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Title: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: badSCR on January 31, 2010, 05:07:02 pm
PIC Programmer: PICkit2
Oscilloscope: B&K precision 2540
USB Logic analyzer:  USBee SX
PowerSupply:     Old Computer ATX PSU, +5v 15amp, +12v 6amp, -12v 0.3 amp, -5v 0.3 amp
DMM: Some Cheap meter from lowes.
DMM: Some Cheap meter from radio-shack.
Soldering irons:  Cheap ESD 15Watt, Cheap 30Wat, And a ECG 45watt De-soldering iron
Breadboard: about 5000 contacts
And a small collection of parts.

The bench is a bit of a mess.  
The room is about 8feet by 10feet, and this room is my bed room, I sleep over-top of the work-bench.
I live in a single wide mobile home.
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Post by: charliex on January 31, 2010, 08:44:21 pm
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=129.0
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Murphy on January 31, 2010, 09:39:39 pm
Oh man, my current "workspace" would make some interesting photography..... >.< I don't think you really want to see though.
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Post by: eswets on February 01, 2010, 03:39:54 am
Those look like christmas lights on your bench.  I can't fit my lights on my bench, I have 300 boxes of minis that I did not get up for christmas this year.
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Post by: badSCR on February 01, 2010, 02:30:25 pm
yes, they are christmas lights, there are 100 boxes of 100 count minis (75% off ;D); And a 16 channel light-o-rama controller.  Not shore if I want to go to a 32+ channel light-o-rama controller system, yet.

It's worse under the bench, Storage is an issue for me.  Even the spare bath tube has stuff in it.
My bed is on top, it is like a bunk-bed.  Actual work space is 2feet by 7feet.


https://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=129.0

Do I need to move this thread?
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Post by: charliex on February 01, 2010, 07:05:28 pm
I was just letting you know where some of the other workbench pics were in case you hadn't seem 'em'
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Post by: eswets on February 02, 2010, 01:39:00 am
I have 168 channels of DIY boards.  I had 120 in use this past Christmas.  And I have 2 non-dimmable 64 channel boards that I had retired.  Nice to see another computer christmaser.
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Post by: Veramacor on February 02, 2010, 02:04:06 am
I posted once before, but finally got rid of the Harbor Freight multimeter and upgraded to a Fluke.  What a meter!

The Table saw is not really electronics related, but it does use electricity!  I built the table around the saw with dust collection router table built in.

More on theme is the CNC router built from plans from http://www.solsylva.com/.   I modified the 24X48 table so it sits on a torsion box and can make bit changes while sitting down.  I attached a sample pcb cut from the CNC router.  I built that a couple years ago to do big stuff like machining guitar bodies for example, but I'm shocked that it can do trace cuts down to about 15 mil.  The example board is a PIC16F886 board with ICSP programming pins.

Under the O-scope is my Hantek arbitrary function generator. 

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Post by: Veramacor on February 02, 2010, 02:09:00 am
Pics Part 2
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Post by: Veramacor on February 02, 2010, 02:09:27 am
Pics Part 3
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Post by: Veramacor on February 02, 2010, 02:09:49 am
Sorry Last Part
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Post by: Andrew on February 02, 2010, 11:27:03 pm
Under the O-scope is my Hantek arbitrary function generator. 
Is that the 3x25? I am considering to throw my Rigol function generator out, due to lack of support from Rigol, and replace it with a cheap Hantek 3x25. How satisfied are you with the Hantek (taking its low cost into account)?
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Post by: EEVblog on February 02, 2010, 11:34:25 pm
Very nice Veramacor!

Dave.
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Post by: badSCR on February 03, 2010, 01:38:14 am
WOW,
That is nice; very cool,  Veramacor
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Post by: Lectricman on February 03, 2010, 03:53:30 am
hello everyone,
My name is Paul from kansas city mo usa.
I build and repair vacuum tube audio gear as a side home business and also work as an electrician for the past 16 yrs.
I love your blogs dave and i thought i would post my workbench in my home lab where i build and tinker with my high voltage toys.
(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0088.jpg)
a few more links to more pics of some of my favorite vintage gear
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0085.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0090.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0093.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0094.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/texasrockguy/Repair%20shop/IMG_0091-1.jpg
thanks for looking!
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Post by: charliex on February 03, 2010, 06:20:24 am
Some nice setups, so neat Veramacor.

you guys might have seen this workshop before, http://www.users.uswest.net/~kmaxon/page/side/mill100_137.htm

at his house! i emailed him ages ago and asked if i could move in next door. If you haven't seen the site before, its worth poking around
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Veramacor on February 03, 2010, 12:46:32 pm

http://www.users.uswest.net/~kmaxon/page/side/mill100_137.htm



Now thats a bench!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Veramacor on February 03, 2010, 01:07:36 pm
Under the O-scope is my Hantek arbitrary function generator.
Is that the 3x25? I am considering to throw my Rigol function generator out, due to lack of support from Rigol, and replace it with a cheap Hantek 3x25. How satisfied are you with the Hantek (taking its low cost into account)?


That is indeed a DS3X25.  It works awesome.  You do need a computer to set the wave generation up, that is the only drawback.  If you have a computer in the lab thats not a big deal though. I bought it mainly for the space I save,  and it comes with some decent software.   The voltage range is +- 3.5 Volts and 25MHz limit is way more than I need.  

I used it the other day to a zero in a transducer's optimum ultrasonic frequency (25.4Khz).    AllElectronics are selling an ultrasonic transducer for a $1 a piece for quantities of 10 or more -

http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/XDR-24/ULTRASONIC-TRANSDUCER/-/1.html

- great for robotics or other ranging projects.  There isn't a datasheet available!  I did get an idea of the range from comments posted online with the product.

Attached is my first attempt at robotics using the transducers BTW.   I call it an 'Altdroid',  LOL
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: badSCR on February 03, 2010, 08:38:10 pm

 http://www.users.uswest.net/~kmaxon/page/side/mill100_137.htm


 :o  Speachless. 
What does he do for a living. 
Does he work from home?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: _Sync_ on February 05, 2010, 12:26:02 am
So that's what my shop looked like a few years ago, it didn't really change the last years because of the lack of time, but I got some older audio measurement equipment and parts ;)

(http://4hv.org/e107_files/public/1188843519_510_FT6000_lab_3.jpg)

Besides from that I have a carload of inverter grade 'lytics in the cellar (haven't got round using them but they were cheap!):

(http://sync-hv.de/~tmp/foo/caps3.JPG)


PS: If the images are too big for someone, ping me, I'll make previews!
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Post by: MightyTwin on February 05, 2010, 09:05:29 pm
[Huge image]

Wow! That's electrolytics porn indeed. Are you planning on doing something with them? Building a tank-grade coil gun, perhaps? ;)

-Twin.
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Post by: _Sync_ on February 06, 2010, 02:36:01 am
Oh well, they are only 6000µF 350V so they are not really suitable for coilgunning in large scale. You want big fat energy discharge caps with several kV there.

I've planned to do some railgunning and testing several ETG designs with them but since I've got them I just don't have the time to get the work done.
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Post by: Veramacor on February 08, 2010, 03:13:30 pm
how about an oversize PCB board?  LOL

A 4'x8' copper clad sheet will do it...
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Post by: tristan on March 18, 2010, 07:24:08 am
I've recently completed the conversion of my garage into my new workshop (well completed enough to move in - it's still something of a work in progress). It's a bit of a mess - I just finished getting a prototype working - I've been on it for the last 38 hours and it's 7AM here now.

It's quite a luxury to have a workbench 4m long for just the electronics stuff. I have a separate section at the end of the garage for the mechanical things (mill, lathe, pillar drill, vice, other tools etc.).

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/tristand82/Workshop/SPA53103.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/tristand82/Workshop/SPA53104.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/tristand82/Workshop/SPA53106.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/tristand82/Workshop/SPA53107.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/tristand82/Workshop/SPA53108.jpg)

Main bits of electronics kit:
Fluke 189
Fluke 112
Fluke 123
Rigol DS1052E (Now 100MHz!)
Pico 3206 PC Scope (200MHz)
Ersa Digital 200A soldering iron (the best I've ever used)
Antex 50W soldering iron
Generic hot air rework station
Various bench PSUs (ranging up to 60V and 30A)
Tektronix THS720A Scope
Signal Generators
Various other multimeters
Fluke i310s 20KHz current clamp
Too many bits of homemade test kit to list

For parts storage I have 40 28 litre containers, 64 16 litre blue bins, 72 0.5 litre wall mounted bins, 300 small drawers and various other containers. They're all numbered and their contents are listed in a spreadsheet. This saves relabeling every time I get more stuff or move things around.

And on the computer front I have a generic middle of the road  PC with a pair of 23" monitors. You can never have too much screen real estate!

I hope you've enjoyed the tour!

Tristan
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Post by: charliex on March 18, 2010, 04:47:26 pm
nice setup Tristan, so how much stock do you own in fluke! :)

i'm onto the kitchen table now doing some kitting after overflowing the small office. 
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Post by: tristan on March 19, 2010, 12:18:34 pm
I must admit I have a soft spot for fluke! I have a fluke calibrator and another scopemeter not pictured above. After the abuse some of my fluke kit has taken without complaining I wouldn't seriously consider buying anything else - at least not for handheld field kit.

I am a freelance electronics design engineer and do a lot of work on industrial, commercial and military kit and the conditions I work in aren't always kind to my tools!

Tristan
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Post by: alexander_d on March 21, 2010, 09:14:12 pm
Hello all,

this is my first post in this forum. I'm from Germany and I'd like to show you my lab which consists of two rooms in the basement. One is for electronics development, the other is equipped with a mini lathe, a micro mill and other mechanical tools.
As you can see on the photos I use a lot of old equipment which is still in excellent working condition.

Regards,
Alexander
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Post by: migsantiago on March 21, 2010, 10:56:43 pm
Hello all,

this is my first post in this forum. I'm from Germany and I'd like to show you my lab which consists of two rooms in the basement. One is for electronics development, the other is equipped with a mini lathe, a micro mill and other mechanical tools.
As you can see on the photos I use a lot of old equipment which is still in excellent working condition.

Regards,
Alexander

Hi Alexander

Nice lab there. One question, in picture Labor2.jpg, is that an emergency button to disable all your AC power outlets? It looks like one.
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Post by: alexander_d on March 22, 2010, 02:12:03 pm
Hi Alexander

Nice lab there. One question, in picture Labor2.jpg, is that an emergency button to disable all your AC power outlets? It looks like one.

Hi Migsantiago,

I have three emergency buttons in my lab, two at the workbench and one next to the door which I also use to disable the power outlets at the workbench when I'm not in the lab. I have three-phased curent in my lab and a sub-distribution which is separated from the rest of the house. The outlets are switched by a three-phase contactor in the sub-distribution. The PC, the lights and the telephone system are connected to a separate circuit with a separate RCD to make sure the lights are still on after the catastrophy on the workbench :)

Regards,
Alexander
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Post by: migsantiago on March 22, 2010, 02:59:10 pm
Quite an installation you have there! Have you ever had the need to use one of your emergency buttons? :o

When you say RCD, do you mean a Residual Current Device?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residual-current_device
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Post by: DavidDLC on March 23, 2010, 12:33:25 am
I'm surprised not too many labs have microscope, in fact only one lab on the pictures has it.

How do you solder smd components like 0204 or similar ?

Maybe I'm too old since I need one microscope for smd work.  ???
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Post by: alexander_d on March 23, 2010, 02:19:38 pm
Quite an installation you have there! Have you ever had the need to use one of your emergency buttons? :o

When you say RCD, do you mean a Residual Current Device?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residual-current_device

a few weeks ago I had a severe failure in a test setup with a step-down converter with 24V/20amps. I was lucky to find the emergency button quick enough...

RCDs with 30mA threshold are mandatory in Germany for power outlets.

Regards,
Alexander
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Post by: Veramacor on March 26, 2010, 01:55:11 pm
I'm surprised not too many labs have microscope, in fact only one lab on the pictures has it.

How do you solder smd components like 0204 or similar ?

Maybe I'm too old since I need one microscope for smd work.  ???


I may be in the market for one of those boom mounted stereo microscopes in the next few months...

https://www.nationalmicroscope.com/images/1278ZB.jpg


How dow you like yours?
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Post by: DavidDLC on March 26, 2010, 02:51:01 pm
That type of mounting is perfect for electronics, you just need to check the zoom capabilities, but pretty much a decent microscope will do the work.
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Post by: Kiriakos-GR on April 23, 2010, 11:28:15 am
Oh well, I had just clean up the battlefield,
and I liked to have a picture of it , as clean with everything in order, and correctly placed.  ..   ;D


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Post by: Ferroto on April 24, 2010, 02:04:10 pm
Quite an installation you have there! Have you ever had the need to use one of your emergency buttons? :o

When you say RCD, do you mean a Residual Current Device?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residual-current_device

a few weeks ago I had a severe failure in a test setup with a step-down converter with 24V/20amps. I was lucky to find the emergency button quick enough...

RCDs with 30mA threshold are mandatory in Germany for power outlets.

Regards,
Alexander

In Canada there only required in bathrooms and outdoor outlets. The rest can be simply hooked up to a fuse.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Mechatrommer on April 24, 2010, 07:05:26 pm
i like this topic. here is my personal lab. i know its not good. but just would like to show off anyway :)

(http://www.ximplify.com/members/soasystem/20104253153.jpg)
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Post by: Kiriakos-GR on April 24, 2010, 07:22:41 pm
Nice work shafri  :)

There is no contest here ,  if it was , we would have and a prize .  ;D

What we do are just sharing our ideas, If my plan was to surprise you ,
I would had study  in door decorations.
And I would had to pay, some one like you , to fix my TV aerial .   ;)


By the way, brother you need one wide QC , like an 0.8X
Still the pano shot , proves that you have an Olympus around , or similar .
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Post by: Kiriakos-GR on April 24, 2010, 08:27:16 pm
Finally I found some one , who kills the English language as I do    :D :D :D

The QC is the sort name of converters, additional lens , that can help by adding more zoom ,
and with the wide ones, you can capture more space in small areas, that there is no room to move further back.

Your screen looks nice ,  still I am a lover of the classic CRT I have an Sony G-420 19" ,
I work with photoshop , and build web sites when I get payed enough..
 
As about my cave , I have left outside my power tools bench and my office.
The good part is that I have three phases , and I can operate three phases power tools too.
I own even an welding machine , and one system.. translation please... oxygen with acetylene.. :)
 
Yes I have a pleasurable setup .. and this is what counts more.

But lets all admit , that you can not build anything in just days months or even years,
especially if you are one man show..
It takes time and needs allot patience to build something worthy ,  oh end cash..  ;D


 
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Post by: Wayneo on August 07, 2010, 02:50:55 am
i like this topic. here is my personal lab. i know its not good. but just would like to show off anyway :)

(http://www.ximplify.com/members/soasystem/20104253153.jpg)

What you meen its not good?! everybodys workshop is good, I love the look of yours! im just so glad to see so many different ones! mine is tiny 3' foot by 9' foot under my stairs but I love it! :)
Wayne.
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Post by: RayJones on August 07, 2010, 03:24:57 am
How many pictures of workshops within workshops could we achieve?

(http://)
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Post by: McPete on August 08, 2010, 10:35:01 am
You lot have some really nice set-ups... Something to aspire to!

Here's my temporary set-up- I'm probably moving out in a few weeks, but I've had to vacate my room, as the floor is crumbling... So I'm in my Brother's old room, with most of his stuff and all of mine- It's very cramped. My soldering iron has been banished for now, hopefully when I move into my place I'll be able to spread out a bit. Please excuse the paper drifts, I don't actually have anywhere to put that quite yet!

Stuff lying around;
Wishmaker II training centre; breadboard plus power supplies- Very handy! A bit pot of pencils behind it- I like pencils :P
A borrowed 'scope, a Trio CS-1560A. I believe these are a rebadged Kikusui, but I'm not sure. The little guy perched on top is a HP3311A function generator. I can get a bit more than 1 MHz out of it, but the waveshape goes to hell.
BK Precision 2709B- Bought after the $100 shootout. I'm a fan.
Fluke 117- When it's time to go fiddling with mains, this is the meter for it.
PicKit2- I have a series of tutorials I need to go through for this, but I've yet to actually get to the time... Aaargh.
Cheap component drawers: 'Nuff said. Fairly cheap and nasty, but functional.

LED desk lamp- I like the light colour, but it could do with being a bit brighter- Possible mod right there.
1st Gen MacBook- Dual-boots OSX and XP.
Visconti Nautilus (small) the little wooden hutch- That houses some of my older fountain pens.
Desk Caddy; mech. pencils, calculator, fountain pens... Yeah, I'm a stationery nerd.
Old glass inkwell; See above
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Post by: EEVblog on August 08, 2010, 11:00:29 am
I'm surprised not too many labs have microscope, in fact only one lab on the pictures has it.
How do you solder smd components like 0204 or similar ?

I'm smart enough not to use 0402's or smaller on my own home stuff!

Dave.
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Post by: Mechatrommer on August 08, 2010, 02:32:37 pm
well, glad to see this thread is alive again. in fact, currently i've made alot of movements. currently i'm transferring website which has not finished yet :(, i'm moving house but pending due to some renovation, and guess what? i'm going to move the lab too !!! and all the stuffs inside urghhh! when the time comes. so far, my new lab is just on sketch, this is what i think that will suits me to better organize my lab. any suggestions are welcomed :)

ps: the cyan colored line is my current (to be dismissed) lab (just as shown earlier in this thread few months back), so the new lab will have like twice the size of the current one.
i cant wait to move to my "new" lab more than to move to the house itself. haha, funny i guess.

errata: computering bench should be exchanged with printing/reading bench. so i can easily program PIC from computer ("ing") to the ee bench just next to the right.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: NiHaoMike on August 08, 2010, 04:58:31 pm
Besides from that I have a carload of inverter grade 'lytics in the cellar (haven't got round using them but they were cheap!):
(http://sync-hv.de/~tmp/foo/caps3.JPG)
...
Oh well, they are only 6000µF 350V so they are not really suitable for coilgunning in large scale.
Can you say "hybrid conversion"?
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/parts/148221-capacitor-array-starting-engine-2.html
Quote
Based on quick calculations, 200A*12v*1s=2400J
That amount of energy is attainable with just 6 4700uF, 450v capacitors charged to 430v and discharged to 100v. And they'll very likely outlast the car since capacitors do not degrade much when used within specifications.
 
However, traditional starters are very inefficient (high resistive losses), so the actual energy needed is lower. High voltages reduce resistive losses. Add some more tricks like unload solenoids to deactivate some of the cylinders and electric oil pumps to prime the bearings and the energy needed is even lower.
 
Where capacitors really excel is regenerative braking. The problem is the sheer size of the capacitor array needed. A 3000lb car going at 45MPH would need almost 3F of 450v capacitors to store all of the energy from regenerative braking. (As a joke, one of my friends would say that's a "Peggy-sized array"!) So the capacitive engine starter is already practical, but not the capacitive regenerative brakes.
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Post by: Polossatik on August 12, 2010, 07:10:18 pm
terrifying how many rigols there are in those pictures  ;D
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Post by: gib0r on August 15, 2010, 04:58:06 am
Since this thread has been bumped...

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs149.snc4/36829_10100344969170894_8320204_66400166_6126941_n.jpg)

Business end of this bench is a corner piece the joins two fold out tables.  My computer sits left of this photo. Roto bins and drill press sit right of this photo.
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Post by: ThunderSqueak on August 15, 2010, 06:21:58 am
Here is mine as of 8-14-2010

I was repairing a commodore 64 motherboard :>


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Post by: MTron on August 16, 2010, 12:41:35 pm
Here's mine, pics a bit old, i have since made some new additions (oscilloscope, another smaller vise, some other assorted tools), and tidied it up a bit. This is just a general workshop, i do more then electronics work here and excuse the disarray

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/Tube%20Stereo%20Project/th_IMG_2038.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/Tube%20Stereo%20Project/IMG_2038.jpg)(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/th_IMG_2009.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/IMG_2009.jpg)(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/th_IMG_2008.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/IMG_2008.jpg)(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/th_IMG_2007.jpg) (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z189/MTron73/WorkShop/IMG_2007.jpg)
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Post by: EEVblog on August 16, 2010, 12:54:47 pm
well, glad to see this thread is alive again. in fact, currently i've made alot of movements. currently i'm transferring website which has not finished yet :(, i'm moving house but pending due to some renovation, and guess what? i'm going to move the lab too !!! and all the stuffs inside urghhh! when the time comes. so far, my new lab is just on sketch, this is what i think that will suits me to better organize my lab. any suggestions are welcomed :)

ps: the cyan colored line is my current (to be dismissed) lab (just as shown earlier in this thread few months back), so the new lab will have like twice the size of the current one.
i cant wait to move to my "new" lab more than to move to the house itself. haha, funny i guess.

errata: computering bench should be exchanged with printing/reading bench. so i can easily program PIC from computer ("ing") to the ee bench just next to the right.

Yes, swap the computer bench next to the EEbench, that's important.
A whole bench for printing/reading? I'd dedicate that to a "project in progress" bench.

Dave.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Mechatrommer on August 16, 2010, 02:42:12 pm
Yes, swap the computer bench next to the EEbench, that's important.
A whole bench for printing/reading? I'd dedicate that to a "project in progress" bench.
thanx for the advice Dave. "project in progress" will be in the ee bench, wont it? but never thought a dedicated place for "project kiv", so this is the new layout, change the rack arrangement so i can easily move things out (back) of my home (parking lot). the thing is i have 3 printers that i cant rid of and those are not fit in one single bench + pc, so the bench area left is not so comfortable to make any serious work like ee or hobby stuffs.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rhythmtech on August 16, 2010, 03:07:25 pm
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Mzimf8YgCS0/TFydTwHNvSI/AAAAAAAAA_U/gEJXRiLPrTU/s400/2577%20circuit.JPG)

Only pic I had on hand, was building up an LM2577 regulator circuit to put into my ATX bench supply at the time. That's 56 Volts DC out from 12 Volts DC in.  I am a messy one, oh well...
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Post by: baljemmett on August 16, 2010, 03:16:14 pm
I am a messy one, oh well...

You and me both; my 'bench' is currently split between the desk in the study, where stuff gets built, and the living room floor where stuff gets fiddled with (because the logic analyser and scope don't really fit on the desk...)  I am thinking about sorting out a proper workbench in the garage, once I tidy it out a bit!
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Post by: Mechatrommer on August 16, 2010, 04:10:53 pm
I am a messy one, oh well...
You and me both; my 'bench' is currently split between the desk in the study, where stuff gets built, and the living room floor where stuff gets fiddled
Rhythm, you and me the same. If i put the stuffs like that in living room, my kids will experiment those, not me, and my wife will goes high noise to signal ratio all day long :D .So far i cant get things well organized everytime. When i fiddle with something, it will get real mess so quickly, so i hope the new layout will treat me better.
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Post by: Rhythmtech on August 16, 2010, 04:21:46 pm
I am a messy one, oh well...
You and me both; my 'bench' is currently split between the desk in the study, where stuff gets built, and the living room floor where stuff gets fiddled
Rhythm, you and me the same. If i put the stuffs like that in living room, my kids will experiment those, not me, and my wife will goes high noise to signal ratio all day long :D .So far i cant get things well organized everytime. When i fiddle with something, it will get real mess so quickly, so i hope the new layout will treat me better.

Dude, I hope you don't mind if I quote you, that's awesome.  It's good to hear I am not the only messy one out there!
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Post by: Mechatrommer on August 16, 2010, 04:29:09 pm
@MTron: you have lots of heavy stuffs there! things i long dream to own, my lab still never got that far. but not yet, not yet, one day it will be... i hope ;) before i get too old :D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Mechatrommer on August 16, 2010, 04:33:54 pm
Dude, I hope you don't mind if I quote you, that's awesome.  It's good to hear I am not the only messy one out there!
thats ok. thats why i like to see what other people have in common with me, and all kind of different setups and ideas out there. if i have alot of people/friends in common with me around here in my place, maybe i would not be in EEVBlog! ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Mechatrommer on August 16, 2010, 04:43:28 pm
Here is mine as of 8-14-2010
I was repairing a commodore 64 motherboard :>
simple and tidy setup, yet great achievement. I never have the capacity to repair a motherboard, just damaging them :D
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Post by: GeoffS on August 17, 2010, 02:29:23 am
I don't do that much electronics these days but for what it's worth, here's my desk/bench
A before and after shot - I was shamed by the tidiness of some workbenches shown in this thread  :-[

Most of my work these days is done in the 'workshop' with the lathe and mill.
The device just visible in front of the Rigol is a digital readout I'm working on for the mill

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Post by: MTron on August 19, 2010, 06:47:13 pm
@MTron: you have lots of heavy stuffs there! things i long dream to own, my lab still never got that far. but not yet, not yet, one day it will be... i hope ;) before i get too old :D

Thanks, yea i never considered myself as having a lot of tools, the one day i looked around and i was like..."heh heh heh...awesome"

I also have more tools tucked away elsewhere...including a 240v MIG welder in the garage (Lincoln MIGPak 180)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Madman on June 18, 2011, 03:46:00 pm
Here is the room where I squeeze in many activities : reading, modelling, watchmaking and recently electronics. Unlike the many workbenches I've seen here, mine is rather modest, although I am lucky enough to have a room on the first floor and get natural daylight. Far better than the basement workplaces I was used to in my former life...
I have to confess that electronics is an interest I developed only a few weeks ago. But I want to catch up quickly.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/scalephantomphixer/modelling/workbench/large/20110618-atelier-10.jpg)
Entering the room. To the left is my library. Books about aircraft, watchmaking, modeling, CDs, a few old altimeters on the shelf and the gorgeous view outside.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/scalephantomphixer/modelling/workbench/large/20110618-atelier-6_1.jpg)
Switching over to the computer corner. I became a converted Mac user a few years ago I no day I regret the move. Right of the Mac is my little soldering station, with a binocular to check the soldering joints (and other tiny parts, like watch gears and modeling stuff).

