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So I've been getting heavy into legos recently...played with them like everyone else when I was a kid...but just now getting back into them.
I'd like to see what other people use as an area to build their legos? What kind of surface if anything different then just the kitchen table? How do you prevent legos from falling off the table...if they do, do you have something to catch them? Something on the floor to make them easily seen?
that kinda thing. I started building again about two months ago...and I've done #9392
, and #9395
. I've started #9396
and am missing a lift bar...so time to get serious before I start building #10240
...not to mention all the others I've got my eyes on.
thanks for any guidance you can give me!
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My son primarily uses that to play with assembled sets and when building his MOCs. When we build sets for the first time, we generally just Glad reusable storage containers for each bag in the set, then sprawl them out on the most convenient table. We do this for his or mine as we always help each other out with the sets (I mainly watch and turn pages for his sets and he usually handles the minifigs and microbuilds of my sets).
We tend to build all over the house, at the kitchen table, on the floor, on the couch, at coffee tables, in the car in my daughter's case, or very occasionally at the desk in the LEGO room. I think the key is to look for pieces as soon as you drop them but neither house has carpet which probably helps us find things.
We also have a table with a lip, it's a display table from a department store so is quite tall with a three inch high border. I'm not sure you'd be able to build on it, it would be pretty awkward, but it's done a fantastic job of keeping our daughter's LEGO somewhat contained. Maybe you can find something like it with a slightly lower border.
If you search the forum for threads about LEGO rooms you can see some pictures of amazing set ups, a lot of ideas for storage especially. Though you don't have storage issues now that won't last if you hang around with us :). Good luck working out something that's good for you.
I haven't graduated to "extra bedsheet on the floor" just yet.
Problem is - it's my HUSBAND'S desk. And darn it, he wants to use it sometimes. Bummer.
I like to build on the kitchen table, although the wife likes to use her laptop at the end, and it gets kinda messy...and I worry about stuff just being spilled on what I'm doing...or something getting swept up into her paperwork, etc.
I've been thinking about putting a white sheet underneath, but obviously a pita if its the kitchen table.
I have 8 tupperware containers that I use to separate the bricks, I've been playing with how I sort them.
Main building(mostly just messing around type stuff), is between a 10 drawer and 3 drawer rolling cart in the living room with the building occurring on the small 3 drawer cart, a folding tray, or just in my hands. Not to much building is going on since i'm currently moving some of the items back to my room since it's getting a bit crowded in the cart.
Then the other part of the collection is in my room(not really a good building area due to the cats) between a few different sorting methods. I call this method organized chaos. I have 2 of those stack on containers(a 39 drawer and a 18 drawer) plus a 3rd one that I haven't hung yet but I have about 7 or 8 drawers in use plus a few other types of containers. PLUS I pulled out my 3 drawer rolling sterelite to hold parts PLUS a container with 2 small POTC sets in it that i'm going to take apart for parts.
As far as containers that come in handy, I find my favorites to be the 1.2 sterelite containers plus next size up latch boxes, the stack-on containers(very popular), containers from the dollar tree, and even the thin cardboard boxes used to hold sandwich crackers.
Last one sounds odd but it does work for me in my cart. One is holding "odd and ends", one that's holding mostly 2x3 bricks, another is mostly lego 2012 city advent I got on sale, and one is holding some parts that if i decide to build a small treehouse on my rolling cart i'll have them at hand.
I think I just need to get the cookie sheet going for the work area...and get larger plastic containers rather than the sandwich size ones I have.
Thanks so much for all the feedback...I still visualize....a big screen in front of me where I could project or show the instructions for building...rubberized work surface...plenty of light...plenty of plastic drawer things with spare parts..etc...etc...etc...
I just don't have a place to really set aside an area to be just that...still have to share the house I guess with the family...lol. If I only had a five bedroom....
and in most cases i can buikd sets on my desk but 10212 trolled me on that case cause laying out all bags spammed my desk already so i had to resort to the floor....
For any big builds, still using the tried and true kitchen table -- full on danger zone edges!
There was 2 sliding boards on the top that ran along the groove and worked like table extenders and these are where we (my brothers and I) would build. I never had loads of LEGO but this did the job.
These days I have a desk in my attic with poor lighting unfortunately. This desk is nothing fancy but I use small plastic trays to hold parts while I work and an old large gaming mouse mat as a non-slip surface to work on (it's about 450mmx300mm or thereabouts.
There's no mains up in the attic as yet but one day there will be so I run an extension cord up and use a lamp on the desk as well as a few battery operated led lights when I need extra lighting.
For storing the LEGO I have a load of 32L stacking storage tubs and then a whole load of smaller ones for storing various parts ranging from 200ml to 24L for the parts depending on quantity which can stack inside the bigger tubs for easy moving. The larger of the tubs, from 6.5L to the 24L have lids so they themselves stack too.
The small ones lay out nicely around the mouse mat building area and I have maybe 40 of them so only some at a time, whatever I need most.
@BuilderMom - cookie sheet might be a better option, not as heavy!
@SarahIsabella - I scored some of those at JoAnn for $1 each.
Those craft storage boxes that @sarahisabella mentioned are available from the 99p store. I use them for minifig storage. One set of CMF's fits nicely per box. If you can't find a store near you the store in Nuneaton has them and I can help you out.
Started WASHING a set of legos this week that showed up...and sorta smell like cigarettes. Figured I would wash a set at some point, so why not this one? #8274.
No fun. LOL
Anyways, I have my own building area/large table (technically its the dining room and dining room table that we never use) lol and I build and store my sets there. My obsession has spilled into my own bedroom and the guest room (which are all full now of opened and sealed sets). I've hit the problem of needing more room so I've decided to sell off a ton of what I have since the collection will be forever expanding.
My son and I don't sort either. We just dump each individual bag into a bowl or plastic container and search through as we work. I think it extends the actual build time by not sorting, as you take time between each added piece this way, one of us finds the needed piece, the other builds. Also, my son would never be able to endure the time spent to sort before he was able to actually piece something together. The only thing we sort out are what we call 'the goodies.' The minifigs, accessories, transparent colored bits, etc. He gave them this name when he was very young and we still refer to them as such.
P.S. I also like your idea that this method may be helping the eyes and brain to become sharper. Now I have one more
excusereason to buy big Lego sets.
Large sets are built on dining room table.
Anyway, I use the dining table, and if we have to eat dinner we just squeeze in down one end, lol!
Now I am on the lookout for a dining table which will be used for Lego only :) just hope to find one soon as summer vacations are slipping away slowly.