I got tired of trying to use my coffee table as a place to clean up my 3D prints, and I’m not a fan of bending over more than I have to. Let’s just say I’m not a skinny technomancer, and it was getting to be frustrating with my work flow. Also, I’m tired of cleaning off my makeshift workspace every time I want to have people over.
I did some searching on the websites for Home Depot and Lowes, and found an inexpensive folding table that was adjustable to a height for comfortable working on items while standing up, and the supports on the legs are high up enough that it doesn’t impeded my ability to use the chest I’ve placed it over. So now, I have my worktable.
I apologize for the image quality, but I prefer not to show more of my home than necessary online, so I’ve removed the background. A technomancer has to be careful about how much he reveals of his sanctum!
Anyway, I haven’t yet had time to make much use of this new setup, so we’ll see how it works. A few notes about my setup, for those who might want to set up their own workbench:
In the center-ish area is the cutting board and magnifier, since this is what everything else revolves around. Tools are mostly placed to the left, in order of how frequently I use them, with the most frequently used tools closest to the cutting board.
The lighting in that area of my home was not the best, so I have a desk lamp with the light pointed at the work space, since that is where I’ll need the most light. The switch for the lamp is on the cable for the lamp, so I’ve wrapped enough of the cable around the base that the switch stays in a easy reach, rather than having to duck under the table every time I need it. Hopefully there won’t be any induced current issues.
My Maker notebook is on the right. I’m right-handed, so it’s a lot easier to write notes if i keep them on the right side of the work area.
In the upper right corner are some superglue, whiteout, and nail polish topcoat. Glue for assembly, whiteout for either covering up mistakes on white PLA or being able to add some white to something printed in another color, and the topcoat is to seal in the ink on items that I have colored in with markers (usually my flatminis).
This is just my initial setup, and it will evolve over time. As I’m writing this post I’m already thinking of things that I need to start storing on or near the table, and things I use infrequently enough that they don’t need to be on the table (they’re mostly there right now because I’m trying to clean up). I’m also considering finding some sort of organizer or toolbox to more compactly store the tools within easy reach.
I am slightly concerned that this table won’t be stable enough in the long run, but I think where I’ve got it positioned against a wall should reduce any wobble.
I hope this gives you guys ideas about how you might setup your own hobby tables.