(http://photos.imageevent.com/scalephantomphixer/modelling/workbench/large/20110618-atelier-7_1.jpg)
Moving on to the workbench, where alternatively I practice modelling and watchmaking. The open item in the middle of the picture is an integrated airbrush paint booth. The drawers contain all the tools. The airbrush compressor is stored under the bench.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/scalephantomphixer/modelling/workbench/large/20110618-atelier-8.jpg)
This is the place where my knowledge level about electronics should rise. You see, there is pretty much nothing (like in my head), but that's gonna change.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/scalephantomphixer/modelling/learjet/large/20110603-Learjet-10.jpg)
My first project was to design and assemble a 555 flasher for the aircraft model I am building (see here: http://greutert.wordpress.com/maquettes/gates_learjet_35a/ (http://greutert.wordpress.com/maquettes/gates_learjet_35a/).
Here it is on the breadboard (I've soldered in the meantime to a PCB). Fortunately for my motivation it happens to work quite fine  ;D

See'ya all in the posts, I am looking forward to understand you  :D
Best regards,
-Pierre
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Lawsen on June 18, 2011, 09:41:53 pm
I have not gotten enough time to take some happy snaps of my cluttered sleeping room.  I am not a purely an electrical engineer or tech.  I have a mixture of tools and instruments that reflects upon my educational experience and small employment on and off.  I do not have as much electrical instruments as others on this blog.  I do not have a lot, just a few antique and new instruments.  This is not a small business or academia.  I started electronics during grade school era by myself with those many projects in one kit that has the components mounted on cardboard with spring loaded clips and digital logic truth tables or simple panel mount analog meter.  My first multimeter was a Radio Shack Micronta analog meter.  I do not have much, mostly microscopes for geology and hand sample rocks and minerals, vintage computers, Hasselblad 500C camera from 1954, and few electronics parts and Weller adjustable temperature soldering stations, and. . .:
Rigol 1052 oscilloscope
Chinese made small single channel analog 10 MHz oscilloscope
pocket sized function generator for $60.00 USD
Philips PM2505 and PM2618 multimeters
Radio Shack Micronta analog multimeter
Simpson low Ohms 260-6XLPM analog multimeter
Fluke 187 multimeter
Meiji Techno SKT-2 stereo magnifier
Zeiss DR1040 plastic stereo magnifier
Nikon SMZ-U larger stereo magnifier
hand solder sucker
copper solder absorbing brad
breadboards
many in one electronics project kits
Anthro tables
bed
chair
I would like to have a Agilent oscilloscope, some day. 
Leitz and Olympus compound microscopes for my science experience in the past.
BW Optical small geology show shelf collection for Nanjing, China made microscopes.  I have a 1954 vintage French Vanilla butter color Swiss Wild Heerbrugg M11 compound microscope, very well made and pretty.  I would like the heavy HP-54720A at 1.1 GHz digital oscilloscope in a metal frame, if the Agilent is not affordable; that is a dream instrument.  I have a small shelf of electronics books and data sheet books from electronics school days at a community college.  I like to focus on the project than evaluating electronics tools and instruments. 

Lawsen

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: PStevenson on January 09, 2012, 01:28:56 pm
this is my shit-tip of a "lab"
and for good measure my very first multimeter
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: vlf3 on January 09, 2012, 04:37:52 pm
I thought, throw-in my now excedingly small experimental bench due living in a small flat.   :-\
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Post by: CraigHB on January 09, 2012, 09:28:24 pm
Here's me.  Nothing special, but serves me well.
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Post by: willb on January 09, 2012, 10:05:15 pm
I like these topics! Always neat to see various setups, gives me ideas...

My old apartment setup.
(http://one.scfhosting.com/shareit/rigol/lab/DSCN1852.jpg)

In myy new house (moved 3 months ago).

(http://one.scfhosting.com/shareit/rigol/lab/DSCN1975.jpg)

My spare fridge full of beer! Perfect for those long nights.
(http://one.scfhosting.com/shareit/rigol/lab/DSCN1976.jpg)

(http://one.scfhosting.com/shareit/rigol/lab/DSCN1977.jpg)

(http://one.scfhosting.com/shareit/rigol/lab/DSCN1979.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: flolic on January 09, 2012, 10:36:52 pm
Small part of my mess...  ;D

(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6971/stoll.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: The_Penguin on January 10, 2012, 01:27:59 am
Posted this in the other workbench thread, didn't realize this one was here....

I just re-worked mine a bit as it was a tad cluttered.
Now I have some room to work.

Here's a before and after:

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: ipman on January 10, 2012, 07:57:43 am
And how's your lab rated by the wife? (general question).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: hacklordsniper on January 10, 2012, 08:11:39 am
And how's your lab rated by the wife? (general question).

Waste of space
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Post by: RJSC on January 10, 2012, 12:30:47 pm
And how's your lab rated by the wife? (general question).

Very acceptable use of space since she love's when I fix her stuff.  ;D
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Post by: DavidDLC on January 10, 2012, 05:17:39 pm
And how's your lab rated by the wife? (general question).

I'm finishing my new workspace, and will show some pictures later, I have changed everything on that workspace due the wife factor.
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Post by: hacklordsniper on January 10, 2012, 05:46:24 pm
Here is mine, first lab and current.

On first lab the project is a audio modulated SSTC running from a Nokia XpressMusic phone
On the current i was hacking the McVoice power supply

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Post by: Spikee on January 11, 2012, 12:08:34 am
Lab i build around 2 weeks ago. It's inspired by Dave's bench :) .
Still have to clean it when i have some more time ...

(http://i39.tinypic.com/2dmb9qa.jpg)
(http://i42.tinypic.com/11w4y1d.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/30k57gn.jpg)
Cheap 50 euro soldering station :C
Hakko fx-888 cost around 175-200 euro here and a Weller Ws-81 is like 230-255 euro ...
Need a new soldering station for a decent price ... maybe i'll just pick up the Hakko and pay the supplier to much money for a decent soldering station.

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Post by: CraigHB on January 11, 2012, 05:27:37 am
Now that I'm subscribed on this thread, it's interesting to see other people's workstations.  Those cabinets with the little clear plastic drawers sure are popular.  I just store all my parts in the bags and little boxes they ship in all stuffed in a drawer.

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Post by: hacklordsniper on January 11, 2012, 10:32:02 am
Spikee,

where did you get that nice solder holder?
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Post by: Spikee on January 11, 2012, 12:30:09 pm
I bought it at Conrad.com but they have similar ones on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solder-Wire-Cord-Stand-Reel-Holder-Metal-Support-/260917222727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cbfe0dd47#ht_1530wt_1392 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solder-Wire-Cord-Stand-Reel-Holder-Metal-Support-/260917222727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cbfe0dd47#ht_1530wt_1392)
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Post by: buxtronix on January 11, 2012, 12:53:23 pm
This is my workbench at home. I have been meaning to do a post describing it all, as some decent consideration went into the features:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-G1C9QtfQJ9I/TrEUec_YQXI/AAAAAAAAF9w/gQ9AVDBMvU0/s800/IMG_20111102_205745.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ezGXQxSjha4/TrET9xpdxuI/AAAAAAAAF9Y/OhW6j8ZsbTE/s800/IMG_20111102_205642.jpg)
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Post by: RJSC on January 11, 2012, 02:14:07 pm
This is my workbench at home. I have been meaning to do a post describing it all, as some decent consideration went into the features:

Did you get those extending arms (holding the pref board) from somewhere cheap?
Are they for sale on-line?

And the LCD arms, were they cheap to? Here they get almost as expensive as the screen they hold...
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Post by: hacklordsniper on January 11, 2012, 02:20:22 pm
And the LCD arms, were they cheap to? Here they get almost as expensive as the screen they hold...

I wanted one too, but was amazed howmuch they cost
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Post by: DavidDLC on January 11, 2012, 07:52:40 pm
I also want and need one !
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: plunger on January 11, 2012, 08:17:27 pm
In USA the monitor arms are very cheap. Under $20 USD.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808)

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Post by: PA3BNX on January 11, 2012, 08:34:41 pm
Hello Every Body

Just a litte view of mylab.

Lots of home build equipment.




Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: RJSC on January 11, 2012, 09:12:20 pm
In USA the monitor arms are very cheap. Under $20 USD.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808)

Yeah, I've seen them on eBay from the USA, but than they want 50$+ for the shipping! It's insane! Once I sent a 14 kg very large volume package to England on the regular mail company for 60 USD, and the international mail fee is the same to every country in the world, so, to the USA it should have been the same.

It sounds like those ebay sellers who ship internationally are trying to rip us off with inflated shipping prices. For 50$ I could probably sent 5 or more LCD arms.

This is the cheapest I can get, 79USD international shipping  :o
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250971061902 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250971061902)
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Post by: buxtronix on January 11, 2012, 09:39:55 pm
This is my workbench at home. I have been meaning to do a post describing it all, as some decent consideration went into the features:

Did you get those extending arms (holding the pref board) from somewhere cheap?
Are they for sale on-line?

And the LCD arms, were they cheap to? Here they get almost as expensive as the screen they hold...

The extending arms are actually a combination of cheap PCB holder, and the arm from an Ikea shaving mirror:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/38006200/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/38006200/)

The LCD arms were found on ebay, i think, at about $50 each. Even if it's a significant portion of the monitor price, the additional space you get from them is well worth it. I'm never going without again!


Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: metalphreak on January 12, 2012, 01:29:30 am
In USA the monitor arms are very cheap. Under $20 USD.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10828#1082808)

Yeah, I've seen them on eBay from the USA, but than they want 50$+ for the shipping! It's insane! Once I sent a 14 kg very large volume package to England on the regular mail company for 60 USD, and the international mail fee is the same to every country in the world, so, to the USA it should have been the same.

It sounds like those ebay sellers who ship internationally are trying to rip us off with inflated shipping prices. For 50$ I could probably sent 5 or more LCD arms.

This is the cheapest I can get, 79USD international shipping  :o
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250971061902 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250971061902)

Shipping from the USA is quite expensive even if you are a big business with a UPS/FedEx account. Those monitor arms aren't that light either. You're best bet is to find someone who sells them locally, and brings them in by boat. Shipping stuff internationally from Australia isn't that cheap in my experience either. For small stuff less than 1KG its not so bad.
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Post by: plunger on January 12, 2012, 08:19:51 am
I'm just starting out so its still bare. It was just a storage shelf 1 week ago holding boxes ;D

I have a  plastic 44 drawer arriving tomorrow. Very shortly, I'll be getting better lighting, LCD mount, a rework station, solder smoke absorber device, power supply, a decent multimeter, panavise holder.

(http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9041/labtop.jpg)
(http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/4641/lapview.jpg)

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Post by: 8086 on January 13, 2012, 04:05:42 am
Please excuse the quality of the photo, I only have my phone camera to use. It really is nicer than it appears.  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/FV9Vh.jpg)
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Post by: wkb on January 13, 2012, 10:53:39 am
Some snapshots of my lab. 

A rather insane amount of soldering irons, 2 Weller WECPs and 1 Metcal (reason to have 3: total surplus cost was approx US12)

2 scopes, a Rigol DS1052E, eh, 1102 and a Tektronix 2465CTS.  To the right of the Tek sits a Huntron Tracker.

A massive HP 6267B linear power supply (0-40V @ 10A), interesting design with a triac pre-regulator in the mains circuit to limit dissipation. 

A Fluke 87 DMM. 2 homebuilt power supplies (by now 30, 35 years old and still working just fine  ;D ) A LF sine generator (built when I was drafted into the air force, with ample spare time and a nice workshop at my disposal).  A home built frequency counter and a home built LC meter.

On the bench various bits and bobs I'm working on.  To the very left an "Extreme Isolation Transformer"  (that is what the label says  :o ) that I scavenged from a DEC VAX minicomputer.

On the shelves the inevitable (for a IT pro) stack of servers, PCs, laptops etc.
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Post by: hacklordsniper on January 13, 2012, 11:04:34 am
A massive HP 6267B linear power supply (0-40V @ 10A), interesting design with a triac pre-regulator in the mains circuit to limit dissipation. 

This approach is used by Statron power supplies also
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Post by: vtl on January 20, 2012, 04:18:08 pm
I was bored and decided to invent a new kind of workbench:

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=187.0;attach=19573;image)
I call it the engineering tower!
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Post by: ThunderSqueak on January 30, 2012, 01:40:07 pm
I was bored and decided to invent a new kind of workbench:

I call it the engineering tower!

*plays jenga with your engineering tower*


;)

this is mine... normally isnt this clean and orderly so I took a picture <.<
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Post by: Kibi on January 30, 2012, 06:50:55 pm
This is my bench.

(http://www.kirbyw.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Images/Bench/IMG_2101.jpg)
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Post by: nrgeek on January 31, 2012, 05:49:53 pm
OMG some of these are the neatest cleanest bench Ive ever seen RFLOL .. My bench was only this neat and clean once lol .. that was before I started any work .. actually I have two benches, the best one is out side of my house, in a lil 15x15 portable building  , but we moved to a new location,  and its so far from the house now, that the underground electrical cable to power it was cost preventive at the time to install enuff juice to power a heat and ac unit, and all my power tools, drill press, table top cnc, bandsaw, and all the other stuff I have in there .. so Im working in spare bedroom inside.. I just use that for the dirty work.
I used to and still do make custom fishing lures, balsa and various other woods.. thats what that was setup for originally but since moving to new house.. just have never got to get 220v out there yet .
Ill post some pics of both as soon as I get cleaned up lol
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Post by: nrgeek on February 09, 2012, 04:28:13 am
Well here is my bench .. well the working area any way it goes round to the left down the wall about 14ft, other side is tools, parts bins, etc etc .. I think I need another scope lol
Title: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: shims506 on February 09, 2012, 03:34:07 pm
This Is my lab so far going to shrink it because space is needed for other things and I feel likes IRS not organized at all. Anyone have any designs for benches for a 10 x 10 area looked at others some are way too big and some are a tad small.


-shims506
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Post by: robrenz on February 09, 2012, 04:34:52 pm
This is my electronic section of my shop.  It is built in a standard shelf unit with hardboard double stick taped to the sides.  The table top is purchased from home depot and attached with piano hinge.  The legs are attached with strap hinges to allow the fold up feature. This only takes up 18" x 48" of floor space when folded up.  Vacuum pump and part cabinets are on top.  Top shelf with the 2225 on it has lots of room for expansion and another shelf or riser.  Bins in bottom are cheap and I made the risers and guides out of particle board and hardboard.  Notice on Pic ending in 858 the light is mounted using one of those bicycle hoists so I can lower the light for high intensity or raise it all the way up to access the upper shelves.  Light intensity varies with the square of distance so moving it half the distance to the table top makes it 4 times as bright.
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Post by: timorousme on February 09, 2012, 05:00:50 pm
Wow. A lot of you guys are so organized. My bench looks like the inside of a junk drawer.
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Post by: Jad.z on February 09, 2012, 05:27:06 pm
@shims506
Now that's what i call soldering gun, it isn't lead free thought :D
Title: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: shims506 on February 09, 2012, 06:17:50 pm
@shims506
Now that's what i call soldering gun, it isn't lead free thought :D

Lol the hakko?


-shims506
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Post by: nrgeek on February 09, 2012, 06:31:38 pm
NO lol he means the AK47s on the wall lol

@shims506
Now that's what i call soldering gun, it isn't lead free thought :D

Lol the hakko?


-shims506
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Post by: timorousme on February 09, 2012, 06:36:35 pm
Doesn't everybody's lab double as a militia storage room?
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Post by: Drirr on February 09, 2012, 06:41:52 pm
And another lab :-)
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Post by: Jad.z on February 09, 2012, 08:21:19 pm
@shims506
I was actually referring to the AK47s  ;D


@timorousme
Sure, take my lab for example i have hot air gun, soldering gun, hot melt glue gun, coil gun, thermal imaging camera gun, hell i even have an electron gun.  8)
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Post by: M. András on February 09, 2012, 09:12:19 pm
This Is my lab so far going to shrink it because space is needed for other things and I feel likes IRS not organized at all. Anyone have any designs for benches for a 10 x 10 area looked at others some are way too big and some are a tad small.


-shims506

those are real guns or airsoft ones? anyway nice
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Post by: shims506 on February 10, 2012, 12:47:56 am
This Is my lab so far going to shrink it because space is needed for other things and I feel likes IRS not organized at all. Anyone have any designs for benches for a 10 x 10 area looked at others some are way too big and some are a tad small.


-shims506

those are real guns or airsoft ones? anyway nice

Haha I would never leave real guns out like that, they are airsoft guns and i work on them occasionally. The two guns you see were built from scratch, my prized possessions :)

Thanks for all the compliments :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Epress32x on February 10, 2012, 05:49:35 am
My Favorite place to be.....
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Post by: robrenz on February 10, 2012, 02:00:27 pm
My Favorite place to be.....

How do you like your Zephtronics stuff?
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Post by: nickds1 on February 10, 2012, 03:11:50 pm
Well, quite an old photo - the Tek 7904A has been moved to a new home as its too big. The board on the desk is a Jim Williams design of an ultra-low-distortion oscillator. The 2465A is my scope of choice and the 2430A is being a bit temperamental at the moment (probably because the workshop is cold overnight). The other end of the workshop is the assembly & storage area - mostly Metcal MX-500 stuff, PSUs and racks of components, and there is a machining area with lathe/mill/press etc.
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Post by: IanJ on February 10, 2012, 06:13:30 pm
Hi all,

Here's some updated pics of my workshop (shed!). It's just about to get extended, I'm adding another 8ft and knocking through an internal door (to left of laptop). I need the space for storage. It'll be 24x9ft.

Current project = Arduino powered home built Segway.

Ian.

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/wshop/1.jpg)

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/wshop/2.jpg)

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/wshop/3.jpg)

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/wshop/4.jpg)
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Post by: timorousme on February 10, 2012, 08:07:41 pm
Which small parts cabinets are those in the last photo?
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Post by: Epress32x on February 10, 2012, 08:11:48 pm
My Favorite place to be.....

How do you like your Zephtronics stuff?

I'm a big fan of the Zephtronics equipment. I got the Solder paste dispenser, and the vacuum air pick. The solder paste dispenser gets a lot of use, perfect for prototyping and low level manufacturing, I really cant make a good looking board without it. The vacuum air pick doesn't get much use at all.
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Post by: Epress32x on February 10, 2012, 08:28:35 pm
This one is my Baby.......Straight out of main land China, came with no instructions, very little support from the company. But works amazing, once you figure out how to use it. Saved my ass countless times. From an Idea to holding the PCB in your hand 2 hrs later, is a beautiful thing.
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Post by: IanJ on February 10, 2012, 08:32:22 pm
Which small parts cabinets are those in the last photo?

They are Raaco storage cabinets, and available in all sorts of sizes and drawer combos.
You can get them on Ebay.................but they are expensive!

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/content/images/stories/IanJ/ElecWorkshop/IMG_2847.JPG)
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Post by: metalphreak on February 11, 2012, 12:09:05 pm
http://au.element14.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/136709101 (http://au.element14.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/136709101)

Those Raaco storage cabinets are on sale for $15.40!

Backordered but if you order now they'll probably get them in soon. They're in the latest catalogue advertised as 50% off.

UK: http://uk.farnell.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/1367091?Ntt=126762 (http://uk.farnell.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/1367091?Ntt=126762)

Probably same everywhere Farnell/E14 operates part# 126762
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Post by: nrgeek on February 11, 2012, 05:22:22 pm
I wish they sold in the USA  :'( .. or if they do I haven't found a source yet ! Shipping from UK or AU would be insane, and take forever!
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Post by: metalphreak on February 11, 2012, 10:19:44 pm
http://www.newark.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/54M1704?Ntt=126762 (http://www.newark.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/54M1704?Ntt=126762)

$20 fee per order though
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Post by: oddeohead on February 15, 2012, 02:31:09 am
Here is a picture of my home lab.
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Post by: shims506 on February 15, 2012, 03:01:28 am
Here is a picture of my home lab.


Love the lab :)
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Post by: oddeohead on February 15, 2012, 03:10:04 am
Thank you Shims!
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Post by: n3wbie on February 15, 2012, 04:02:57 pm
Here is a picture of my home lab.

Looks great, but why is there two of everything?  ;D
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Post by: timorousme on February 15, 2012, 05:40:24 pm
Here is a picture of my home lab.

You really don't need all of those scopes. I'll happily take a few off your hands.  ;)
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Post by: oddeohead on February 15, 2012, 09:50:59 pm
I guess I just don't want to lug the gear all the way over 10 feet to the other side! So 2 of everything makes more sense! And the fact that I am a gearhead! HA HA
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Post by: FenderBender on February 17, 2012, 11:42:37 pm
Hey guys,

I'm 17 years old so forgive my rather lackluster workspace, but this is what I'm working with.

A few meters, a scope, cheap function generator, soldering iron, desoldering iron, crapton of banana wires, test leads. That's about it.
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Post by: george graves on February 17, 2012, 11:46:39 pm
I like those right-angled test leads.  Source please?
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Post by: FenderBender on February 18, 2012, 12:47:32 am
I like those right-angled test leads.  Source please?

The ones hanging on the wall? Those are homemade. I bought the wire in the bargain bin of AWC Wire. It's  UL1015 18AWG hook up wire. I chose UL1015 because it's got thicker insulation than UL1007 so it might be a little more flexible and reliable. I got 300ft (~150ea) total for about $20 shipped. Excellent deal.

I used Pomona 1825 banana plugs. Bought 8 of black and 8 of red. Cost me around $25 for the plugs. So a grand total of around $45 for 8 x 24" test leads.

It wasn't necessarily cheaper than the retail options. I reckon you can get some premade Pomona leads for about $5-6 each. which would be roughly the same price as mine. However, I do have around 275ft of red and black 18AWG wire ...so, I guess I win?
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Post by: Vredstein on February 18, 2012, 01:16:18 am
The dude on your computer monitor seems to be quite happy to be there.
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Post by: ronwoch on February 18, 2012, 02:30:16 am
What else do you need?  ;D

Hey guys,

I'm 17 years old so forgive my rather lackluster workspace, but this is what I'm working with.

A few meters, a scope, cheap function generator, soldering iron, desoldering iron, crapton of banana wires, test leads. That's about it.
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Post by: rkoval on February 18, 2012, 02:39:24 am
Finally got my bench set up.  The Peg board really got me organized. :)
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Post by: FenderBender on February 18, 2012, 03:14:26 am
What else do you need?  ;D

Hey guys,

I'm 17 years old so forgive my rather lackluster workspace, but this is what I'm working with.

A few meters, a scope, cheap function generator, soldering iron, desoldering iron, crapton of banana wires, test leads. That's about it.

You know...RF Spectrum Analyzers, 30GHz Tek MSO, etc.  :P

On a more serious note, I do actually need (want?) a bench supply and maybe an LCR meter.

Yes, I'm pretty satisfied with my test equipment, though I don't have anything too expensive or amazing.
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Post by: ronwoch on February 18, 2012, 03:18:19 am
Oh there is always more things to WAN- er, NEED,  :D but for a 17 yo you are off to a helluva great start. Keep at it!
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Post by: oddeohead on February 18, 2012, 03:54:21 am
So true! At 17 most of us were lucky to own even just 1 meter!
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Post by: dustooff on February 18, 2012, 04:27:21 am
Heh,

good example of a baaaaddd workbench.
it does get tidied up occasionally... honest.

first 2 main workbench
next job bench
then parts
and more parts. (I probably missed some... (parts))?

regards
Andrew
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Post by: george graves on February 18, 2012, 07:58:52 am
I like those right-angled test leads.  Source please?

The ones hanging on the wall? Those are homemade. I bought the wire in the bargain bin of AWC Wire. It's  UL1015 18AWG hook up wire. I chose UL1015 because it's got thicker insulation than UL1007 so it might be a little more flexible and reliable. I got 300ft (~150ea) total for about $20 shipped. Excellent deal.

I used Pomona 1825 banana plugs. Bought 8 of black and 8 of red. Cost me around $25 for the plugs. So a grand total of around $45 for 8 x 24" test leads.

It wasn't necessarily cheaper than the retail options. I reckon you can get some premade Pomona leads for about $5-6 each. which would be roughly the same price as mine. However, I do have around 275ft of red and black 18AWG wire ...so, I guess I win?

Thanks for the info.  I think I'll eventually pic up some of that wire and plugs.  I've been getting by with ebay audio banana jacks - But the recent ones on ebay are only for much larger gauge speaker wire, and you can't get a 18 gauge wire secured.  Thanks again.
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Post by: ronwoch on February 19, 2012, 08:46:06 pm
Finally! Figured out how to post youtube videos. Derrrrrrr.

My Bench setup (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE4scaqaHww#)
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Post by: jasonh on February 19, 2012, 11:08:09 pm
When I first joined here I was looking for an oscilloscope  as the one I had was no longer working, it had been some time since I had used it and it wasn't worth looking at with all the cheap digital scopes on the market.

    I didn't get it as the project never came to fruition.  Now I am working on some other things I decided to get the cheap DS1102E, it's not the agilent but it's not the price and it will certainly do for what I am working on right now so I am very happy to have replaced mine for the price of this.

   Unfortunately a number of other tools that were in storage are mysteriously no longer in storage and seem to have gone missing. so I am starting from scratch except for a soldering station and power supply that I am always using for odd things.

