Category Archives: Hobby Room

New Year, New Display

I built this display out of necessity. The need for shelf space taken up by Hot Wheels. I figured if I could make something on the wall, I could save a ton of flat space.

This is made with 3 pieces of the foam core board. Black on black (meaning black foam in the middle. I used two inch strips to make the shelves, spaced 2 inches apart. That leaves one space double-tall at one part. I had enough left over for a second display on top that is made 7 inches tall with a 2 inch shelf half way.

The shelving his held together with sewing pins in the back and on the sides. That makes it really strong, and at some point I could foreseeable take it apart again, and make it into something else, but I probably won’t.

So, I ended up with room for 80 Hot Wheels, 31 Legion Class Transformers, and my Big Hero 6 collection on top. Of course, you can always set the sizes differently for whatever you want to display.

It was really easy to make, little to no mess. Definitely no glue mess. And it helped clear up a lot of room around the shelving in other places.

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At Long Last: The Hobby Room!

Ta-Da!   The interior of the hobby room is built and put together enough to show pictures.   I am really excited about how it turned out.  It is packed from the ceiling to the floor with all of my toys…  okay, not ALL.  Many are going to need to be stored.  Luckily, I have a plan.  I am going to rotate the toys so I can have a museum style system where I change them out every so often and then I get to see all of my stuff.

My homemade book shelf.

Cabinet from IKEA

Three glass display cases lit with LED strips at the top.

One of my favorite pieces of art, drawn for me by comic artist Terry Dodson.

Legos, Legos, everywhere... too many to display.

Minimates. This took forever to set-up. The display was built from scraps around the house.

Finally, I get to display my models that I build in college. Happy to have room to get back to the hobby now.

Of course there are more pictures.  There are a lot of detail shots, and descriptions of what you are looking at on my Flikr account.  Click to be taken to the set.


My Life with a Bookcase

Today marked a milestone for me.  I have been plugging along on the hobby room all week, but today was the fun day.   I finally got to the place where I could build myself my Manga bookshelf.   It is specially designed to be narrow in depth so it can hold my mangas.

Those are my hands on the left, getting putty in the nail holes.

The book case is five feet long, the width of the window.  With three full shelves, that makes 15 feet of manga storage.  I have my collection scattered around the house in different rooms, so I am not sure how much space my current collection will take up, but I am pretty sure I will have room for growth.]

The bottom shelf is a little shorty shelf, so I don’t really know what to do with it, but I am sure I will think of something.  🙂


My Life in the Flooring Buisness

Last night I went to IKEA and got my flooring. The hardwood planks will be going down tomorrow morning. By the afternoon I should be working on the molding around the room, getting the molding around the door, the base board, and the crown molding. It is going to be awesome.

I am thinking that by about Thursday or so, I will be back at IKEA to get started buying furniture. A desk and three glass display cases are in the first go.

I have to do a little measuring to see what all I will be able to fit in there.


My Life in Construction (Drywall DONE!)

The walls are finally drywalled.  Hmmm, is drywalled a word?  Well, it is not coming up as a problem for the spell checker, so I will go with it.

We (my wife and I) got the walls on in just a few hours.  It was a little hard working in the small area.  120 square feet sounds like a nice size until you try to wrestle with a bunch of 4ft x 8ft pieces of drywall, and a 6ft long table for cutting the pieces.

Everything is done except for the little ceiling pieces leading up to the skylight.  It was getting a little dark, and I was really tired, so it will wait for another day.

A look at our new high security system.  Haha!  We went for an electric lock since it would have cost us more to buy a door handle, and a deadbolt, and then get them keyed to match.

This way we also get to go out to the hobby room without having to remember a key.

The hobby room is getting there.  It will not be long now.  I can feel it.  I have to go to the hardware store and get mud and tape for the walls, and then it is a race to the painting.   Guess I will have to get over to Ikea sooner than later to start looking for furniture to go in there.  Oh yeah, we need flooring too.  Dirty old cement is not going to cut it for this project. Off to think about that one too.


My Life in Construction

Today is THE DAY!!! When I get home from work, my wife and I are going to tackle the walls and get the drywall up. We did the ceiling last weekend, but with the nice weather, we moved to outside jobs. You know, cutting the two foot tall grass, and getting my wife’s garden plumbed for the season.

With her help today, we will get those walls knocked out. I think it will only take a few hours, and then I will be ready to get down to the mud. If you are not familiar with mud, it is a mixture that fills the lines between sheets of drywall to make your wall flat, instead of being made up of a lot of big rectangles.

Look for pictures soon. I will get some posted as soon as we get the walls on.


MLiS: Hobby Room Outside Complete! (Pictures)

After a long week, I finally was able to say goodbye to my dad this morning.  We had cold rain, and hot sun, but we triumphed and got the outside of the building done.  Here it is:

It has turned out to be quite a cute little building.  It is almost a square, but with the peaked roof, and the nice siding, thankfully it does not look like a box. 🙂

Here is a look at the inside of the building.  It only has one piece of drywall up since my dad wanted to get that one up before he left so he could wire up the one set of wall switches.

This is one of the great features of the building.  There are four switches.  Three turn on different banks of lights.  One switch for the three lights in the middle of the room.  One switch for the lights over my desk.  One switch for the lights over my wife’s desk.  The fourth switch turn on tow of the outlet plugs which will be for display cases.  🙂

One other nice feature we built in was a skylight.  It will give some nice light during the day, so we will not waste electricity, but it is opaque so it will not get direct sunlight into the building.  My toys will thank me.  🙂

Up Next: Drywall.  We have to get the building insulated, and then get the drywall on the ceiling and walls.  A few coats of paint, and a few details, and then I will be able to start looking for stuff to fill this place.  I know already I am going to Ikea to get some of their nice glass display cases. (Thank you Bluedrakon, I will remember to get an assistant to put them together.

I guess I will look at Ikea for a desk too.  I have been using a drafting table for the better part of 15 years, but it is too big for this place.  Time to downscale.

If anybody has any good ideas let me know.  This place is a blank canvas as of now!


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