at the paint shop, my bench top is empty (relatively) for
the first time in over a year!. After almost two years
of building projects on a daily basis, I had a good idea
what I wanted a far as organization... First, I pulled
off the old carpet- which was saturated in sanding dust from
wood, carbon, fiberglass, and more. To make it worse, it has
accumulated over the year- hundreds of little hard lumps
from drops of epoxy, glue, adhesives, and CA. Every
time I do this, I alternate between grey and blue-grey
carpet. This time it gets grey. This is Home
Depot industrial floor carpeting at a whopping 59 cents per
having my parts bins wobble every time I use them, I finally screwed
them together, so they are one rigid unit. Much nicer to work
with. Each drawer is a removable parts organizer with a lid.
Another Home Depot stock item.
I went to
Amazon.com, and started looking at acrylic organizers. They don't
make any for hobby use, but they DO make them for bathrooms and
cosmetics! This one, for my Aeropoxy was supposed to be a bathroom
organizer was originally intended for cosmetics, but it does
a great job of organizing all my glues and adhesives!
The little tray in the front is handy to hold the small
"capillary" tube dispensers for the CA.
pride-and-joy: I went to a lumber store and got 6 feet
of mahogany 2x6. After making the grid with pencil
lines, and drilling for hours, I laminated the pieces
together, then I got a bunch of new tools from
UtopiaTools.com. The prices for diamond tipped
grinders and cutting wheels is ridiculously cheap. I
outfitted this entire rack with new diamond tools for under
$200. Considering the wood was almost half as much,
you can see how inexpensive the bits can get! The last
set I used for the Dauphin, Airwolf, and a dozen projects in
between, and they showed almost no signs of wear. I
donated my old ones to a friend who builds almost as much as
I do.. (and gave me an excuse to get all shiny-new
ones to boot!)
acrylic organizer holds flashlights, lubricants, and
more. The "Lipstick rack" does a great job
of holding the tubes of lubricant that Hobbyco sells...
me a beautiful billet Aluminum tool holder for my hand
tools. You can see it here in the center of the
picture. P put them on a tray, with my Wiha set, and
all my other hand tools so I can move all my tools to
different parts of the shop at need.. The lamp from
the adjacent drill press makes it very easy to see and
select exactly which tool I need.
picked up a riser for the grinder and soldering bench.
It gives me more work room and storage when I am grinding,
polishing or soldering. It also makes the work surface
easier to clean and keep that way!.
While I was
re-vamping the shop, I cleaned up and PM'd the Byrnes Model
Machines table saw and the rotary disc grinder. I
admit this saw has done more work since I got it than I ever
would have imagined!.
toy tub manages any spills from my solvents, and the XP
based touch screen PC next to it makes ordering parts easy-
and keeps me from forgetting to order things that I
need! It is also handy in pulling up PDF manuals for
some of the products I am using. Forget the throws or
CG on a particular plane? Just pull up the manual
and mill just got their periodic cleaning and lubrication,
along with a few additional work lights to better illuminate
the work area.
years, I have accumulate quite an inventory of
components. I decided to separate and compartmentalize
each of them so I could find anything easily and quickkly.
children's toy bin gives me battery storage, and leaves room
for (Most of) my chargers... I have a few more
chargers, but these seem to be enough to charge ALL the
batteries I use on a flying spree at one time, so I can
"load them up" and do other tasks until the
combined "beeping" from all the units lets me know
that the job is done, and they are all charged up!