   Most of what I will be working on in the near term will be microcontroller based and I will take the opportunity to move from my atmel kit to the TI cortex M3 and start doing SMD.

   So, this afternoon I will order the atten 858D+ that I see is popular.  I had another couple fluke DMM but they seem lost so something else there and another power supply will be on my short list.

   Right now I am increasing my workshop space as I work at home so I am stuck on my computer desk until that is complete and some concrete gets laid.   It will be tight for the meantime!

   Here are some pics of one of the workshop areas, I have another which has more tools but that is the area that is getting expanded so it's a big mess right now! 

   All these tools are some way incorporated in to various electronic projects, a lot of what I play with has a mechanical and electrical component to it.   In the new space there will  also be a new laser with a 1500x1200mm bed.  One thing I will use it for is to cut and engrave panels for mounting leds/swtiches etc on to.   As well as cut all the balsa parts for a spitfire ;)

   I look forward to making some new prettier boards with SMD components :)

   It also looks like while I am at my computer desk I will need to make some stands so I can stack things.   I may also put the scope out of the way and use the computer interface to save a bit more space.  Not sure how well the computer interface works but it's worth a try.





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Post by: Deepak on February 20, 2012, 09:07:56 pm
Look what I did today

 (http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4895/20120220155843.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/20120220155843.jpg/)
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Post by: harnon on February 20, 2012, 09:20:45 pm
Look what I did today

You lined up your cordless drills?   ;)  Looks good.

This thread is really not good for me - I'm getting a nasty case of lab envy!
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Post by: FenderBender on February 20, 2012, 09:45:42 pm
When I first joined here I was looking for an oscilloscope  as the one I had was no longer working, it had been some time since I had used it and it wasn't worth looking at with all the cheap digital scopes on the market.......

Nice setup! Drill presses are the most helpful thing every invented.

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Post by: FenderBender on February 20, 2012, 09:46:49 pm
Look what I did today

 (http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4895/20120220155843.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/20120220155843.jpg/)

So what exactly do you do with all of those drills?
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Post by: Kibi on February 20, 2012, 10:03:32 pm
Drill presses are the most helpful thing every invented.

You sir, are correct.

However, a band saw, lathe or milling machine would be nice too. :)
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Post by: Deepak on February 20, 2012, 10:06:12 pm

You lined up your cordless drills?   ;)  Looks good.

This thread is really not good for me - I'm getting a nasty case of lab envy!

How'd I know that was coming?  ;D Thx.


So what exactly do you do with all of those drills?

Usually injure myself.

Really, though, I do a lot of woodworking (I have since my teens). I picked up the Hitachi set about 2 years ago and the Dewalt set, along with a circular saw & recip saw that aren't pictured, were an Xmas gift. The big ones are general use (both hammer drills) and the smaller ones are impact drivers so I use them to drive screws - you can/shouldn't use them to drill holes.

Switching bits sucks.
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Post by: FenderBender on February 20, 2012, 10:27:49 pm
Oh I didn't realize (or look) to see if they were different types.

Well that makes more sense.
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Post by: olsenn on April 14, 2012, 09:43:52 pm
Here's my main bench:

(http://s15.postimage.org/52jkw49ln/IMG_1281.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)
free picture hosting (http://postimage.org/)

From left to right, I have a B&K Precision 879B, Fluke 87-V, Rigol DS1052E, Rigol DSA815-TG, Instek SFG-1003, Rigol DM3058, Itech (B&K Precision) 8511, Rigol DG2041A, Instek GPS-4303.

In the background, on my other bench you can barely see my Lecroy WaveAce102. I also have a Hakko FX-888, an AVR ONE!, PicKit2, J-Link EDU, Digilent Atlys, Terasic DE0 Nano, and numerous other powerful toys.
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Post by: free_electron on April 14, 2012, 11:21:42 pm
My hardware workbench
(http://www.siliconvalleygarage.com/circuitsonline/2012/fehok1.jpg)
left to right :
- Agilent 16702B logic analyser with two 16750a analyzer blades (400MHz state / 2GHz timing / 4Meg memory per channel , 68 channels ) , one 16520 pattern generator (32 channels , 200 M vectors / second) blade
- Agilent 54832D 1GHz 4Gs/s 4+16 channel oscilloscope. Deep memory option  (128 megasamples per channel)
- Agilent E3610 analog power supplies
- Agilent 34401 6 1/2 digit Digital multimeters
- Agilent MSO7104A 4+16 channel 1Ghz 4Gs/s oscilloscope. Deep memory option / packet decoders . this is my main machine. The reason i keep the 54832D is because i have the FPGA licences for that one. it allows me to debug inside FPGA's and that scope is timesynced with the logic analyzer so i can do mixed signal stuff
- Agilent 33120 arbitray generator
- Agilent E2641 3 channel power supply
- Agilent 8904A synthesizer. This thing has differential isolated output. ideal for precise LF applications
- Agilent 5334B counter with Oven option
- Agilent 8116 function generators. One with option 001 ( burst and modulation modes)
- Agilent 3225B signal generator. this one can do up to 40 volts p/p .
- vision engineering mantis with x8 super long working distance lens and x4 lens ( i primarily do SMD stuff... 0402 0603 , sometimes smaller )

All the generators are locked to the crystal oven in the counter.

My battery of soldering irons. smd tweezers, hot air pencil , microtouch for very precise work, two wsp80 with different tips ( so i don't have to swap all the time ) and a desoldering gun

 My software workbench
(http://www.siliconvalleygarage.com/circuitsonline/2012/fehok2.JPG)
- General purpose power supply / counter / fg/ dmm
- Agilent 54831A 600Mhz 4Gs/s 4 meg deep memory general purpose scope
- older 54645D 2+16 scope 100 Mhz. primarily used for the digital channels

Not shown : my pile of half repaired / half broken / stuff to be scrapped / sold / donated equipment. a bunch of 16500A and B / 16700Alogic analysers with blades , A lecroy wavemaster scope ( bwuaaark. should be called lecrap )

Most of my equipment was gotten cheap/free because it was broken. Over the years i've gotten pretty good at repairing agilent equipment.
I traded a bunch of other scopes (tektronix TDS7xx / agilent 54645D's ) for the 54832D and the MSO7104. The Logic analyser was bought from a company that stopped hardware development 4 year ago. They only sell software now ( they used to have an asic running their software, now they license the algorithm.. ) They were moving and nobody still there knew what this machine was. It was on ebay for 300$ ... local pickup only.. and i got it! This was more than 120K$ machine when new 8 years ago ...
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Post by: jnd on April 15, 2012, 01:54:37 am
That's some pretty sweet workbench Agilent laboratory, free_electron ;D
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Post by: Teknotronix on April 15, 2012, 03:16:27 am
That's some pretty sweet workbench Agilent laboratory, free_electron ;D

There is even a spindle of HP blank media. Dedication!
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Post by: T4P on April 15, 2012, 04:56:23 am
That's some pretty sweet workbench Agilent laboratory, free_electron ;D

There is even a spindle of HP blank media. Dedication!
AHHHHHH !! I used to have a 20kg box of HP tapes ! Threw them out during the beginning of the year .  :'(
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Post by: SeanB on April 15, 2012, 01:27:00 pm
I still have some QIC cartridges, still sealed........ Who needs a 40M backup tape? And the remains of a box of 1G DAT data tapes, where the drive died ( actually the 3rd drive died and we bough a DLT unit instead) eventually.
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Post by: T4P on April 15, 2012, 03:12:48 pm
I still have some QIC cartridges, still sealed........ Who needs a 40M backup tape? And the remains of a box of 1G DAT data tapes, where the drive died ( actually the 3rd drive died and we bough a DLT unit instead) eventually.

Before i thrashed the tapes i had a 20megger Sony cartridge  :P And some 10GB DLT
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Post by: free_electron on April 15, 2012, 04:59:41 pm
i still have three fluke handheld meters. two 179 and a 83 (original model ) but those are only used if i need to do something 'mobile'. there is also a couple of philips/fluke pm2811 programmable power supplies and a couple of pm2525 multimeters. i have a LeCroyoyap wavemaster too (500Mhz 4 channel 4Gs/s ) but those are gathering dust...

My last tek went out the door about 3 years ago.
As for that stuff from the drunken swiss scope maker .. i won't touch that with a long stick. At work we bought a brand new ( as in freshly released) wavemaster with the 32 channel digital pod option. I lost 4 days of work because that thing was lying. you'd zoom in on a segment but the display would show you something else. if you moved the viewport , the analog channels were lost... i had a report with 15 pages of errors in that scope. They didn't believe me. i had to walk them through each and every problem on the phone.... hook up a probe there , push that button , turn that knob 1 click now push that button.. what do you see. ? ah yes.. we'll that's not quite right ... we'll fix that..
It took them 2 months ! the scope was unusable... i had to rent a machine . When they finally came back they sent me the installer file. Here is the beta release, please install it and see if it works correctly now.. WHAT ?!? i bought a 50K$ scope that doesn't work , have to wait 2 months and now i have to test your beta-ware too ? you can have it back.
And there is the endless 'calibrating , triggering , acquiring' cycle. Their machines have immense blind-times. turn a knob too fast and they bluescreen or crash.

I only want HP / Agilent equipment now.
Tek's are junk. They were the best but with the advent of the TDSxxx series the repairability went to hell. They are full of unobtainium parts , no manuals and extremely difficult to troubleshoot. Agilent kept on publishing schematics until mid 2000's ( the newer machines don't have them anymore , although you can get the CLIP ( component level information package ) if there is a military variant of the machine. the us militray demands full schematics for anything they buy.

The serviceabilit of agilent is far superior. you can open machines , unflold the modules and still power it up. everything is accessible. with other brands you can unplug modules but then you can't power up the machines.

they also have eol support. like the logic analyzer. even though that machine went out of production in 2004 they still guarantee software updates until 2016 ... and they are free. just download the iso files , burn to cd and off you go. the same with the scopes.

I have a very expensive Tek scope at work that died... motherboard corrupted. take it to tek : ah sorry , we don;t have these boards anymore... but the machine is barely 4 years old. ah yes well..too bad. you can buy an upgrade , we'll give you a 15% discount ...
i put in a different motherboard, tweaked it a bit and its running. So long suckers !

Right, got to go .. i have scored two new instruments yesterday... another E3631A power supply and a 4263B RLC bridge ... they need my attention... both are dead. the power supply shows nonsense on its display. setting voltage works ok , but reading it gives absurd values like 9000 ampere and -41 volts... probably the digitizer that is shot. a couple of opamps should do the trick. ( i've seen this problem before , the integrator in the a/d dies and then it can't converge .. a simple AD711 )

The RLc bridge has the current source fried.. probably someone hooked up a large still charged capacitor. both protection diodes were burnt ... so probably the driver stage is fried too. nothing exotic in there. should be fixable.
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Post by: frpeebles on April 15, 2012, 08:31:37 pm
From no lab at all to this mess in just a month.

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/3309/imag1690t.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/imag1690t.jpg/)
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Post by: terabyte on May 09, 2012, 01:10:58 am
ok i just got the study done a couple of weeks ago.  I temporarily set my bench top on two saw horses whilst i built this;

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7161704190_2311972c3d_b.jpg)

and well tonight i slid it all over ;D ;D ;D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7161698244_bacf7c9dd0_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8013/7161700934_eec1ab08d0_b.jpg)
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Post by: carloscuev on May 10, 2012, 08:23:28 pm
Hell, here's my humble setting :) works nicely for me ! I think I'll always want more and more equipment !
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Post by: free_electron on May 10, 2012, 09:59:34 pm
ok i just got the study done a couple of weeks ago.  I temporarily set my bench top on two saw horses whilst i built this;
omg. it's a realy ikea jerker in the corner ! I wish they would make those again ! i have two of them they are so comfortable. you can assmeble them with the work surface at the height you awnt , top instrument shelves ...
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Post by: Kibi on May 10, 2012, 10:42:41 pm
omg. it's a realy ikea jerker in the corner ! I wish they would make those again ! i have two of them they are so comfortable. you can assmeble them with the work surface at the height you awnt , top instrument shelves ...

I noticed that you had two. I also have two, they are fantastic. I check ebay every once in a while to see if any are up for sale in my area just so that I can have another one.
The beauty of them is even if you don't have the space at any point in time, it takes up no space at all once dismantled.
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Post by: free_electron on May 10, 2012, 10:57:06 pm
they fly by on craigslist once in a while too...
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Post by: terabyte on May 10, 2012, 11:23:28 pm
good catch guys.  yea I love that desk.  I'm not sure why they discontinued it. I ran to Criagslist to get one after I saw this picture;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aud1073ch/2263840941/#sizes/l/in/faves-thespeedphreak/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aud1073ch/2263840941/#sizes/l/in/faves-thespeedphreak/)

I thought about getting another 1 or 2 for my bench but I wanted something big and this was cheaper. I built my bench to be the same height as my Jerker station :)
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Post by: Spawn on May 11, 2012, 02:22:52 pm
Since this is bumped up again and I am almost done with my bench after two months I think it is time to post here.
Still need to put some electric tools there and need to find a place for the wire reels I got, but other than that it is done.

Al my stuff was in a closet and I realized I got too much to put on the bench, on the photo you see 4 drawers under the bench, that was my bench with 4 closets under, it was pretty small and not workable, I am using that as storage now for things like sprays and chemical stuff.

I got green light from my wife to use more space in the room. New bench is 95cm high, 85cm deep and 185cm wide, the shelves are 50cm deep. Bench is made from an old closet made out HDF, the door is my work space and the side plates are the shelves, the white back plate where the shelves are on is the back of the closet.
All my hand tools like cutters but also mechanical tools are in my Gedore Adjudant tool trolley, it is fully loaded.

The bench is not big and I don’t have much equipment but it is more than enough for me.

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/benchstage11.jpg)
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Post by: robrenz on May 11, 2012, 02:26:44 pm
Very nice! 
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Post by: T4P on May 11, 2012, 03:05:41 pm
Since this is bumped up again and I am almost done with my bench after two months I think it is time to post here.
Still need to put some electric tools there and need to find a place for the wire reels I got, but other than that it is done.
Man, i have always loved the look of your lab along with that many power supplies  8)
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Post by: Spawn on May 11, 2012, 10:29:20 pm
Thanks guys :)

Unfortunately I don’t have new equipment like DSO or newer model function generator, but it is still good enough for me, I paused for very long time and that’s why  my equipment got stuck on 90’s early 00’s
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Post by: terabyte on May 12, 2012, 05:31:01 pm
Spawn that is BEAUTIFUL!
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Post by: free_electron on May 12, 2012, 05:59:24 pm
i like the big fire extuinguisher on the top shelf :)
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Post by: Tube_Dude on May 12, 2012, 07:59:15 pm
i like the big fire extuinguisher on the top shelf :)

He is a wise man...  8)
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Post by: Spawn on May 13, 2012, 03:14:02 am
Thanks again guys :)

free_electron, it is a 3 liter extinguisher but enough for a small room like this :)
Got a 2 liter version in my Grand Voyager, people underestimate how fast one liter extinguisher goes empty.

Tube_Dude, I would be even wiser man if I didn’t use a water and foam fire extinguisher on a electronics bench, but I don’t like the idea having a powder extinguisher blown on my equipment because the corrosion it makes after a while, with this water and foam I can cut the electricity then extinguish the fire and dry up the mess.
Let’s hope I never use it :D
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Post by: nick.sek on May 13, 2012, 04:22:35 am
Electronics Lab (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GWA8KyCHUo#ws)

here is my lab
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Post by: SeanB on May 13, 2012, 05:35:09 am
But CO2 is better than dry powder, less mess to clean up in small accidents. Best is Halon, but that is no longer made.
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Post by: free_electron on May 13, 2012, 06:12:40 am
Real hobby labs have one of thos big red 'mushroom' pushbutton ona bog yellow box mounted on the wall. If you hit that the lights turn off , red spinning lights switch on ( those old rotating warning lights , not a simple flasher ) and bathe the room in an atmosphere of danger. Meanwhile a booming voice transmitted from a speaker proclaims "Warning : Halon Release imminent. Evacuate the room immediately" and then counts down 5 4 3 2 1 and then the blast doors fall out of the ceiling and then halon is released from the ceiling floodgates.

at least that's how i always imagine it when i set something on fire... typically my spraybottle of wate rto wet the soldering iron sponge does fine ....

if i ever get my hollowed-out-volcano lab i'll definatley need to get me one of those...
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Post by: T4P on May 13, 2012, 06:13:34 am
But CO2 is better than dry powder, less mess to clean up in small accidents. Best is Halon, but that is no longer made.

Yeah... Halon's not something you want to use on your hands ::)
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Post by: SeanB on May 13, 2012, 06:18:40 am
Halon is no worse than R22 or R134A, and at least will stay as liquid when neat room temperature. I still have a few halons that I can no longer get serviced, so they are in storage as there is no way to dispose of them other than releasing to atmosphere, and I would rather use them on a fire instead. No halon bank near me to take them ( and pay for the gas of course).
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Post by: free_electron on May 13, 2012, 06:22:06 am
?!? halon is gas ... no need to worry to get it on your hands.. you need to worry not the breathe it .. it will kill you , and very quickly

Halon System Discharge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fyGGqgVzCY#)
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Post by: Bored@Work on May 13, 2012, 07:14:14 am
Real hobby labs have one of thos big red 'mushroom' pushbutton ona bog yellow box mounted on the wall. If you hit that the lights turn off , red spinning lights switch on ( those old rotating warning lights , not a simple flasher ) and bathe the room in an atmosphere of danger.

This is to make it harder for our hero to find the exit.

Quote
and then the blast doors fall out of the ceiling and then halon is released from the ceiling floodgates.
At work we now have mostly Inergen systems. One is supposed to have a higher chance of surviving if one happens to end up at the wrong side of the pressure-tight doors when it is released. Still not something I intend to try any day.
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Post by: Monkeh on May 13, 2012, 07:30:57 am
?!? halon is gas ... no need to worry to get it on your hands.. you need to worry not the breathe it .. it will kill you , and very quickly

That's a myth. Halon itself is fairly harmless (1301, 1211 is slightly toxic but is nearly never used in flood systems).
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Post by: T4P on May 13, 2012, 11:19:00 am
?!? halon is gas ... no need to worry to get it on your hands.. you need to worry not the breathe it .. it will kill you , and very quickly

That's a myth. Halon itself is fairly harmless (1301, 1211 is slightly toxic but is nearly never used in flood systems).

I do not know, but i have been taught that Halon is harmless... sure i know now.
Certainly all train stations in my country use halon as an extinguisher ...
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Post by: Monkeh on May 13, 2012, 11:26:24 am
?!? halon is gas ... no need to worry to get it on your hands.. you need to worry not the breathe it .. it will kill you , and very quickly

That's a myth. Halon itself is fairly harmless (1301, 1211 is slightly toxic but is nearly never used in flood systems).

I do not know, but i have been taught that Halon is harmless... sure i know now.
Certainly all train stations in my country use halon as an extinguisher ...

1211 is apparently slightly toxic, 1301 has no permanent or damaging effects. It does, however, impair you somewhat. The danger comes from high temperature fires. Halon 1301 + high temperatures produces hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen bromide. Mixed with water (see: eyes, respitory tract) they become hydroflouric acid and hydrobromic acid. Continued exposure to that in the air in sufficient quantity will quickly become dangerous. Not, however, as quickly as a 60% CO2 flood system will kill you (about 30 seconds.).

Halon is much safer and more effective than CO2 in most situations. It's also, however, a CFC, and even at a low mix ratio (5-10% vs up to around 75% for CO2) that's a lot of gas. Hence the green nuts decided we should instead use CO2, which is fatal if you get stuck in the room with it.
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Post by: Bored@Work on May 13, 2012, 11:40:26 am
Hence the green nuts decided we should instead use CO2, which is fatal if you get stuck in the room with it.

No Inergen in the UK?
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Post by: SeanB on May 13, 2012, 01:23:08 pm
Inergen is a nitrogen/argon/CO2 mix that displaces the oxygen in the room, so is just as fatal.
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Post by: Bored@Work on May 13, 2012, 01:59:57 pm
Inergen is a nitrogen/argon/CO2 mix that displaces the oxygen in the room, so is just as fatal.

The idea with Inergen is to use it to lower (but not completely displace) the oxygen in the room, to the point that the remaining oxygen is no longer sufficient to support combustion, but still enough to barely support humans.

The idea with the carbon dioxide in Inergen is that after discharge it is diluted to roughly a 2% CO2 concentration in the room. This is supposed to triggers the human body to take deeper breath to make better use of the remaining oxygen in the space. This in turn is supposed to significantly increase your chance of surviving while the Inergen's nitrogen and argon does not do harm to the human body.

This requires a carefully planed and maintained system that doesn't just flood a room to the brim, but gets the balance between Inergen and remaining oxygen right.

As I wrote, I am not planning to test it, but I am happy that my employer changed to Inergen systems from a reputable manufacturer with proper maintenance, instead of the previous "kill everything in sight" approach.
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Post by: SeanB on May 13, 2012, 02:37:40 pm
Still better than water or dry powder. Use that in a data centre and you better have good off site backups.

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Post by: M. András on May 13, 2012, 04:27:19 pm
and much higher wallet to pay the losses :)

btw for electronics fire which is the proper type of fire extinguisher?
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Post by: Monkeh on May 13, 2012, 04:31:05 pm
and much higher wallet to pay the losses :)

btw for electronics fire which is the proper type of fire extinguisher?

Powder or CO2 for anything electrical. For the little prototype you just wrecked, a good pair of lungs. :P
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Post by: T4P on May 13, 2012, 04:32:23 pm
and much higher wallet to pay the losses :)

btw for electronics fire which is the proper type of fire extinguisher?

Best suited is dry powder... for a home type lab of course like mono ammonium phosphate
or CO2 which i hardly see around
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Post by: pickle9000 on May 13, 2012, 04:40:02 pm
Rules from my old shop (my rules guess why?)

FIRE

Keep chemicals off your bench.
Turn off bench power.
Fire extinguisher is located on the front leg of the bench.
Don't try to save equipment just put it out.
HV must be done on the HV bench!!

So nice to be retired (mostly retired anyway)

...mike
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Post by: SeanB on May 13, 2012, 04:44:56 pm
Well, best is halon, as it is non corrosive, evaporates off and has no static problems. Does no further damage than the fire.

Next is CO2, no damage to equipment, but has a bad static generating potential and can actually ignite flammable gases. Best for your electronics as it is the only one available off the shelf, and with a good shelf life. Note, you do want to get a 2kg unit with an aluminium housing, it is a lot lighter to move around and mount.

Dry powder is best if you only want to put out the fire, as it is somewhat corrosive, goes everywhere and is difficult to clean out of equipment, you will probably scrap it afterwards. Good for fires involving flammable liquids and kitchens, as it will handle most fires there, with a powder that smothers most fires and is low enough velocity not to blow burning liquid all over.

Water is cheap, plentiful and will put out most fires eventually. Bad around electrics, electronics, but very good for wood, paper and building structural fires.Messy, and the runoff can carry burning liquids.

The most commonly available is dry powder, cheap and easy to store. Next is CO2, and then water.
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Post by: DaveW on May 20, 2012, 08:03:16 pm
We ended up filming a tour round our workshop for our blog, this is the 3rd version of the workshop, and was built from scratch to be a workshop-what'cha think?

Watt Circuit Dave's Lab Tour (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuLZYcRtczE#ws)

And some still pictures linked here, http://wattcircuit.com/the-workshops/ (http://wattcircuit.com/the-workshops/)
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Post by: w2aew on May 21, 2012, 12:07:29 am
You may have seen this - a lab tour as viewed on the screen of my oscilloscope:
Composite Video on an Analog Oscilloscope using XYZ - Lab tour... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FYF5uhCzAM#)
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Post by: EEVblog on May 21, 2012, 12:17:53 am
We ended up filming a tour round our workshop for our blog, this is the 3rd version of the workshop, and was built from scratch to be a workshop-what'cha think?

Nice work, thanks for sharing.
"5 projects halfway through" - who hasn't! ;D

Dave.
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Post by: ECUtech on May 21, 2012, 11:11:43 am
Just had a clean up so I posted my bench. This is a very busy automotive electronics workshop.
Last addition is a Rigol DG4062 arbitrary function generator for sending waveforms from the PC to the generator, however this function sadly does not work on firmware version 1.02 and updating does not work either. At a dead end with Rigol tech support. Anyway I digress, I'm thinking of adding some shelves for the equipment (3U 19" rack dimensions). Maybe some under shelf lighting also.

Kev.
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Post by: ErikTheNorwegian on May 22, 2012, 08:56:52 am
Well, best is halon, as it is non corrosive, evaporates off and has no static problems. Does no further damage than the fire.

Next is CO2, no damage to equipment, but has a bad static generating potential and can actually ignite flammable gases. Best for your electronics as it is the only one available off the shelf, and with a good shelf life. Note, you do want to get a 2kg unit with an aluminium housing, it is a lot lighter to move around and mount.

Dry powder is best if you only want to put out the fire, as it is somewhat corrosive, goes everywhere and is difficult to clean out of equipment, you will probably scrap it afterwards. Good for fires involving flammable liquids and kitchens, as it will handle most fires there, with a powder that smothers most fires and is low enough velocity not to blow burning liquid all over.

Water is cheap, plentiful and will put out most fires eventually. Bad around electrics, electronics, but very good for wood, paper and building structural fires.Messy, and the runoff can carry burning liquids.

The most commonly available is dry powder, cheap and easy to store. Next is CO2, and then water.

