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  • Member since
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
My builders corner
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 04, 2018 11:16 PM

This is my update and mission statement for the new year.  Having worked literally for years to create my super-duper workshop, just as I finished we ended up downsizing.  UGH!!  2210 sq ft down to 806.  YIKES!!  

peanutgallery called this the "Taj Mahal"

Now I'm in the "Broom closet". Smile  It's the right side of our small living room.  

 

The cold was coming right through the fireplace, (can't expect much from a cheap apartment) so I got some double wall cardboard from a windshield box and double covered the fireplace.  I ended up covering the bottom half of the window too.  Seems to help.  

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 04, 2018 11:27 PM

Ironically I have much more impetus to build now that we have moved.  I got rid of most everything and now seem more focused and less overwhelmed.  It's weird.  I did sell the rolling mills to a friend (who probably won't use them), so I know where they are, and can always get them back.  (Always thinking, that's me.Laugh)

Anyway, it will all work out I'm sure.  No more messing with the stupid yard, less overhead, I can vacuum the whole place in minutes, and there is a general "coziness" about the place now.  Nothing to do now but build models and ride my bike.

That's what I will get done in 2018.  

So let it be written, so let it be done. Smile

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:06 AM

Been picking away at things for 2018, but I got a bit distracted when I ran across this desk on craigslist.  It was $50 INCLUDING the glass.  I couldn't pass it up.  I don't really have room for the desks I used to have.  They were 60x34, or bigger.  I knew this one was different as soon as I saw it.  The leg tunnel looked more narrow.  Sure enough it measures 54x32.  Those dimensions may not seem like much, but it makes all the difference.  I guess this was a "Jr" executive desk.Smile  After some adjustment to the locking mechanism, some glue on two of the drawers, and reinstalling my lamp, I can now get back to work.  Yea!!

The small shelf unit was found by my wife on a neighborhood email list.  $15.  It literally squeezed into the space it is in with maybe an eyelash to spare. 

I think the whole area has been transformed and for sure better utilizes the cubic feet of floor space, as well as air space.  I am super stoked.  Back to work.  No excuses.  

Thanks for looking.

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 19, 2018 12:10 PM

I'm glad to hear you are getting back in model building action.That's a nice and tidy work space, but you need a bigger clock.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, January 19, 2018 12:25 PM

Big Smile  Yeah, that thing is crazy isn't it?  It was much higher on the wall at the other house.

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:13 AM

Sounds like some tough adjustments for you, physically must be difficult, although it appeart that you are coping very nicely in the modeling department! 

 

I look at my stash and wonder why I have it. I look at my other junk, including the papers and carp in my office and wonder why I kept it. It causes so much distraction, and by necessity you are moving on and celebrating your new found freedom.  Congratulations on the downsize, I am sure it was/is difficult.

This is fun % P
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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 02, 2018 1:24 PM

Ok, some more progress on the builders corner.  I have a thing about old desks and cabinets.  If they have a lock, it needs to have keys and work properly.  I got the locking mechanism of the desk to function properly, but the desk, being from 1948, was too old to get a duplicate key.  There was no code number on the barrel and it was a double sided key so the locksmith said it was a no go.  RATS.  After some research I was able to find a replacement lock for $8.50.  Happy day!  The original screws were installed at weird angles so I puttied the holes, went with a screw one size larger and with a Phillips head.  Now the desk functions as new.  I love it.

If that wasn't enough, for $50 I ran across this chair.  I couldn't pass it up.  I think it is fantastic, and it ties the whole area together.  The drum throne has served me well, but come on, look at that chair.  Even the base is wood.  Such a gorgeous specimen.  

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking.  

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Posted by mini man on Friday, February 02, 2018 4:01 PM

Nice save Mark,you should have called me - my surname is Keys.Laugh

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

P.S.N.I. Officer.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQw3s2b-6E

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Posted by Katana on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:03 PM
Nice desk. You're going to love those pull out trays...very handy.
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Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:35 AM

Nice retrofit on the old desk lock. I have an identical chair out in my garage, it's my 'thinking chair'.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:22 AM

Katana
Nice desk. You're going to love those pull out trays...very handy.
 

