Electronics Workbench

I decided that I needed more storage for electronics stuff, so I decided to create a dedicated workbench.

The Design

This is the design I created in Rhino. The 3-D model is available in Rhino format. Bigger...

Plywood Layout

I copied all of the pieces in order to lay them out, and I was able to fit the main carcass on 2 sheets. Bigger...

Dado Screwups

I made a dado jig to make the dadoes, but that doesn't prevent you from making them in the wrong spot. The top and bottom dadoes pictured here were caused by putting the dado on the wrong side of the line. The middle goof was becasue I put the dado in the wrong piece of wood - Doh. Fortunately, these will all be covered in the end product. Bigger...

Assembled Carcass

Here's the basic carcass assembled. Bigger...

Dado Fix

I made some fillers to fill in the dado goofs. Bigger...

Edging

I decided to add edging to make the workbench look better, and it allowed the pieces to fit on two pieces of plywood. Bigger...

Closed Up

Finally, it's done. Here's what it looks like all closed up, to keep the dust out (from wood-working). Bigger...

Half Open

The top half folds down. Bigger...

Desk in Position

And once more to form a desk. Bigger...

Fully Opened

And the cabinet on the left swings out to show lots of drawers (almost 400 of them). Bigger...

Rare Earth Magnet

I decided to use rare earth magnets (these are about 1" in diameter and 1/8" thick) to hold things closed. Bigger...

Small Drawers

Here's a closeup of the small drawers (currently empty). I bought them at Canadian Tire. Bigger...

Big Drawers

The larger drawers are big enough to hold 8.5" x 11" paper. I got them at Staples. Bigger...

Top Storage

For collections of similar items, I sometimes prefer using fishing tackle containers. Bigger...

Magnifier

The desk lamp with magnifier was purchased at a sewing store. It has a full spectrum light, which is nice. Here's a shot from a 1.5 - 2 feet off the desk, looking though the magnifier. Bigger...

No Magnifier

And the same shot without the magnifier. Bigger...

Filling Up

Well things are starting to fill up. Each drawer with a white label on it has something in it. For my resistors, I used the first two digits from the E24 series to label the drawers. For the capacitors, I used the first two digits from the E12 series. So 1, 10, 100, 1k, 10k etc are all in one drawer. Bigger...

Filling Up

The other side is starting to fill up as well. I found some really nice Plano tackle containers that I use for storing lots of related parts (like all my 0.1" headers, all my heat shrink tubing, etc.) Bigger...

Wire Rack

I made a simple little wire rack using a piece of 1x2 and some dowels. Bigger...

Extra Storage

Of course, I needed even more storage, so I put together an Ivar unit from Ikea and put it on wheels. It has some drawers on the bottom and open shelves on the top. Bigger...

Small Storage

I decided to get some small storage bags for storing resistors. This takes up a lot less space than storing them on the paper reel. I happened to win a Digikey PHG1-Kit and PHG2-Kit on eBay, which combined together was 200 resistors of 144 different values (total 28,800 resistors). I still do some PostScript programming, so I created some PostScript and PDF files for the labels. I used Avery #05418 labels.

Labels-PHG-A.pdf, Labels-PHG-B.pdf, Labels-PHG-C.pdf, Labels-PHG-D.pdf, Labels-Misc.pdf, Labels-PHG-A.ps, Labels-PHG-B.ps, Labels-PHG-C.ps, Labels-PHG-D.ps, Labels-Misc.ps Bigger...

Resistors in the drawer

As you can see, I've got quite a few resistors in each drawer (over 1,000). I also used the Avery #05418 labels for the drawers.

Labels-Drawer-1.pdf, Labels-Drawer-2.pdf, Labels-Drawer-1.ps, Labels-Drawer-2.ps Bigger...


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