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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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Posted by ModelTexan on Friday, October 27, 2017 9:13 PM
I used a cheap cabinet with doors from Walmart and mounted a shelf under the fixed shelf with drawer slides like a computer keyboard slide out. The shelf was several inches below the fixed shelf so I could leave my work on it and slide it in to close the doors. Had lots of storage and I used a folding chair with the doors open when working. Worked great for years.
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Posted by High octane on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:12 PM

In the past I've worked on model car kits on the kitchen or dining room table, used a TV tray, sprayed over newspaper laid over the bed spread, etc. I currently build at my desk which I also use to read, pay bills, write letters, etc. Whenever I want to do model work I spread out some newspaper and open the drawer that holds my modeling tools and jar paints. This works for me, however I wish that I had an area in the house where I could set up a spray booth. Maybe someday.

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:38 AM

After nearly 40 years using the dining room table, my wife asked me to clear it for Christmas day dinner, with family guestes. I asked her if we could send them somewhere else!

After getting quotes to extend my garage by the same size and finding from 4 builders that could cost up to £40,000, we cleared the edge of the back garden of big trees giving us 6 ft back and a mate building a fence and deck we bought a log cabin kit and  built it. Another friend put the electrics/lights in.

That was 7 years ago, I have a desk, racking, home made spray booth and extractor fan. It's fully insulated with double glazed glass as standard, double  opening doors and two top hinged windows 6 feet high, and the smallest oil filled heater ,cosy!

I'm out there for 3-4 hours each day, as I'm now retired. The total cost for all the work and cabin was under 10%  at less than £4,000! 

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Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:53 PM

I use to just "pile " all my stuff onto whatever table was available.....

But then my wife decided that having me in the kitchen all the time was driving her nut's so I bought a toolshed.....

 20' X 12' Now I "spread out" where ever I feel like it.....

 

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, October 30, 2017 2:04 AM

i'm using a Kitchen Trolley. is a very small table, but it has two wheels so i can wheel it to wherever i want to work. then i can put it away when done, without having to pack everything away.

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Posted by mini man on Monday, October 30, 2017 10:17 AM

This is mine,just a dressser with most of what I need.It is just right for my wheelchair!

 

Nigel.

 

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Posted by montelsc on Monday, October 30, 2017 5:35 PM

Heres my workbench unfortunetly running out of room for the fininshed cars now there just lingering on the desk

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:05 AM

Hey littletimmy, Nice shop !!....The ultimate...having a separate shop/mancave to work out of !!.....I lived in Sierra Vista for 12 yrs. LOW humidity in AZ. is the BEST for painting !!........JohnZ

"Taking a short hiatus from building models....... Projects/Work around the house.....It's riding weather.....Get in the Wind & down the Hwy....."

                   

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Night stone on Thursday, November 02, 2017 9:39 PM

I hear ya,

I have seem some of the modelers that have something that is similar to rubber stamp crafters have, small type of suitcase with compartments to store stuff. Just have research and see what works, its out there just not known out here in the states.

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Posted by Evil Appetite on Friday, November 03, 2017 5:56 PM

lol Thats what I have to use these days. Mind you not the flimsy metal ones you referred to, but a sturdy wooden one. it's small...but it's sturdy. Stuff happened last year, I had to sell everything, and I mean everything.

Including the 600+ kits you dont see here.

 

 

 

But, the table will have to do for now!

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