Many modellers have accumulated a large number of paints in various type and sizes as we progress in this hobby. From my own experience, I have more than 100 bottles of paints in just 3 years! Imagine these bottles of paints laying around the workbench. Many modellers that I know, store their paints in several ways, from the shoe box, drawer, toolbox, box etc. I used a few different methods from the shoe box to a tripple tier plastic groceries shelves. The problems that arise using these method, to me, is getting the right paints in a short time. Imagine we have to go through each box and shelf for the right paint. In some urgent cases, this can be annoying and in some cases I injured my finger trying to get the color from the bottom of the pile. So there has to be a better and easy way to store all of our paints!
My father in-law is a carpenter and one day while I was at his workshop looking at his work, I got this idea. So armed with whatever was lying around in his workshop, I began work on my new paint shelf. The result of this shelf is shown in the last photo of this article.
Project Paints Shelf
For the purpose of this article, I made another shelf just for my vallejo paints and some MM paints. Itís very much a simple project and I hope one can easily follow my step-by-step instructions. Before I begin, I design a simple diagram for the shelf dimensions. Itís a simple square 20Ē (H) x 12 ď (W) shelf. I plan to finishe it in less then 2 hours. All thats needed beside the raw materials, are time and a few simple wood working skills. Last Sunday, the wife and children went out for shopping so I got plenty of time alone!
Ok here it goes.
Ingredients!: [ please refer to photo 1]
1. Square wood (any type will do], in this project I used 1Ē x Ĺ ď wood. It can be bought in any size and length in any timber shop. You can also get it cut to size if you ask the shop owner nicely!
2. A piece of plywood (any thickness), but I found that working with a much thinner plywood got the job done easily. I always use 2mm thick plywood, but in this project, I got extra mica sheet from my father in-law's workshop, so I cut it to the designed dimensions.
3. A few pieces of semi-round wood dowel. Get slightly bigger than the wood thickness. I use 1Ē for this project.
4. 2 pieces of picture frame bracket.
Cut the wood into the desired lengths. In this project I made 2 lengths of 20Ē long beam and 6 lengths of 12 ď beam. [photo 2]
Assemble the beam together. I temporarily attached the pieces together with a stapler. When I got a good fit and the angle is square, start by nailing them together carefully. You can use wood glue for further support (if you make a large shelf). The shelf main frame is finished in this step. [photo 3] You can see the stapler in this photo. I removed that later on.
Cut the plywood into desired size. In this project itís 20Ē x 13Ē. And the fix the plywood at the back of the shelf frame. [photo 4]
Cut the semi-round wood dowel into the desired length (13Ē). I made 5 of them. [photo 5]. I know I have to make 6 but thatís the only stock that I have so I decided to leave the top open. Afterthat, fix these along every portion of the shelf just like in the photo 6.
Closeup view.[photo 7].
I put the metal bracket at the back of the shelf. [photo 8]
Thatí it.......Itís done!
After taking a 10 minute break, I realized that the weather is hot and sunny. Itís so perfect for my next step. This however, is optional.
I applied a few coats of wood shellac to to shelf and now they look outstanding.
Now what I need is a place to hang this shelf. I drilled 2 holes on my hobby room wall and inserted 2 screws.
Now I can hang the shelf and put my vallejo paints and MM paints. Itís so much easy this way. I can easily read the label and I can arrange them in sequence.
This project ended less than 2 hours, but extra hour is needed to let the shellac dry.
This is what it looks like on the wall. I have already arranged MM paints and Vallejo. [photo 10]
The best thing is, the total cost for this project is less then $3.
Ok, hereís the first shelf that I built as mentioned in my introduction.[photo 11]. Itís made from the same material and the same way, but in this case I put severals type of paints from Tamiya, Gunze, MM and others. So I put plastic cable cover (the white thing) onto each layer. These cable covers are cut into various width to allow various diameters of different types of paint. The biggest is Tamiya. I use 3 ď width cable cover and cut the other end and fix in to the wood with glue and staplers.
I now have better, in terms of speed and display, acccess to all of my paints.
This is also another quick weekend project that one can do at home. While doing this project, I made the rack specifically for MM and Vallejo paints, but they can also be applied to other paints as well. Itís fun and cheap.