Especially for the ‘visually oriented’ here’s a post showing how I have my workspace organised. (I need it organised or I get very grumpy when I can’t find the tool I need.) Less words than usual, and a bunch of photos.
The storage shelves are from OfficeWorks, modified so they come all the way out and I can lay them on the desk. They mostly contain obsessively organised lego technic, and lots of art supplies.
This shot shows my toolboard. It’s just a piece of discarded construction plywood bolted to the angle-iron frame, with nails hammered in to act as supports for tools I use a lot, or don’t want damaged from bashing about in a toolbox.
Here you can’t see the hillside covered with Macadamia trees smothered in lantana and other weeds. Trust me, its there, its waiting.
The 3D printer is to the right of the window, next to the scroll saw. The small bookcase is full of electronic components stored in plastic fruit salad jars (except for the ICs, which are stored in anti-static foam, of course). On the shelf beneath the ex-highschool physics bench are heavier tools, my meccano box, and large drawings.
The acoustic guitar cost me $20 in an op-shop. I tune it to Open D-minor, and haven’t got the hang of it yet, but its fun! The desk drawers have more electronics stuff in them. The monitor isn’t Apple, its a 10 year old Dell LCD which still works fine.
On the back wall hang my BC Rich Bitch electric guitar (yes, that really is what the manufacturer called it) and my Epiphone mandolin. I bought the Bitch in 1991, and the mandolin only 5 or so years ago. They are good for calming me down when things don’t work. Soothing sounds from the mando, angry screaming from the Bitch.
The corkboard next to the mandolin is covered in my favourite cards that I’ve received since about 1975. Under the folders is the bubblejet printer. Just out of shot to the left is a heavy steel linoprinting relief press that takes 12 inch square sheets.
So that’s a glimpse into what is around me as I work at getting my printer to make amazing things.