Yes, I’m still unpacking. The boxes of stuff have slowed my modeling progress as I often need to find some part or reference to keep moving forward. Most of those items remain in moving boxes. My frustration levels grow each time I need to find something. Remember that final scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”? Yeah. You get it.
I needed to unpack boxes, but where do I put the stuff? I decided to build shelf units that will fit under the future layout benchwork.
I sketched out a unit with basic dimensions. I reused studs we removed from a wall in a recent dining room and kitchen project. The studs were sanded and cut for the 42-inch tall legs. The shelf 1x4s came from wood crates that were made to move our glass table tops. Enough pieces were 22-inches long for a shelf width. Many more were 24-inches or longer for a wider unit.
The 2×2 supporting the shelf levels came from light poles I made for the last time the layout was set up. The only purchased parts are the aluminum bar stock used as X bracing on the back side and plastic sliders under the legs.
The first unit assembled easily. My trusty Craftsman mitre saw came back into action for the cutting work.
As expected, the first unit filled quickly. A second shelf unit was built to similar specs. That one has also filled and I have enough remaining salvaged lumber to build a third. These type of projects take away from modeling time but have long term benefits.
Now I need to focus on improving the workbench organization. The flat area filled up with stuff as I opened boxes and built some models. Time to mop it up.
All through these projects, I kept hearing my father’s voice. He used the expression, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place” over the years. It’s one of those things that stays with you.
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