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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Monday, October 09, 2017 1:39 PM

Sadly, my apartment is far too small for me to have a dedicated workspace just for model building.  To that end I use a folding TV table and an 18x24” cutting mat.  Sadly, the TV table is a little too small as the cutting mat overhangs it on all four sides. What I’d like to do is to get a piece of plywood and some 1” square strips to make a work surface to set on top of the TV table and to attach a work lamp and magnifier to.

 

What do others do when space is at a premium?

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:54 AM

I have a 12' X 12' room with a 3' X 5' desk for my model building so I really don't have any issue with space.  In your case, a TV tray sounds like a good idea as I have a friend who uses one while he watches TV, but be mindful of the weight of all that wood plus the work lamp and the cutting mat.  Will the TV tray support all that extra weight and still be stable?  Something to keep in mind!

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Posted by Plowboy on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:26 AM

Before I had my garage, I had a 4x4 card table with folding legs. It worked for what I needed and could easily be put away if I wanted.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:24 PM

mrmike

I have a 12' X 12' room with a 3' X 5' desk for my model building so I really don't have any issue with space.  In your case, a TV tray sounds like a good idea as I have a friend who uses one while he watches TV, but be mindful of the weight of all that wood plus the work lamp and the cutting mat.  Will the TV tray support all that extra weight and still be stable?  Something to keep in mind!

 

It’s not a TV tray; it’s a foldable walnut TV table.  It measures 19”x14 1/2” by just over 1/2” thick.  The legs are 3/4” thick.  I’m thinking of a piece of plywood that’s 36”x24” by 1/4” thick.  The cutting mat hardly weighs any thing at all.  The articulated work light would probably be the heaviest item on it.  Without a light bulb I’m guessing that it weighs in at 6 or so ounces.

 

Considering that on another similar TV table I have a full desktop computer setup, I do not think that my model building workbench would weigh anywhere as much.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:27 PM

Plowboy

Before I had my garage, I had a 4x4 card table with folding legs. It worked for what I needed and could easily be put away if I wanted.

 

Thanks for the suggestion, but I don’t think that that would fit between my couch and coffee table.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:18 AM

Until I could set up a secure workshop in the rear of my garage I too only had a small space to work indoors. My solution was to buy an old writing desk where the front doubles up as the work area and folds back. It had a number of small drawers where I could store tools and paints etc. Antique and second hand furniture dealers would probably the most likely source.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:49 AM

Digital_Cowboy

 

 
mrmike

I have a 12' X 12' room with a 3' X 5' desk for my model building so I really don't have any issue with space.  In your case, a TV tray sounds like a good idea as I have a friend who uses one while he watches TV, but be mindful of the weight of all that wood plus the work lamp and the cutting mat.  Will the TV tray support all that extra weight and still be stable?  Something to keep in mind!

 

 

 

It’s not a TV tray; it’s a foldable walnut TV table.  It measures 19”x14 1/2” by just over 1/2” thick.  The legs are 3/4” thick.  I’m thinking of a piece of plywood that’s 36”x24” by 1/4” thick.  The cutting mat hardly weighs any thing at all.  The articulated work light would probably be the heaviest item on it.  Without a light bulb I’m guessing that it weighs in at 6 or so ounces.

 

Considering that on another similar TV table I have a full desktop computer setup, I do not think that my model building workbench would weigh anywhere as much.

 

When you said TV table, I thought of the TV trays that my folks had many years ago when I was a kid.  It was made of thin metal and the legs were rather spindly.  We use to think of it as a big deal when we got to eat dinner and watch TV one night every couple of weeks in the living room.  Your TV table is about the same size as my old TV trays from back then, but definitely much stronger.  

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:49 AM

BUGATTI FAN

Until I could set up a secure workshop in the rear of my garage I too only had a small space to work indoors. My solution was to buy an old writing desk where the front doubles up as the work area and folds back. It had a number of small drawers where I could store tools and paints etc. Antique and second hand furniture dealers would probably the most likely source.

 

Sadly, I do not have room for anymore furniture in my apartment.  Which is why I am looking at getting a piece of plywood to set on top of my TV table.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:54 AM

mrmike

 

 
Digital_Cowboy

 

 
mrmike

I have a 12' X 12' room with a 3' X 5' desk for my model building so I really don't have any issue with space.  In your case, a TV tray sounds like a good idea as I have a friend who uses one while he watches TV, but be mindful of the weight of all that wood plus the work lamp and the cutting mat.  Will the TV tray support all that extra weight and still be stable?  Something to keep in mind!

 

 

 

It’s not a TV tray; it’s a foldable walnut TV table.  It measures 19”x14 1/2” by just over 1/2” thick.  The legs are 3/4” thick.  I’m thinking of a piece of plywood that’s 36”x24” by 1/4” thick.  The cutting mat hardly weighs any thing at all.  The articulated work light would probably be the heaviest item on it.  Without a light bulb I’m guessing that it weighs in at 6 or so ounces.

 

Considering that on another similar TV table I have a full desktop computer setup, I do not think that my model building workbench would weigh anywhere as much.

 

 

 

When you said TV table, I thought of the TV trays that my folks had many years ago when I was a kid.  It was made of thin metal and the legs were rather spindly.  We use to think of it as a big deal when we got to eat dinner and watch TV one night every couple of weeks in the living room.  Your TV table is about the same size as my old TV trays from back then, but definitely much stronger.  

 

Yeah, I remember those rickety old things as well; I would not have them in my home.  I think that my solution will work.  I mean like I said I have a desktop computer setup on one of them.

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Posted by Rev21 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:04 AM

I always used to build at the kitchen table. Laid down a testors  plastic sheet so paint or glue wouldn't get on it. Had my tool box with me. Seemed to work just fine. Had to clean up after every session and major painting was done in garage

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Posted by oldmanUHUDXP on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:40 AM

I guess I am fortunate to have just about the whole basement if I wanted that much space.  I have a computer work station that I use to build on.  It also has a tv, my vcr/dvd player and plastic containers for parts and such.  Next to that is a folding 6 ft table that has my very expensive paint booth(a large cardboard box).  To the sides and rear of my set-up are my display cases for finished models.

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Posted by Oldschool4x4 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:29 AM

Well, not bragging or anything....but I have two work spaces, one where I do all the mud slinging, and the other for the final assembly type stuff, but in all they only total 4 square feet....

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