Insider 8-10-2011

I recently moved to a new place, which means it’s time to build a new painting table to fit my new space. For many years, I have been using a drafting table as my painting table, which has worked out well. This time, I wanted a custom-made painting table that fits my computer, sound system, and holds everything I need within arm’s reach. This table would also be designed so it conforms to the baseboard heating and widows on the wall.

Like most creations, my table started as a concept scratched out on paper. Next, I spent a few hours here and there thinking about it, measuring, and making mockups. Then it was time for action. After the wood was purchased, I started construction. It took me half of one Saturday and all day Sunday to finish it. Funny, by Sunday afternoon all the inspired neighborhood kids where making shelves and birdhouses with my scrap wood.

With custom projects like this, I always use screws. That way, when the day comes to move, I can break the table down and rebuild it for the new spot. In fact, most of this table was made from broken-down shelves from my last hobby room.

You can see that I made a spot for my computer to sink down into the table so I could watch movies or listen to music while I paint. Under the computer is my subwoofer cubbyhole. Up top is the printer; the keyboard and mouse are wireless. All the rest of the space is for paints, tools, and supplies. Over the years, I have realized that I need more from room from side to side when I paint, so this table is wider and shallower than my last one.

The table is sturdy, stable, and perfectly sized. Plus, as a bonus, give me thirty minutes and a screw gun, and I could have the whole thing disassembled and ready for relocation if needed.

If you don’t have the space for a paint station like this, I would recommend making a small mobile kit (a nice storage box) that you can easily grab off a shelf, open up, and be ready to paint in a couple of minuets. When you are done, pack it up and store it away for your next session. The key here is keeping the kit simple and capable of quick deployment. Don’t let the hassle of setting up a painting station keep you from getting paint on your minis.

On another note, over the last year, I have been putting all my terrain in four-foot-long, two-foot-wide plastic tubs with no-slip padding on the bottom and storing these tubs under my gaming table. This keeps the dust off and protects the delicate terrain.

My discipline in my hobby room has really helped with keeping a lot of cool stuff in good condition and ready to go in a small space.

Good gaming,