InÂ the name of conjugalÂ concord, I decommissioned myÂ expansive paint table. As is the rule with all horizontal surfaces, it collected bits and bobsÂ that onlyÂ reduced its utility. Additionally, the higher purpose of my humble hobby space is to beÂ a guest room. Though we don’t host guests frequently, I suppose those who do stayÂ won’t want to bunk alongsideÂ a dusty profusionÂ of hobbying detritus.
So, pressed back into service is a small oak table with two drawers, which does possessÂ the distinction of being the only piece of furniture that my father has ever made for me. It’s positioned in a window dormer and thus features a nice view of our cul-de-sac. ImmortalizedÂ squeaky-clean here, but that won’t last. And, it’s a a bit of a cheat really, as we shall see anon. The only apparent miniatures are a few of my Splintered Light “Faithful” Woodland Warriors.
I dulled the pain of disappointment over the diminution of digs by constructing a larger rack for my craft paints. This one holds the current inventory, including stray 4 and 8 ounce bottles, as well as aÂ smattering of GW pots that persist. I actually broke out router and jig so that it has dovetail joints in the corners (!)
Here you behold the neat cheat. The continued health of my marriage also depended upon me moving the wargames table out of my sons’ room and, for the moment, it is a mound of wargames creations. I am haunted byÂ the comment of a hobbyist years ago (which I likely read on the Miniature Page) who asserted that the critical firstÂ step of every project should be ascertaining where it will be stored. Well, I always trust that one to the angels, and like me, they get distracted before the job is finished…Â So, all my hobbying stuff is piled atop myÂ wargames table, thoroughly defeatingÂ the goal of a tranquilÂ guest room.
My current “project,” therefore,Â is to relocate the boxes of scratch buildingÂ materials (which are some of the banker’s boxes beneath the table), box up newer projects currently homeless (and put them under the table), and create an attractive set-up on the tabletop, all beforeÂ our next guest arrives in round-about a month’s time. Buena suerte, my friend, buena suerte.