Bgrigg wrote:
Everybody is offering up great ideas! I can't add much to the list, but it looks as if you and your wife will have to share this space. You'll want to "capture" as much territory as you can now, and get it marked somehow (Les Nessman tape?), or you'll end up having your area slowly encroached upon. Think of yourself as an endangered species, and get the "modeling park" protected by law! Wink [;)]
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Posted by jwb on Sunday, May 14, 2006 7:46 AM
When I build my workshop, I want to have a computer nearby. I use the Internet a lot for reference, and it would be easier to just see things on-screen, rather than printing them out.

I think I'd like one of the drying booths I've read described here, also.

Jon Bius

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, May 14, 2006 9:07 AM

 Bgrigg wrote:
Everybody is offering up great ideas! I can't add much to the list, but it looks as if you and your wife will have to share this space. You'll want to "capture" as much territory as you can now, and get it marked somehow (Les Nessman tape?), or you'll end up having your area slowly encroached upon. Think of yourself as an endangered species, and get the "modeling park" protected by law! Wink [;)]

ROFL! That's funny but true!

Thanks for the ideas everyone! Some great stuff in here and I've got a plan of attack formulating in my head. I know that it's going to take some time to get everything just how I want it along with a couple of $$, but in the end I think it will be worth it!

I'm going to be checking around town this upcoming week for some things and hopefully get this thing started!

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Posted by Hippy-Ed on Sunday, May 14, 2006 12:15 PM
I've gone around looking for  houses being renovated or even torn down just to see what they have that I can useSmile [:)] I've done this a few times & have found alot of cabinets, shelving,etc this way for free.Thumbs Up [tup]
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Posted by Yann Solo on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 3:36 PM

 Bgrigg wrote:
but it looks as if you and your wife will have to share this space. You'll want to "capture" as much territory as you can now, and get it marked somehow

Just pee in every corners

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:30 PM

Well due to some unexpected surprises from our AC unit which is almost a necessity in Florida, this project's pretty much on hold. Though I did find some benches I want and plan on ordering 3 of these when things settle back down. They have all sorts of "add on's" and start at about $150 which isn't too bad.

I don't think I need to worry about peeing in all the corners, as my dog has already beat me to it and claimed it as "his" territory.Shock [:O]

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Posted by eizzle on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:39 PM
so where would a guy find one of these on the internet? I would like to check that out a little more Wink [;)] Just don't tell the little lady that I am looking at it Black Eye [B)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:43 PM
 eizzle wrote:
so where would a guy find one of these on the internet? I would like to check that out a little more Wink [;)] Just don't tell the little lady that I am looking at it Black Eye [B)]


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Posted by Hippy-Ed on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:12 PM
Thanks for the links BillTongue [:P] Man, what size would ya say that plane on the near bench is? See the wingspan on that thing!?!Shock [:O]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:25 AM
If you'd really like to get one of those go with Bench Depot, I know they have great customer service ( including after the sale and warranty ) as I've had to deal with them in the past at a shop I worked at. That's where I was going to order mine, but I found the exact same thing locally and it's even a little cheaper with all the stuff I want to add on.

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Posted by Hippy-Ed on Thursday, May 25, 2006 4:39 PM
I also am a scrap metal recycler  on a part time basis & I go into the industrial parks once in awhile to check their dumpsters (I'm a bonafide Dumpster DiverSmile,Wink, & Grin [swg]) and have found office chairs, desks & shelving that was tossed out. The only thing wrong witht his chair I'm on now is the plastic guard was cracked. paint chipped /scratched on the desks. Same with the file cabinets.
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