Kaitlin Parsons Harbor Freight January 04th, 2020 - 01:34:28
Are you familiar with the trucks which are built simply to be a moving bill board? Do they work? They would not exist if they did not work! How can you get attention, and display a large sign while riding your motorcycle? Find out! So how are you going to get a big sign on your motorcycle? First, you need a hitch. Find one on eBay for about $200. Or, check with your local motorcycle mechanic. Get the hitch on, and you're ready to tow!
I started looking around at artists taborets and rolling work tables and found them too expensive to be practical. It seems if something is labelled as art studio furniture or art materials it automatically comes with a pretty hefty markup and price tag. Even basic rolling shelves and carts from the big discount art stores online were in the neighborhood of $200 with several above $400. I considered buying lumber and building some shelves from scratch, but then it occurred to me to look around at the office supply stores and in the home furnishings departments of stores like Walmart and Target. I considered everything from rolling computer desks to kitchen carts and tool boxes. I checked Lowe's and Home Depot and even Harbor Freight and found there are numerous items marketed for home use or DIY workshops ready made that would function well in an art studio.
I will discuss safety first. You should ideally wear chemical splash goggles while working around a car battery. Batteries can potentially produce explosive hydrogen gas which can explode and release sulfuric acid. Although this is very rare, it is important to avoid any sparking around the battery and wear eye protection. Always use prudence and common sense when working around cars.
As far as materials you have a good choice. There is always the old standby: balsa wood. Balsa is light and easy to cut. A better choice might be plastics, in which case I would recommend using plastic from Evergreen Scale Models. That company produces a wide variety of shapes (sheet plastic, I beams, corrugated, etc.). Plastic also produces plastic in many construction type shapes.
I finally decided on these metal shelves from Target. The brand is Room Essentials and they come in different widths and numbers of shelves and are also available in black. I purchased the wide three self system in chrome. I also added the industrial 4 inch casters. The shelves require no tools to assemble and the casters screw directly in to the bottom of the legs. Each shelf is rated to hold more than 300 pounds. I also bought a roll of shelf lining for the bottom two shelves. The shelves are modular so I can add additional units later if I want. Target has all of this together in one location in the store so it was a one stop shopping kind of thing. The total cost for the shelves and liner was right at $60.
A true prepping lifestyle can easily pay for itself. The prepper who is storing wheat and other basic staples for long term food storage learns how to prepare meals from scratch. These meals are healthier, because you aren't adding all sorts of chemicals and preservatives, but they are also much cheaper. The money you spend on food is then available for other prepping purchases.