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Workbenches are so varied, there are probably a million different kinds people use. It usually breaks down to two kinds.

The indoor desk: This is a model work area that's probably inside the house, maybe a bedroom. That's a bench that's usually much neater for visiting guests, and a closet may be used for storage. These typically use quality desks and furniture, meaning, they won't likely be made out of old pallets and a 55 gallon drum. If you live in an apartment, especially in the city, where you can't modify any of the structure, chances are, you have a nice model desk to work from. These are model desks that usually allow you to be in a sitting position with a chair.

The "outdoor" desk: This is usually in the garage (as mine is), in a basement, or out in a shed separate from the house. Anthing goes here, and modelers will make a desk, or bench, out of whatever materials might be on hand. Most of the benches I have seen in these locations are higher, and use a stool, and / or allow you to stand while modeling (as mine is). Some are lower and use a chair, but not to many. I like the taller option because I won't be constantly getting up and out of a chair all the time. (and if you have back issues, you know what I mean). It's easier to slide off a stool and get some painting done, or do some work on another bench (I have 2 for different stages of a project).

Whatever type you use, a permanent modeling area allows you to get more modeling done, with no previous setup. You can come home from work, sit down, and start modeling right away. Once done, you can just get up and leave it. So there's a great advantage to having a specific area set up for building models.

Modeling work benches to set up your dedicated model area.

Whether you model inside your house, down in the basement, or out in the garage, there's a bench style to fit your hobby needs.

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Garages and Workshop

Basic Hobby Desk with Handy Storage Pocket

 

Wall Mount Hobby Desk
(This is a great desk for when space is limited)

 

A Good Basic Hobby Desk for any Room

 

Corner Shaped Hobby Desk

 

Combination Hobby Desk

 

Small Apartment Hobby Desk

 

Hobby Desk

 

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Hobby Desk

 

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Hobby Desk

 

Hobby Desk

 

Hobby Desk with Storage Shelving

 

Ultimate Stainless Steel Hobby Bench

(extremely durable, easy to clean, includes shelf)

 

Huge 96" Workspace Hobby Table

(Lightweight for it's size, folding legs)

 

Hobby / Shop Bench with Light, Pegboard & Drawer

 

Basic Hobby / Shop Bench

 

Basic Bench

 

Model Workbench Kit

 

Bench Mount Power Outlet

(run multiple power tools and devices.
Can be mounted on workbench or desk)

 

LED Lighting for Workbench

(includes power cord - just plug into outlet)

 

Model Bench Stool - Padded

 

Memory Foam Seat Cushion

 

Ultimate Modeling Rack

(Great for storage of model tools, paint, supplies and more)

 

Shelving Units

(storage for supplies, model kits, etc.)

 

Working on modela is a pleasant hobby, especially if you have a dedicated work space. Some modelers do their craft indoors, even inside a room in their house. Such as a spare bedroom, or in a corner of a room somewhere.

But many modelers have an area just for building. Usually in a basement (if you live up north), or in a garage. Some model builders have gone as far as to build a shed outside and separate of their home. They then pack it full of work benches, tool chests, power tools such as lathes, and of course - model kits.

Scale model building is an easier hobby with a dedicated area. After a long day at work, if you want to do a little modeling to unwind from the day, you simply walk to the area, sit down and model. All without any needed prep, such as unpacking a model on a table, and then packing up the kit and tools afterwards. With a dedicated bench set up, you can walk away when you're done, and then pick up where you left off the follwing day.

Some modelers work inside, and that can have some plus moments, but I prefer to work in my garage. I can sand putty from filled seams and joints, use my Dremel tool to carve up some plastic, and make a mess if I need to. That's kind of difficult to do inside your house (and will your partner let you do that inside?).

Plus I have room for a drill press, saws, and even a lathe or spray booth. All within a few feet of my model workbench.

I like to have my model supplies, such as hand tools, paints, masking tape, within easy reach. So I tend to be organized. I feel that this maximizes my modeling time, what little I have. I don't have to waste time searching for any supplies I need. I just sit down to the bench and model.

I would say the most important thing is to have a work bench you're comfortable with. One that will last, and has all the accessories you need. You're not trying to speed up your modeling process - you're just trying to maximaze your modeling time. A good bench will make it more pleaseant to work from, and help get you in the mood much faster with less stress.

Some model builders like shelves, some like drawers, and some like bins and storage compartments. These are used to separate things, like model parts, paints, and hand tools, such as paint brushes, hobby knives, or sanding sticks.

If you are a diehard modeler, you'll be building up a stash of model kits, and shelving makes keeping those in order easy. It also helps keep the boxes (and the models inside) from being crushed and damaged over time.

Don't be surprised what you find in a modelers work area. With power tools like lathes, metal benders and brakes, saws for cuting wood and other materials for dioramas and bases, you'll find that you need a wide open space.

Some modeler's work areas out class even a modern metal shop or mechanics garage. Why? Because modelling often means you have to scratch build something - and you need the proper shop area with tools to do that. You can't always buy the model parts you need - sometimes you have to make them.

Then there are the painting areas. With a bench to mix paints, a spray booth, a drying area (or dehydrater to speed up the process). If the modeler casts his / her own parts, you might see a suction pump and pot, as well as an area to make silicone molds and pour the casting materials (usually resin). Nowadays you are even more likely to see a 3D printer.

The next ting you know you have a full blown shop going, just to build better and better models.

It takes time to get a well thought out modelling work bench set up. If you've modeled for a few years, you know what works for you, and what doesn't. I recommend starting with the bench that fits you needs and feels comfortable to you.

Then expand into tool storage, supplie storage, and later shelving to store models and parts.

If you want to see my personal past work benches, click here to check them out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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