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May 22, 2009

studio organization

by sven at 7:00 am

In preparation for work on The Whisperer in Darkness, I've been doing some major re-organization of my studio room.

new studio shelves

I already had 48 feet worth of track shelving on the north wall. I've just installed shelves on the south wall, for another 40 feet of storage space. (It fills up so quickly!)

end mill holder holder

It's not a typo. To shape metal, a milling machine uses end mills -- which are like extra-sturdy drill bits. End mills can either be held in place by a collet or an end mill holder. End mill holders are much faster to switch out, so I've collected a few… Thus ultimately necessitating an end mill holder holder.

K&S box

K&S brand brass tubing is extremely useful… But it's frustrating to hunt through a jar for the specific size you need. So, I took a piece of flat cardboard and used hot glue to construct a box with dividers. Now I've got separate bins for 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" stock.

(Guh! Can you imagine how much more intuitive that list would be if the fractions were all just listed in 32nds?)

rack for metal stock

To put the raw steel stock I need close at hand -- yet out of the way -- I created this simple hanging rack. It's a cardboard tube that's had 1/3 of its material cut away. Little brass hooks (anchored in bits of wood) allow it to hang from the track shelving's rails.

OK! All organized! Now… GO!

posted by sven | May 22, 2009 7:00 AM | categories: studio space