I do think You all think a little to complex,  ;)

Most fires if detected early can be put out using a fireblanket, its a 130x150 cm thick dry (You can get wett ones for use on people, that cools burn victims ) fireproof blanket that you can put over the fire, the item that burns , wrap it up like a hot burrito and carry it out.
It doesn't pollute, kill ore anything bad, and can be reused.. nothing to clean up.   :)
It has a natural post on the wall beside the fire extinguisher.
Its cheap, just around 12 $.



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Post by: Rerouter on May 22, 2012, 09:05:03 am
ECUtech, that wouldnt happen to be a audi A3 dash now would it?

wouldnt happen to work in australia, sydney would you

(automotive instrumentation technition)
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Post by: ECUtech on May 22, 2012, 10:59:28 am
Correct, except not Sydney, and my main line of work is engine management electronics with a speciality in instrumentation. I can repair all sorts of automotive electronics be it ECU or ABS module, computerised window controls, climate control panels etc.
My favorite items on the bench are the Hakko iron and desolderer. Thinking of getting a JBC for the quick change tips. The Hameg 4 x 32v 3A is brilliant (new sense leads going on soon). The Tek TPS2014 is reliable (CF card, no USB)and the TEK 2465 with a noisey fan doesn't get much action. The 10x 20x stereo microscope is a must for the modern electronics. I use the Hung Chang FG for high voltage hazards and the Rigol DG1012 is a good arb generator but I wish channel 2 could go at least to 5v at 2.5v offset. I won't mention the DG4062. Anyone got a memory chip for me with 1.03 loaded? The GW Instek is accurate but slow in auto range. Under the packet of aspro is my Xeltek Superpro burner which has served me well for about ten years now. Oh and every bench should have a  good illuminated magnifier. I use it all day long since I can't focus on stuff close up these days.

Kev.
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Post by: StubbornGreek on May 23, 2012, 07:04:24 pm
There are some nice setups here, I enjoyed looking through this thread.

@ free_electron, OMG your setup is pure EE pron right there.

Here's my little home lab:

(http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/tr8rjohnk/20120523_150840.jpg)

(http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/tr8rjohnk/20120523_150821.jpg)

Sorry about the quality, I shot these with my phone as I was having some issues with my camera.
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Post by: free_electron on May 23, 2012, 09:27:47 pm
@ free_electron, OMG your setup is pure EE pron right there.

And i have added a few 'toys' over the weekend ....

- An agilent RF generator ( to 990 MHz ) - repaired-
- one more agilent 3 channel power supply -repaired-
- An Agilent LRC bridge ...  still working on this one

the RF generator had a burned out transformer. very strange. there was short in a wiring harness. i found a transformer on ebay for a slightly different machine ( but same series ) , checking the service manuals they looked the same ( same voltages ) . works fine

the 3 channel supply had a a brain fault : it powers up , beeps, does display test and reboots. endlessly. turns out it memory ( flash chip was corrupted ) so i cloned the firmware from the one i already had. works fine now .

THe LRC bridge had a shot input ranger ( analog mulitplexer ). there is still something wrong with the output as well. it gives fixed amplitude while it should be ranging...
very hard to troubleshoot without schematics... 4263B ... even schematics for an A would work ( same motherboard, different processor. ) but they seem to be made out of unobtainium ...
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Post by: DavidDLC on May 23, 2012, 09:48:30 pm
Living in an apartment with no garage, I have no space for a office/lab, the wife does not like to see all the equipment plus cables, plus everything.

So I had to modified a computer furniture as my "lab" so when I finish working I just close the doors and you cannot see anything inside, the work space is not too big, but so far I'm happy with the results.

Attached is a picture when the mess formed when working, and a download from internet when the furniture is closed.
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Post by: StubbornGreek on May 23, 2012, 09:50:24 pm
@ free_electron, OMG your setup is pure EE pron right there.


the 3 channel supply had a a brain fault : it powers up , beeps, does display test and reboots. endlessly. turns out it memory ( flash chip was corrupted ) so i cloned the firmware from the one i already had. works fine now .



^ Really nice additions. Curious, did you hardware troubleshoot the above or did it just make sense that it would be a memory issue. If HW, would you mind explaining how you identified the fault?
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Post by: StubbornGreek on May 23, 2012, 09:51:37 pm
Living in an apartment with no garage, I have no space for a office/lab, the wife does not like to see all the equipment plus cables, plus everything.

So I had to modified a computer furniture as my "lab" so when I finish working I just close the doors and you cannot see anything inside, the work space is not too big, but so far I'm happy with the results.

Attached is a picture when the mess formed when working, and a download from internet when the furniture is closed.

That's pretty awesome.
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Post by: free_electron on May 23, 2012, 10:03:27 pm
I have service manuals for that beastie. Hooked up the scope and watched the reset line ... that did NOT toggle.. so it was not a hardware reset ....
Errors like that are typically caused by and addressing problem in the processor... either bad ram or bad rom ... since the rom was in a socket i tried that first.
I dumped the rom from my working supply and tried reflashing the suspect one . It failed... the eprom programmer gave an error in a certain location. So now i was sure the rom was bad. Simple 29c020 flash rom in plcc . Went to the local junkstore and got a few for 1$. Done.
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Post by: ThunderSqueak on June 14, 2012, 12:05:45 am
*plays "spot the rigol DS1052E" in each picture*    :P
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Post by: Bored@Work on June 15, 2012, 05:30:22 am
*plays "spot the rigol DS1052E" in each picture*    :P

And? How did it work out?
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Post by: ThunderSqueak on June 15, 2012, 10:07:36 pm
found an average of 2 per page ^^
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Post by: free_electron on June 15, 2012, 11:59:40 pm
found an average of 2 per page ^^
bow to the new chinese overlords  ;D
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Post by: IanJ on June 17, 2012, 07:46:00 pm
Hi all,

Updated video of my own electronics workshop.

Must admit, I spend a LOT of time in there.........here, sorry!

Ian.

Electronics Workshop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwbpgAeuwtg#)

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Post by: bingo600 on June 17, 2012, 08:09:09 pm
@IanJ

Nice lab , but what about winters ?
Don't you freeze your B's off

/Bingo
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Post by: chrome on June 17, 2012, 08:12:49 pm
Just turn on all your gear at once.
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Post by: IanJ on June 17, 2012, 08:17:24 pm
@IanJ

Nice lab , but what about winters ?
Don't you freeze your B's off

/Bingo

No, it's mostly insulated with 40mm Kingspan/Celotex as well as having and double layer floor with membrane in between.
I have a small heater running on a thermostat which easily maintains 22degC in there with snow on the ground outside.
As I type it's 8degC outside and 23degC inside........I'm sweating....:-)

Ian.
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Post by: SeanB on June 18, 2012, 04:55:05 am
Nice workshop, very tidy and clean. 8c in summer? Currently it is 13C in the winter morning, and I am freezing.

My workshop is shared with the car, but the electronics side is in the bedroom next to the computer.
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Post by: bullet308 on June 23, 2012, 10:24:17 pm
Just rearranged my lab into something halfway usable, complete with mascot napping by the soldering unit.
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Post by: kek on June 23, 2012, 11:19:13 pm
Here's my little helper............cutting something.
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Post by: Architect_1077 on June 24, 2012, 12:23:31 am
Is that a U1241B or U1242B?
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Post by: kek on June 24, 2012, 01:06:18 am
Is that a U1241B or U1242B?
U1242B

Happy with the DC performance, AC not so much, can't seem to measure AC ripple on a DC signal. Good thing most of my measurement at my bench are DC.

Other items in pic:

Fluke 8050A, 2X   my favorite meters
Rigol DS1052E digital scope, modded to 100MHz
Kenwood CS-2110 analog scope 100Mhz
1.2-20VDC 1.5A LM317 Power Supply, Made in school ~25 years ago
Spools of wire, Daughter loves to cut
Daughter 2.75 years old
Panasonic SA-HE75 stereo
Pentium 3 playing mp3's (running mpd) on floor
GW Instek SFG-1003 Function generator
Assorted projects (all over bench and shelves)
Dolly stroller (modded to transport sick dog, RIP Brodie)

Out of view:
Samsung laptop i5
Weller soldering iron  WES51
Telephone
Printer, Samsung ML2010
Haier 10" HDTV
Realistic scanner PRO-2022
Samsung T240 Monitor (kinda in view)
Samsung 152N monitor
bunch of project boxes
Daughter's drawing station
Pencil sharpener, hand operated bench mounted
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Post by: krivx on June 24, 2012, 02:01:29 am
You forgot the Dreamcast?  ???
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Post by: kek on June 24, 2012, 02:12:00 am
You forgot the Dreamcast?  ???
good eye! haven't done done any dreamcast hacking.............you missed the GBA, sigh... did a little GBA stuff.

Cheers!
Ken
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Post by: eevblogfan on July 27, 2012, 04:35:42 pm
hey

Just 2 pics of my new lab workbench I've just recived the new plates , Not finish yet  but have a look

 
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Post by: T4P on July 28, 2012, 05:09:17 am
Pentium III still running fine? Color me impressed!
6 years ago i had a Pentium III PC and it broke down within a year
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Post by: kek on July 29, 2012, 01:08:30 am
Pentium III still running fine? Color me impressed!
6 years ago i had a Pentium III PC and it broke down within a year

The Pentium III was going to the junk heap from work years ago, I grabbed it and put Slackware 8 or 9 on it. I made the fan quiet by putting a resistor in series with the fan. I use it to play mp3's and whatever I get from itunes. I have mpd running on it and have a remote control working for it using lirc. I also find I'm using the serial port as a debug tool for my microcontroller projects. My main computer runs windows but I find running my music on a separate computer handy whenever I need to reboot for whatever reason.

Ken
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Post by: SeanB on July 29, 2012, 09:05:55 am
I have a P11 running still, with win98 and a single app, telephone logging. 2G hard drive, and a spare in the case as well. Did do a dedusting in March, due again soon.
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Post by: urbanwriter on July 30, 2012, 04:06:50 am
Let's see how this turns out... In a 500 sq/ft apartment. Both benches are moveable, the 'instrument' bench is some commercial unit that I dragged home bit by bit (yes, the work surface as well) by bicycle.

Kepco power supply
GW Instek power supply new
Instek GDS 1102A digital 100 MHz new
Instek GDS 6103C analog 100 meg new
Goldstar 9020A analog 20 MHz used
Tek CFC250 freq counter used
Tek CFG 250 signal gen used
Instek GAG 810 audio gen new
Hammond 500 W isolation new
PowerStat L116C 'Variac' used and tested for safety's sake, mine
Fluke 77 DMM this I remember waiting 'in line' to get in the 80s @ Crawford
Agilent U1251A
Duoyi LCR meter some 'brand X' but it agrees almost to the last digit every time with the Agilent, close enough for me
uCurrent
WES 51 Weller, and yes, for the eagle-eyed, there are two more in boxes brand new. blowout pricing. Lots of TI, Motorola, misc data books. A 'first edition' of Art, I'm still waiting for #3, and like many others there are three or 4, or some odd number of projects under way.



and all this so I can make LEDs blink, speakers shriek, goofy Xmas gifts, and glow-in the dark skulls...
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Post by: kek on July 30, 2012, 05:12:43 am
Wow, lot's of stuff in 500sq.f. I see an rp electronics bag, I was just there a week ago. You must be in the Vancouver area.

Ken
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Post by: urbanwriter on July 30, 2012, 04:24:42 pm
RP you bet; that's why I left the bag and a couple other evidence markers in the shots. I prefer Main Electronics because they have 'attitude,' seldom shop at Lee's (but they do stock inductors), hit RP once in a while, rarely Interior. Jameco about once or twice a year and only if I'm ordering 100 555 @ once to make the shipping make sense.

Simpson 464 died on someone else, then somebody did a botched job (even by my amateur standing) repair job, and I'm still looking for just one front panel jack that 'looks' the same. Wish me luck. It did however come with the original paper tube that shields the 'D' cell batteries, and the manual/schematic. 

Who needs a bedroom? And the kitchen works well for heat-gun and hot snot.
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Post by: StubbornGreek on July 30, 2012, 05:15:18 pm
I'm still looking for just one front panel jack that 'looks' the same. Wish me luck.

Change all the panel jacks and be done with it.  :)
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Post by: PA4TIM on August 13, 2012, 04:18:22 pm
Hi, i'm new here. I collect measurement stuff. Not everything is in my lab because it is to small ( or as some folks say, i have to much gear) most things I got for free but in non working condition or not used for 25 years or so.
Most things are HP, Tek, Philips, General Radio and Fluke
I have my own hobby calibration lab ( fluke 332 and some other models, guildline standard cells, two KV deviders, resistance and capacitance standards from ESI and GR)
scopes ( about 15 or so)
Multimeters ( over 30, from analog electrometers tot 7,5 digit, from uA to petaOhm)
VNA's ( 3) SA's (3 and a 4th but defect one on the way)
Bridges ( GR1620, GR1650, GR1608, TF1313, HP4260)
Counters, Time standards, curvetracer, funtion, pulse and RF generators.
I love to measure components and design instruments for micromeasurements like fA, uOhm ect. or calibration.
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/shack032012raam.jpg)
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Post by: robrenz on August 13, 2012, 04:43:24 pm
Welcome to the forum!  Very nice collection.

Edit:  Nice stuff on your site. Capacitor testing info was very intreresting.
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Post by: blackdog on August 13, 2012, 05:58:12 pm
Hi PA4TIM

Welcome from me to ;-)

Blackdog
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Post by: M. András on August 13, 2012, 08:23:46 pm
candy store :)
welcome
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Post by: FenderBender on August 14, 2012, 03:24:44 am
Bloody hell PA4TIM. That's a nice workshop and nice photo.
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Post by: JuiceKing on October 02, 2012, 12:38:13 am
I figured out how to stitch photos into a panorama today...here's mine.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/#)
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Post by: FenderBender on October 02, 2012, 01:04:38 am
I figured out how to stitch photos into a panorama today...here's mine.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/#)

Beautiful.
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Post by: prenato on October 02, 2012, 05:04:25 am
I figured out how to stitch photos into a panorama today...here's mine.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/#)

Very nice! Funny, I was thinking of making  a panorama photo  of my lab too this weekend (I shoot a lot of photography in this format) . Another convert to Rigol oscilloscopes? I see you also have some nice older analog models..
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Post by: JuiceKing on October 02, 2012, 09:09:01 am
I figured out how to stitch photos into a panorama today...here's mine.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-maestros/8045441813/#)

Very nice! Funny, I was thinking of making  a panorama photo  of my lab too this weekend (I shoot a lot of photography in this format) . Another convert to Rigol oscilloscopes? I see you also have some nice older analog models..

The Rigol rules for low frequencies, and I like the fact that I can leave it on and not worry about CRT wear. Easy connectivity for remote screen shots, pre-trigger memory, digital filter, and built-in crude, but usable measurements and FFT make it a fantastic tool and value. The fan noise and combined vertical controls for the two channels are annoying so you just know that some day it will be gone, but the analog scopes are keepers. The trigger in the Tek 2467 is amazing--I can get a stable display on a 1GHz signal with no effort.
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Post by: M0BSW on October 02, 2012, 06:48:20 pm
I'll take a better picture at the week end once it's tidy  :-[
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Post by: M0BSW on October 02, 2012, 06:54:05 pm
PA4TIM, Now this is what you call a lab, my radio shack keeps getting attacked by my Atilla the hen , then I can't find anything , currently lost is a pair of large VU meters I need, god knows where she's put them, should I take out an injunction on her not to be allowed in there.
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Post by: PA4TIM on October 02, 2012, 08:10:12 pm
She who must be obate does not enter my lab. She stops at the doorpost because she does not want iron particles or pieces of wire in her sock or feet. Downsite is, I must clean it self.
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Post by: T4P on October 03, 2012, 07:39:25 pm
I'll take a better picture at the week end once it's tidy  :-[
Doesn't matter, i like your equipment  ;D
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Post by: M0BSW on October 04, 2012, 03:48:07 pm
Thank you nothing fancy here
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Post by: miceuz on October 04, 2012, 04:39:10 pm
Here's the place where my journey into electronics started...

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Post by: M0BSW on October 04, 2012, 05:00:59 pm
In the radio Ham world where I'm totally happy most of the really quality equipment comes from Germany, quality is second to none,and lasts forever, I have a old German receiver solid piece of equipment.
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Post by: SLJ on October 29, 2012, 07:34:27 pm
Just found this forum and this discussion.  Some great workbenches here. 
I started out with my first workbench in a walk-in closet when I still lived at home with my parents around 45 years ago.  I still have my first meter (Simpson 260) from back then. Here's my current electronics bench set-up (top photo).  It's been evolving more over the last 20 years or so.
I do all the woodworking and metalworking out in a septate shop (bottom) as the sawdust would really be a problem.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/workbenches.jpg)
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Post by: ceecrb1 on October 29, 2012, 09:04:38 pm
Hey! First post!

Just found EEV blog this weekend and WOW.. thanks for getting me going again! Wish this had been around when I was slogging through uni!!

Well this is my workshop and "mobile workshop/tool kit"..
I work in a very large events company repairing and maintaining anything that can be related.. from LED Screens, to robotic lighting, to control systems, to large 7KW search lights to broadcast TV equipment (also head engineer of an OB truck).   etc etc etc..

I have a really nice, big workshop with lots of room and all for me! Its just lacking in a few simple things but I make do with what I have... and my degree wasnt exactly a good one and I really wasnt "into it" at the time so most of my repair work is educated guessing..
BUT this blog/youtube channel is really making me sit up and want to get using all that endless maths I did at uni!!

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Post by: Martin.M on November 04, 2012, 05:20:17 am
my home of old scopes

(http://www.wellenkino.de/tek1.jpg)

(http://www.wellenkino.de/585A/2.jpg)

(http://www.wellenkino.de/555/555-2.jpg)

greetings
Martin
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Post by: PA4TIM on November 04, 2012, 07:25:19 am
Wow, Do not now what else to say, think I'm in love ith your lab  :)
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Post by: M0BSW on November 04, 2012, 07:33:00 am
I think Martin what you need is a few more scopes in there :)), and wow what a lab, i'd be quite for months in there.
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Post by: Tuomas on November 04, 2012, 08:50:58 pm
This is my lab. I'm currently living in a very small apartment, so that's a massive amount of my space right there. The electronics used to occupy a lot less space when I first moved in, but it's been slowly expading over the years...

Hopefully I'll be moving into a larger apartment/house within a year, so I can get some more space.

The HP 1631D Logic Analyzer, HP 54201D scope, the Iwatsu SS-7611 scope, PACE desoldering iron and the extra monitor are stuff my university was throwing away, so I saved them. The rest is stuff I've been buying over last couple of years.
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Post by: aluck on November 06, 2012, 01:36:15 am
The HP 1631D Logic Analyzer, HP 54201D scope, the Iwatsu SS-7611 scope, PACE desoldering iron and the extra monitor are stuff my university was throwing away, so I saved them
You and Dave are making me jealous - never had that luck dumpster diving here. :( If your university is always like that - please consider opening a small EEVBlog shop with all those gems.
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Post by: T4P on November 23, 2012, 01:17:46 pm
I am a messy one, oh well...

You and me both; my 'bench' is currently split between the desk in the study, where stuff gets built, and the living room floor where stuff gets fiddled with (because the logic analyser and scope don't really fit on the desk...)  I am thinking about sorting out a proper workbench in the garage, once I tidy it out a bit!
Hey, i noticed you have a LEADER scope, by any chance is it a 8040 too? I have one that looks exactly the same as your one?
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Post by: baljemmett on November 24, 2012, 12:15:35 am
You and me both; my 'bench' is currently split between the desk in the study, where stuff gets built, and the living room floor where stuff gets fiddled with (because the logic analyser and scope don't really fit on the desk...)  I am thinking about sorting out a proper workbench in the garage, once I tidy it out a bit!
Hey, i noticed you have a LEADER scope, by any chance is it a 8040 too? I have one that looks exactly the same as your one?

Mine's actually branded Kenwood, as it happens -- it wasn't until I saw your photo recently that I realised it was almost certainly built for them by someone else!  I think mine is a model below yours; it looks absolutely identical, but it's a 20MHz or 25MHz machine (I forget exactly, but the model number is CS-4025)
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Post by: T4P on November 24, 2012, 06:29:03 am
Awesome. Mine's a 40megger and yours is a 25megger. The lovely thing about these scopes is that it goes down to 1mV/div.  ^-^
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Post by: raymohi on November 24, 2012, 05:59:49 pm
My Workstation. The workshop is too cold to go into right now. Love the -1 degree Celsius temperature in the midwest!
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Post by: jancumps on November 24, 2012, 09:36:29 pm
The minimalistic approach:

(the good thing when you don't live in US or Canada is that you don't have to up your bench ;) )
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Post by: dr_p on November 25, 2012, 02:05:34 am
This is my working space
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Post by: FenderBender on November 25, 2012, 02:16:47 am
This is my working space

Is your last name Williams by chance?
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Post by: dr_p on November 25, 2012, 03:01:00 am
No. I don't get it, is that a joke about me being messy?
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Post by: raymohi on November 25, 2012, 03:17:50 am
This is my working space

That looks like my desk when I start working on a project.
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Post by: FenderBender on November 25, 2012, 03:22:11 am
No. I don't get it, is that a joke about me being messy?

It's a Jim Williams reference. I'm not insulting you.
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Post by: Ed.Kloonk on November 25, 2012, 03:39:24 am
No. I don't get it, is that a joke about me being messy?

It's a Jim Williams reference. I'm not insulting you.

You're not the only one. A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.

Actually, I was planning on cleaning up my place today. Looking at some of the workbenches, I might settle for removing just the 'dead soldiers' on the bench.  ;)
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Post by: george graves on November 26, 2012, 06:07:41 am

A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.


LOL  - but in all honesty - I think different people work in different ways.  But if that was true, I'm only partially sick.
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Post by: TerraHertz on November 29, 2012, 11:39:11 am
Here's mine: http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm (http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm)

There are other areas too, but they are far too messy to show.
Space - it's never enough.

Till recently most of that electronics area was still wedged full of building materials. Now I'm finally starting to get it set up for its original purpose. Very satisfying.
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Post by: robrenz on November 29, 2012, 12:13:28 pm
Here's mine: http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm (http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm)

There are other areas too, but they are far too messy to show.
Space - it's never enough.

Till recently most of that electronics area was still wedged full of building materials. Now I'm finally starting to get it set up for its original purpose. Very satisfying.

Very nice!
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Post by: ftransform on November 29, 2012, 05:00:48 pm
I found that using twist ties (wrapped around like a snake, not twisted, 300 for 1$) on test leads and PSU connections works wonders for workplace organization. Takes 2 seconds and prevents a tumbleweed from growing on your bench. Very nice if you use 2+ power supplies and multimeter on a breadboard. I got frustrated when I realize my o-scope probes were under a mound of wires.

I feel that cleaning my bench up kind of improves my performance. I get distracted from what I am doing so when I come back to it I can often have a new insight into the problem. maybe its just add
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Post by: Achilles on November 29, 2012, 05:54:25 pm
Here's mine: http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm (http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm)

There are other areas too, but they are far too messy to show.
Space - it's never enough.

Till recently most of that electronics area was still wedged full of building materials. Now I'm finally starting to get it set up for its original purpose. Very satisfying.

....I like that one! A lot of space and tools you could need.
Looks pretty mechanics/EE mixed there https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/icon_smile_thumbsup.gif (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/icon_smile_thumbsup.gif)
For mechanics I have a place nearby where my brother also stores and used the stuff for automotive repairs and so on. My Electronics stuff mostly is in my backpack and stored in boxes, as I don't have the space for a dedicated workshop hear at my room and work in the field mostly.

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Post by: Fluxed Matter on November 29, 2012, 07:08:25 pm
Here's mine: http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm (http://everist.org/pics/workshop/20121129_workshop.htm)

There are other areas too, but they are far too messy to show.
Space - it's never enough.

Till recently most of that electronics area was still wedged full of building materials. Now I'm finally starting to get it set up for its original purpose. Very satisfying.

Is that a vacuum chamber sitting in the middle of your workshop?
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Post by: TerraHertz on November 29, 2012, 11:10:12 pm
Is that a vacuum chamber sitting in the middle of your workshop?

Yeah. Currently under construction. That whole cluster of gear in the middle of the room, and the rack with the incomplete home-made tiled panels at the top, is all one project. It has a long way to go yet before it even holds a vacuum. Plus there's all the other gear to integrate. HP-IB, sigh... Oh God, Octal numbers. Why didn't Hex occur to those guys?

The purpose is to potter around with plasma. Various intended experiments related to 'Electric Universe' stuff, testing some ideas for possible plasma art constructions, etc. Perhaps a little dabbling in Fusors too, why not?
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Post by: T4P on November 30, 2012, 06:52:22 am
That explains why i see a tesla coil  ;)
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Post by: TerraHertz on November 30, 2012, 11:19:11 am
That explains why i see a tesla coil  ;)

But you don't! The thing with the metal donut and rings is a regulated DC supply. Internally it drives the primary of a HV Litz-wound transformer with a HF sine wave, then the secondary HV is fed into that stack - which is a push-pull diode-capacitor ladder. Plus one big high voltage sensing resistor.
Once the HV AC at the base punched through a 1cm thick perspex mounting plate where it feeds through the metal case!

Final output can be varied from zero up to 200KV *DC*, at 1 mA load.  Breakdown distance in air is about 30 to 40 cm at 200KV. Just a bit less than the donut to base distance. And yes, it does survive arc-over. Makes a very loud bang and a fat blue, momentary arc.  Demonstrating with a cable earthed the the base, and attached to an electrode on the end of a loooong insulating rod is a lot of fun. Interesting transient effects too - for instance with the earth cable having a loop on the ground, the current pulse punched through the insulation on the wire at the loop. It wanted to go the shortest way 'home', screw all that inductance in a few inches of wire loop.

