If you have spent any time painting models, you know the scenario all to well. You are focused on the model under the brush, and in one careless moment you knock over the paint or glue bottle. These bottles we use are so small and their center of gravity is quite high. I wanted to make something that would keep them upright. I also wanted to solve the problem of finding the bottle I needed for the project. I came up with the idea of the Paint Caddy™. At one point in time, during 2004-5, I sold these under my, then, company name "MiniatureScapes™". The Paint Caddy is made out of solid Oak. The mitered corners give it a clean, professional look. Each Paint Caddy has four trays, which could each hold up to 5 bottles, for a total of 20 bottles per Caddy.
The units have hooks in the back so that they can be hung up on the wall.
The back also has pads attached to prevent the Paint Caddy from damaging the wall.
Each shelf has a half-moon cut-out so that it is easy to grab the tray. The set-up I used to make those is shown here. Since the bottom tray is actually the bottom board for the Caddy, I cut a similar half-moon part of the way through the board (as can be seen in the earlier photos).
The trays are made out of two pieces of Oak, one is 3/4" thick and the other is 1/4" thick. The first thing I do is drill the holes in the 3/4" boards. After that the 1/4" board is glued to it. After the glue has dried, I use a disc sander to round the corners of the tray. This is not just for cosmetic purposes; it also makes it easier to slide the tray into the Caddy.
The holes are designed to hold the Floquil and Polly Scale paint bottles, both the regular and smaller sizes. It can also hold the Testors Plastic Cement we use.
The trays can also hold acrylic paint bottles, such as the ones made by Delta Ceramcoat.
In addition to the five-bottle trays, I also made one-bottle trays. These don't necessarily go into the Paint Caddy, but are used on the workbench. Sometimes having a full tray of five bottles is too cumbersome on the crowded workbench. These single-bottle trays are made the same way their larger cousins are. They are extremely handy for holding the glue bottle or the one paint bottle you are currently using. They make the bottle virtually tip proof.