My "Box"

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by shaygetz, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I really don't have a "train room" (sniff :cry: ), but I do have a loving wife who tolerates my in progress model work sitting on top of one of the hutches in the dining room. This is OK 'til the kids get wind of what Dadoo is doing up on the hutch. For a safer place to store all the dangerous paints and tools, as well as the delicate modeling in progress (not to mention the upcoming football season and the need to keep it "at the ready" :thumb: ), I built this workshop in an old Army footlocker.

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  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Under the two nested trays of paints, glues and tools, there is a larger tray that holds scratchbuilding and wiring supplies. These are kept organized by a baking tin and a variety of car kit box halves.

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  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Remove that tray to find kits to be built, scenery items and another tray that holds paints and tools currently being used on whatever work is being done at the time. In this way, I don't have to search out again and again the necessary tools or supplies while the work is in progress.

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  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Finally, that tray is removed to reveal a removable storage box for any projects in progress. All this is mounted on casters so that the box can be rolled out of the way when not in use. Since most of my best modeling is done during a NASCAR race or a football game, I now have a place to rest my Coke and 'tater chips whilst working on my latest 'bash. Maybe now I'll finish the Hudson decoder install as well....sigh

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  5. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Cool set up ya got there fer yerself! Now the kids will be riding yer modeling cart 'round the house instead. ;)

    TrainClown :D
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nice, I could use one of them!
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Ah, yes. Right now it's serving as a soapbox for my 8-year-old daughter's budding singing career :rolleyes: and my 3-year-old son asks to see my "futocker".
  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Multi-purpose box EH! Shaygetz. Handy I am sure but what level did I leave my knife in?
  9. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    You're so well organized I don't see how you get any modelling done. :D Fred
  10. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Fred, maybe the box is the model. ;)

    TrainClown :D
  11. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    I've got every thing in my computer room and it just keeps getting smaller! I went to bed the other night and left my TV on, my wife came in and turned it off and then tripped and fell in the dark. I think my computer room may be getting Bigger. :(
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    The only problem I've had in practice is that the paint tray is a bit heavy to be lifted out with finger tips. I think I'll split up the paints between the two trays and see how that works.If you ever got a peek at my layout, you'd know that this was a model and that the perceived sense of order is a mirage :p Finding my Xacto knife follows Murphy's Law, the ease of which is directly related to the sharpness of the blade and it's potential for peircing flesh. :thumb:
  13. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Great Idea! I'd like one.
    How much do you want for the whole box, including contents and shipping?

  14. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    eeeeek!!! :eek:

    the contents of my box is.... um.... over there.... and there... **points** and over... ummm.... there.... **points over there somewhere** and some of it is, I think....somewhere under there. And that other bit is umm.... now where did I put the damn thing! :thumb:
  15. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Crispy crinkles, Doc, you done made me think about how much is sunk into the contents :cry: It's amazing how much you can accumulate over 30 years of modelin'. NEED a "box" :p
  16. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Due to the downright incandescent heat of Sacramento summers, and the location of my layout and workbench in an un-air-conditioned, un-insulated garage, I normally don't model much in summer months except late at night. However, I have received permission from the management (my lovely wife) to bring a limited amount of model-railroad stuff into the house, on the condition that I keep the space clean between sessions.

    In order to keep this new living-room-table modeling space in order, I made use of a pleasant-looking wooden case, formerly used to hold a portable filmstrip projector/record player (the 1950's equivalent of a laptop-based training presentation) that I originally intended to hold a tiny portable layout.

    It is big enough to hold a couple large, flat boxes containing my most frequently-used modeling tools, an assortment of stripwood and styrene bits, and a few jars of paint, with enough room on one side to hold a few HO-sized car kit boxes. This is compact enough to hide away easily, but complete enough that I don't have to run out to the garage very often. To protect the table surface I have a 24"x36" plastic cutting board that I keep stashed behind a window curtain.

    Particularly messy or stinky operations (power tools, spray painting, etc.) are still confined to the garage, but things like kit assembly, brush-painting and scratchbuilding can now be done within my air-conditioned living room in the company of my lovely bride.

    Domestic tranquility is thus maintained, heatstroke is avoided, and I have enjoyed getting lots of layout work done. My wife likes trains but dislikes clutter, and feels more involved in the hobby because she can see the work that I'm doing. All around, it's a good deal!
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Every reason why I did it and two more, ages 8 and 3 ;) All I need now is non-toxic, unscented Dullcote and I'll be in Nirvana.
  18. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Ha Shay, Nice box-does it say "the gauge" on the outside?
  19. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    My two more reasons are a pair of tuxedo cats who dislike having their comfortable perches disrupted by tiny plastic bits! Fortunately I have a garage for the stinky and messy operations...

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