Sunday, 1 July 2012

From tiny acorns...

I've got sick of either shivering my nuts off down in my overflowing-with-junk workroom during the winter months, or spending an arm and a leg on electricity to heat it, or just avoiding it entirely until the weather warms up again.

If you will observe the terrible, grainy, fuzzy picture to the right, you will see the beginnings of my answer to the problem: a portable modelling and painting station.

At present it's pretty much just an MDF box with a drop-down lid doubling as a workbench, and a handle to carry it by. I have great plans for it though: I intend to install a bunch of racks and drawers in the back for holding stuff, and a pair of lamps on a hinged support to extend out over the workspace and light stuff up.

The racks and shelves are pretty straightforward, but the lights aren't so much. I have no electrical skills whatsoever, and fear that if I try to wire up the light sockets and switch and plug, I will instantly explodiate and burn down my house. I have a couple of cheap clip-on lamps that can serve as a stop-gap measure, but they're rather clumsy and not ideal, so I shall have to see if I can find a cheap and friendly sparky to do the Magic 'Lectric stuff for me.