When it comes to your man-cave (AKA RC model airplane sanctuary), there’s always room for improvement. Besides the basics, like a sturdy workbench, having the proper tools and adequate lighting, there are ways to improve on your efficiency. Less looking for stuff time equates to more enjoyment with the things you want to do. Here are 5 workshop hacks to improve safety and boost your hobby enjoyment.
ONE: UNDER-BENCH STORAGE
There comes a time in every modeler’s life where your bench can no longer hold all your great hobby stuff and the model you are working on. The answer is to invest in some inexpensive storage bins that will fit under the workbench. Depending on your equipment, you can even install a sub-shelf to hold two layers of containers. This arrangement also helps speed clean up time when you’re ready to call it a day. A place for every tool will make short order of clean up time.
TWO: COMMON TOOL CARRIERS
I particularly like to organize my tools and accessories by use. So I have organizers and containers for various threaded fasteners and screws, as well as holders for often-used tools. Again, being able to get to what you want without having to search through draws speeds everything along.
THREE: FIRE PROTECTION
This really isn’t a hack, but a necessity. If you do not have a fire-extinguisher in you shop, get one! If like me you do battery charging, soldering and metal grinding (that causes sparks), then you don’t want to be in need of one when the time comes. I prefer a standard ABC rated extinguisher available at most hardware stores. Hang it on an easy to reach area on your wall.
FOUR: PEG BOARDS
Another great way to keep tools off of the workbench while not in use, pegboards are a great way to add vertical storage space. You can use peg board hooks or add a shelf with holes drilled into it for your collection of screw drivers, Allen wrenches and hex drivers. Again, being organization saves time and effort.
FIVE: CLEAN AIR
Here’s a trick I learned from a carpenter friend. Hang an inexpensive box fan from the rafters and use tape or Velcro pads to secure a furnace filter to it. Use a medium to course filter and when the fan is running it will blow clear air out while collecting dust in the filter. Clean the filter once a month or so depending on the amount of dust creating work you perform.
With your peg board, a great way to store your safety glasses (and you do wear safety glasses, right?!) is to add an old athletic sock to a hook. When you are done using them, store the glasses in the sock to prevent scratches. Plus this is a great way to use the orphan socks that show up in the laundry room!