Where do you build?

10-24-2013, 01:24 PM
What does your workbench look like? Do you have a permanent space, or do you do it on the dining room table when your wife's not looking? How do you like to organize tools, paints, parts, kits? How do you light it?

So my underground lair is currently undergoing renovation- hobby bench, paint booth, machining bench, brewery, all of it. The brewery is all planned out and well underway- but I haven't figured out what to do with the hobby bench. I have the opportunity to make it into a nice dedicated space- but as I've never built in a nice space, I'm not really sure what it would look like. I would love to see solutions that have worked (and haven't worked) for everyone else.

But even more, it would be a lot of fun to see where other people's creations actually come from! I got the chance earlier this month to drop in to Gio's workspace, and it was awesome. Granted it was a bit hard to fully appreciate as I was still tied up and blindfolded and he wouldn't let me take pictures, but even so I could just tell that it was awesome. (Like the food and the wine and the company).

So, where do you build?

10-24-2013, 02:11 PM
So, where do you build?

You've seen my cave :D

10-24-2013, 02:21 PM
So, these means we'll see a completed build from you sometime in the near future? Like that 850i or 911 turbo you've been working on?

I bought a $49 IKEA desk and an Elfa rolling drawer unit and build in my dusty garage. Each time I paint, I have to clean and wet down the area. Not the ideal situation right now. Plus, it gets cold in the winter. Then I usually switch to the basement family room for assembly, but no painting. I miss the days when I lived in Miami and had a sheltered balcony where I used to paint without a spec of dusty in my paintwork.

10-24-2013, 02:28 PM
This is my working space.
http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9554/14224223.3a/0_8d29f_ccbbfe98_XL.jpg (http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/mikhailpetrenko/view/578207/)
Today's shot.
http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6720/14224223.3c/0_8fe94_644ac981_XL.jpg (http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/mikhailpetrenko/view/589460/)


10-24-2013, 02:32 PM
There is a similar thread I started on another forum like this one.
It's interesting to see other peoples 'man-caves'...
This is my hidey-hole, courtesy of my (much) better half.








10-25-2013, 12:51 PM
I'm working on a contract in a different country from home at the moment, but I've found a corner of my rented apartment to keep myself busy at weekends...


10-26-2013, 05:21 PM
So, these means we'll see a completed build from you sometime in the near future? Like that 850i or 911 turbo you've been working on?

That is the idea. We will see how it goes.

You've seen my cave

Yes, but I was drunk at the time. :biggrin:

10-27-2013, 05:47 PM
i converted our old library desk space into my workspace...which is adjacent to our balcony and that's where i do the airbrush/spray can tasks.

i sometimes carry my stuff to where my pc is...and believe it not, even in the bathroom. LOL!

10-27-2013, 07:21 PM
Here's my man cave. I always wanted a L-shape desk and 3 years ago me and my dad made this room especially for the modelling.



10-27-2013, 08:47 PM
Brewery? Let's talk more about the brewery! Details?

10-28-2013, 10:21 AM
iceracer1: nice setup you got there! oh, and what's the specs on that paint booth? :)

10-28-2013, 01:14 PM
The brewery currently looks like this-

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb112/andrejmiller/brewery.jpg (http://s211.photobucket.com/user/andrejmiller/media/brewery.jpg.html)

(Pic is crappy, but one of the major projects on the list is to properly wire the basement for electricity and lighting.)

The glass vessels are fermenters (called carboys), and each hold a 5 gallon (about 20 litres) batch. Fall has fallen in the eastern US and it is apple season. This is two batches of cider from a local orchard. I mostly do beer, but cider is cheap and easy to brew- and a fun change of pace.

With this setup I can do 20 gal at a time, and produce 10 gal a week at a sustained pace. I rarely brew this fast- but occasionally for events it's nice to be able to.

The keg at the moment contains a clone of Bass I brewed over the summer. I can tell you that having a keg in my workspace does not really make me more productive.... :grinno:

drunken monkey
10-28-2013, 01:18 PM
how's that 911 coming along?

10-28-2013, 04:11 PM
I have a desk in our unfinished basement, aka the dungeon. I also use it for soldering, repairing small things, working on guns, etc.

10-28-2013, 07:54 PM
iceracer1: nice setup you got there! oh, and what's the specs on that paint booth? :)

It's a selfmade one. I used a extraction hood for the kitchen and made a box around it. Put the hose outside and use a filter for the extractor. I have no more smell fumes. I still use a paintmask off course cause the zero paints I use are very toxic.


10-28-2013, 10:20 PM
I did my room a few years ago and found kitchen bench tops and cabinets work well.

