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  • EEVblog #136 – Building an Electronics Storage Cupboard

    Posted on December 27th, 2010 EEVblog 22 comments

    Dave has run out of space in the EEVblog lab so needs to fit out the cupboard in his study for all the electronics parts and junk.

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    • Alexander

      Hi Dave,

      which cordless screwdriver did you use? Was it the blue Bosch series?

      With best regards,
      Alexander

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        Yes, the Blue “Professional” Bosch series.
        Not cheap, but oh-so nice!
        I do so little work like this now all the renovations are over, that I kinda feel guilty having such a nice cordless drill.

        • http://toolhacker.com Wartex

          Hi Dave, I review some power tools and just wanted to let you know Bosch has the least torque out of all 14.4/18v compact tools because they use crappy 14 A continuous discharge current cells. I’d avoid “compact” Bosch like a plague.

          Compared to other “compact” tools Bosch is the worst bang for the buck – worst motor and worst cells in the battery, poor cell cycle life. Best you can get is Dewalt that uses Sony iron phosphate cells in compact (1.1 Ah, 50A max) or A123 iron nanophosphate in full size 18v (2.2 Ah, 120 A max), 2nd place is Hitachi and Ridgid/AEG/Milwaukee that uses red Sanyo 1.4 Ah 20 A cells and 3rd place Makita that uses 1.5 Ah 17 A green Sony cells.

    • Karl (not that Karl, the other Karl)

      You could make a contest with the multimeter box. Guess how many meters are in the box :-)

      I figured out I am more lazy then Dave. I would have skipped the painting of the supports. But of course Dave was a little bit lazy, too :-) Wouldn’t master craftsmanship have dictated to first unscrew the supports, mark them appropriately on the backside, paint them separately, let them dry and then fix them again?

    • firewalker

      I would be more than happy to help you with your space “problem”. You can send some of your equipment (osc/pes, multimeters (not the cheapes), PSUs e.t.c.) :p:p:p.

      Nice job!

    • Wilfred

      That would be a multi-multimeter tub.

      I’d still like to see you setting the exposure manually. It’s not like the light level was changing. Especially for these accelerated time sequences, it would stop the background appearing to flicker.

      • Logictom

        I’d like to see Dave dance the Macarena but we can’t all get what we wish for :P

    • David DLC

      You may want to put a middle support on the shells, they are kind of large and with the time they may bend.

      • Karl (not that Karl, the other Karl)

        Maybe, maybe not. He has support along the full backside of the boards. That could be enough.

    • http:yashomgroup@live.com Pushpa

      Good

      • Karl (not that Karl, the other Karl)

        Very intelligent comment.

        • Bot

          Pot meets kettle.

    • John

      EEVblog presents, Pimp My Cupboard!

      How’s ESD with those boxes? I have similar and they’re crackling with static everytime I handle them. Wouldn’t want to store anything too sensitive in them…

    • http://www.soasystem.com shafri

      beauty! excellent carpenting!

    • http://www.socratesblog.eu Socrates

      Oh firstly mounting those holders and _then_ painting them white is so good engineering solution heh :)))

    • Michael Thompson

      “Dave builds a shelf”

      Way to go, Dave!
      It looks way better than before and didn’t look all that hard or expensive.

      Maybe kept you out of trouble with the Trouble and Strife, so good on ya!

    • http://alternet.us.com hpux735

      I just adopted a similar solution in my lab. I have little trays that contain all the in-process projects. But, I still haven’t come up with a solution for what I do will all those left-over components when the project is done. You know the ones I’m talking about the 4 resistors of an odd value, the one extra IC, etc. How do you manage and organize all these loose parts?

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        I don’t unfortunately, I just toss them into the relevant tubs.

        • http://alternet.us.com hpux735

          Bummer.

          I’d love a system that would let me keep track of all the stock I have. That way, if I need an Op-Amp for a one-off project and it isn’t critical, I would know I already have one, and don’t need to buy another.

    • Gr8Ape

      I’m not sure if it’s still the case (and sorry about posting on an old ‘thing’) but the black’n’decker firestorm cordless is supposed to have a dewalt gear box. Dewalt bought Black n Decker out a couple of years ago.

    • pierre

      I use binders with transparent plastic photo, film, and slide holders.

      Shiny bags fit directly inside the photo holders, you can put 6-8 per page and see all the labels !

      Film holders can take long strips of SMDs…

      Slide holders are great for 10-stripes of resistors, caps… DigiKey gives an extra value sticker for free with each item, I just slap it on !

    • http://orionrobots.co.uk Danny S

      Where’s that 80’s music come from? I don’t think its BTTF..