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Old Nov 13, 2004, 04:56 PM
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Build season has begun and I'm in need of a serious RC building room.

A little background, my home is built on a slab (no basement) so the only area I have for building planes is the "Bat Cave" better known as the garage. So I thought it might be fun to post a build thread of my transformation of chaos to RC building Bliss!

I guess this will be a bit like "This Old House" as I plan to:
1. Rewire some of the electric, add outlets, lots of lights, etc.
2. Install heat It get very cold in the winter...
3. Add tons of new storage, in some creative ways....
4. And of course the most important part, a fantastic build area.

I'll post links to some of the stuff I'll use, mostly from Lowes and Home Depot, and include pictures as I move along. So feel free to chime in with comments and advice.

So after 2 months of planning... Here I go
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Old Nov 13, 2004, 05:00 PM
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So what's it look like now?

Glad you asked.

Its a two car garage thats never ever seen a car One of the worst things about a house build on a slab is no basement which means "little storage".

So here's a corner section where I try to build... Seems all I do is move the piles around to make some temporary room for building.
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Old Nov 13, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Where to start...

First thing I did was install "Rafter hanging shelves" from Lowes:
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=prod...55-43338-00625

These things are great! I installed 6 sections(4 visible), they lag bolt into you ceiling beams and provide about 4*8 feet of FREE storage space. They are designed to mount over a garage door so you can take advantage of wasted space.

Another nice things is the cage design, you can see all the items making it easy to locate stuff you've tucked away.
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Old Nov 13, 2004, 05:22 PM
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The first photo looks like someone opened the roof and dumped all that junk in there.
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Old Nov 13, 2004, 05:32 PM
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Storage cabinets...

The current build area and the rest of the piles prevent me from using the garage for a car. So, I'll move everything to the opposite side and install several hundred cubic feet of storage.

We all have hung a few shelves, but they never seem to organize the stuff in a usefull way. So this time I'm buying pre-built cabinets. In my case I'm going to use Coleman stuff, and will explain why I as move along.

There is a good 2 feet of space offset from the garage doors, against the wall which offers huge areas for cabinets. My plan is to use ONE side of the garage as a primary cabinet wall and integrate a RC building area.

First up is the wall mount cabinets. The nice thing in this design is the wooden hanger which holds the cabinet. Makes it easy for one person to get the job done
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=prod...580-2115-40918
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Old Nov 13, 2004, 05:34 PM
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The first photo looks like someone opened the roof and dumped all that junk in there.
Ah, so you understand why I'm posting this... I bet we have a few members who work like this as well

Bob
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 01:51 AM
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Go, go, go! I'm pulling for you, Bob!

I need to GET TO WORK on space saving and organizing, pronto.

Lead the way, brother.

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Old Nov 14, 2004, 02:49 AM
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Bob,

This is looking good!

One of the main tools for keeping a workshop tidy is your own mindset - I have a very small workshop to both build and store models in, and the only way I can manage is to work on just one model at a time, and when a model is finished it gets allocated a space to store it in. This way there's only ever one project on the bench (barring repair work), and the rest of the fleet is kept out of harms way.

If you're the type of bloke that has half a dozen projects on the go, then you'll always be fighting for room, no matter how much you've actually got!

Keep the photos coming....

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Old Nov 14, 2004, 03:23 AM
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Bob

You might like to ask the moderator to move this thread to the appropriate Builder's Workshop forum, because it's on topic and the vast majority of modellers who might have some good ideas for you will tend to stay away from this particular forum.

What Tim said is correct, his workshop is the tidiest (and most productive) I've ever seen and that's by virtue of the mind of the man rather than any dimensional characterisitics.

Brian
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 11:46 AM
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What Tim said is correct, his workshop is the tidiest (and most productive) I've ever seen and that's by virtue of the mind of the man rather than any dimensional characterisitics.

Brian



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Old Nov 14, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Tim,
I wasn't sure about the best area to post, the forum descriptions didn't seem to fit. I appreciate the move, and as Brian points out I'd like to have some good participation. As you can see from the first picture, I'll need some help

All,
I'd really like to get some ideas on how to store my planes. I've seen some pictures of folks who suspend them from the ceiling. In my case all that area will be occupied with hanging shelves, the garage door, and lighting.

Bob.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 09:25 PM
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Actually those cieling racks are a good basis for a pvc frame to hold fuse and wings. Thats what I used anyway, I lined it with that tube like insulation to prevent hanger damage.
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Old Nov 16, 2004, 02:46 PM
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Your place is about as tidy as mine.
My shop.

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Old Nov 17, 2004, 04:53 PM
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I'm the organized perfectionist type ... I cant look anymore! my eyes!
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Old Nov 17, 2004, 05:34 PM
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Ah, but I'm the reconstruction type…

It looks worse then it really is, but I’m not going to start building any planes until this project is completed

I did complete the heating portion of the project.

I Installed a 6” round duct which I tapped off the main trunk line. This turned out to be more time consuming then I originally thought. While I have all the tools needed, running the line was a bit difficult to achieve by myself. I didn’t have the heart to ask my wife to climb into the crawl space and join the fun…. BUT I now have a heating vent installed right by my evolving build area.

Pictures to follow soon
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