Main room has an L shaped bench top with a cabinet underneath at one end and a full height cabinet at the other. I plan to put a display unit in the corner next to the full height cabinet. I keep my models and details in the tall cabinet, and all the other stuff in the cabinet under the bench.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f188/scudera1/IMG_1031.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/scudera1/media/IMG_1031.jpg.html)

There is also another small room under the stairs. I put another bench top in there with a cabinet under it. That is where I keep my paints, spray booth and dehydrator.
I keep my spray booth on the left (not in the pic) and paint on shelves on the right. There is a hole in the wall so the booth exits outside.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f188/scudera1/IMG_0749.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/scudera1/media/IMG_0749.jpg.html)

I have a main light in the room and also two wall mounted adjustable spot lights over the bench tops. In the small room I have two down lights.
If I had my time again I would also have a couple of down lights over the bench top in the main room. They are cheap and you can never have too much light.

10-28-2013, 11:37 PM
Well this is my room that I build on that desk and I go paint in garage pretty much.
http://i1275.photobucket.com/albums/y460/ad8980/null_zps7c1923ba.jpg (http://s1275.photobucket.com/user/ad8980/media/null_zps7c1923ba.jpg.html)

10-29-2013, 07:23 PM
Firstly: Why the hell are all your desks so damn clean & tidy?

Secondly: There are some damn nice steups there! Iceracers is my fav so far, Scuderia's is a very close second (might go to first if that is a genuine RedBull F1 wing mounted on the wall?)

10-29-2013, 08:06 PM
My bench is not normally that tidy, certainly isn't at the moment.
Genuine wing, from Webber's RB3. Got it before they started winning races/championships, so it wasn't stupidly expensive (although the shipping was).

10-30-2013, 05:55 AM
Firstly: Why the hell are all your desks so damn clean & tidy?...
Look at my table (post #4) :biggrin:

10-31-2013, 09:32 AM
We just moved into a new house and my wife gave me an entire room to set up shop in! Not many of my friends build models so they cannot appreciate the luxury of having a whole room to call your own. I used to have to build on a kitchen table!

Two main desks to work from. My paint booth isn't fully set up quite yet.
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0613.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0613.jpg.html)

Lots of space to display my completed models
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0614.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0614.jpg.html)

Some display boxes on top of my supplies cabinets
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0615.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0615.jpg.html)

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0616.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0616.jpg.html)

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0617.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0617.jpg.html)

I picked up this awesome glass display case for $100 when my local hobby store closed. I love the case, but wish the shop was still open.
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0618.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0618.jpg.html)

Computer desk.
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm11/kans0002/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0619.jpg (http://s292.photobucket.com/user/kans0002/media/New%20Model%20Room/IMG_0619.jpg.html)

As it has already been said, I also like seeing where other people build to help inspire new ideas for my own room.


11-06-2013, 07:01 PM
So seeing as most people seem to have very tidy spaces I decided to spend a few hours tidying up & took a few pics! (my wife said shes never seen it this tidy)
When we brought our first home 3 yrs ago, I was given the spare room as my space, now ive been informed that our 2 yr son will be moving in here & ill be moving to.... TBC

Cat keeping me company (his names Nismo - yip bit of a nissan fan)


My "photobooth"

My brand new airbrushing booth, its massive! 1m (3ft) wide!!!

My mobile workstation - mostly used for decals etc

Daytime view - sadly i rarely get a chance to sit down & model during the day with this nice view. (My other hobby somewhat more inforced is that garden outside, which requires alot of work)

My display cases - scored them from my Father-inlaw whoose jewellery business closed!


The Ever expanding TO DO pile!

The Slowly expanding completed pile...

I must admit Ive come along way - this was my mancave at my last house 4 yrs ago just after I got my display cases.

Before the cabinets this is where they lived - on top of the dryer!!!


11-07-2013, 02:17 PM
OMG a hole room dedicated to modeling ! You're a lucky guy, not for so long according to what you said. Amazing gear some of you guys have I'd like to have even half of it, especially the nice displays.

As for me I have a little corner in my wife and I's bedroom, I have my spraybooth stored in a closet, my stinky paints stored with my spray cans and my "drying box" in another closet. So I do the best I can with what I have. I don't have a pic right now of my corner, I'll try to post one in a few days because I have some tools coming still.

11-08-2013, 03:45 AM
Well its not as tidy as in the pictures, And i have a quite a bit more kits in the stash :D




Mmm I think that I need to take some new photo's, These are a bit outdated :D

Adam Baker
11-09-2013, 09:00 AM
Here's my setup. These were taken a couple of weeks after moving into our current apartment last year. Desk is a 6' long piece of formica counter top mounted to the wall, so no legs to worry about hitting, and then i have a 10" wide shelf on the back of it.


And a few pic's of the stash which is in a closet next to the bench.




11-09-2013, 11:09 AM
This is my modelling area in the spare room. It's not ideal as it's a bit cramped, but it's better than nothing. My only wish is that I could have the extractor fan duct permanently plumbed in so that I didn't have to hang it through an open window. It's fine in the summer months, but damn cold in the winter. There is literally no space on any of the walls where I could make the hole I would need to add a duct...