So far, no one been zapped by it, but I think there'd be a good chance of dying if it did get you.

As it is I do not power it up inside the workshop, only outside and in very controlled circumstances. For use inside I will be constructing a stand for it, with a spherical or cylindrical Faraday cage around it. For safety of humans and cats, and to avoid EMP-killing other equipment. Considering it will be a few feet from stuff with input circuits that die if exposed to more than +/- 2V, it's going to have to be a really good Faraday cage, and no arc-overs ever allowed.

A wish I had a really big short-circuit rated impulse capacitor rated to 200KV. Could make a kick-arse can crusher. Though I think the neighbors would complain about all their electronics dying from the EMP.
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Post by: T4P on November 30, 2012, 02:49:33 pm
Not a tesla coil then ...  :'( Could pass off as one though  ::) Beautiful bits of kits though :-+
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Post by: Fluxed Matter on November 30, 2012, 03:30:28 pm

The purpose is to potter around with plasma. Various intended experiments related to 'Electric Universe' stuff, testing some ideas for possible plasma art constructions, etc. Perhaps a little dabbling in Fusors too, why not?

Oh! I though you were making a process chamber to create your own ICs :o
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Post by: TerraHertz on December 01, 2012, 05:29:20 am
Oh! I though you were making a process chamber to create your own ICs :o

Hey, that's another good idea for a cover story!
Actually it was gifted to me by people who had built it to experiment with ion implantation. But only to produce pretty surface colors, not semiconductor junctions.

The result was the inside surface was a mess. In trying to clean it up I discovered that it's much harder to polish stainless steel than I'd expected. Especially inside a cylinder and when like an idiot you begin with far too coarse a grit.  Results were disappointing, but good enough I hope. I'll never be achieving very good vacuum in this chamber anyway, since it has rubber seals as opposed to copper seals. So the thing can't be baked out much.
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Post by: Martin.M on December 01, 2012, 06:54:15 am
Wow, Do not now what else to say, think I'm in love ith your lab  :)

thank you  :)

it`s more a domestic studio, to clean an old triple nickel is the work of a week, to repair him only some hours...

may be you can help me ! I have a little milli-Ohm-Meter from Philips NL and need some info and the application.
see http://www.wellenkino.de/philips1/ (http://www.wellenkino.de/philips1/)
it may be rare, the serial No is 74. works correctly, but how to make the test wires? (= 4 wires teechnology)

About scopes: The old 585A there on the computer table is the No 15 made in Heerenveen, ser. = 700 015.
Now restorated, full working. A HiFi Fan will die when he see what I have plugged there... all 6dJ8 are swapped with nos CV2493 from Mullard.

Now I have a 535A on this table, a longer time restoration, there was missing parts. My second 535A ...  8)
Between Christmas and new year I have a highlight restoration here: 575 (Transistor Curve Tracer), R565 this is the greatfully 10MHz Dual Beam, and a second 555 (the triple Nickel scope, 1kW)

the christmas picture.
(http://www.wellenkino.de/christmas.jpg)

greetings
Martin
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Post by: PA4TIM on December 01, 2012, 05:02:07 pm
If you have a dutch manual I can translate it. 3 options,
it is shielded 2 wire. The bnc outer shell must be connected to each other and to ground
3 wire, the bnc shells are connected and carry a guard voltage. So the one bnc sources and the other one senses. The cableshield guards the dut holder. But I think that is to modern for this meter. GR bridges use often 3 wire.
4 wire., the bnc shells could be connected but not always one sources current the other is sense.

Test: connect a currentmeter between source bnc center and the same bnc outer shell. If there is current you probably have a 4 wire source. If you apply a small current/voltage to the sense connector centre bnc and its outer shell and the meter reacts is will be 4 wires.
If not Connect the ampmeter between the centres of both bncs. if there is a current flow and the outer shells are at ground level the setup is shielded two wire. If the potential on the outershell of the sense bnc (and possible also the source) is equal to that of the centre source bnc it could be guarded three wire.
I think it will be shielded 2 wire.   

The 555 and 556 are great, in all ways, I have a 576 curvetracer
I have two 535A (one incomplete, the other stopped working), a 545B, 543B (both with the known HV transformer problem), a as new looking and working 547 with 14 different plugins, Also a 132 that I most times use for my 1S1, 1S2 or O plugin coupled to a 7603.

Next week I get a 99% working Fairchild 777, very rare scope, (and an old Philips GM scope an other 545B also with HV problem, but it was all or nothing. Those will be free to collect for someone who wants, I do not need them)  I can not find info about the 777
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Post by: Martin.M on December 01, 2012, 05:36:28 pm
thank you  :)

No I have no papers from the Philips. See the link in my last posting for some pictures,
it works not with DC, there is a very small wave and a frequency selective Amplifier.
The both shildings must be seperate up to the test R. The left BNC is output, the right input.

I only want to know how the original test wires are made.

I have no S Plugin, so I have to trust my 7844 opt.78  for fast waves.

greetings
Martin
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Post by: PA4TIM on December 01, 2012, 06:13:43 pm
I can not read the kabel. Icoma was the Industrial COmponents and MAterials department from Philips. Maybe you can find some more. There is a Dutch forum with some people that know a lot about old Philips stuff. Gloeidraad is it called.
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Post by: Martin.M on December 02, 2012, 01:01:49 pm
Hartelijk dank voor de linkjes  :)

Martin
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Post by: slowtwitch on December 05, 2012, 12:24:09 am
Hello Folks, This is a great thread. I'm in awe looking at some of these workbenches that I have seen here. My problem was ... a too small workbench, actually, it wasn't that the table was to small....in reality,  I'm a slob and I needed more space for my stuff  :-DD

My main interest is learning about motor drives, such as ac and dc servo drives, as well as Vfd's. But, I'm also getting the bug to work on older radios and tube amps...we'll see how that goes.

Anyway, here is a couple shots of my just completed bench...

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/PC040001.jpg)

The areas with the cross members, under the table, are where the future drawer inserts will be installed.

It measures 16 feet long, with a 5 foot long "L" extension. It will really take some doing to keep it uncluttered.

and here is a shot of my test equipment. I bought the function generator and oscilloscope on Ebay really cheap. The power supplies and meters were acquired through out the many years of tinkering. It may not be the newest and greatest, but, it's all I need ....for now.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/PC040004.jpg)

left to right.... HP 20 volt dc supply, SDI 50 volt dc supply, BK precision multimeter and function gen.  Gould 20mhz. scope. On top of it is my computer system, a Lenovo laptop. The clamp on meter on top of the table is an older Amprobe. My handheld meter is an older Sperry, but it works great. The stereo and time clock were headed for the dumpster, but, i gave them a new life  :D

Lastly, here is my what I like to work on.....

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/DSCN3739.jpg)

This is the back of my cnc lathe conversion.

and here is the front...

 (http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/DSCN3735.jpg)

I do have a CNC mill, but, no recent picture of it. You may see a bit of it behind my newly built tool rack.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/PB090011.jpg)

That's it for now. Hope to contribute more in the future.

take care

pete
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Post by: robrenz on December 05, 2012, 12:40:33 am
Welcome fellow machinist. :) nice looking shop.
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Post by: free_electron on December 05, 2012, 05:17:56 am
hmmm . i like the lcd wallmount idea.... gonna go look for something like that ...
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Post by: GK on December 05, 2012, 10:17:22 am
My wireless corner.

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Post by: IanJ on December 10, 2012, 12:07:20 pm
Hi all,

Just thought I'd update on my shed, well at least one corner of it.

Added some additional lighting and a shelf big enough for all my test gear. More room to play now!

Ian.

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/content/images/stories/IanJ/ElecWorkshop/wshopDec2012.jpg)
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Post by: Ed.Kloonk on December 10, 2012, 12:12:18 pm
Nicely clipped power cables attached neatly to the walls.

Horrifying.
 ;)
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Post by: george graves on December 10, 2012, 01:40:45 pm
Love this thread...But...

I'm still not sold on having all your equipment so high up above the bench.  It seems like most of you have your PS and scopes 12-14-18" above the bench where your circuit would be.  Seems like a lot of looking up and down, arms starched out to adjust the scope, PS. look back down again, look back up...ect.....

It seems to me - that you want your scope, and most use PS on the bench - right in a short throw of the circuit your working with.  At the same level of what your working on.

Sure - up on a shelf gets them out of the way - but I think if you look at most work benches - we really only need a 12x12" area to work in for the actually PCB/breadboard - the rest gets filled up with tools.  Outside of that I keep a laptop, a scope, my PS ect.....

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Post by: TerraHertz on December 10, 2012, 02:00:35 pm
Yeah, I feel the same way. I like to work with everything right in front of me, circuits just inches from PS, scope, etc.
What this means is that the bench has to be deep enough for testgear at the back, work area in front. But most people seem to build quite narrow benches... strange.

The other thing I do is have test gear in 19" racks, that have wheels. So I can wheel up whichever set of gear I need next to the bench at the time. Not that there's ever the *right* combination of gear in one rack when I want it. :(
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Post by: PA4TIM on December 10, 2012, 02:39:10 pm
The problem is when you have more stuff then avarage and you want everything on table level near by your project you need veeeeeeerrrrryyyy large projects  ::)
I have it spread out over 6 meter from table-hight to about 1 meter above the table. And my usable bench part ( for soldering ect) is about a meter long so i often need long wires or move the project to the small space before the gear.
Then I have a rack that is about 2 meter high and 2 wide and 1 meter deep that is stuffed with calibration gear agains the other wall. The rest is used for cabinets with parts, small instruments, manuals, standards ect. and two scoop mobiles, one with a 54 and HP waveanalyser and the other as temporary worktable so I can turn a patient around without lifting it.
So impossible to get it all on the bench in close range.
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Post by: IanJ on December 10, 2012, 08:33:12 pm
I'm still not sold on having all your equipment so high up above the bench.  It seems like most of you have your PS and scopes 12-14-18" above the bench where your circuit would be.  Seems like a lot of looking up and down, arms starched out to adjust the scope, PS. look back down again, look back up...ect.....

My equipment shelf is 15" above the bench height, which means my gear is not far off eye level. You get used to it.......you get used to glancing up to view/adjust. It's better for me as it means my test equipment rarely get's moved.

Below a pic from 1984 when I worked in a workshop building bespoke computers for the oil industry (that's me on the right foreground). You can see a portable scope trolley in the foreground, all the test gear was brought to the benches from a storage area. To be fair, we all got used to that method and it's was fine also.
Hmmm, that workshop was pretty messy eh!

Actually, my biggest hurdle these days is having old eyes!........with my distance specs on I see jack-shit close up, and with them off I see jack-shit across the room............!

Ian.

(http://www.ianjohnston.com/Rigserv.jpg)
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Post by: M0BSW on December 21, 2012, 06:06:20 pm
 Nothing fancy in here, it's all old most of it is UK 2013 all of it will be UK, good quality some of it is over 30 Years old and still working well, as a radio amateur it does all I want it to do and some.
I like my equipment and my hobby
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Post by: tbj on December 21, 2012, 09:26:17 pm
I posted a build thread on here for this bench a while ago, but never got round to posting any pictures during the build. Here's one of it completed, though.  :)

(http://i.imgur.com/aiQGzl.jpg)

Quite a small workspace. I don't have much test gear - an old Hitachi scope which was kindly donated to me, a Maplin bench power supply and a Uni-T multimeter. Currently building a function generator.  :)
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Post by: dr_p on January 13, 2013, 08:36:01 pm
I recently purchased some new test gear and got around to getting a bigger work bench. This is the final setup:

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Post by: jnd on January 16, 2013, 08:50:23 pm
This is my workbench at work. The company owns the PC, two power supplies at right, Weller soldering station, Rigol scope and all the handheld multimeters. The rest is mine, half of that is good and working, rest is waiting for repairs and adjustments or parts as is the case of the Tesla millivoltmeter which is missing the crucial part - active probe. Only two instruments are calibrated right now, one is the new Agilent U1232A and the other is resitance decade (top left) which I won pretty cheaply in local auction. Other noteworthy thing is the lamp modified for LED, it runs neutral colored Bridgelux at about 18 W, much better than the usual CCFL.

(http://i.imgur.com/eQqo2h.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/eQqo2.jpg)

We just recently moved the electronics section after 4 years to new, larger building. In the old room we had just basic tables which I didn't like so much so I proposed some changes to the shelves as I was inspired by the then new Dave's lab. It's not exactly as I wanted, the shelves aren't deep enough for my old equipment but they are designed to fit the smaller size Tesla meters as you can see :D On the other side of room there are six more of these tables, back to back, these standalone doesn't look that nice from the other side.

See the whole album here: http://imgur.com/a/Q1CUQ (http://imgur.com/a/Q1CUQ). You can click on top right corner of the image and select full resolution.
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Post by: M. András on January 16, 2013, 09:04:29 pm
thats a wp120 connected to the wd1 by any chance? if it is could you do a cold water test if its can maintain the set temp? like the jbc video somewhere on this forum, the wrmp cant with the rt11 thats for sure :)
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Post by: jnd on January 16, 2013, 09:24:13 pm
thats a wp120 connected to the wd1 by any chance? if it is could you do a cold water test if its can maintain the set temp? like the jbc video somewhere on this forum, the wrmp cant with the rt11 thats for sure :)

WP80 and WD1, I don't want to experiment with it as it's not mine and it's rather new :) It's still 80 W so it heats up very quickly from the standby. We also have here two larger Weller stations with 80 W desoldering iron and 200 W hot air blower, it has the same WP80 pen.
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Post by: nanofrog on January 16, 2013, 09:58:46 pm
WP80 and WD1, I don't want to experiment with it as it's not mine and it's rather new :) It's still 80 W so it heats up very quickly from the standby. We also have here two larger Weller stations with 80 W desoldering iron and 200 W hot air blower, it has the same WP80 pen.
How do you like it?

I have the same, as well as a WMP, and find that the recovery time is a bit slower than I'd expect. Knee-jerk reaction is to turn it up a bit, but that tends to cook the flux off too quickly/turn it to a carmel color (rosin flux BTW).
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Post by: jnd on January 17, 2013, 08:30:24 pm
I have mine on 350 C all the time and using short and fat chisel tip most of the time, I think it's the LT-B. Long and thin tips have problems heating up any bigger components but not this one and it's pretty universal, good enough down to 1206 and similar. Also you have to make sure that the tip contact area is clean and smooth as possible, it's not that big and all the heat goes through it. I didn't measure the tip temperature but the display always stays rock solid. Only time it goes a bit low is when you change tips on the desoldering iron but that one also has much higher mass and therefore thermal capacity. For large connectors or ground fills it's good to turn it up a bit but it's not usually necessary.
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Post by: M. András on January 17, 2013, 09:08:46 pm
trought the pc software from my wd1m looks like it streams real time data not just that "fixed on the unit's lcd" + i have no idea why they flagged the unit with upgradable firmware... you can download the tool for it but there is no firmware for it.. as for the test what i asked, it would be a comparison for me to try and buy a wp120 for this unit or buy a jbc with 2-3 outputs next time, after initial issues with this one now im statisfied with it, the rt11 on this wrmp should be putting out 55watts however on the cold water test its goes down to 110celsius and it stays there, only the tip submerged for about 5-7mm
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Post by: nanofrog on January 18, 2013, 12:57:42 am
I have mine on 350 C all the time and using short and fat chisel tip most of the time, I think it's the LT-B. Long and thin tips have problems heating up any bigger components but not this one and it's pretty universal, good enough down to 1206 and similar. Also you have to make sure that the tip contact area is clean and smooth as possible, it's not that big and all the heat goes through it. I didn't measure the tip temperature but the display always stays rock solid. Only time it goes a bit low is when you change tips on the desoldering iron but that one also has much higher mass and therefore thermal capacity. For large connectors or ground fills it's good to turn it up a bit but it's not usually necessary.
Thanks.  :)

It's the smaller iron that's giving me fits (WMP), but as you say, it seems to be due to the very small mass of the tips (~50% or less of an equivalent LT series regarding mass) that's causing my issues.

Seems I'll just have to stop being lazy and swap irons more often.  :o  :P
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Post by: (In)Sanity on January 18, 2013, 02:11:15 am
My bench and all associated areas around it always look like a mess.   I have far too many projects going on at any one time to actually put everything away.   About every 6 months I'll clean everything up and within a week it's already a mess.   Somehow I still manage to get stuff done......and I always know where everything is :)

Jeff
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Post by: nanofrog on January 18, 2013, 02:22:38 am
About every 6 months I'll clean everything up and within a week it's already a mess.   Somehow I still manage to get stuff done......and I always know where everything is :)
JMHO, but that's all that really matters.  ;) Slobs Unite!  >:D

BTW, recently departed Bob Pease and Jim Williams were both in this category, so there has been, and I'm sure still is, some excellent company.  :)
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Post by: (In)Sanity on January 18, 2013, 02:55:14 am
About every 6 months I'll clean everything up and within a week it's already a mess.   Somehow I still manage to get stuff done......and I always know where everything is :)
JMHO, but that's all that really matters.  ;) Slobs Unite!  >:D

BTW, recently departed Bob Pease and Jim Williams were both in this category, so there has been, and I'm sure still is, some excellent company.  :)

I friend of mine often reminds me that a new piece of test gear is not test gear at all.  It has to have stickers on it from past calibrations a few scuffs and some dents.   If the buttons, knobs or keys are all clean and neat...might as well throw it away.   Moral of the story is a messy bench with messy gear is a productive bench.
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Post by: nanofrog on January 18, 2013, 03:00:16 am
I friend of mine often reminds me that a new piece of test gear is not test gear at all.  It has to have stickers on it from past calibrations a few scuffs and some dents.   If the buttons, knobs or keys are all clean and neat...might as well throw it away.   Moral of the story is a messy bench with messy gear is a productive bench.
I like it. :-DD

BTW, I'll take any of the zero history, unscuffed, undented gear he wants to toss any day.  ;) I'll add the dents, scuffs, ... myself, given enough time.   :-/O
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Post by: (In)Sanity on January 18, 2013, 03:05:04 am
I friend of mine often reminds me that a new piece of test gear is not test gear at all.  It has to have stickers on it from past calibrations a few scuffs and some dents.   If the buttons, knobs or keys are all clean and neat...might as well throw it away.   Moral of the story is a messy bench with messy gear is a productive bench.
I like it. :-DD

BTW, I'll take any of the zero history, unscuffed, undented gear he wants to toss any day.  ;) I'll add the dents, scuffs, ... myself, given enough time.   :-/O

I get his point,  but all of my old test gear looks close to new.   He's just saying it should be used...not dusted off daily.   So I avoid dusting :)
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Post by: Bored@Work on January 18, 2013, 06:26:53 am
 It is like with art. Normal people call it dirt. Connoisseurs call it patina and character.
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Post by: Martin.M on January 20, 2013, 11:08:44 am
(http://www.wellenkino.de/swob/swob.jpg)

This is a full extendet Rohde+Schwarz SWOB III, a 90 pounds cold sweeper test unit, working up to 1,2GHz  :)
I use it for IF coils and so on. Upside a HF/UHF mV-Meter made by Kathrein.

greetings
Martin
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Post by: SeanB on January 20, 2013, 11:15:42 am
Its maybee my eyes that are old, but is there a cassette player on the shelves there?

Looks like one Akai and one Onkyo tape deck.
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Post by: prenato on January 20, 2013, 10:20:00 pm
Finally got to it. Here's my home lab:
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Post by: Homer J Simpson on January 20, 2013, 11:12:25 pm
I have to get a Scopemobile.

 :)
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Post by: prenato on January 20, 2013, 11:32:21 pm
I have to get a Scopemobile.

 :)

They are quite handy for the heavier analog scopes. Just got that one last week for $75 at ebay, including shipping :)
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Post by: Martin.M on January 21, 2013, 04:43:23 pm
The best scope mobils are from HP, they can load much more then the Tek scope mobils.

Tek 556 on a HP
(http://www.wellenkino.de/556/556.jpg)

I am searching for the original scope mobile for this Tek, model = 205

greetings
Martin
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Post by: Smokey on January 21, 2013, 06:51:05 pm
Mainframe scopes are one of the coolest looking piece of equipment.
I don't need one.  I don't really have the room for one.  But I want one.
I should totally just pick up a guaranteed not working unit on the cheap and stick it in the corner for the fung-shuie.
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Post by: SeanB on January 21, 2013, 07:30:28 pm
Mine lives in a box, just because it is so long and bulky.
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Post by: PA4TIM on January 21, 2013, 07:32:16 pm
I got 3 tekmobiles. One under my 547, that is the beautifull Scope-mobile that was designed in 1949 by Dick Rhiger to carry the Tek 511. There is a picture on this page, http://www.acms.org.au/museum/tektronix/tektronix.shtml (http://www.acms.org.au/museum/tektronix/tektronix.shtml) ( I still must make one from my own ) a 201A for my 7704 and a 205 as a spare
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Post by: StubbornGreek on January 21, 2013, 07:35:46 pm
Mainframe scopes are one of the coolest looking piece of equipment.
I don't need one.  I don't really have the room for one.  But I want one.
I should totally just pick up a guaranteed not working unit on the cheap and stick it in the corner for the fung-shuie.

Or fix it and then put it in the corner.  ;)
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Post by: Smokey on January 21, 2013, 08:28:01 pm
The problem is I don't know what I would realistically use it for besides looking cool.
But you are right.  I'd have to get a REALLY broken one or it would bother me till I fixed it.  Too bad it wouldn't make a very good fish tank.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4819904940_0847bdd3cf_z.jpg)
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Post by: cybergibbons on January 22, 2013, 12:03:50 am
My current science desk, as it is called:

(http://i.imgur.com/SlKwcEE.jpg)
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Post by: smackaay on January 22, 2013, 03:42:18 am
After 5 years I still don't have tons of equipment but it works.

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Post by: mazurov on January 22, 2013, 03:44:11 am
Here's two of my desks. The first one is where I typically troubleshoot. The second one is where I typically build. There are several other places on this floor but they are not that interesting, mostly piles of 7000 plugins and extra oscilloscopes.
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Post by: Marc M. on March 06, 2013, 02:23:04 pm
I just finished up building a servo drive for the spindle on my Monarch 10ee lathe.  After cleaning up after that project, I took a pic of my bench while you can actually see it.  I'm currently in a trailer so space is pretty limited, leading to the stacking.  I have a lot of other equipment stashed around the trailer that I don't use that often or is small and portable due to the lack of space on the bench.  It also pretty much limits me to 1 project at a time.  I've always been a big Tek fan and have gathered up a few 7000 series scopes all fitted with different plugins so I don't have to swap them out often.  The 7844 dual beam scope is my favorite and  the one I normally use, but swapped around the curve tracer setup from the 7704 when I had a bunch of transistors to go thru.  I custom made the adapter in the 7CT1N so I could quickly switch between 2 transistors to make matching a lot easier.  No Rigol here ;), and the obligitory Fluke 87V is on my bench at work along with a Hantek DSO-1200.  The soldering/desoldering equipment is on an old CRT monitor arm which keeps it above the usual piles of stuff on the bench and is easily retracted and swung out of the way when not in use.  My tools, components and misc. junk I've accumulated are also stashed all over the trailer and in a nearby storage unit I rent.  Clearly, I currently live alone ;D

For the fellow ham operators, my HF rig is an Icom 756 Pro II controlled via Ham Radio Deluxe feeding a National NCL-2000 into the Ameritron ATR-30.  I'm currently using an MFJ-1796 vertical covering 40-6 meters.  Sadly, no room for 80 meters here  :(.  For VHF/UHF operation I've got a Yaesu FT-7800 feeding an MFJ-1768 2m/70cm beam.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_5578_Thumb_zpsa50c2db0.jpg) (http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_5578_zps32c5d66c.jpg)

For the machinists on the forum, here's a pic of the spindle drive guts and control box:
 (http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_5530_zps23d6e9bb.jpg)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_5530_Thumb_zps4ce32b65.jpg)
It's based on a Mitsubishi 3.5kw MR-H general purpose servo drive and HC-SF 3k motor.  I've incorporated independent forward/reverse speeds and prox. switches for ELSR stops.  Many thanks to Macona on the Practical Machinist board for the inspiration.

I also have a small lathe, drill press, 4x6 bandsaw, drill grinder, tool & cutter grinder, and pedestal grinder in one of the bedrooms:
 (http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_2722_zps47b67b9a.jpg)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_2722_Thumb_zpsb852204e.jpg)  (http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_2724_zps240cd1e5.jpg)
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/RatGuru/E-Bench/IMG_2724_Thumb_zpsd27be48a.jpg)
There's a couple of semi-trailer doors on the floor to protect the carpet, distribute the weight, and make moving things around a lot easier.  My main shop is down at my brother's farm about an hour away so this allows me to get some stuff done while I'm at home.


73's
de W9OM

Marc -
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Post by: robrenz on March 06, 2013, 03:22:51 pm
@ Marc M.

Welcome fellow machinist, very nice setup there  :-+.  I post a fair amount of electronics related machining stuff on here you may find interesting.
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Post by: PA4TIM on March 09, 2013, 10:26:14 pm
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/laboverzicht.jpg)
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/vanafRFrek.jpg)
It took me a few months to rearange and reconnect everything.
All instruments are now grouped and more ergonomic placed

The calibrators
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/calibratorek.jpg)
RF stuff, SA, 2x VNA, curvetracer, signal generator, noise analyser, counters and above that standard resistors, a 7,5 digit meter to monitor the calibrators behind the Tek 547 and some scope calibrators
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/RFrek.jpg)
(http://www.pa4tim.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/shack032012museum.jpg)
My small museum
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Post by: hammil on March 10, 2013, 12:39:51 am
Holy shitballs

...