Thanks for looking Katana.  You're absolutely right.  Those pull-outs are the first thing I missed when I went from my big desk to the little table.  I relegated the little table to the patio and started searching for another desk.  Happy to have it.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:32 AM

Bainford

Nice retrofit on the old desk lock. I have an identical chair out in my garage, it's my 'thinking chair'.

 

 

Very cool.  Where did you get it?  How long have you had it? 

The chair to me is very conducive to thinking and creativity.  Very classy.

I ran across this model of a yacht called Aphrodite.  Take a look at the helm.  Cool huh?

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 05, 2018 10:12 AM

mmthrax
 
Bainford

Nice retrofit on the old desk lock. I have an identical chair out in my garage, it's my 'thinking chair'.

 

 

 

 

Very cool.  Where did you get it?  How long have you had it?

I got it from a friend who was throwing it out a few years ago. It is in excellent condition. They were common as dirt around here when I was a kid, along with the heavy wood desks that they went with. Schools and offices everywhere were stocked with them. I have one of the old desks, too, which I am slowly converting into my model bench, to replace my 70s vintage kitchen table that I'm currently using.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 05, 2018 11:16 AM

Very cool.  I would love to see your set up when it is completed.  Gotta love those old desks. Smile  I have the crazy vision to build a monster workbench based on those old school desks.  It would have several "stations" all accessible from the center "helm" position.  It would also be modular so if I ever had to move it, no one piece would be too big or too heavy.  I can see tons of drawers and exotic veneers.  A creative "command center" if you will.  Someday....

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:26 AM

mmthrax
I have the crazy vision to build a monster workbench based on those old school desks. It would have several "stations" all accessible from the center "helm" position. It would also be modular so if I ever had to move it, no one piece would be too big or too heavy. I can see tons of drawers and exotic veneers. A creative "command center" if you will. Someday....

Soiunds like a cool vision. A model builder's Shangri La.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:14 AM

Been messing about with the work area.  Since I am in an apartment, there is no light fixture in the living room.  They give you high ceilings so you feel ritzy then there is a "light switch" that controls one of the wall plugs.  We have an Ikea pedestal lamp on that side of the room, but it is still lacking.  Years ago a friend gave me the sign/light from a Hunter front end alignment machine.  I used rubbing compound to remove the Hunter screenprint, then had a sign company make me my own applique.  I put a new starter, new bulb, and a new cord for the fixture and bingo!, super cool ambience.  I love it.  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:00 PM

I use my old computer desk for major work (it has my Sherline Mill on it permanently in one corner, if I need to use my Sherline lathe, I can clear the desk top, move it there (lathe is on a section of commercial-grade Formica shelving).  For additional work space, and to hold my Pace airbrush spray booth, a couple of those heavy-duty "blow-molded" TV-tray-style office auxilliary "tables" fit the bill very nicely.

Art

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:09 AM

Hey !

 Don't forget that Plastic roller guard for the carpet under that chair . Or when you sit in that Gorgeous chair , you won't be able to move. I went from a fully equipped shop down to a folding table and modern , used office chair in my bedroom .That's why I've sent no pictures .

gjgeracci
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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:11 AM

Hey ;

 Ain't that sign from the old country ? Looks Sicilian to me ! 

gjgeracci
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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:15 AM

Did you Know ?

   The Aphrodite  has a history back in the Roosevelt days . Now that is what I call a real yacht !

gjgeracci
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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:09 PM

Thanks OCG for the read and reply. 

The "sign" Smile is from Pontelandolfo.  It is in the mountains northwest of Naples.  I don't use the plastic guard because I rarely go fore/aft.  I usually just swivel out sideways from the desk.  

You are right.  That yacht is beautiful.  The site that I culled the pics from said it had history too, but did not elaborate other than Shirley Temple had had her birthday party aboard.  I love old wooden boats.  I have a couple on the to do list.

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