Going away

  • Advertise with us
Project by oldnovice posted 04-01-2018 10:45 PM 1383 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Going away
Going away No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

When I was working in northern Illinois most of my colleagues knew I was a woodworker and because of that I received request for employee or family gifts for various occasions which, in many cases, were going away gifts. I posted one of the going away gifts on Lumberjocks back in August of 2012 ( which was one of the most complex and atypical. This post is one of the least complex but had to be done in two days.

This project was a going away gift for our technician who built test circuits by breadboarding them for test purposes which in some cases included memory circuits such as the Intel 1702A EPROM.

The term breadboard ( has changed over the years, originally it was a board to cut bread and also used to build circuits (by driving nails or screws into the board, attach wires as tie point, and solder components) in lieu of anything better. Today there are many commercially available solderless breadboards.

This was one of the first EPROMs (Erasable Programmable Read-only Memory) that was available in the early 1970’s. The 1702A was a 2,048-bit (256×8) in a ceramic package with a small quartz window to admit UV light for erasure.

The mounted EPROM Contained all of the names of the members of the department and was signed by those that were available at the time.

My wife had an slightly used breadboard that just needed some sanding to revive it. After sanding I routed a cup into the breadboard, installed a label, the memory circuit, topped off the cup with Plexiglas, and glue/sealed it with silicone. The department manager took the breadboard around for signatures and returned it to me to add a couple coats of lacquer.

Simple and fast all accomplished in two days after work!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

5 comments so far

View anthm27's profile


1851 posts in 2397 days

#1 posted 04-02-2018 12:08 AM

Great idea , Breadboard with a twist, great stuff. Marci will be thrilled.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

View Ivan's profile


17058 posts in 4155 days

#2 posted 04-02-2018 04:56 AM

I consider this as one very serious project which was very well and clever done.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Dutchy's profile


4216 posts in 3456 days

#3 posted 04-02-2018 06:42 AM

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4154 days

#4 posted 04-02-2018 12:41 PM

Great story and a beautiful gift! You did a wonderful job on this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View oldnovice's profile


7757 posts in 4655 days

#5 posted 04-02-2018 06:23 PM

Thanks everyone!
The project was simple but the description went ”overboard”!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics