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« Reply #225 on: September 23, 2018, 10:25:27 AM »

I meant to get a picture earlier when it was even messier than this!  I realized I had 3 projects going at the same time and needed to focus on one at a time.
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« Reply #226 on: September 23, 2018, 12:21:31 PM »

Gee Dan, that's a real disaster area! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #227 on: September 23, 2018, 01:22:12 PM »

That's not a disaster area!  Much tidier than mine.
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« Reply #228 on: September 23, 2018, 03:37:38 PM »

Most modelling sites I have joined over the years seem to have a messiest workbench topic.  So it gets a little tedious? So how about the tidiest workbench.  For myself yes the bench does get untidy now and again but I regularly have a tidy up as the untidiness irritates me.  Anybody else have this pious frame of mind?
Not so much piety as necessity.  I build on the dining room table; yes, yes on a building board on the table do I look suicidal? Smiley which means I have to set up and tear down for each session which rather enforces tidiness.
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« Reply #229 on: September 24, 2018, 03:12:44 AM »

Sorry Dan - not acceptable as a mess Cheesy Too much clear space on the workbench. The models are not on top of each other and you can easily find the tools.

Boo Roll Eyes

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« Reply #230 on: September 24, 2018, 04:22:17 AM »

Yes by my standards (see above) that is acceptable.  I think Lurk the dining room table is quite a nice environment.  As a kid I used the kitchen table as there was simply nowhere else. When we moved I had my own bedroom which was better and maybe that is where my  urge for tidiness stems.  Case of having to!

I found the setting up and dismantling the “workshop” a bit tedious so admire your commitment as you do produce a steady flow.  But some of the best modellers I have known have produced superb models with a very basis “work station” - one using a card table at the fireside. So fully furnished purpose built mini hangers are not necessary at all.  More like an indulgence for some!
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« Reply #231 on: September 24, 2018, 05:10:22 AM »

I used a board on the top of an old treadmill sewing machine(it folded under a nice flat top when not in use) for my first attempts at cutting my fingers Smiley

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« Reply #232 on: September 24, 2018, 11:17:24 AM »

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...the dining room table is quite a nice environment...
And very convenient for the balsa steaming err kettle.

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I found the setting up and dismantling the “workshop” a bit tedious...
It can be and if I have a short evening it means I won't do any building at all. However that can be a useful brake on any tendency to get overwrought about a build; especially when it isn't going as smoothly as I'd like.

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Mum's pastry board, well it was about a yard square and flat.  I mentioned it to her recently and she doesn't remember or rather she says she doesn't remember,  so it looks like I got away with it. Smiley
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« Reply #233 on: September 24, 2018, 11:30:12 AM »

Sorry Dan - not acceptable as a mess Cheesy Too much clear space on the workbench. The models are not on top of each other and you can easily find the tools.

Boo Roll Eyes

John

Except for the one I had in my hand not 5 damn minutes ago!!  I admit, a few times I have called the wife out to the garage because I can't find said tool. and usually within a couple of minutes she's located it!!
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« Reply #234 on: September 24, 2018, 08:29:03 PM »

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Mum's pastry board,

That must have added some interesting flavours to the pastry Grin Not to mention the occasional pin Smiley
I'm afraid at that point in my building carer I would have been leaving spots of blood all over it.

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« Reply #235 on: October 06, 2018, 05:31:49 PM »

About a week ago they threw out some old furniture at work, among that there were a rather sturdy table, 80x180 cm (2.6'x5.9') with a steel frame and a couple of cabinets. Of course I put it all in my car and took it to my new quarters (I moved a month ago and haven't set up a worktable until now). So far the table sees a redesign project (sorta 1/10 scale Piper Cherokee 140) and isn't THAT cluttered yet. But I suspect the clutter and mess will appear as soon as I start building something, it usually does. Smiley
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« Reply #236 on: November 06, 2018, 12:56:40 PM »

A little off topic. My bench stays pretty neat nowadays, since the only thing I build anymore is winders, and they don't generate a lot of debris. But I finally got exasperated enough with the three four-foot twin fluorescent units over my two benches that I finally ripped them out and replaced them with LEDs. The improvement was unbelievable; 150 watts and they light up the whole 19x22 foot room. BRIGHT! That, and there'll be no more dimming and flickering and tube replacement, at least not in my lifetime. All for around $125 retail. I have auxiliary floodlamps over each bench which are now totally redundant, so they're coming off too. 

