Portable work/craft stations?

Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
Anyone have a portable "office" or work space that you travel with if you work while on the road or do some art or craft while camping? Maybe something like a kitchen "chuck box" but containing work or craft tools/supplies so you can work outside when the weather is nice, or set on the table in the camper if it's not so nice?
 

Sneezer

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Aug 8, 2015
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DFW, TX
When I remote worked while camping I just pulled my laptop out of the bag and put it on a table. My son has a woodcarving roll bag that he takes sometimes. I do have some tool kits I put together that I will pull out to fix or work on new mods for the camper. Otherwise my hobbies are relaxing, which just needs a comfy chair and/or hammock. I do a lot of cooking though, so I guess my chuckbox and kitchen gear would count?
 

Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
I thought this was neat, but I'd do it so the top was level when it was closed, and of course it would need a folding base.


P.S. I've always kinda liked the idea of portable Victorian "campaign furniture" -some of the original glamping... ;-)
 

kitphantom

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Dec 26, 2009
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Albuquerque, NM
We have multiple portable tables we take, so one or another works for my hand sewing. I will be taking a different table for my hand crank sewing machine this year. My sewing is organized into baggies and some Really Useful boxes.
 

kitphantom

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I don't have a pic of our current shade/rain structure, it's not quite a flexible as the two REI Alcoves (no longer made) we had before. The one pic is is my sewing/reading/sitting space in those at Grand Canyon a few years back. Depending on the ground, I often use a patio mat under the shade structure. The photo with a snow covered mountain is Labor Day week in Colorado, 2018. I could use the propane campfire in the shelter, closing off 2 or 3 of the wind walls, depending on the wind and sun directions.
 

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firepit

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I don't have a pic of our current shade/rain structure, it's not quite a flexible as the two REI Alcoves (no longer made) we had before. The one pic is is my sewing/reading/sitting space in those at Grand Canyon a few years back. Depending on the ground, I often use a patio mat under the shade structure. The photo with a snow covered mountain is Labor Day week in Colorado, 2018. I could use the propane campfire in the shelter, closing off 2 or 3 of the wind walls, depending on the wind and sun directions.
I like that!...
 

Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
Oh I just remembered I've got a little table top pen lathe I got cheap, but I've never really used since I have a larger lathe. I should dig it out and see if it still works. It would be small enough to travel with and putter around with if we have Shore Power. I wonder what kind of watts/amps it draws... hmmm...
 

Groomporter

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Oh... I want something like this to hold my Macbook, or a tablet and keyboard... (I confess I have a bit of a thing for Victorian "campaign furniture" and would glamp with it if I had the money...
 

LaramieLovers

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Oct 12, 2020
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Bucks County, PA
I’m a visual artist and so is my husband. He always works small, but I usually don’t. To facilitate a “nature studio” while camping, I bought some good watercolors, and a big-enough clipboard to hold paper. He already had a small portable set up, so he’s all set. We are camping this weekend, I’ll try to get some pics.
 

Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
I realized I still have three boxes similar to this one that I haven't done anything with yet. I suppose I could add taller removable legs and turn one into a portable "office" to hold my Macbook, notebooks, cords and other small devices, batteries and chargers for blogging/vlogging on the road if I were to go ahead with the travel writing idea I had.
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Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
Neat a travel trunk desk/office owned by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Groomporter

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Jan 30, 2021
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Minnesota
Just thought this was a neat idea for a portable work station/box with it's own power supply. Just kinda brainstorming how it could be changed for other things like an art or craft kit.
 

sargant

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Sep 19, 2022
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This is mine. Working remotely is nice with this setup.
 

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kudzu

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Knee deep in kudzu
Extra tall monitor arm clamped to the picnic table, onto which is mounted my portable monitor plus a laptop tray. That keeps the monitor & laptop above me to I can work kicked back in my zero gravity recliner. All but the chair pack down into one large or two small bags. It’s still working but with a much better view. [:D]
 




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