That's your own personal lab?

I have a couple of scopes, a DMM and a dozen computers.
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Post by: c4757p on March 10, 2013, 12:48:57 am
Holy shitballs

I don't even know what that means and I agree.  :) That is a hell of a lab.
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Post by: JuiceKing on March 10, 2013, 02:32:46 am
A lab like that can be quite dangerous. It's easy to go without food or water for too long without realizing it and to lose consciousness.
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Post by: Ed.Kloonk on March 10, 2013, 03:13:11 am
A lab like that can be quite dangerous. It's easy to go without food or water for too long without realizing it and to lose consciousness.


I wouldn't care if they find me dead in a lab like that.

Would make for a decent eulogy: "He died doing what he loved"

Rather than the more likely obituary..

"He died doing a Chinese hooker."

Anyway....

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Post by: nadona on March 10, 2013, 04:02:33 am
A lab like that can be quite dangerous. It's easy to go without food or water for too long without realizing it and to lose consciousness.


I wouldn't care if they find me dead in a lab like that.

Would make for a decent eulogy: "He died doing what he loved"

Rather than the more likely obituary..

"He died doing a Chinese hooker."

Anyway....
:-DD :-DD :-DD
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Post by: Smokey on March 10, 2013, 06:46:59 am
Way to make a lot of use out of a small space.  The thing that cracks me up about that much equipment are all the power strips.  I know as I accumulate gear in my home lab, I keep on having to add more and more nested power strips to plug everything in.  Never-mind the fact that they all ultimately go back to just one 20A socket :)  It's starting to look like those old Christmas light cable horror stories  :)
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Post by: psycho0815 on March 10, 2013, 01:55:55 pm
i can't really compete with you guys, but anyways here's my tinker-corner. I'll have to expand it soon though. I still have quite a bit of gear on my to buy list and i'm running out of space.

PS.: I thought about putting away the teacup, but then figured, that would make it unauthentic. Same goes for cleaning up to much.
Is there a way to embed the attached pictures into the post?
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Post by: c4757p on March 10, 2013, 02:23:19 pm
"Tinker-corner". I like it  :-+

PS.: I thought about putting away the teacup, but then figured, that would make it unauthentic. Same goes for cleaning up to much.

Mine's like that too. My workbench was last "clean" when I built it. Now, a cup of day-old coffee and a random pile of components, wire bits and "what the hell is this probe connected to" is the norm.
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Post by: PA4TIM on March 10, 2013, 03:29:35 pm
Way to make a lot of use out of a small space.  The thing that cracks me up about that much equipment are all the power strips.  I know as I accumulate gear in my home lab, I keep on having to add more and more nested power strips to plug everything in.  Never-mind the fact that they all ultimately go back to just one 20A socket :)  It's starting to look like those old Christmas light cable horror stories  :)

All those contacts on the ceiling are divided over 6 wall sockets. The rail on the ceiling is using 2 wall sockets. The first 6 and last 4 are permanent on for ovenised things or for intance a battery charger.

The rest of that rail is switchable by 2 switches in the middle next to the switch that turns on the lights. There is a 2X battery back and on one is a led with LDR that switches on at night or if I make a mistake and the fuse goes out and I have to put a way somethinkg like my solderiron and find my way in the dark (i am disabled and since i hurt my self in such a case while falling over stuff on the ground a friend made this small smps current source feed ledlamp for me because he had just made one for himself also after falling. I made the LDR detector for it.) there is a surge arrester on that ceiling powerrail.

The calibrators are on their own wallsocket through a heavy duty splitter with surgearrester ( professional thing that ( in 1988, in my first job) we sold for protecting expensive computer gear.
The standards that are permanent on ( a 10V homebuild, a 10V Fluke, timestandards ect are behind a UPS, the Guildline cabinet has a small 12V battery that is charged by a small solarpannel charger.

The RF gear is on the other wall socket and also has a cetral switch. The last wall socket feeds a heavy duty splitter with 2.5 mm^2 cable. I use that to power up things like the 547 or a current hungry thing while testing/repairing.

There are two variacs ( 6 and 8A) one i build in a 19" cabinet next to my desk. It also has an isolation transformer and switchable series lightbulb. ( and a 0-1200VDC powersupply) on my desk is a Tek 6901 isoltator and ground fault and detector. Still looking for a manual of that. I use both to flood the thing that is under repair.

Behind the instruments are some more powersplitters.

Do not forget it is a lot of gear but it is never powered up all at the same time. Most times when repairing or building /testing cuircuits just a few multimeters, one or two scopes and often a bridge or a generator. Most gear does not use very much power.


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Post by: opablo on March 10, 2013, 07:47:37 pm
[...]
The rest of that rail is switchable by 2 switches in the middle next to the switch that turns on the lights. There is a 2X battery back and on one is a led with LDR that switches on at night or if I make a mistake and the fuse goes out and I have to put a way somethinkg like my solderiron and find my way in the dark (i am disabled and since i hurt my self in such a case while falling over stuff on the ground a friend made this small smps current source feed ledlamp for me because he had just made one for himself also after falling. I made the LDR detector for it.) there is a surge arrester on that ceiling powerrail.
[...]

PA4TIM your lab got me drooling !!  http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/pets/files/import/39954-dogdrool.jpg (http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/pets/files/import/39954-dogdrool.jpg)

I'm sorry to hear you have a disability; what kind is it ?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Radio Tech on March 10, 2013, 10:52:30 pm
Very nice setup gents.

Here is my messy old stuff
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Post by: killernat on March 11, 2013, 06:02:51 am
im quite jealous of most of these benches im very slowly building my equipment but im a student and well food is a bit more importent than an oscilloscope or function gen atm
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Post by: RickieSalad on March 11, 2013, 06:15:15 am
Rigol 1052E, Extech EX330, Mastech 3005F, Hakko FX-888, and other fun stuff.
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Post by: Ed.Kloonk on March 11, 2013, 07:49:15 am
Haven't seen that white board with the holes in it for a loooong time.

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Post by: junggwok on March 27, 2013, 08:40:41 am
Here is my little home lab!
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Post by: umaga on April 10, 2013, 04:12:45 pm
My home lab workbench
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Post by: george graves on April 11, 2013, 10:24:29 am
Looks a bit cramped, but you're set up looks very functional.  I assume that's why you have the wireless keyboard is for space.
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Post by: peps1 on April 11, 2013, 01:12:38 pm
(http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g146/icecreamterror/EP310584.png)
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Post by: Slowflyer on April 21, 2013, 04:21:33 pm
My lab is reasonably well equipped for hobby use but i am just missing a function gen.
I'd like to get into RF and get some gear for it, but they usually are too expensive. :(

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Post by: Sander on May 24, 2013, 10:36:56 am
It's not that big, but it will do. Next upgrade would probably be a Agilent E3612A with multimeter and/or a memory and serial-decode upgrade for my scope.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10801427/P5220027.JPG)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10801427/P5220028.JPG)
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Post by: SLJ on May 24, 2013, 06:59:20 pm
Mine is in a constant state of change and it gets cleaned twice a year. It's been over six months so here's the latest set-up.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/workbench2013.jpg)
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Post by: robrenz on May 25, 2013, 01:23:28 am
Now that you have that Power Designs PS it is a real lab ;D
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Post by: PA4TIM on May 25, 2013, 07:51:07 am
Steve, i love your collection of measurement gear ( and your website) I have two analog multimeters I still use, an Unigor 4P because the 50 uA scale and a Simpson 260 is sitting in my living room to test batteries or when I need to check something and are to lazy to go to the lab. Mine has a very nice leather case but I noticed you had a very nice transistortest adapter for it. Real cool. I have 5 transistortesters but never seen such an adapter. My olders transistor tester is a 1955 Philips ( Philips started making transistors at the end of 1954). The cutest a made for radio shack one that uses the DUT to form an oscillator and that makes a neonlight glow.
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Post by: SLJ on May 25, 2013, 11:31:25 am
Now that you have that Power Designs PS it is a real lab ;D

You can never have too many power supplies.  :-DD
(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/workbench2013-ps.jpg)

I actually like the Power Designs better than my HP but the HP is higher current.

PA4TIM - I thought that adapter for the Simpson was interesting when I found it.  Listed with it is a booklet showing a number of different adapters they made for the Simpson 260.  I used a Hickok transistor tester for a long time.  Still have it and use it occasionally when I have a bunch to test.  It runs on a 9 volt battery though and I really should put a power jack in it as I don't leave batteries in equipment that sits on the shelf for long periods. 
FYI: Duracells consistently leak.  Don't use them.  I've had much better luck with Energizers.
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Post by: Majorstrain on May 25, 2013, 03:38:32 pm
Well here's a few pics of my man cave.
There's a bit of everything hiding out in there.

Cheers,
Phil
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Post by: cthree on May 25, 2013, 04:26:01 pm
Love your style Phil! Every man cave needs an overhead crane :)
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Post by: robrenz on May 25, 2013, 09:05:40 pm
Bridgeport, lathe, CNC mill, helicopter...... Life is good :-+
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Post by: M. András on May 25, 2013, 10:09:45 pm
i would gladly house in our garage a 5 axis cnc but the damn things are soo expensive....
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Post by: reagle on May 25, 2013, 11:59:31 pm
Here is my lab bench down in the basement (probably the nicest spot in the house ) ;).
Just cleaned it up, so a good time to take picture. Left to right:
Electronic load  (TekPower 3711) on top of BK 1698 power supply, then Fluke 8840A and 8842A DMMs, HP 54645D MSO, Rigol DG1022 and finally tenma 72-3085 linear power supply. Oh, and all lighting is LED-based.
Only problem is, I am under a heating duct so space to grow up is limited.
 (http://kuzyatech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/P5250034.jpg)
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Post by: con-f-use on July 07, 2013, 02:24:12 pm
It took me some time but I looked at all your workplaces. Very impressive, got a few awesome inspirations. Thank you all for sharing!

This is where I do my projects. It is small but its mine and I love it!

Power on almost everything is switchable from the PC as well (via a custom build usb relay-board). The supply and the Agilent are LAN-networked, as is the Printer-Scanner combination under the table. I have a food pedal for the vacuum pickup and a few cap-touch pedals on the floor to control my music and video playback for entertainment. Don't know what else to say.
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Post by: StubbornGreek on July 07, 2013, 07:41:10 pm
It took me some time but I looked at all your workplaces...

Nice and organized. I'm wondering what exactly you did to that hot air station to modify it to accommodate vacuum pick-up.
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Post by: Telequipment on July 07, 2013, 07:49:06 pm
Well mines not a lab I'm not a scientist, but here's my Radio Amateur work space
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Post by: Christe4nM on July 07, 2013, 08:18:00 pm
"I'll buy you a beer if you know where this is from"

Off topic: I take that challenge. It's from the cinema for students at TU München. http://www.tu-film.vo.tu-muenchen.de/pages/view/der-tu-film. (http://www.tu-film.vo.tu-muenchen.de/pages/view/der-tu-film.)
So I guess you'll take an ICE to Arnhem (NL) for that beer? :P >:D (But yes, I'm friends with Google, so have one on me and we're even  8) )
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Post by: Kremmen on July 07, 2013, 09:33:07 pm
OK, mine.
This is the "lab" inside the house. Additionally, there is the workshop adjoining the garage in a separate building. A bit of a mess right now, so pictures maybe later...
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Post by: croberts on July 07, 2013, 10:00:28 pm
I posted this at the topic about keeping the workbench neat and clean. Thought it might apply here also.

When I was doing the installation of my LED lighting system I bought a Metaltech Baker Scaffold so I could work comfortably when doing work along the ceiling. When I'm not using the scaffold for that work I use it as a test bench. I plan to eventually have shelves supported by the end rails. The scaffold has four locking wheels so the test bench can be stationary or rolled to the work. There is a handhold in the scaffold floor (bench work surface) for removing the floor to change the heighth and I find that opening to be handy for quickly gathering up small parts on the benchtop. I just hold a drawer from the storage area under the opening and with a sweep of the hand the parts are in the drawer. I have attached some photos and as you can see I don't have much equipment (yet).
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Post by: con-f-use on July 07, 2013, 10:07:17 pm
I'm wondering what exactly you did to that hot air station to modify it to accommodate vacuum pick-up.

I tapped the internal power supply to switch an electronic valve I bought from ebay. That valve opens and closes the fume extractor line. When I use it as vacuum pick-up I connect the fume extractor line to the original hand actuated vacuum pick-up that came with the unit.

Off topic: I take that challenge. It's from the cinema for students at TU München. http://www.tu-film.vo.tu-muenchen.de/pages/view/der-tu-film. (http://www.tu-film.vo.tu-muenchen.de/pages/view/der-tu-film.)
So I guess you'll take an ICE to Arnhem (NL) for that beer? :P >:D (But yes, I'm friends with Google, so have one on me and we're even  8) )
Well done if you PM me your address I'll send you a very fine Bavarian beer via Mail (no kidding). Might get to you stale though  ;) Or you send me a message if you happen to be in Innsbruck, Munich or Vienna.
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Post by: george graves on July 09, 2013, 04:43:13 am

I tapped the internal power supply to switch an electronic valve I bought from ebay. That valve opens and closes the fume extractor line. When I use it as vacuum pick-up I connect the fume extractor line to the original hand actuated vacuum pick-up that came with the unit.


What kind of valve did you use?  I'm been looking for a cheap fast acting valve for a foot-petal actuated DIY SMD vacuum tool.
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Post by: con-f-use on July 09, 2013, 11:39:21 am
What kind of valve did you use?  I'm been looking for a cheap fast acting valve for a foot-petal actuated DIY SMD vacuum tool.

Honestly I have no idea, it's been a while. I'd have to unmount my station form under the shelf and open it to have a look. I bought the valve from ebay. Any number of solenoid valves should do the trick. Worst case you have to use a few standard components and some duct-tape to make it work.
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Post by: SeanB on July 09, 2013, 07:02:00 pm
Just ask for a standard 3/2 pneumatic valve with direct action, as you will be using it with no pilot air to drive the spool otherwise. This will have an inlet, outlet and an exhaust port. Probably you will want a 5mm. 1/4 or 1/8 inlet and outlet, though a 3mm is also available ( and will be more expensive as these traditionally are used with a multiport manifold) and will do for low flow. Coil will be typically 12VDC/24VAC and 110VDC/220VAC at around 6-9VA for these.
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Post by: jpb on July 13, 2013, 07:38:34 pm
Here is my (small) workbench in what-is-for-me a very tidy state - I'm testing my OCXO setup with a 1pps from a GPS module. (Yes, I know the mini-power supply on the top shelf should be better shielded or encased - it is work in progress).
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Post by: Christe4nM on July 14, 2013, 05:23:32 pm
I like that big sturdy good old TTi PL-series power supply. We're still using those dual and the triple ones in the university labs. Hard to break, sturdy, and yes quite big and heavy. I considered the single output version of the newest PL series for my bench but went with an Agilent E3610A instead since it came with a free DMM.

How do you like your TTi PSU?
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Post by: staze on July 15, 2013, 01:53:15 am
Mine doubles as my and my wife's office desk... so things get put away fairly often. But here it is "now".
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Post by: MrAureliusR on July 23, 2013, 06:07:13 am
Man, I just went through all 8 pages of this thread and wow... just wow. Mine is still a work in progress, in the next few weeks there will be some MAJOR changes and major overhaul...

I don't know why but the sepia tone looked great for the close up of the breadboards I'm working on. (proto of a z80 single-board computer, and also the veroboard is for an LED cube, which is slowly coming along.)

Once the changes happen I'll upload the new pics for a before/after shot!

[EDIT: re-sized the pictures so they actually fit in the thread...]
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Post by: Ed.Kloonk on July 23, 2013, 06:48:16 am
Mine doubles as my and my wife's office desk... so things get put away fairly often. But here it is "now".

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=54900)





Why do you have a toilet seat hovering over your desk?

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Post by: BravoV on July 23, 2013, 06:58:36 am
Why do you have a toilet seat hovering over your desk?

LOL ... I didn't visualize that until you mentioned it !  :-DD  :-DD  :-DD

Btw, there is a roll of toilet paper hanging there as well that makes the whole scene complete.   >:D
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Post by: Psi on July 23, 2013, 07:02:29 am
Those magnifier covers are actually quite important.

If your desk is near a window the lens will start a fire if the sun moves into the right spot in the sky and there's paper under the lens.
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Post by: ResR on July 23, 2013, 06:26:19 pm
Well this is my little electronics corner. The old briefcase, that I used for making a "workbench", I had it since I was 15. Minus the soldering iron, it popped (in search for new one).
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Post by: Phaedrus on July 23, 2013, 06:47:24 pm
Right now my workspace is shit. But we're setting up a new lab upstairs, and once that's done in a couple months... A big $20,000 ATE setup in a server rack, an actually organized workbench with a workstation and a couple monitors... Mmmmmm...

I'll have to remember this thread.
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Post by: steve30 on July 23, 2013, 07:25:09 pm
Mine doubles as my and my wife's office desk... so things get put away fairly often. But here it is "now".

Which one of you does the 'putting away'? >:D
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Post by: baljemmett on July 23, 2013, 09:38:42 pm
Why do you have a toilet seat hovering over your desk?

For when he needs to give a flying crap about something, obviously...  ;)
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Post by: briandorey on July 24, 2013, 10:35:11 am
This is my small home workshop which is in the loft of our terrace home which i use with my brother on electronics and other projects.

The loft space is 4.1m long, 3.2m wide at its widest point and 2m high in the middle.
(http://briandorey.com/docs/loftworkshop/header.jpg)

At one end of the room are storage trays covering the wall with hundreds of trays of resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, leds, fixing hardware and lots of other small parts.

Each side of the loft space has shelves which have more storage under each one with storage trays and boxes full of everything from computer parts to camping equipment.

One side has our Pick and Place machine with drill and milling bit drawer under the shelf and the other side has an N gauge model of the Swanage steam railway with a protective lid over to keep the dusk out and lots of odds and ends currently stored on top!

At the far end of the workshop is the main work bench which has small hand tools across the back wall on storage clips, a central work area with Metcal soldering irons and fume extraction system. The left side has all our main test equipment including a 60MHz 2Ch Oscilloscope, function generators, frequency counters, various multimeters and variable power supply. There is also a Shuttle PC which is used for development on PIC’s and Arduino.

Under this bench is our SMD oven in a sealed box with air vent which extracts the fumes outside and also a OKI air filter to use when soldering on the bench. Either side are more storage boxes with old projects and bits of wire and connectors.

Above this shelf is another storage shelf which has a hot air SMT rework station, rolls of tape, solder and heat shrink in different sizes.

Next to the access trap hatch / ladder is the CNC mill which is run using Mach 3 on an old Dell PC and small hobby lathe.

There is a 360 pano tour of the workshop on http://apexviews.co.uk/loft/ (http://apexviews.co.uk/loft/)
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Post by: Phaedrus on August 03, 2013, 12:49:49 am
Ours is a bit crowded at the moment, since we have one and a half tables and the rest is full of junk. But we're moving to the other building soon, putting all the test equipment in a rack, and we won't be bringing any of the crap the RMA guys were storing in the corner.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Es9WD5U9epU/UfvtVDOL2KI/AAAAAAAADRc/860osIQgQSs/w1566-h881-no/20130802_103217.jpg)
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Post by: senso on August 03, 2013, 01:11:06 am
Here is my corner(a room in the basement), still needs a lot of gear  :-DMM

(http://s18.postimg.org/7wexgm03d/DSC04257.jpg)
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Post by: Sigmoid on August 05, 2013, 03:03:01 pm
As I live in a small studio apartment set up tatami room style, I'm currently using paper boxes... XD

Currently I'm trying to find (or design) appropriate furniture to set up a permanent lab, but I think I may have to build one myself... I think the ideal would be a low table with a removable or foldable box cover.
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Post by: jpb on August 05, 2013, 03:47:41 pm
I like that big sturdy good old TTi PL-series power supply. We're still using those dual and the triple ones in the university labs. Hard to break, sturdy, and yes quite big and heavy. I considered the single output version of the newest PL series for my bench but went with an Agilent E3610A instead since it came with a free DMM.

How do you like your TTi PSU?
I like it very much. It was only £160 new from TTi via Test-and-Measurement (they sell superseded new stock at a discount with a 90(?) day warranty).

The meters/current limiting is accurate and higher resolution than a lot of supplies. I've not yet tried the various tracking options. It is quite big and heavy but at least it doesn't slide around and I think it is going to last.
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Post by: robrenz on August 05, 2013, 04:04:03 pm
As I live in a small studio apartment set up tatami room style, I'm currently using paper boxes... XD

Currently I'm trying to find (or design) appropriate furniture to set up a permanent lab, but I think I may have to build one myself... I think the ideal would be a low table with a removable or foldable box cover.

You may want to take a look at my bench in this thread  (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/msg89814/#msg89814)made from a inexpensive shelving unit with a folding table top. takes up very little space and has lots of room to store instruments and supplies.
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Post by: gbyleveldt on August 12, 2013, 05:53:16 pm
I've been lurking for a while - this place has been full of wonderful tips on depleting your wallet real fast! Anyway, here's what my mancave looks like now.

(http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae301/gbyleveldt1/20130812_194229_zps342922c2.jpg) (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/gbyleveldt1/media/20130812_194229_zps342922c2.jpg.html)
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Post by: sync on August 21, 2013, 04:13:44 pm
Hi

This is my electronics work bench after a little clean up. :) I rebuild it a few month ago, to get better access to all that gear.
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Post by: oakkar7 on September 03, 2013, 04:01:52 pm
Very impressive workbenches ... :-+
Cheers all ... :clap:

Here is my workbench. It is made of teak. My country, MYANMAR is famous of teak. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teak)

(http://okelectronic.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/oakkar7_workbench.jpg)
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Post by: M0BSW on September 03, 2013, 04:19:24 pm
 This is it now , until a couple of boxes from Japan arrive ^-^
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Post by: TiN on September 08, 2013, 01:22:52 pm
(http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/926144w.jpg)

Current homelab setup.  :-/O Not shown but present CSA7404 (repair in progress  :-BROKE) and TLA714+7AA4.
Don't even have proper soldering iron, most of time just do stuff at work lab.
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Post by: trophosphere on September 09, 2013, 01:00:54 am
I think I need a new stronger table. That or a brace underneath the load.

(http://i.imgur.com/3d1AzGf.jpg)
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Post by: c4757p on September 09, 2013, 03:35:43 am
Wow. I think you need one now. That table's already bending in the middle, right above the existing brace structure! You are going to come home one day and find your nice equipment in a pile on the floor...
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Post by: ElektroQuark on September 09, 2013, 06:48:54 am
You have centered all the weight. Put it above the table legs.
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Post by: metalphreak on September 14, 2013, 11:53:49 am
(http://i.imgur.com/PrmdsMFl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/PrmdsMF)

Started the OCD labelling of my parts bins :D

Found some DYMO label printer labels online that are the perfect size. The actual printer connects via USB, and the DYMO software is pretty good for generating labels. Makes labelling so much easier than those standalone units where you have to type stuff in. New ones are about $100 I think, but mine was only ~$20 second hand. Best investment ever :)
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Post by: JoannaK on September 14, 2013, 08:51:35 pm
Hi

Instead of taking a picture I decided to make a short youtube video (In 1080P HD ) of my electronics bench and the instruments I have at the moment. The 6 minute video is uploading right now, and I hope it'll be ready on ... say an hour from now.  :scared:

Note though that I have apparently misplaced my frequency counter, since it was not at the desk (you shoudl have seen the mess before I did cleanup). I'll need to make another video of it someday. Also all microncontroller tools (programmers etc) are on another room, near this desktop PC... (need yet another video  :palm: )

Also if you'll like to see a teardown video of russian scope or some other stuff I have, please leave a comment at the Youtube.. Also extra motivators (likes, subcsribes, donations & sponsorship deals) are preciated.  :D

PS: The link:  DIYTao #9, Quick look at my electronics bench (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt48SUyV8NI#)

PS2: I attached a screen capture for those who don't want to waste 5 minutes of their life listening me..  :blah:
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Post by: Sigmoid on September 14, 2013, 11:26:52 pm
Super-mini stowable lab for my tatami room style apartment... :)

(http://s15.postimg.org/kt8r8s2pn/IMG_0596.jpg)
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Post by: nanofrog on September 14, 2013, 11:40:15 pm
Super-mini stowable lab for my tatami room style apartment... :)
Repurposed metal TV cart?
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Post by: Sigmoid on September 15, 2013, 12:40:20 am
Super-mini stowable lab for my tatami room style apartment... :)
Repurposed metal TV cart?

Actually it's an IKEA metal coffee table. XD
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/)
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Post by: nanofrog on September 15, 2013, 02:09:14 am
Actually it's an IKEA metal coffee table. XD
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/)
I like it!

Price is decent too. Now where to find a place to put one...  :P
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Post by: free_electron on September 15, 2013, 02:31:49 am
i bought wire shelves for my lab. best investment ever. these things are incredibly tough and sturdy.
i'm rebuilding right now. got the first one installed. tomorrow the next one.
i also beefed up my fuse box and installed a few extra circuits.
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Post by: SLJ on September 15, 2013, 02:41:55 am
i bought wire shelves for my lab. best investment ever. these things are incredibly tough and sturdy.
i'm rebuilding right now. got the first one installed. tomorrow the next one.
i also beefed up my fuse box and installed a few extra circuits.

If running more than one circuit to the bench you might want to make sure they are all on the same phase. (every other breaker in most U.S. fuse boxes).
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Post by: free_electron on September 15, 2013, 02:58:36 am
i bought wire shelves for my lab. best investment ever. these things are incredibly tough and sturdy.
i'm rebuilding right now. got the first one installed. tomorrow the next one.
i also beefed up my fuse box and installed a few extra circuits.

