|Shall we see what kind of goodies are inside?|
The main feature I have is a Todd Reifer's signature workstation, which is a closable desk available from Jerry's Art-A-Rama.
I bought this desk back in 2012, after my daughter started walking and it became obvious that my hobby solution up to that point (TV trays with a wire rollaway cart) was not sustainable. Having an area I could secure knives, sprue cutters, and pin vices became a priority.
The WorkspaceMy workspace is in a corner of my house's living room. The door behind it is our "beer closet" - the understair close we use for beer fermentation and storage. We also keep DVDs in the closet, as well as our board games.
|This was as much as I could bother to clean for public presentation.|
The TabletopThe work surface itself measures 16" by 31". When the lid closes, the vertical storage is 1 1/2, which is enough for most infantry-sized models, but is too short for anything larger. The space is intended for paintings to lie flat, so I can't complain about the vertical clearance.
|Tim Duncan encourages you to be calm; the desk is open.|
|"The Pit" - despair was an optional upgrade|
The cover pivots to lift up, and then slides down into a recess at the back of the desk for temporary storage. The material on top is fairly flimsy; I've put two significant divots in it; one when I accidentally dropped a case of beer I was moving to the beer closet, and once when I lost my temper and pounded on it (which may or may not have happened during the 2013 NBA Finals).
|It was a Battle Damage experiment...|
I have attached a work light to the back of the desk; this is the same light I have been using for almost a decade. I do not use the magnifier attached to it, and instead try to place the light about 18" in front of my right shoulder, and 6" above its height while I'm painting. Typically, I only use this light (and the light for the room) when painting, though I do have a second light I use on rare occasions.
|I don't judge what you put on your lamp, don't judge what I put on mine.|
The drawerThe desk has a single pull-out drawer. While not very tall (it's 1 1/2" tall, and intended for paintbrushes), the 15" x 29" size makes it great for my purposes when I keep it organized.
|It looks cluttered, but there's a system...|
|Stuff that helps me sculpt.|
|Back of the drawer - sharper bits!|
|Not pictured: all the other brushes I own|
Just to the right of the good brushes are the disposable contact lens cases I use for palettes - I mix paint in these and leave them out while I work so I can keep track of how many layers I've done, as well as compare just-mixed layers to the ones that came before. In the center of the drawer is the plastic palette I keep clean water in; I've rinsed brushes out in this thing for fifteen years, and it's the only purchase from my initial hobby buy that I still use. To the left of the palette, I get back into my frequently used model manipulation tools - super glue, sprue cutters, razor saws, box cutters and X-acto knives for mold line trimming, scissors for cutting index cards, wire cutters (out of position for this picture) for cutting pin material, and nail clippers because they just fit with the theme.
|It may be chaos, but it is necessary chaos!|
The slide-out side drawer
|It would be like if you had a trash can, and took out the trash bag.|
The desk listed this area as 12" x 12" with a 17" height, but I think it's wider than they claim. I hope to organize this area better one day, maybe by hanging paint racks over the side so I can just slip them off and on and stop storing my Vallejo bottles in the box and undercabinet.
Removable trayAbove the drawer is a removable tray that hooks onto the side of the desk. I use this for important tasks like holding my beer, holding the TV remote, or setting up a webcam if I'm doing a Skype paint night. My kids tend to play with whatever I put in it, so I make it a point to keep it empty most of the time. On those nights when I do create trash, it tends to go in this tray until the end of the night, when I dump it in the actual trash can
|Makes a great beer holder!|
The front cabinet
|More battle damage.|
Pertinent to my needs; this cabinet was easily lockable with a toddler lock. I kept knives and the other sharp supplies in here until recently, when my kids promised they wouldn't open the top drawer and pull things out (in exchange for getting to play with their dinosaurs in the removable tray discussed above).
Opening the cabinet, I have two 15" x 19" shelves, one 8" tall, and the other 10" tall. The top one holds my TGJ Hobby stand; I keep backup paint brushes in here, as well as Vallejo Model Color paints that I use frequently. The rest of the trays hold models that are in my queue but aren't yet at the "top desk" paint level, or models I want to have access to if I'm matching a color or feel. Typically when I'm painting an army, a model or two from each unit ends up down here until the army is completely put together.
|Picture taken at a distance, because it's messy down there.|
The bottom shelf is a dumping ground for all the other stuff I'm using at that time - big mixing cups for plaster, my bigger selection of sculpting tools, dips, models I've assembled and ignored, and basing materials.