Electronics Workbench #1: Starting Thoughts

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 04-18-2013 04:33 PM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I like to do small electronics projects. I’ve been using a 4’ long plastic table and as I’ve accumulated test equipment and soldering equipment it has all gotten too crowded. Here’s what I think I need:

  • Larger bench than 4 ft wide
  • Wide enough to do soldering in a different area than testing
  • Deeper bench than 30” deep
  • Work surface in contrasting color to most small parts (light color probably)
  • Sturdy construction
  • Shelf for Test Equipment like Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, Power Supplies
  • Spots for plenty of AC Power connectors
  • Inexpensive (commercial units cost $500 or more) which probably means 2×4 lumber
  • I don’t care if it’s pretty, just not too ugly
  • Place to mount lighting – either florescent tubes or LEDs

I’m leaning towards using a piece of laminate counter top like they sell at Lowe’s Depot. For less than $40 I can buy a 36” wide x 8’ long piece of kitchen counter top laminate. [Edit: a friend just pointed out to me that is the price of the laminate material, not the counter top].

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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