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Stained Glass---Working out of the RV


I've read the previous posts re working on stained glass at studios in various campgrounds, but I'm wondering if any of you have been able to work out a system where you can take all your supplies with you in the rv and are able to work with your glass projects onsite.  At home, I have a workshop room in the basement with a large supply of glass and all the tools I need.  I can't imagine how I would be able to take all or most of this with me in an rv.  I don't really want to say goodby to this hobby if there is any way I can figure out how to take it with me. 
Any advice you glassers could give would be appreciated!! idea

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We do this while full timing and have found places for all our stained glass. If you go to the main page on this forum you will see Pursuing Hobbies and interests while on the road.
Good luck in whatever you decide.  Stained glass is a great hobbie and the more you do the more you want to do!
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Hi Judy.  I've read the posts on the Hobbies link and that's what I was referring to.  But what I'm wondering is where do you store all your supplies, how do you store your glass supply while traveling, and where do you work on your stained glass, other than at those few campgrounds that have workshops available?  Do you work inside your rv or do you manage to set up outside on a table?  I would be concerned about storing the glass while traveling so that it didn't end up being broken.  Do you make small things from glass or do you make larger panels?  Right now I'm working on a 24" x 24" panel of an old guy sitting on the dock fishing.

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Would love to see you 24 by 24.  Bob, dh did a Southwest window for our fiver. It was 20 by 30 and he even made the frame too.  This we remove while traveling an it goes on the bed. Also he did a California poppy window unframed. We store our tools in like a lure  type big fishing box.  Our glass has newspaper between it and we stand it up not laying down and it goes in one of those big plastic bins. Our grinder also is stored in a bin. No piece of glass has ever broken. We would not work in our Rv and we have a foldup table that we bought at Camping World when we dont have a picnic table. We also have a fold up stool that we use.
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Thanks for the info, Judy.  It's encouraging to know that you can continue this hobby while fulltiming.  Do you store your glass inside or in the basement area?  Or does it matter?  I guess the best way to do this is to just organize everything into plastic bins, quite a difference from being able to spread everything out on my work table at home.  But at least I know now it can be done.  Where did you find the fold-up stool?  When (if) I finish the Old Man panel, I'll post a picture.  I've got to get this done before our house sells!!! biggrin

Anybody else out there doing stained glass on the road?  I'd like to hear your suggestions too.

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Glass is stored in the basement of our Rv.  You will find the foldup stool at Walmarts.
I know what you mean by being able to spread all equipment out in a work area but sooner or later we seem to find the room and have it all out while working.
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I hope to take my stained glass hobby with me when we move into an RV. But, I am concerned about the noise from a stained glass grinder and my ring saw. Do you just work around certain hours or do you check with your neighbors first?

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To me the best RV for any hobby would be a ToyHauler type whether 5th wheel, MH or TT the garage area just screams hobby room.

My wife has several hobbies, the two most active are jewelry making and scrapbook/card making. We have found creative ways to carry all of her supplies and provide room for her to work.

We do have a desk/dining area so the desk and dining table plus a fold up banquet table become the work surface. The supplies reside primarily in the bedroom on top and under a long deep counter at the foot end of the bed. We have found plastic units with drawers that fit perfect under the counter. Plus some 3 feet tall units that fit on top. All total there are 11 of these plastic drawer units. The sofa is covered with containers of most needed supplies and all of the punches and cutters are in the shoe holder bags (3 of them) designed to fit over a door. The punches fit nicely in the pockets.

The jewelry supplies stay in the back of her SUV until she is ready to work on jewelry. The work table is cleared of the scrap/card supplies and tools. The jewelry stuff mostly fits on the work surface.

All total it takes about 15 minutes to clear everything so that we can use the dining table to eat at and sofa as needed.

If we had a toy hauler I would build up the garage area to be the ideal hobby room for her and I wouldn't have to deal with all of the supplies.

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While we aren't dealing with the stained glass hobby, I can't relate directly to that.  However, I've seen that many have used their imaginations to find a way to continue some of their hobbies.  I gave up an excellent home component stereo system with Boston Acoustic speakers so that Jo could have room for a sewing center.  Most of the time, she doesn't really need much room for working.

On a rare occasion when she really needs more room, she'll pull out a .45 caliber handgun and I go looking for a museum or something to photograph.  Then she can have every flat surface in the coach for what she wants to do.

(OK, I'm just kidding about the .45 caliber handgun.)

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Caseydee, so glad you asked about the stained glass!  I've been wondering WHERE I would do my work.  I'm not concerned about glass breakage.  Having moved overseas and back, I have no doubt the glass will travel just fine when wrapped with paper.  My problem is I just can't envision a work space.  Even if I stick with small projects, I still don't know where the shards and splinters might end up.  I've got the grinder spray under control. (I currently have my grinder inside a plastic tub with the front cut out (lid off) so the splash stays within the tub.)  I just don't want the splinters on the floor or the ground.  And I also wonder about the outdoor light reflecting off the glass making it tough to see. 

Any comments or suggestions folks?

Laurie Jo



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