About ten days ago, we moved in to our new (to us) house, complete with an entirely unfinished basement. In the past ten days, we managed to set up our furniture, unpack about a third of the boxes, sort out the kitchen, and get our clothes out of boxes and into dressers and closets. There is very little order to any of this, but at least we’re getting to the point that when we look for something, there’s a decent chance that we won’t have to open a box to find it. We can function from day-to-day.
Now that the living spaces (and my office) are more-or-less set up, I can start writing again. As of yesterday, I was able to unpack my tools, and now I have something relevant to write about. On Saturday morning, I took a trip to the local big-box DIY store and bought an armful of 2x4s, some wood screws, and a sheet of MDF. Working from an idea I found online, I set about cutting and screwing together the various bits to create a place to work on trains.
It’s not finished, but I’ve managed to build the basic frame for my new workbench. The work surface is 30″ x 72″ and it stands about 6″ above my wrist, which I’m lead to believe is the optimal height for doing fine assembly work. I’ve experimented with a number of different pieces of household furniture over the past year, and I’ve confirmed that I like working at this height. One of the benefits is that I can alternate between sitting on a stool and standing, which seems to work well for my back. Here’s what it looks like so far…
Later this week, I’m hoping to finish it off. The work surface only has about half of the necessary screws holding it down, so I plan to finish that tomorrow night. I’ve also purchased enough wood to build an overhead shelf that will support a light fixture that stays attached to the workbench. There is very little lighting in my basement, and with the light fixture attached to the bench, I’ll be free to move it around the room and the lighting will move with it. The frame holding up the light fixture will be robust enough to serve as a shelf.
You can expect to read more about my work space over the coming week.