I needed someplace to store my paints. The challenge? My hobby room is already pretty filled up. I worked around that by putting an “unusable” space to use anyway — here’s how!
First, some context. So far I’ve only made three projects. I’ve written about my Cult of Thorns Ritual Knife from start to finish, and I’ve begun to detail the second and third projects — the Bindy’s Place sign and my foam dumbbell. I’m already working on my forth project (which some of you have had plenty of sneak peaks of) and I’ve even begun planning my fifth project as well.
On a grand scale, I’m easily still at the start of this hobby. I have so many things to learn, still. But even at this early point I already have too many primers and paints. Before I started this project, I had everything bunched up on both my desks and in the laundry room downstairs… it was a mess, and whenever there was a specific paint, spray can, or primer I wanted to use, it was very hard to find the right one. See for yourself:
So… I decided that I was going to need a better way to store and organize all of these things. Paints, primarily, but also other spray bottles, and things like primers. After some careful consideration, I concluded that a dedicated paint-and-such rack would be the best thing to have. It’d have to be large enough to store a good number of different-sized paints, primers, and so on. Some of these are large spray bottles, some of these are much smaller paint tubes. It’d need to be strong enough to carry that kind of weight as well. All of these requirements lead to a single fact: this rack needs to be pretty big.
But my room was already pretty full at the time:
So where the heck was I supposed to build a large paint rack, I wondered? I was sitting on my chair, literally spinning around, looking at my options, when my eyes were drawn to the room’s door.
Look at it. Looook aaaat iiiiit…
Wait, wait. I don’t mean that beautiful, if distracting logo. Let’s close that door to help make my point. Look again!
Egads, look at it! There is a sea of space right there! Of course, there’s practically no depth to place anything there… and that’s not surprising – after all, that’s where the door goes when it’s open. You can’t really build anything there…. right? Well, there’s a way to find out. So I took some measurements, and as it turns out… wrong! Check it out… there’s actually about 10 centimeters (and a bit) of space there. It’s almost eleven centimeters, even:
And really, too much depth was part of problem with storing my paints-n-such to begin with: it means everything gets pushed in front of or behind other things, and that makes it incredibly frustrating to find something when you need it.
Besides… all my paint bottles and tubes were less than 10cm deep anyway, so a paint rack of that depth wasn’t just possible, it was perfect.
So now that I knew what depth I had to work with, I took some additional measurements for width and height, then started up Inkscape and began to make my drawing.
I had a €50 budget for this, which made this a challenging build to design. Since I had about 10cm of depth to work with, and wanted my planks to be 1m20, I figured these 250 x 20 cm prelaminated chipboard panels would be perfect — I could get 4 planks out of a single one of those panels, with almost no waste. And the less material wasted, the less money wasted, so that’s a win-win.
Here’s what I came up with:
Note all the green squares on the insides of the two vertical panels. Each of these is an 18mm high wooden plank with a width of 12mm (and running the full depth of the rack, about 10cm). This setup is an incredible amount of work up front, but it also means I have an incredible amount of versatility in how I’d like to arrange these shelves. For example, if one row needs a few extra centimeters, that’s completely possible, and all it requires is taking out the shelf and putting it back in a bit higher.
Interesting fact: I’d initially planned to use 4mm wide planks for this, but I really didn’t trust that to have enough structural integrity to carry the weight of the horizontal plank and whatever else is put on top of it. I’d upgraded to 8, and then finally 12mm. This increased the cost pretty substantially, but it was worth it for the peace of mind. You don’t want those shelves to come tumbling down unexpectedly.
Once I was satisfied with my design and had decided on the materials I was going to use, and was sure it would hold, I started creating my materials overview image. This is where I draw out all of the full materials on a separate background layer and then create another drawing on top of that for the individual cuts. I’ve done the same thing in the past. Here’s how the above drawing looks when separated into a material cuts drawing:
So, materials list and cut overview in hand, I went to my local Praxis store. I loaded up my cart and went to their sawing room.
That’s where things went sour, and this entire project went sideways.
What happened? On the one hand, not that much. But it’s the way it happened and the one it happened to that will be enough to fill another thousand-word post by itself. So I’ll leave that cliffhanger there for you, and suggest that you read part 2 of this when it goes up.