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« Reply #237 on: November 06, 2018, 01:13:38 PM »

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What do you recommend? My shop is smaller and has two 2*2-ft fluorescent fixtures, but replacing tubes happens too frequently, and one flickers now when turned off. I had read enough to know that your plan is a good one, but not enough to choose. Thanks.

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« Reply #238 on: November 06, 2018, 04:09:29 PM »

I have a new modeling corner.  The original:

https://i.imgur.com/VYoXL5t.jpg

A new workbench built by my father in law:

https://i.imgur.com/lge04Ob.jpg
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« Reply #239 on: November 06, 2018, 05:08:47 PM »

Fred (reply 237), just go to Home Despot or Lowes, find the lighting dept and they'll have several units in your size that should be a swapout for what you have now. In my shop, the two 4 footers go over a 7 foot workbench, and the single 4 footer goes over a small bench with a drill press and a big Stanley bench grinder that's as old as me (they don't make 'em like that anymore).

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« Reply #240 on: December 14, 2019, 08:22:02 AM »

Here's my latest entry into the messiest workshop challenge!!

In the last 3.5-4 months we have had our roof replaced, perimeter fence replaced, a large tree removed, kitchen floor replaced and our house exterior painted. In addition I need to figure out how to add a new workbench, full size router table, and 1.5 horsepower dust collector system into an already crowded shop!!
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« Reply #241 on: December 14, 2019, 10:16:47 AM »

Hmmm...... does that really count as it is clearly used for non aeromodelling purposes as well.  But then your challenge was.”workbench” without specifying the purpose.  As I have matured I have got more tidy so will decline accepting your challenge. 

But does the tidiness matter?  Providing you can find things (and many people have no problem in doing so in a “Mess”)
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« Reply #242 on: December 14, 2019, 01:54:48 PM »

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what is an empty desk a sign of??? Huh
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« Reply #243 on: December 15, 2019, 05:29:30 AM »

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But does the tidiness matter?  Providing you can find things...
Ah, there you have it.  Sooner or later untidiness becomes an impediment to progress.  "I need to do X for which I need tool Y which was just ... Oh.  Now where is the blessed thing?" And some variable amount of time later you still haven't done X because you can't find Y.  For example.  I'm still looking for the blow-torch head I need to strip the paint off the garage door.  I've been looking for it, off and on, for several years now and I'm not inclined to a buy a new one when I know I have one somewhere in the garage. Smiley

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If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what is an empty desk a sign of?
Idleness. Smiley
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« Reply #244 on: December 15, 2019, 04:54:53 PM »

That is a bit deceptive Dan. The general area is messy but your important modelling workbench is pretty tidy Smiley. I can see the model on it! you have been very productive. Nice looking model bench by the way - are you a wood worker by trade?

I totally agree with David although Lurk does have a point - as my workbench is clear at the moment - then I definitely fall into his last category. Smiley

Merry Christmas all

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« Reply #245 on: December 16, 2019, 06:32:21 AM »

Thanks John, I do have a small side business of making wooden toys and gifts, but the bench is from Harbor Freight, $149, I couldn't make it for that price!!
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« Reply #246 on: December 16, 2019, 09:38:37 AM »

Sensible thoughts on the blow torch Lurk because as son as you buy another you will find the old one. And until then you have little choice but to leave the garage doors for the time being. Hard as it may be because you would obviously like to get at them.  So just fill your time with a bit of aeromodelling!
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« Reply #247 on: January 10, 2020, 11:45:39 PM »

I think you just need to buy a new blowtorch head and leave it in the shop with the packaging still on. In my experience, this trick can fool many tools out of hiding and the new tool can then be returned  Grin

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« Reply #248 on: January 11, 2020, 02:21:44 AM »

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I think you just need to buy a new blowtorch head...
My, what a cunning idea.  I may just give that a go. 

While I'm here; last night I found yet another unwanted side effect of an untidy garage*.  One ruined pair of trousers.  In the garage I have a set of cheap teaspoons that I use for decanting and measuring small volumes of dope and thinners.  Could I find them last night?  Could I cocoa; so I decanted stuff by eye, not realising I had dripped dope on my breeks.  Here endeth the lesson. Smiley



*For non-uk readers.  Garages for newly built houses in these dark, desolate and distressed isles haven't been big enough to put a motor car in since at least the early 1970s to my certain knowledge so they end up being used as utility/store-rooms/workshops. 
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