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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:43 pm

Just got a fatmax after 18 years of Face Painting...where has it been my whole life? It makes everything so much less of a struggle. I love the fact that i can use it as storage & my table as well. Only problem I can see so far is, when the lid is opened to use for a table surface I feel after time it will snap from lack of support.Also I find kids trying to lean on it to get onto stool (even though I have a stepstool for that purpose) Does anyone have this concern or solution? Thanks!

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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:44 pm

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Re: FatMax Lid Support?

Post by LillyW on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:58 pm

I had my hubby cut a wood dowl rod (the a closet rod), to the right length. He drilled in the round part meant to hold the closet rod on your wall, into the lid of the FatMax Smile That worked great while I used it.

BTW, I got rid of mine after a few months. Not enough "table top" area for me. I am always looking for the next best things, but so far my set-up still looks a bit like this ...



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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Thanks Lilly!Like your setup! I showed my husband my dilemma b4 he went work today..He was pondering a solution.I'll mention your idea ..sounds good. So far I have 2 boards I put across the top for table space than use the bottom tiers for my sponges,wipes etc. It might get on my nerves eventually but it's a new novelity for me right now.

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Post by LillyW on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:42 pm

There are plenty of reasons to love the Fat Max Smile Just did not work for ME.

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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:53 pm

Thanks again for your solution ! Sounds like it might be just what I need! bounce

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Post by Kris10 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:37 pm

I love this place! An answer to every question....
I too have been pondering how to stabilise and secure my fatmax lid, I would hate to break my new toy.
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Post by LillyW on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:32 am

Well, you could drill TWO of the curtain rod holders on either side of the lid. But, then you need to carry TWO of the rods as well.

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Re: FatMax Lid Support?

Post by Fabtastic on Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:25 am

I have a lightweight tabletop that I lay across the open lid of my Fatmax. It extends about 6 inches over the centre section, so it's bigger than just the open lid/box. The weight is mostly supported by the solid part (the open box part), and there is very little pressure on the lid part. I have never had anyone lean on it, it is so tightly packed with stuff that there is no place for anyone to get a grip! Very Happy


Occasionally people will bump into the tabletop and it shifts a little (depending on how I am set up), so some day I plan to put holes on either side to secure it with bungee cords like FaceFantasy did in this pic, as discussed in this thread: http://www.facepaintforum.com/t5089-my-fat-max


Someone else once mentioned that those folding wooden tv tray tables fit perfectly underneath the open lid, and they use one of those to support the lid and have it sticking out beyond the end of the lid for extra table space. That is something else to consider.

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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:07 am

Well ...I just ran to try the wooden tray table idea but alas...my table was too high for the Fat Max Sad

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Post by LillyW on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:32 pm

And the problem with all the STUFF you need to carry, in ADDITION to the FatMax, then defeats the purpose of ONE thing you needed to bring (your FatMax).

I see in the photos above the paints are spilling over onto a table next to the FatMax.

I think my love affair with my FatMax ended when I needed another table as well.

ALSO, I sit, not stand. Most of those I know who love their FatMax stand.

Still, having said all that, I am forever on the quest for the perfect carrying case that will fit it ALL in, and I can open ONE lid. Then, POOF, everything is all right there.

::::sigh::::

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Post by Fabtastic on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:42 pm

Lilly, I was painting with my daughter that day and was sharing some of my stuff with her. Normally I do not have any table or anything else, it's all self-contained, those paints I was sharing usually sit on the centre section of my FM. I can bungee cord the tabletop and my signs to the front of my Fatmax and I am able to carry/roll everything I need in one single trip.

I do stand while painting and I love it much more than sitting. I want to get a folding director's chair though, I believe they are often a couple inches higher than my chair.

Everyone has different things that work for them. My setup isn't perfect, haha it never will be I suspect! Very Happy But I'm happy with it.

Too bad about the folding tv tray table, I guess they must come in different heights.
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Re: FatMax Lid Support?