If running more than one circuit to the bench you might want to make sure they are all on the same phase. (every other breaker in most U.S. fuse boxes).
why ?

i like to have my phases balanced.
all my equipment is galvanically isolated. so common mode currents are not a problem.
for equipment under test is use a medical grade isolation transformer so i don't have the ground loop problem.
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Post by: bingo600 on September 15, 2013, 10:22:29 am
Super-mini stowable lab for my tatami room style apartment... :)
Repurposed metal TV cart?

Actually it's an IKEA metal coffee table. XD
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90208449/)

How wide an instrument will it accept between the legs "narrow side" ?
Ikea says 42cm , but isn't that an "outside" measurement.

I'we been looking @ this one as my "Surgery table" , for fixing those huge HP instruments.
A bit pricey though ....
http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/ (http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/)

And a bit to high to put anywhere under a working table , that's where the other little neat one would come in. I have a HP5370A (sick ... Err 02)  :-//  & a HP3324 that i need to "seat"


/Bingo
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Post by: JeanF on September 15, 2013, 10:53:27 am
Nice table !

wow, I almost had a seizure when I saw the price... These kroner are kind of frightening ! It's a bit more reasonable in euros  :-DD
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Post by: free_electron on September 15, 2013, 11:00:31 am
Be carefull with all metal operating tables... Before you know it sparks will fly..
Or you will pull out a board conataining configuration memory held by a nicad, put it down because you are occupied with a problem and realise only too late the table is metal.... Poof goes the data...
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Post by: nanofrog on September 15, 2013, 11:44:44 am
Be carefull with all metal operating tables... Before you know it sparks will fly..
Or you will pull out a board conataining configuration memory held by a nicad, put it down because you are occupied with a problem and realise only too late the table is metal.... Poof goes the data...
Good point. Relying on the paint to insulate wouldn't be that great an idea IMHO.

At least Sigmoid has an ESD mat on it, so that should help considerably in his case (I presume the ground cords are connected when in use).  ;)
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Post by: flolic on September 15, 2013, 12:49:08 pm
Messy mess  :P

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21387397/slike/eevblog/nered.jpg)
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Post by: JoeO on September 15, 2013, 12:56:36 pm
For what do you use the aluminum foil with the centers cut out?  :-//
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Post by: mrflibble on September 15, 2013, 01:01:50 pm
Maybe to put it on a board during rework to heat shield the surrounding area?
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Post by: bingo600 on September 15, 2013, 03:37:15 pm
Be carefull with all metal operating tables... Before you know it sparks will fly..
Or you will pull out a board conataining configuration memory held by a nicad, put it down because you are occupied with a problem and realise only too late the table is metal.... Poof goes the data...

I'll get a rubber mat , but it seems like you doesn't recommend an ESD type or ??

I mean would the ESD mat also make the config go "poof" , or is the conductive ability of an ESD mat not enough to worry about  ?

/Bingo
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Post by: rdl on September 15, 2013, 03:57:14 pm
Quote
I mean would the ESD mat also make the config go "poof" , or is the conductive ability of an ESD mat not enough to worry about  ?

It probably depends on what type of mat. I think some are a lot more conductive than others. I have the blue top/black bottom type similar to what Dave uses (see EEVblog #250). I can not measure any conductivity at all on the top side, but the black layer on the bottom is about 6000 ohms per 0.1 inch.
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Post by: Sigmoid on September 15, 2013, 04:11:56 pm
How wide an instrument will it accept between the legs "narrow side" ?
Ikea says 42cm , but isn't that an "outside" measurement.

I'we been looking @ this one as my "Surgery table" , for fixing those huge HP instruments.
A bit pricey though ....
http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/ (http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/)

And a bit to high to put anywhere under a working table , that's where the other little neat one would come in. I have a HP5370A (sick ... Err 02)  :-//  & a HP3324 that i need to "seat"


/Bingo

The opening at the narrow end is 13"1/4 wide, and 10"1/2 high. However, as you can see the legs are L-shaped, so you could in fact put in a larger instrument from the side.

Be carefull with all metal operating tables... Before you know it sparks will fly..
Or you will pull out a board conataining configuration memory held by a nicad, put it down because you are occupied with a problem and realise only too late the table is metal.... Poof goes the data...
Good point. Relying on the paint to insulate wouldn't be that great an idea IMHO.

At least Sigmoid has an ESD mat on it, so that should help considerably in his case (I presume the ground cords are connected when in use).  ;)

Yep. :) As I only put the thing together yesterday, the wiring isn't done yet. I'll have a power strip attached to one of the legs, and grounds connected up. I think I may also add an ESD mat to the bottom layer, I still have an appropriate length left over after covering the top.
What I'm uncertain about is whether I should explicitly ground the metal structure... Currently I'm in favor of grounding it, at least then I'll know what potential it's at. :)

Quote
I mean would the ESD mat also make the config go "poof" , or is the conductive ability of an ESD mat not enough to worry about  ?

It probably depends on what type of mat. I think some are a lot more conductive than others. I have the blue top/black bottom type similar to what Dave uses (see EEVblog #250). I can not measure any conductivity at all on the top side, but the black layer on the bottom is about 6000 ohms per 0.1 inch.

If ESD mats would short things out, nobody would be using them, now would they?! :D The top layer of ESD mats has an extremely high resistance, I remember Dave's video where he measured infinite resistance on it... It's just dissipative, not conductive.
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Post by: bingo600 on September 15, 2013, 04:25:30 pm
How wide an instrument will it accept between the legs "narrow side" ?
Ikea says 42cm , but isn't that an "outside" measurement.

I'we been looking @ this one as my "Surgery table" , for fixing those huge HP instruments.
A bit pricey though ....
http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/ (http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/catalog/products/00058487/)

And a bit to high to put anywhere under a working table , that's where the other little neat one would come in. I have a HP5370A (sick ... Err 02)  :-//  & a HP3324 that i need to "seat"


/Bingo

The opening at the narrow end is 13"1/4 wide, and 10"1/2 high. However, as you can see the legs are L-shaped, so you could in fact put in a larger instrument from the side.

Hmm ... The HP3324 is  5"1/4 , 16"3/4 , 19"5/8 ... So there goes that (at least in the middle)
Thanx for the info.

If ESD mats would short things out, nobody would be using them, now would they?! :D The top layer of ESD mats has an extremely high resistance, I remember Dave's video where he measured infinite resistance on it... It's just dissipative, not conductive.

I guess you're right , but it's better to ask , than to "find out" ...

/Bingo
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Post by: flolic on September 15, 2013, 04:29:21 pm
Maybe to put it on a board during rework to heat shield the surrounding area?

Spot on!  ;)
I do laptop motherboard reworks on a daily basis, and I reuse those aluminium shields to protect surrounding components.
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Post by: kolbep on September 15, 2013, 06:15:02 pm
Ok. Here is my messy lab (Basically the back end of the garage, the cars both sleep outside
The wooden table with the broken chair is my workbench.

The Garden table i borrowed from the wife, just to keep the long things on (and 'cos i have run out of space on the table)
The Bigscreen TV, Aircurtains, Organ, etc, are all works in progress (meaning started working on them long ago, then got too busy with work, so they are on hold for now.

I also borrowed my dads 20Mhz 2 Channel Beekman 'scope the on Friday morning, and it is still sitting in the back of my van, guess I will take it out tomorrow morning.

The guy in blue is my 20 month old assistant, who's favorite tool is a claw hammer.my 5 year old assistant was busy in the house when I took the photos.
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Post by: nanofrog on September 15, 2013, 06:52:32 pm
What I'm uncertain about is whether I should explicitly ground the metal structure... Currently I'm in favor of grounding it, at least then I'll know what potential it's at. :)
I wouldn't, as it could bypass the 1M resistor connected to the mat (conductive side of the mat discharge through the metal if it makes proper contact, such as through worn paint). Now if you added a 1M resistor between the metal cart and safety earth, you'll be OK. This might be of help:  http://www.esdjournal.com/techpapr/eosesd/grounds/fsg.htm (http://www.esdjournal.com/techpapr/eosesd/grounds/fsg.htm)

I'd connect the mat & wrist grounds through the power strip, either through a screw (verify the screw is tied to safety earth; might need to scrape some paint off of the back side of the screw to get solid contact), or worst case, make a short extension cable that has a ground wire coming out of the receptacle side along side the 3 wire power cord. Then use that to tie the ESD grounds to safety earth (presumes the structural wiring provides 3 prong outlets that are actually connected to ground; could be an issue in an older structure).

If you have an available outlet that won't be needed for power, you could also make the  following: http://www.instructables.com/id/Grounding-an-ESD-mat-and-wrist-band-at-home/ (http://www.instructables.com/id/Grounding-an-ESD-mat-and-wrist-band-at-home/)
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Post by: madsci on September 26, 2013, 08:15:31 am
Meet the incredibly tiny "hack rack"....my "at college" setup.

Instruments onboard:

Fluke 45 bench meter: It's butt ugly but it was cheap with a recent cal so it got to come home with me. It has no microvolt range but it's quite a lot better than my Extech in terms of accuracy. My first "real" piece of lab gear.

Keithley 2015 THD Multimeter...bought before Dave's review; I'm sure they're all 2x as much now. I accidentally found one on ebay while trying to score an ancient HP distortion analyzer of questionable functionality.  It's not made for HiFi work but for mainstream gear, it's more than adequate. It can measure down to 0.004% THD at 20kHz.

Extech 430: Grunt work meter. Poor battery life, questionable cat rating and a *slow* cap function. I'm glad I didn't pay retail.

Tektronix TDS 744A + Dell VGA monitor; main scope that replaces the old 20MHz Hameg. The UI is sometimes ungodly slow but other than that it rocks....kicking it into InstaVu is anything but instant. I may fix the horizontal width problem on the built in display sometime soon. It passes SPC reliably.

Heathkit IT-12 signal tracer. Older than dirt and indestructible with a magic eye tube level indicator!

VIZ Senior VoltOhmyst VTVM. Older than dirt as well, dumb and tough. Good for illustrating trends and probing things with nasty spikes.

Peak Atlas DCA Pro: General purpose semiconductor tester with PC based low current curve tacing. Identifies the part with a decent amount of accuracy and allows me to gain match transistors in house too. House numbered transistor? No problem.

The stack of Technics amplifiers is a permanent resident of the rack. The sources that feed it and speakers it drives are out of the shot as is the UPS that keeps suicidal squirrels from spoiling my fun.
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Post by: TMM on September 26, 2013, 12:38:16 pm
My 'lab' aka bedroom/computer desk. Soldering irons and mechanical tools live in the garage (you don't want to see that, it's a pigsty haha..)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2830/9949583823_f20910713a_o.png)
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Post by: Circlotron on September 26, 2013, 01:24:42 pm
The late, great Jim Williams. An example for us all.
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Post by: ErikTheNorwegian on September 26, 2013, 01:44:19 pm
I must post this one about Jim Wiilliams.. about Tek 465B Fix and Minuteman ICBM guidance computer mounted as artwork on his living room wall.

If you dont have seen it, its well wourth the time. 

Jim Williams Tek 465B Fix v3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ODi7qSpYg#)


http://www.linear.com/williams.php (http://www.linear.com/williams.php)

(http://www.linear.com/images/general/JWBanner.jpg)
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Post by: Phaedrus on October 02, 2013, 08:10:23 pm
Work lab:

(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/275/c/a/labsmall_by_phaedrus2401-d6oysk2.jpg)

Big: http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/275/6/3/lab_by_phaedrus2401-d6oys47.jpg (http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/275/6/3/lab_by_phaedrus2401-d6oys47.jpg)


Had to censor some interesting things, sorry, but our competitors do snoop.
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Post by: Alphatronique on October 03, 2013, 04:48:16 pm
That my small company shop on my basement  O0

that result of 10 year of  hunting on ebay and bankruptcy auction site

missing from image reflow oven ,pcb washing and the AIO that was in next room

Marc L.
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Post by: Vgkid on October 03, 2013, 07:35:01 pm
You have a neat pcb shop.
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Post by: con-f-use on October 03, 2013, 09:31:56 pm
What do you do with your shop?
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Post by: SLJ on October 03, 2013, 10:45:28 pm
I like the Xcelite tool kit.
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Post by: Alphatronique on October 03, 2013, 11:02:30 pm
Hi

i have past >6 year doing Design , SCH\PCB and prototype assembly/test for
a huge company   ,got tired and kick it out

now focus on low volume prototype and pcb assembly 
work now on a project that will make the bridge between ardunino
and production ready pcb  ,so take all ardunino and similar whit sheild and integrate in into custom professional pcb and if customer what do production to ..
something that may look like hackeda but really much more personalised

p.s. toolkit was remain of my alarm installer live back in 1990  ;D

have add new panoramic pic ..
     
Best regard
Marc Lalonde
Alphatronique inc.
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Post by: andtfoot on October 05, 2013, 11:44:52 am
Here's my little corner...
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-jWXbXXx/0/L/i-jWXbXXx-L.jpg)
Definitely thinking of building an L-shaped bench of some sort.
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Post by: usLEDsupply on October 07, 2013, 01:17:02 am
Mine is in a constant state of change and it gets cleaned twice a year. It's been over six months so here's the latest set-up.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/workbench2013.jpg)


Where did you get that work bench or what model is it? i like the metal design with all the outlets on the face?
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Post by: Robertmaks on October 07, 2013, 01:34:19 am
Nice lab i would like to see another picture in the future to see how much it has changed, a bit messy but you have some nice equipment.     :-DMM
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Post by: SLJ on October 07, 2013, 03:00:54 am
Where did you get that work bench or what model is it? i like the metal design with all the outlets on the face?

I bought it around 1992.  Had a wooden one before that.  The work surface is chemical proof and has held up well.  I added an "L" brace on the underside of the top of the riser as I figured it would need some extra bracing eventually with all the test equipment piled on top.  I think I bought it through Granger's. At the time it was around $280 with the top riser and bottom shelf.  Had to wire it but all the outlet punch holes were on the front and the legs.  One outlet in the center I have wired to my variac.  The rest are all bench power and the master bench kill switch is mounted in the left leg. It shuts down everything except the two computers.

It's and Edsal.
Here's the pieces.

I think this is what I have but I'm not sure the surface is the exact same material as I remember mine was listed as chemical proof:
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EDSAL-Workbench-7D182?cm_sp=IO-_-IDP-_-BTM_BTB05209020&cm_vc=IDPBBZ2 (http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EDSAL-Workbench-7D182?cm_sp=IO-_-IDP-_-BTM_BTB05209020&cm_vc=IDPBBZ2)

This is the top shelf:
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EDSAL-Electrical-Shelf-Riser-5W675?Pid=search (http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EDSAL-Electrical-Shelf-Riser-5W675?Pid=search)

I also added a half shelf on the bottom as a full shelf would be in the way when I'm sitting at it but i don't see that listed.

The top shelf with the space for outlets can be added to any bench that's exactly 72 inches wide. and it's under $100 (if you pick it up from your local Graingers).
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Post by: c4757p on October 13, 2013, 10:23:32 pm
Hmm... I guess I'll post mine, now that I have relocated it and it's a little tidier than usual.

My camera phone apologizes for the pathetic quality of the picture... though I suspect the real culprit is the low-ish lighting, it's a convenient scapegoat :-+

And my poor woodworking skills apologize for the bench itself. I can't find a scapegoat for that. (Yep, the top shelf really is bowed, though it's been braced better since...)
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Post by: iceisfun on October 14, 2013, 04:13:15 pm
(http://www.iceisfun.com/bench1.jpg)
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Post by: iceisfun on October 14, 2013, 04:14:42 pm
Hmm... I guess I'll post mine, now that I have relocated it and it's a little tidier than usual.

My camera phone apologizes for the pathetic quality of the picture... though I suspect the real culprit is the low-ish lighting, it's a convenient scapegoat :-+

And my poor woodworking skills apologize for the bench itself. I can't find a scapegoat for that. (Yep, the top shelf really is bowed, though it's been braced better since...)

Want to talk about poor woodworking skills?!? I used cinder block to put my bench up!

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Post by: ahnuts72 on October 16, 2013, 01:45:46 am
Ill throw mine in the mix as well.

I just noticed c4757p it looks like we shop at the same place for storage bins.
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Post by: c4757p on October 16, 2013, 01:52:23 am
I just noticed c4757p it looks like we shop at the same place for storage bins.

Mine was from Lowe's, IIRC. Could have been Harbor Fright. The smaller ones were from Walmart.

We also have the same big-ass breadboard. Is yours as much of a turd as mine?

And that might be the same antistatic mat too. :o Don't forget to ground it!
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Post by: ahnuts72 on October 16, 2013, 02:03:32 am
Mine came from lowe's to.

You are absolutely right about the breadboard you have to search for the right hole to get it to work right.(Like playing wack-a-mole with the jumper wires.)

I was boarding up the power supply to test it and wouldn't work,wouldn't work,touch a wire work touch a wire wouldn't work.

I almost broke it in half i was getting so mad.

Got the mat from ebay cant remember the seller.(One of these days ill have a real one that's blue and everything.)
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Post by: c4757p on October 16, 2013, 02:39:53 am
Yeah, I figured it wasn't from HF, it's lasted me more than a month...

I was boarding up the power supply to test it and wouldn't work,wouldn't work,touch a wire work touch a wire wouldn't work.

I almost broke it in half i was getting so mad.

Mine pushed me to start doing dead-bug prototypes on scrap PCB. Now I'm completely hooked on that method, won't even bother trying to find a better breadboard. The thing's just as lonely as it damn well deserves to be >:(

Quote
Got the mat from ebay cant remember the seller.(One of these days ill have a real one that's blue and everything.)

"Blue and everything" ;D Yeah, I have no idea how good this one is. I'd probably get better protection from the bare wood underneath... but I'm pretty careful about ESD in general, I don't think the mat adds much when I'm already paying close attention to charge transfer. The only thing I did test was that it wouldn't break down and conduct at higher voltages (mains) - it held off 3.5kV within millimeters of the grounding button just fine and that's the worst I could throw at it.

Probably should have stuck a uA meter in the loop to see what its resistance was at that voltage... Edit: Just did that: 0.7uA at 2900V (4 Gohm) at 30mm, so definitely in the typical static-dissipative range.
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Post by: ahnuts72 on October 16, 2013, 02:57:25 am
Yeah I live in the southeast so statics not to bad of an issue as the humidity
is like 1000% all the time so I'm probably not as careful as i should be.

I don't use a lot of really sensitive stuff right now though some op-amps,555's
and the likes so not as critical.
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Post by: metalphreak on October 19, 2013, 03:00:58 pm
Just redid my workbench to try and maximise the space I have available.

Went to IKEA and grabbed a 1200x300mm shelf, and some of the desk mount brackets for it. Makes it easy to install without having to drill into the wall or anything.

Also installed some soft-wiring kit from CMS Electracom (http://cmselectra.com.au/). Fantastic stuff. We specify stuff like this a lot at work for office fitouts because it makes it easy for the people making the desk/cabinetry to install all the outlets, and the electrician can just install starter sockets beforehand. Then its just a matter of plugging everything in.

All the soft wiring is rated for 20A, so to get full benefit you really need a starter socket wall plate to replace your existing power outlet. CMS sell an adapter cable (http://buycmsonline.com/au/buycmssoftwiring/lead-starter-socket-access/starter-cables-10amp-plug.html) so you can plug it into a standard socket outlet, with an inline 10A breaker for protection. Everything hooks up with the same standard connector, with T pieces, or 1in3out blocks. Data cabling I just terminated to standard RJ45 plugs into my desktop switch. The stuff isn't that cheap, but it's much neater than having power boards everywhere, and much safer than trying to install standard electrical outlets into a desk. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :)

(you also don't need to be an electrician or business to buy from them - they have an online shop!)


(http://i.imgur.com/Ul2xpcIl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/Ul2xpcI)

(http://i.imgur.com/186CEvjl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/186CEvj)

(http://i.imgur.com/CeSg0KCl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/CeSg0KC)

(http://i.imgur.com/hzOGjCIl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/hzOGjCI)

(http://i.imgur.com/6gIPpzWl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/6gIPpzW)

Even a power strip underneath my desk for easy access :) Plastic bracket screws on, then the power board clips in, soft-wiring cable connects on one side, with a pass through on the other end for chaining more boards.

(http://i.imgur.com/bSyuws7l.jpg) (http://imgur.com/bSyuws7)

All Done

(http://i.imgur.com/BRN6uAgl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/BRN6uAg)
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Post by: DL8RI on October 19, 2013, 05:06:37 pm
Hi,

here are some Pics of my 'Mancave'. Many parts have been "dumpstered" at the university or in companies I work for:

(http://abload.de/thumb/dsc05160lzdxw.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05160lzdxw.jpg)

It's not that dark like it looks, that's just the camera. On the bottom of the Lowest Broder-Board I mounted two "kitchen"-Lights (36W Fluro each) so the bench is really bright. As I do a lot SMD, the big soldering-station is a Weller rework-system (arrived today :) ) WMD 3. All the other tools are hidden in the Desk.

(http://abload.de/thumb/dsc05161n4caj.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05161n4caj.jpg)

My (mostly) RF-Stuff, Test-Receivers, Spectrumanalyzer (HP 141T, classic ;) ) a HV-Supply from R&S and an quite Old HP DSA. Down on the right of the power-switch is my RLC-Meter (ESI Video Bridge).

(http://abload.de/thumb/dsc05164xjd8g.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05164xjd8g.jpg)
On the Other side: Components and more chaos :)

Hidden in the back, my 10MHz GPS-Reference:
(http://abload.de/thumb/dsc05165zlip2.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05165zlip2.jpg)

The last Pictures are my Power-Wiring, maybe the most interesting part especially for you, metalphreak:

(http://abload.de/thumb/dsc051696uept.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc051696uept.jpg) (http://abload.de/thumb/dsc051708iepm.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc051708iepm.jpg)

I wired a complete, independent circuit-braker-box (including a RCD) for my Lab. It's also the central grounding-point for my ESD-Stuff. In this box there is a central electric contactor. If I turn the key, the whole Lab is powered up, if I hit the Button everything (except the GPS of course) is off. Good for an emergency and also quite convenient. :)
Since you are also making a quite solid AC-Supply for your bench, this could be an inspiration for you.

Unfortunately I don't have to much space (still at university, living in "flat share"), therefore the whole thing is quite dense. In the future I hope to get a complete work-room with different benches for soldering, measurements and so on. That would be more ergonomic.
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Post by: tiofilo75 on October 20, 2013, 09:11:05 am
Ill throw mine in the mix as well.

I just noticed c4757p it looks like we shop at the same place for storage bins.

I use to have the exact equipment at my school. Most of the labs are getting a facelift so we are getting some nice Agilent equipment.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: John Coloccia on October 20, 2013, 09:18:31 pm
My basic bench for assembly and test work.  There's other equipment scattered around...power supplies, function generators, resistance boxes, a scope, etc.  I try to keep the bench relatively neat, though, or it quickly gets out of control.


Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Circlotron on October 21, 2013, 12:19:11 am
About time someone showed off their workspace with a bit more entropy. Here's mine.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on October 21, 2013, 12:37:22 pm
My humble lab. Still in progress, there is another half being completed shortly.

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Post by: con-f-use on October 21, 2013, 04:01:23 pm
What's the red contraption on the shelf between power supply and multimeters? I assume some hot air device right?
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Post by: nanofrog on October 21, 2013, 04:18:29 pm
What's the red contraption on the shelf between power supply and multimeters? I assume some hot air device right?
Didn't even notice that. Looks like a hot air gun to me (resting upside down on some sort of built-in stand?).
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Post by: John Coloccia on October 21, 2013, 07:55:55 pm
That's a heat gun.  For whatever reason you really don't see that style much anymore but they were very common at one time.
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Post by: edavid on October 21, 2013, 08:05:55 pm
That's a heat gun.  For whatever reason you really don't see that style much anymore but they were very common at one time.

Master brand... looks like they are still made:  http://www.masterappliance.com/heat-tool-products/heat-guns/master-heat-gun (http://www.masterappliance.com/heat-tool-products/heat-guns/master-heat-gun)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: JustinHV32 on October 27, 2013, 09:56:17 am
Here's my incarnation of a work bench. Storage shelving makes a nice bench for the price. Should be moving to a new house later which will be better so I can have a separate bedroom too  :-//
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Post by: edavid on October 27, 2013, 06:18:31 pm
Here's my incarnation of a work bench. Storage shelving makes a nice bench for the price. Should be moving to a new house later which will be better so I can have a separate bedroom too  :-//

Photo is too large, completely unviewable not viewable just by clicking...

But, that's a good idea about the storage shelving.  For those in the US, it's sold at Costco (Whalen brand).

What did you use for the benchtop?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on October 27, 2013, 07:00:56 pm
Photo is too large, completely unviewable...

1.) Right click on the image
2.) Click 'View Image' or 'Open Link in new Tab'
3.) ...
4.) Profit.

But yes, the JavaScript-Function "expandThumb()" in "./forum/Themes/default/scripts/topic.js" should read differently or be set via CSS. I use a greasemonkey-script to limit the width.

