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spare room into workshop
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:10:26 pm »

 hi has amyone used their spare room for making their models and as a workshop if so anyone got any pictures i would love to see them so it can give my some ideas for it
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 09:55:27 pm »

Spare room? I have one wall in my bedroom and that's my lot...

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 10:18:29 pm »

Hi Spike.  Our old front room used to be an office for years voluntary work I did. When that finished it ended up as somewhere to store anything and everything.  When I started back into modelling I cleared it out, keeping some of the filing cabinets and CAD desk frame.  Bought some half-price wall cupboards from B&Q and laid in some worktops, lighting, flexible wall mountings for boats and low current sockets.

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Only wish it still looked that tidy -  Tee Hee !!!   %%
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2014, 11:45:52 pm »

Ditto on the "tidy".... and the computers have been updated.

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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2014, 08:15:13 am »

I feel embarrassed to show my workstation, but it's all I have, so I've learnt to make the best of it.


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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2014, 09:24:34 am »

Many years ago when I ran a CAD office we had a manager who was obsessed with tidy desks. Only a few items on his, arranged in precise positions. Impossible to do any real work in those conditions our desks were loaded with plans, tools and parts for the equipment we were working on. The daily enforced "tidy" must have wasted 1/2 hour each evening, and another 1/2 in the morning finding it all and getting it back out so we could start working.  I learned much from that.

Nowadays I operate on the geological filing method. Recent items will be handy at the surface, with things I use rarely buried at a depth proportional to how long ago I last used them. Strange, but I know where everything is  %%

A tidy desk is a sure sign of someone with no work to do.   O0
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2014, 10:42:48 am »

we had that - just prior to a visit from the top brass in the company, our manager rushed round and made sure not a scrap of paper was to be seen in our CAD  office (we were resorting to peeking in drawers to see the plans we were working on). Big boss comes round - first comment ' you dont seem to have much work on'.
My workshop is an old hairdressers bench, with 2 drawers- next to my bed, workspace is shared amongst the various projects, at the moment there are 4 computers on there (maybe 5 if the daughter brings hers to me to have the new CPU fan fitted), it gives me nearly 6 foot of workspace when cleared, maybe when the daughter moves out I will get a bigger room and space to work with a chair (I sit on the bed at the moment, dropped shavings can cause discomfort later).
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2014, 12:09:11 pm »

Hi Rich / U-33..............your workstation looks good to me!!!!  In our house we have 4 bedrooms, me and 'she who must be obeyed at all times' in one, one teenage boy in another, another teenage boy with his large[ish] model railway and the smallest for the Lego collection / playroom. My workshop?????? an A4 cutting mat on the dining room table, take it out of the garage, take tools out, build furiously, put it all back at the end of the day and tidy / vac up. Your sett up looks fine to me...................regards, Dave.
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2014, 04:04:45 pm »

Well, thank you Dave...it came as a bit of a shock to leave a three bedroom house, garden, garage, two sheds and a test pond, to move into a one bedroom flat, I can tell you!


But, I've got used to it now...I can still build boats up to six feet, the only problem is getting them out of the doors and downstairs.


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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2014, 04:28:50 pm »

I have a workshop where I do my wage bringing modelmaking and a lounge that doubles as a workstation plus a spare room where the washing dries and quite well sorted 'stuff' lives. I am of the geological storage fraternity with tendencies to tidy so that projects of completely different types do not mix accidently:O)
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2014, 04:54:33 pm »

we had that - just prior to a visit from the top brass in the company, our manager rushed round and made sure not a scrap of paper was to be seen in our CAD  office (we were resorting to peeking in drawers to see the plans we were working on). Big boss comes round - first comment ' you dont seem to have much work on'.
My workshop is an old hairdressers bench, with 2 drawers- next to my bed, workspace is shared amongst the various projects, at the moment there are 4 computers on there (maybe 5 if the daughter brings hers to me to have the new CPU fan fitted), it gives me nearly 6 foot of workspace when cleared, maybe when the daughter moves out I will get a bigger room and space to work with a chair (I sit on the bed at the moment, dropped shavings can cause discomfort later).
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2014, 05:20:02 pm »

Well, thank you Dave...it came as a bit of a shock to leave a three bedroom house, garden, garage, two sheds and a test pond, to move into a one bedroom flat, I can tell you!


But, I've got used to it now...I can still build boats up to six feet, the only problem is getting them out of the doors and downstairs.


Rich


rich, why dont you get someone to put a winch outside that window then lower the models to the ground

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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2014, 05:43:28 pm »


rich, why dont you get someone to put a winch outside that window then lower the models to the ground


Or as I suggested, He should of bought a small 7.5t truck with Hiab instead of that Nissan.


He could lift the sub's out the window, plenty of room for loads of boats on the back, then use Hiab to lower and raise boats in and out of the pond  ok2
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2014, 06:38:47 pm »

he could build the workshop in the back.
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2014, 07:13:33 pm »

Ian, you're a HIAB driver...I can find you a job!


The most sensible thing is to build smaller boats, I guess...anybody wanna buy a Robbe U-47?


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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2014, 08:29:30 pm »

Ian, you're a HIAB driver...I can find you a job!


The most sensible thing is to build smaller boats, I guess...anybody wanna buy a Robbe U-47?


Rich


Are you being serious? I mean the 47 not a job  {-)
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2014, 09:03:13 pm »

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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2014, 04:49:02 pm »

is mdf ok for my work top if not what please
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2014, 05:03:09 pm »

I bought some bench units that use chipboard which I sanded and gave a couple of coats of varnish to seal them. After a couple of years they seem to be doing OK. I suspect MDF similarly treated would work alright.
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2014, 06:13:37 pm »

Spike, I used MDF as a top, I used the 18mm stuff, it is heavy but I thought there would be less chance of warping. As Dougal said, a couple coats of varnish and mine have been fine.
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Re: spare room into workshop
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2014, 06:19:54 pm »

But...is it level?   %)


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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2014, 07:25:24 pm »

Its parallel to the floor  :-))   but flat so level or not I don't get warped structures  %)
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2014, 08:38:57 pm »

Dougal, I think your find Rich is getting at me, I'm having trouble setting up a leveller in my sub at the moment, I need the sub dead level before I start the set up  {-)


Rich it's as level as the floorboards it's all sat on  ;D 
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2014, 09:03:37 pm »

 ;D But...are the floorboards level?


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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2014, 10:14:10 pm »

MDF is a good material for a workbench top but it can blister if got wet, can score and scuff quite easily if you are careless with tools, but in thicker boards, it is strong and flat providing the supplier stored it flat and not draped over battens <*< Definitely varnish and I recommend using a cutting board or mat for all cutting work. Kitchen worktop is brilliant but expensive unless you can buy offcuts at a builders merchants. I bought a 1.2metre bit for 15, so budget for 40 if covering a good length bench.
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