I had started to feel a loathing for the tubes of paint lying around my studio. I want to use the colour I chose, not the one that's at the top of the pile!
The problem is that paint is hard to manage if you have more than a few tubes.
If you Google search for paint organisers for 200-ml oil paint tubes, you won't find many. There are some cool Etsy ones, but they appear to be only for small pots of acrylic paint.
There were a couple of chipboard sheets lying around. One was far too thick, but I used it anyway! That was a costly mistake. I cut a length of pine into four sections to divide the sheets, and I pre-drilled the screw holes. There was a bit of planning involved. I had to make sure that the tube would go through the hole. It wouldn't crimp end first, but it went in nicely cap end first.
The hole-drilling was a bit of an adventure. I realised too late that the teeth on the circular hole drilling thing had become quite worn through previous jobs. I borrowed my brother's drill for this. Because the teeth weren't sharp, there was a lot of friction and not much cutting. On the second thicker sheet, I noticed first that the drill was slowing down a bit, second that smoke was coming out of the drill itself, and third that sparks were flying out of it. I'm currently searching eBay for a replacement!
So here you have two slide shows: one of the making and one of the finished job. I can paint some daubs above each tube as a guide to the colours. I'm quite pleased with it, but when all the paint is in place, the whole thing is very heavy. Maybe tomorrow I'll screw a couple of small sections of wood to the bottom to stop it from tipping over. Another nice thing is that the paint tubes seem happy when they are just pushed into three quarters. Some flattened ones need a bit of a squeeze.
The cool thing is that I can make more and extend this. What do you guys do with your myriad paints?