11-09-2013, 11:28 AM
Got some better pic's of my setup
The photo booth
Kit storage
The desk

Adam Baker
11-09-2013, 03:00 PM
Steve, have you tried making any kind of insert to put in the window so that you can close it? That's how I've always done mine. When I first built my paint booth I used a wood panel w/ a bulkhead connector for the dryer hose. What I'm doing now is using a piece of the 1/2" thick blue foam insulation board sold at home improvement stores. I cut it about 6" tall and then cut an opening in it large enough for my vent hose. I can open the window and put the insert in and then close the window down on it, and put the hose through the hole. Its not perfect, but it works well enough to paint during the winter.

This is my modelling area in the spare room. It's not ideal as it's a bit cramped, but it's better than nothing. My only wish is that I could have the extractor fan duct permanently plumbed in so that I didn't have to hang it through an open window. It's fine in the summer months, but damn cold in the winter. There is literally no space on any of the walls where I could make the hole I would need to add a duct...


11-12-2013, 08:26 AM


2 pics of my set up when painting stinky paints such as lacquers and enamels. It might help Steve too as I had to come up with a way to have the hose from the spraybooth to ventilate outside but still prevent air from outside to come inside and it works very well. I keep that piece of paperboard and foam with old socks, and I also have to mention that there is a net on the outside of the window therefore the hose and the foam are against it and it doesn't fall on the ground outside. Winters are very cold here (Finland) and even when it's -15C I can still paint with this set up and not much cold comes in at all, the room stays at a good temperature.

Other pics of my bench later because it's gonna be modified a bit.

11-25-2013, 05:36 PM
Here's a couple shots of my bench. I'm relegated to the garage I'm afraid, but that's OK because that's the only place my wife allows this type of decor!

Living in CA means it doesn't get too cold, and if it does, the cars' engines warm it up nicely after the commute home.

At left is the home made spray booth I made before I figured out I don't really need it, so it's now relegated to storage duties. I typically only spray Tamiya acrylics, so I just open the door and spray out the door frame, even in winter. My neigbors haven't complained yet. ;)




11-30-2013, 01:49 PM
Here's two pics of my room, it's in the basement, but at least it has a big window for at least some light from above and some fresh air. My paint booth is my garage, just spraying out the open door. I couldn't stand the smell of too much fresh paint all over the house.
My model cars are allowed in the living room, my military stuff isn't. :)



08-14-2015, 08:44 AM
Wow, two years since I posted this.

Well, it's been a busy two years for me. The basement has undergone significant renovation. I have not built a thing, as I have not had the space to do so. But work on the underground lair continues. The brewery was upgraded last year, and it is producing Kölsch and Weißbier. The machining bench was completed at the beginning of this year, and it has been very useful. I am now building benches, shelves and lighting for the modelling area. Hope to have something to show for my efforts soon.

And yes, the 993 Turbo will be first atop the bench....

08-14-2015, 10:49 AM
The old home-made table in the garage.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/sbvwfanatic/104_3936_zps4142d41c.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sbvwfanatic/media/104_3936_zps4142d41c.jpg.html)
And the new, larger table, made using a neighbors discarded door blank.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/sbvwfanatic/11391397_10206705352012042_7478710216241807171_n_z psq7a4hlf7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sbvwfanatic/media/11391397_10206705352012042_7478710216241807171_n_z psq7a4hlf7.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/sbvwfanatic/10387305_10206705352172046_5247225740975251359_n_z psy881pz9l.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sbvwfanatic/media/10387305_10206705352172046_5247225740975251359_n_z psy881pz9l.jpg.html)
Still setting it up and have much more organized plans for it.

08-14-2015, 10:54 AM
So friggin jealous of those of you that have spare bedroom set ups.

08-14-2015, 08:03 PM
My space stretches from the garage to the living room. Living in coastal Florida negates the possibility of a basement, which I'd really prefer to build a dedicated space (I do RC stuff as well.) My unbuilts are stored in a closet in the garage... They keep multiplying without my knowledge.

08-15-2015, 08:39 AM
Great thread! We'we seen some really nice mancaves here:) I recently set up my new working area and even though it's not 100% done yet, I started a new build already as I couldn't resist it;) It's really small but I haven't had a dedicated workbench for nearly a year so I'm happy with my little workshop.

Kimi's autograph has faded a bit...:frown:

Mr Plumb
08-16-2015, 03:42 AM
Heres my modelling room, all hand made worktops and shelves. The paint booth is a modified portable booth built into the wall with the fumes vented outside of course:

These A1 cutting mats came yesterday rolled up the opposite direction to how they lay......Gravity solved the problem after a few hours though!
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee24/3LL1077/11899811_905622286185392_6604258964190029678_n.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/3LL1077/media/11899811_905622286185392_6604258964190029678_n.jpg .html)
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee24/3LL1077/1979700_861487817265506_880973182019181379_n.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/3LL1077/media/1979700_861487817265506_880973182019181379_n.jpg.h tml)
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee24/3LL1077/11239621_862256710521950_4572347752160552230_n.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/3LL1077/media/11239621_862256710521950_4572347752160552230_n.jpg .html)
http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee24/3LL1077/11167971_862256697188618_5151003326656744847_n.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/3LL1077/media/11167971_862256697188618_5151003326656744847_n.jpg .html)

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