Post by Face Painting By Donna on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:43 pm

Yeah the tv tray didn't work for me,but like you said there are diff sizes I'm sure.I like everyone's ideas esp using lightweight foam board secured w/ bungees- Lilly I also have always sat to paint (except when painting a taller teen or adult) The FatMax seems to be about the right height for me as well as my chair height(an old directors chair I've sat in for years) I guess that's the tricky part..finding a work surface perfect for our individual needs. Since facepainter's heights range on average from 5'-6' tall , there is a broad range of what works for each of us,as well as sitting or standing.
I haven't surrendered the use of table altogether, for festivals I prefer bringing one or two for extra room as well as a barrier (i can't stand people standing behind me when I paint (anyone else?)http://www.facebook.com/FacePaintingbyDonna


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Post by LillyW on Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:38 pm

Yeah, it all comes down to what works for YOU. It just kills me to see Marcela, or the Wolfes. They have this tiny little kit of stuff, and they create such AMAZING things!!!

I feel the MORE stuff I have, the better I will be. I keep buying more, hoping I will magically get REALLY good. So far, that does not seem to be working! Something about I need to spend hours PRACTICING to get good. Who made up that horrible rule???!!!

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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:55 pm

Here is a link http:// www.artistsonthego.com

This table is designed for face painters and meant to be opened up and ready to go!

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Post by helena on Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:11 pm

Nice table!

Shame about the cost Sad
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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:27 pm

I've been concerned about the lid breaking off, but so far it's been fine. I put all the heavy stuff on the fatmax side & only put a few light weight things on the lid side. I always try to protect the fatmax. I either back it into a wall so no kids can access it. If I'm outdoors in a tent, I post my roadsigns around the outer edges of the fatmax like walls. The kids never go past them. I also place myself between my kit & the kids & let my big directors chair help block it. I've thought about bringing along an extra item, but didn't want to add one more thing for me to carry. It's just my fatmax & what I can fit in it & my chair.
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Post by aussiemarie on Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:38 pm

I have seen the Art to Go box. It is pretty cool, good height, lets you lay overthing out and closes shut with everything in place for transporting!!! It is incredibly expensive but custom made. I saw it at LaFete with a lady (from TX?). She showed teh features to everyone. I know Vi mentioned she wanted to get one on her blog/video.

My fat max gets quite a shake up in and out of the car...I hear stuff rattling around..... Suspect
Right now I am a directors chair and Fat Max and sign. I can carry another folding chair too and I have this amazing folding table from REI that is a good height, has shelves adn two table tops that can both be set up or one.
It is called a camp kitchen. I dont use all the attachments.

http://www.rei.com/product/765279/rei-camp-kitchen


I agree...I dont like having a young one behind me, they might get bumped or stick fingers in my paints. I want to create a barrier and limit access to my work space. Parents have been very supportive.
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Post by Mommyof5Busykids on Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:34 am

show us a picture with your table all set up i was thinking that that would make a great set up
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Post by Face Painting By Donna on Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:23 am

I always seem to have a barrier dilemma,no matter how I set up I have people all around me....when it's hot I feel like I have no air!

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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:09 am

When I had a Fatmax my husband made a table top out of wood that had a lip on the bottom so it wouldn't slide of the fatmax and it also had a lip on top so my stuff wouldn't slide off the top. It was great until I broke everything from loading it into my van.
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Post by squiggle on Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:41 pm

I set up my table like someone here showed... I've looked for the thread but can't find it. It's just a small foam board bungy-corded to the fat max. Then I have my sign on a set up I bought online. I'll have to find the link. It's a telescoping metal rod and a clip that clips to my board then I clip my sign (another piece of foam board with my pics velcroed) to it. It telescopes down and fits into a small bag that goes in my fatmax when I break down. Takes all of 2 minutes to set up.


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Post by cattsy on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:32 pm

Shannon Fennell wrote:Here is a link http:// www.artistsonthego.com

This table is designed for face painters and meant to be opened up and ready to go!

OMG.... That is the BEST. THING. EVER!!

Spendy though.... need more money!!
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Post by Gr8ful on Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:59 am

Wow! Now THAT's a setup! A little more than I can afford but WOW! Thanks Shannon.
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Post by Monna (sounds like Donna) on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:46 pm

I use a board also, like squiggle...which when i am done..i lay the board on the backseat of my car.(I NEED a van Rolling Eyes )...that way i lay my fatmax on the board (on its side) and it slids easily across the seat of my car...that is the only draw back for me...how heavy...but I WANT stuff with me..and i take turns standing...(tall directors chair)...and sitting....depends how i feel that day...i think it is REALLY easy to use the fatmax as table when sitting...and i just painted my fatmax today.....(working on a 4 by4 awning to match!)...here is my fatmax painted!...
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