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Offline klaus11

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Work-bench and their opinions
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:18:33 pm »
Someone has a work desk like this, and their opinions well received.

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 06:54:40 pm »
Someone has a work desk like this, and their opinions well received.

The photo indicates the table is approx 180cm (1800mm) long?

Analog oscilloscopes can need 60cm (600mm) of bench or shelf space.
So if you have (or want) old test equipment, plan shelves before table.
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 07:00:13 pm »
Someone has a work desk like this, and their opinions well received.


What Shock said so a bench needs be at least 1m deep.
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 07:26:51 pm »
If they were my first expectations, unfortunately it seems that in Europe no one manufactures anymore. I'm looking ...
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 07:34:41 pm »
If they were my first expectations, unfortunately it seems that in Europe no one manufactures anymore. I'm looking ...
If that's all you can find, you can still top it off with a sheet of plywood to make it deeper.
New equipment is a bit less deep but things like PSU's, Bench DMM's and AWG's are still ~300+mm.
You really need ~600+mm of work space which puts you back to looking for something 1M+ deep unless you shelve lots of equipment to get the depth.

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There also come a time in life when things are more easily seen at 'arms reach' and when they do a deeper bench is preferable.
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 08:15:07 pm »
Consider secondhand wooden tables as well.
What may be unusable as furniture can make cheap electronic work benches.

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 04:16:21 am »
If you have the tools to do so, why not just build a bench.  Studs, plywood and a bunch of screws will get you exactly what you need as it will be custom.  Add some risers on the back with brackets for adjustable shelves and you're good to go.  I have 53.5cm from the edge of the shelves to the front edge of the bench, the shelves are 30.5cm.  That is about the limit that I can reach comfortably for the 2 shelves with equipment and I have long arms.  60cm seems a bit much to reach.  Everything fits fine on the bench top and shelves except the TEK 2465, that sits on its own DIY scope cart next to the workbench.  All of my gear is older but pretty much fits on the shelves.
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2018, 02:33:14 am »
Check local business liquidators. I recently scored a like-new height-adjustable 30" x 60" bench with a 7' tall steel frame, two deep heavy duty shelves and 30 outlets. For less than the price of a cheap new bench, I got a complete workstation. As others have mentioned, shelves are an important consideration, especially if you have bulky test equipment. A 30" x 60" (76cm x 152cm) work surface is decent, but if I had more space, I would go slightly deeper and as wide as I could.
 

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2018, 11:28:47 am »
After much deliberation a few years back when I reorganized my workspace I went with 2400mm wide bays of 600mm deep long span shelving. It sits over my large bench (both are free standing). I drew inspiration from slide out workstations and can pull the whole bench out completely if I need. It's a bit over half way out in the below photo (with a TV on it).

I already had the bench (anything will do) and the shelving is industrial quality, scaleble but surprisingly cheap. It sounds stupid but I can fit most peoples labs on one shelf ;). The whole thing is something ridiculous like 13 cubic meters of space.

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 08:14:41 am »
Check for businesses that are moving, closing or renovating eg, labs, libraries. Some bucks or a bottle to the site manager or workies.
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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 09:47:16 am »
One option is to put all the deep equipment on one side.

I use a regularly sized workbench (about 6x2, same as yours) and on my right, I have most of my test equipment stacked on metal shelves.
I have a 25" screen hung on the wall behind the workbench, surrounded by mostly shallow stuff (screwdrivers, bins...), so that works well.
 

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 09:20:01 pm »
If you can afford it, I strongly recommend a motorized height-adjustable bench.
 

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2018, 12:49:50 am »
We use those benches at work for assembly of products. When I looked at the new bench for home I was considering one of these benches, but the depth is the major problem.

Can’t fit a hp 6632b power supply on it and have a usable space in front of the psu.

The frame is sturdy, the top is nicely constructed, but I passed on it and went for long span shelving in a “L” pattern without any legs in the middle part so I can sit anywhere without hitting my legs. 900mm deep on one side, 600mm deep on the other. 2100 x 2700 overall and a height of 910mm.

Behind it I put some 1800 high retail shelving peg boards so I have shelving and holes for hooks to hang things.
 

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Re: Work-bench and their opinions
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2018, 01:11:54 am »
If you can afford it, I strongly recommend a motorized height-adjustable bench.

DIY version coming soon...
 


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