Now it's August and I'm still not quite done, although after months of messing about and procrastinating, I finally finished the kitchen and hallway painting in May. I've only got one room left to paint, but it'll likely be a while until I get to that particular mess.
One of the troubles with being a collector-of-nerdities and practitioner-of-many-hobbies is storage space. Even though my place is more than big enough for a single person, it's not big enough for said person and all of their assorted junk. Books, movies, papers, games, miniatures, collectibles and all of that stuff starts to require an ever-growing amount of space. Time to downsize those collections, most notably the toys! In addition, trying to work on all of my assorted hobbies in a single work space is simply not feasible.
So in the process of my home re-organization I decided that I would try to create some dedicated work stations for some of my various hobby activities. After having spent the last few months making terrain and painting miniatures on my dining room table it quickly became apparent that I needed a space to paint. Ideally that spot would be one where I wouldn't have to endlessly move things from kitchen counter to kitchen table to top of the fridge and back again. I also wanted to reclaim my dining table and kitchen space for the actual preparation and enjoyment of meals, without worry about plastic and metal shavings, residual glue, flocking or modeling sand becoming an unknown ingredient.
A hobby table was starting to sound really good, but I decided to make it extra complicated by requiring that it could also be used as a space to draw, either digitally or in the good old-fashioned pencil-and-paper way. That meant that the table needed to not only be able to store my paints, brushes and in-progress miniatures but also incline or be able to accommodate an inclined drawing board as well as a laptop and drawing tablet. Hm...no pressure there.
My first thought was custom building something using modular parts from Ikea. I even went as far as pricing out and buying some parts to try creating what I needed, but it quickly became apparent that I couldn't do everything I wanted without it either being very expensive or very complicated. Then we made an impromptu stop at XS Cargo over the Canada Day long weekend, and my problems were solved. Behold my $20 hobby desk!
My laptop and Wacom tablet also fit on the desk should I need to do any digital work. The upper shelf is a little narrow, but is large enough that I'm comfortable putting my MacBook up there while I'm drawing. The only thing missing here is my scanner, which is connected to my desktop in the other room. I don't use it that often and didn't feel it necessary to have at this particular workstation. Scanning something in the other room and sharing it to the laptop is a simple affair and helps keep this work space simple and effective, although I supposed I could put it on the cabinet. Hm, I wonder if the scanning software will work on my Mac...probably not.
In the future I'll share my 3D animation and recording studio set up with you kind folks...but it's in that room we talked about earlier, and I'd hate to show you that unsightly mess just yet.