Code: [Select]
// This is a part of: ./forum/Themes/default/scripts/topic.js
// *** Other functions...
function expandThumb(thumbID)
{
var img = document.getElementById('thumb_' + thumbID);
var link = document.getElementById('link_' + thumbID);
var tmp = img.src;
img.src = link.href;
link.href = tmp;
img.style.width = '';
        // here is the fix:
        img.style.maxWidth = '60%'; // not larger than this percentage of the screen
img.style.height = '';
return false;
}
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Post by: ddavidebor on October 27, 2013, 07:07:45 pm
i can see spider web in this photo...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: steve30 on October 27, 2013, 07:43:24 pm
Here's my incarnation of a work bench. Storage shelving makes a nice bench for the price. Should be moving to a new house later which will be better so I can have a separate bedroom too  :-//

That looks nice and cosy :)
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Post by: Shock on October 28, 2013, 09:29:19 am
Explained how to change the CSS here.
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Post by: EEVblog on October 28, 2013, 11:13:33 am
I would add this to the CSS, it will make images resize to their parent element if larger width than their parent element. This should fix images on the whole website and anything in the future.

Code: [Select]
a img {
    max-width: 100%;
}

Code: [Select]
.bbc_img {
    max-width: 100%;
}

So I just stick those two lines of code anywhere inside "./forum/Themes/default/scripts/topic.js" ?
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Post by: Shock on October 28, 2013, 11:18:47 am
I told Dave how to add that to the cascading style sheet here.
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Post by: Jonny on October 29, 2013, 07:59:32 am
I get most of my fun out of repairing stuff. Haven't got into design/build but that's largely because I can't think of anything useful I can be bothered to make. Repairing things provides the challenge I crave and is a great way to learn many aspects of electronics. With design/build you have to learn to know how to make something do what you want. With repair you have to figure out how a circuit was designed to operate so you can fix it. All good fun!

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Post by: EEVblog on October 29, 2013, 12:27:57 pm
You can add those two additional max-width: 100%; lines of code into
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Themes/default/css/index.css (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Themes/default/css/index.css)

Done!
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Post by: Shock on October 29, 2013, 12:57:32 pm
Looks like it works to me
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on October 29, 2013, 01:03:14 pm
You can add those two additional max-width: 100%; lines of code into
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Themes/default/css/index.css (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Themes/default/css/index.css)

Done!

Looks a lot better!  :-+
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Post by: SLJ on October 29, 2013, 01:40:02 pm
+1  Looks Great.  No more scrolling!!!!
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Post by: fpliuzzi on October 29, 2013, 02:03:29 pm
Nice, plus an image can alternately be opened in a new browser tab if it needs be seen in its full, humongous glory to study any small details. Win-win.

Thanks :-+
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Post by: M. András on October 29, 2013, 11:02:15 pm
fantastic. now no more problems if someone uploads a high res photo shot with a phone, you wont see the shitty image quality as much :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on November 04, 2013, 01:35:51 pm
Over the weekend, I put some of the final touches on my new lab. I am about 98% complete with the new improved lab. Here are some new pictures.
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Post by: robrenz on November 04, 2013, 01:53:17 pm
Very nice!
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Post by: Terabyte2007 on November 04, 2013, 02:35:55 pm
Very nice!

Thanks robrenz, I am still deciding on which to do above the 27.19 image, either a pegboard solution for tools or more shelving. I am even considered some cabinets/pegboard type of mix for above the teardown and assembly work bench.
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Post by: SLJ on November 04, 2013, 02:54:23 pm
Nice layout.  Lots of clear bench space.  My problem is my office is too big for the shop and the shop is too big for the office so they are on two different floors.
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Post by: nanofrog on November 04, 2013, 04:16:44 pm
Nice lab.  :)
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Post by: ElectroIrradiator on November 04, 2013, 06:47:38 pm
Over the weekend, I put some of the final touches on my new lab. I am about 98% complete with the new improved lab. Here are some new pictures.

Really nice work. :-+

Do you sit on the bar stool when working at the high tables? While I also prefer different heights between workstation and my work surface, your setup does take this to the extreme. ;)
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Post by: barjammar on November 04, 2013, 07:34:13 pm
In a new house I allocated a budget for an electronics workshop (which previously had been in a closet in my garage).  This one is really an IKEA kitchen so I have enclosed the IKEA CAD images and pictures as well as the finished product. 

Two issues have to be resolved. 
1). I have windows but my server is generating heat so I will need an air conditioner in the summer - even if I move the server out.
2). The shelving above my bench needs to be revised.  I have some kitchen shelves which take various hooks to hold cables off the bench.  Instruments are up a bit high at present.  I will need to look at a professional service lab setup. 
BTW, I collect a few old calculators - so will be fixing these.  Meantime they are stored in cupboards and drawers.
I recently bought a RIGOL 1104Z and 1022.  The various items are annotated in one image.  The Mac is pretty, and serves to check the internet with.  It is the last of the PowerPC type so cannot be updated and crashes on some internet pages.  Insulted screwdrivers were found at Jaycar about 5 years ago - too unique to use!  The panorama shows the end where I have a functioning server and an old spare one not connected.
The total cost of the IKEA bench and cupboards under it was about $2600.  The rear wall has full height cupboards which cost about the same as the benches but aren't well shown in the pictures.
Updated 7/11/2013 three shelves added from Bunnings and active Server moved inside air conditioned part of house.
(Images were taken with iPhone 5s, the final one with panorama - all compressed to fit the 2Mb limit on this site).
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Post by: Terabyte2007 on November 04, 2013, 08:14:22 pm
Over the weekend, I put some of the final touches on my new lab. I am about 98% complete with the new improved lab. Here are some new pictures.

Really nice work. :-+

Do you sit on the bar stool when working at the high tables? While I also prefer different heights between workstation and my work surface, your setup does take this to the extreme. ;)

Since the photos I have replaced the "Bar Stool" with adjustable Lab/Tech chairs. Much more comfortable and they have adjustable height as well!
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Post by: theonetruestickman on November 04, 2013, 10:30:11 pm
I posted this to the Amp Hour reddit a while ago, but thought I'd put it here as well.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/8740446708_2c0e98481e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stickmanseyeview/8740446708/)
Workbench May 2013 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stickmanseyeview/8740446708/#) by The One True Stickman (http://www.flickr.com/people/stickmanseyeview/), on Flickr

I'm in the process of starting a big re-org to lay things out a little more efficiently, but I'm sure it won't look much different to the untrained viewer when I'm done. :D
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Post by: robbag on November 07, 2013, 11:02:17 am
Welcome to my latest addition, the DIY electronics workbench. Modular construction to allow easy transportation. Sitting on it is my hakko fx888, DIY 0-30vdc power supply and an old 2ch 20MHz scope. Time for an upgrade I think.
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Post by: barjammar on November 07, 2013, 03:48:00 pm
Over the weekend, I put some of the final touches on my new lab. I am about 98% complete with the new improved lab. Here are some new pictures.

I see similarity between my setup and Terabyte2007.  I think it's an Ikea table top and similar magnifier light and shelving. So I must have got it about right, and no need to go back to USA.  However, the collection of instruments in Terabyte's lab is fa superior.

For Insulted Screwdriver fans - here are the close-ups.  To be fair though, this type of error is becoming less common from our Chinese colleagues where so much top quality technology is being produced e.g. Rigol, this iPhone, etc. 
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Post by: envisionelec on November 07, 2013, 03:58:02 pm
Insulted screwdrivers were found at Jaycar about 5 years ago - too unique to use!

Can't let that one get away.

Commence the  :-DD

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Post by: VintageTekFan on November 07, 2013, 05:04:22 pm
I'm getting so many ideas  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SLJ on November 07, 2013, 05:27:44 pm
Insulted screwdrivers were found at Jaycar about 5 years ago - too unique to use!

Can't let that one get away.

Commence the  :-DD

Having Insulted screwdrivers are better than having a pissed off soldering iron.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: romelec on November 07, 2013, 06:47:15 pm
Here is mine, last weekend I made a lot of cleanup so I took a picture, It will not last very long.
I also have in another house a small CNC I built, it's very useful !
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Post by: con-f-use on November 07, 2013, 08:13:53 pm
Don't get your CNC wet through those holes by the roof. Would be a shame  :-\
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Post by: willb on November 09, 2013, 04:15:49 pm
I need a bigger house :(
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Post by: Maximus on November 12, 2013, 09:26:09 am


This is the lab I use in school for my classes.  Spend about 8 hours a week in here.

I have a good stash of Fluke 8010a's on my desk, i don't know how they have survived being used by 25+ years worth of first year students.
i don't know what was going on here where i needed 5 meters and 2 scope channels.
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Post by: george graves on November 12, 2013, 11:52:33 am
I need a bigger house :(

I like your bench - but I have no clue where you put your knees when working.  Do you work bent over?  That would be hard on even my young back.

I still don't get the "tall bench" vs "low bench" pluses and minuses.
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Post by: Terabyte2007 on November 12, 2013, 12:05:59 pm
Quote from: willb
I need a bigger house :(

You need to expand and conquer. I took over two rooms, well actually 3 rooms in the house so far. Wifes about ready to kick my ass!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on November 12, 2013, 12:07:19 pm
pics?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on November 12, 2013, 12:22:40 pm
pics?

If you are referring to me, I have posted my updated lab, just search back a page or two.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SLJ on November 12, 2013, 01:38:59 pm
I like your bench - but I have no clue where you put your knees when working.  Do you work bent over?  That would be hard on even my young back.
I still don't get the "tall bench" vs "low bench" pluses and minuses.

Over the years I've had both shorter and tall benches.  My current electronics bench's work surface  is 34 inches high.  I have found that for me this is a good height for standing at as well as sitting on a stool and working.  If it was lower it would not be comfortable to stand at which I do quite often.

My soldering station is 29.5 inches high.  It was actually built using a computer desk.  It would be too low to stand at and work. The soldering station I can sit at in a normal office chair.

Both of my benches have space for my legs under them when you are sitting at them.   Building a bench with no leg room to sit under would be a mistake.  You want to be able to lean over your work easily but not have to lean all the time.
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Post by: willb on November 13, 2013, 01:50:57 am
I need a bigger house :(

I like your bench - but I have no clue where you put your knees when working.  Do you work bent over?  That would be hard on even my young back.

I still don't get the "tall bench" vs "low bench" pluses and minuses.

I guess I do work slightly bent over, but I find it comfortable. I can fit my knees under my bench just enough. Height wise my bench is probably taller than most, but I'm 6'2, so a high working surface is a must.

I'm pretty much confined to the spare room in the basement for my lab, I'd probably have to sleep on the couch if I take over too much of the house.  ;D The house is legally 100% mine, I bought it before my partner and I met, but that certainly doesn't matter in the say I have, haha.  :)
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Post by: george graves on November 13, 2013, 01:25:03 pm
I'm 6'2" as well.  but I prefer my soldering to be at the same position as if I was hand writing a letter - for the most precise hand control and stuff..  The small mussels in your wrist/hand, are much more fine then in your arms/chest.  Something everyone knows instinctively.  Sitting on a stool, and not having your forearms supported is a disadvantage as I see it.  Plus, your eyes are closer to the work. 
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Post by: nanofrog on November 13, 2013, 03:03:44 pm
I'm 6'2" as well.  but I prefer my soldering to be at the same position as if I was hand writing a letter
Same for me (6'-3").
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Post by: backflipper on November 14, 2013, 11:31:58 pm
Welcome to my latest addition, the DIY electronics workbench. Modular construction to allow easy transportation. Sitting on it is my hakko fx888, DIY 0-30vdc power supply and an old 2ch 20MHz scope. Time for an upgrade I think.
Nice, simple and more than capable!

I came very close to upgrading. My fluke pm3084 to a rigol but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it!
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Post by: orion242 on November 15, 2013, 05:46:35 pm
Finally cleaned my lab up...still seems like its full of junk and I'm running out of room...

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Post by: 8086 on November 16, 2013, 10:39:51 am
Got around to replacing my desks and gave the room an overhaul. Still working on getting a nice collection of test equipment.

(http://i.imgur.com/zREiwQb.jpg)
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Post by: SLJ on November 16, 2013, 10:38:44 pm
Nice, what's a workbench without... art
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Post by: Hydrawerk on November 19, 2013, 12:23:37 am
At my school lab.
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Post by: Radio Tech on November 19, 2013, 01:19:19 am
Got around to replacing my desks and gave the room an overhaul. Still working on getting a nice collection of test equipment.

(http://i.imgur.com/zREiwQb.jpg)

What desk? did I miss it?

 :-DD
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Post by: xrunner on November 19, 2013, 01:35:49 am

What desk? did I miss it?


All I can manage to see is a naked woman with a Dark Side of the Moon Album logo on her back.  :-//
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Post by: SLJ on November 19, 2013, 01:13:24 pm
"Wish You Were Here" looks pretty good to me...  "The Wall" ain't bad either.

Anyway, no art on this one yet but I am inspired now.
The inspection microscope took up too much room on the bench so I decided to set up a soldering station just for SMD and board work. 

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/soldering/pics/esdbench-02.jpg)

Kind of nice not having the usual bench clutter around when working on the small stuff.
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Post by: mrflibble on November 19, 2013, 07:08:39 pm
The inspection microscope took up too much room on the bench so I decided to set up a soldering station just for SMD and board work. 

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/soldering/pics/esdbench-02.jpg)

That's a nice setup you got there!  :-+
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Post by: robrenz on November 19, 2013, 07:18:49 pm
+1 :clap: :clap:
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Post by: rolycat on November 19, 2013, 07:59:56 pm

What desk? did I miss it?


All I can manage to see is a naked woman with a Dark Side of the Moon Album logo on her back.  :-//
You could always get your own copy - it's a fairly famous image designed by Hipgnosis, who also created quite a few of the actual album covers.

(http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1280x720/pink-floyd/607877/pink-floyd-back-catalogue-art-607877.jpg)

The albums being modelled by those ladies are (left to right):

 'Atom Heart Mother', 'Relics', 'Dark Side of the Moon', 'Wish You Were Here', 'The Wall' and 'Animals'.
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Post by: Skimask on November 21, 2013, 10:26:58 am
May as well blow my own horn...

Shop bldg is 20x50, interior 28x18, "front room" about 20x20 for cold storage.

Tek 2246A
Owon SDS7102
Rigol DO832
Fluke 8012
Fluke 8010
Mastech HY3050-3
Weller WESD51
Sable 2015 CNC machine, controlled by cheap tower machine running EMC2 on Ubuntu 8.04
Microwave
Fridge
Ridgid TS3650 table saw
DeWalt 12" Mitre Saw
3 Dell laptops (1 Insp 17R, 2x Insp 8200 w/real serial & parallel ports, all Win 7)
2 Gateway laptops (Ubuntu, real serial & parallel ports)
1 "vintage" P4-3.0Ghz Windows machine with real serial & parallel ports
80K BTU furnace & 15K BTU A/C
Crap load of various power tools, spare parts, junk pile, full tool box, network maintenance gear, R/C gear...
46" plasma on the wall (junk yard find, wouldn't start up due to a bad speed output off a cooling fan, tapped the fan right next to it...Freebie Fix!!!)
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 21, 2013, 10:30:33 am
Quote
I mean would the ESD mat also make the config go "poof" , or is the conductive ability of an ESD mat not enough to worry about  ?

It probably depends on what type of mat. I think some are a lot more conductive than others. I have the blue top/black bottom type similar to what Dave uses (see EEVblog #250). I can not measure any conductivity at all on the top side, but the black layer on the bottom is about 6000 ohms per 0.1 inch.
EEVblog #250 – Anti-Static Mat Myth http://www.eevblog.com/2012/03/01/eevblog-250-anti-static-mat-myth/ (http://www.eevblog.com/2012/03/01/eevblog-250-anti-static-mat-myth/)

EEVblog #250 - Anti-Static Mat Myth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FFrZl9ymFw#ws)
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Post by: mathsquid on November 23, 2013, 02:02:43 am
Here's my workbench in my garage.
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 23, 2013, 02:33:48 am
Here's my workbench in my garage.
I have the same Ikea JANSJÖ flexible led work lamp as you have on the left.
Very nice and cheap series of LED spotlights: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/18294/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/18294/)

(http://www.ikea.com/ms/media/seorange/20134/20134_jansjo_PE367099.jpg)

(http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/images/products/jansjo-led-usb-lampe__0176551_PE329357_S4.JPG) (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/jansjo-led-clamp-spotlight__0098924_PE240309_S4.JPG) (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/jansjo-led-work-lamp__0098927_PE240312_S4.JPG)

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Post by: SLJ on November 23, 2013, 04:25:41 am
Here's my workbench in my garage.

Your cat's got the plans to build his own fish.
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Post by: aargee on November 23, 2013, 04:31:24 am
Here's my workbench in my garage.

Your cat's got the plans to build his own fish.

..and I like how it's even licking its lips.
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Post by: nanofrog on November 23, 2013, 05:05:17 am
Here's my workbench in my garage.

Your cat's got the plans to build his own fish.

..and I like how it's even licking its lips.
Nice.  ;D
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on November 27, 2013, 02:22:32 pm
I finally got my office/workshop/ham shack organized enough to take some pics.  The first is my desk where I do my job, the 2nd is my writing area.  Sorry, no naked women in a painting, just a part of my die cast car collection.  The 3rd is my ham radio desk.  There is only 1 radio on it now, the other is out for repair(way beyond my ability to fix.  I know my limits) and the rest are pics of my new workbench I just built.  A poor man's basic lab for sure, but it suites me and my budget right now.  The last pic is my office manager and constant companion, Molly.  She is a 2 year old German Shepard/Australian Shepard mix.  I hope you enjoy the pics
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Post by: c4757p on November 27, 2013, 02:30:23 pm
The last pic is my office manager and constant companion, Molly.  She is a 2 year old German Shepard/Australian Shepard mix.

She's beautiful. I miss my German Shepherd. And if I know anything about shepherd dogs, she really is your office manager! ;D
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 27, 2013, 02:33:42 pm
Cats and dogs in the workshops... when will we see Dave posting a pic of a kangaroo in his workshop?  ;D
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Post by: c4757p on November 27, 2013, 02:38:42 pm
Having had both cats and dogs, I strongly suspect that cats and dangling, swinging test cables do not mix well. :P I have on at least one occasion had to yell at a rather bored beagle to stop chewing on the !@$#@# table!!!, but she was younger then...

I don't even want to guess what a kangaroo would do to a workshop. Probably shit in it...
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 27, 2013, 02:47:44 pm
I have on at least one occasion had to yell at a rather bored beagle to stop chewing on the !@$#@# table!!!, but she was younger then...
Just throw her a BeagleBone  :-DD

http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone+Black (http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone+Black)

(http://beagleboard.org/static/images/beagle_logo_hdr.gif)

(http://www.ti.com/ww/en/beagleboard/product_detail_black_lg.jpg)


Then you can eat a Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org) yourself...
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 27, 2013, 02:53:27 pm
(http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1280x720/pink-floyd/607877/pink-floyd-back-catalogue-art-607877.jpg)
Ah the girl on the left. So that's what Dave talks about when he talks about the cows coming home...
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on November 27, 2013, 03:35:37 pm
c4757p, thanks for the comments.  She is a beautiful dog and the office manager ;D.  As the saying goes, she really is my best friend.  Since I work from home, she has a blanket out here in addition to the one under the bay window in the living room and she constantly goes back and forth between the 2.  My wife works at a doctor's office and they are converting to electronic medical records so she is working long hours right now, so I spend more time with Molly than I do with my wife :(.  She has a great personality and loves the family but is VERY protective of us and she doesn't do strangers well.  She is a 45 pound dog with 110 pounds of attitude!.

Tom, NW0LF
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Post by: nanofrog on November 27, 2013, 07:41:07 pm
I've learned not to let my cat/s anywhere near my lab.

Previous pair of cats I had would toss the place in a matter of minutes, and they'd definitely chew on wires (couldn't lock them out). Current one likes to get right in the middle of things (i.e. sit or lay on top of whatever I'm working on) to get my attention.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on November 27, 2013, 10:03:42 pm
My stepdaughter's cats are always trying to get into the office.  I keep a squirt bottle of water to chase them out.  I love cats, they taste just like chicken! :-DD

Tom, NW0LF
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Post by: nanofrog on November 27, 2013, 10:18:57 pm
My stepdaughter's cats are always trying to get into the office.  I keep a squirt bottle of water to chase them out.  I love cats, they taste just like chicken! :-DD

Tom, NW0LF
Mine's a stubborn little bugger. Squirt bottle didn't discourage him long at all when I tried that (~30 seconds and he's back at whatever it was he got hosed for). Favorite sport is to try and sneak out the back door when I go to the chest freezer, and the door didn't fully latch behind me (figured out how to open it).

As per chicken, I refer to mine as "Four legged Poultry", and threaten to eat him when he gets out of line. Does no good of course...  :-DD
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Post by: mcinque on November 27, 2013, 10:20:58 pm
I love cats, they taste just like chicken! :-DD

:| I've 3 cats.
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Post by: SLJ on November 27, 2013, 10:25:18 pm
5 cats
2 dogs
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Post by: manticore00 on November 27, 2013, 11:00:23 pm
I also have five cats and all but one of them ignores my office completely when I'm not doing anything interesting. The minute I plug in the soldering iron they all swarm and I get nothing done because I spend half my time picking them up off my bench and putting them away from the hot iron.
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Post by: AndersAnd on November 27, 2013, 11:03:17 pm
Maybe it's time to create a seperate pet topic?  :-//
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Post by: mcinque on November 27, 2013, 11:04:40 pm
Yes, maybe a split would be fine. :D

The minute I plug in the soldering iron they all swarm and I get nothing done because I spend half my time picking them up off my bench and putting them away from the hot iron.

The same for me!  :-DD
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Post by: george graves on November 27, 2013, 11:27:02 pm
My cat is very well behaved, has never chewed on a single cable, has never jumped onto the workbench.  He does love to sit on my lap when I'm working.

Oh and...

http://www.adafruit.com/catsofengineering (http://www.adafruit.com/catsofengineering)

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Post by: SLJ on November 28, 2013, 01:27:25 am
I have one cat that plays with bits of wire, tie wraps, etc. she finds on my bench.   The weird thing is she puts them back where she found them after she's done.
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Post by: mainman on November 30, 2013, 06:10:36 am
I actually don't have a work bench as my apartment is to small so I store my equipment on my wall shelve and pull off what I need as I go and work on a collapsible table.

I do have a extensive set up of tools and test equipment

Tektronix DMM914
TekPower TP4000ZC
MS8261 DIGITAL MULTIMETER
Hantek DSO1060
CSI3005SM  power supply
CSI474 Desoldering Station
CSI825A Hot Air Station
Aoyue 932 Vacuum Pickup Station
Pro Charge Cordless Rechargeable Soldering Iron
Power Probe PPSK Butane Soldering Kit
Weller WES51
TOP2049 Universal USB Programmer
BK Precision 851 Deluxe EPROM Eraser


Here a question guys, since so many of you have all this pricey equipment what do you use it on to justify the money you spent on it.
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Post by: SLJ on November 30, 2013, 01:18:12 pm
Here a question guys, since so many of you have all this pricey equipment what do you use it on to justify the money you spent on it.

I don't really have much in the way of "pricey" test equipment.  The four most expensive items I have purchased new are a Fluke meter, inspection microscope, cheap digital scope, and Weller SMD soldering station.  They are mostly used to fix all the newer junk with crappy capacitors.  Most everything else is vintage test equipment I've picked up used over the years and rebuilt.  I use it to restore even older test equipment.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/images/testequipment10.jpg)
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Post by: calexanian on December 01, 2013, 07:31:30 am
(http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1280x720/pink-floyd/607877/pink-floyd-back-catalogue-art-607877.jpg)

I have been working at Alan Parsons house on the never ending re routing and re wiring job. Never ending cause more gear keeps showing up! Anyways, if he has not seen this one yet I will bring it to his attention.
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Post by: rodcastler on December 02, 2013, 12:32:41 pm
Hi, this is what I plan to use as a bench:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_6O6mBIyxUA/Upx7WWY5z_I/AAAAAAAABto/0-HFE2XPwOw/s320/IMG_2727%5B1%5D.JPG)

Oh wait...

I already did!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fIJpY4xb-lE/UptBRCiJpbI/AAAAAAAABtA/Uitt4kFtYNM/s320/lab+2.jpg)


I can't afford a permanent bench as I've devoted the room for a home-office. But any time a project comes along, I set up my lab in the dining room we hardly use anyways.

Pretty flexible, it takes me 5 to 8 minutes to set it up completely. Among the benefits is that every time you get started, you do it with a super clean space.

Some tips and more here: http://rodelectronics.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-set-up-ee-lab-hobby-workbench-in.html (http://rodelectronics.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-set-up-ee-lab-hobby-workbench-in.html)

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Post by: macboy on December 02, 2013, 02:52:30 pm
...But any time a project comes along, I set up my lab in the dining room we hardly use anyways.

Pretty flexible, it takes me 5 to 8 minutes to set it up completely. Among the benefits is that every time you get started, you do it with a super clean space.
That is a really good point. I have the disability that any horizontal surface (including the top of test equipment enclosures) quickly gets cluttered with anything I once had in hand and needed to put down. I want to learn to "put away" and not just "put down" but I can't. You won't see a picture of my bench here unless it is just after a clean sweep. It's too embarrassing.
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Post by: rodcastler on December 02, 2013, 04:29:41 pm
I have the disability that any horizontal surface (including the top of test equipment enclosures) quickly gets cluttered with anything I once had in hand and needed to put down...

Haha, true. Not to mention that after 20 minutes of work the bench itself gets diminished to a 10 x 10cm of workable area right at the edge of the table. This is exactly why having a designated space for everything becomes so important, and the reason why I speak about 5S in the blog post. I hear you with your disability: what I show in the pictures is what it looks like on a Friday. Sunday sight is radically different.
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Post by: nanofrog on December 02, 2013, 09:07:16 pm
I have the disability that any horizontal surface (including the top of test equipment enclosures) quickly gets cluttered with anything I once had in hand and needed to put down.
Somehow, I suspect many here on the forum suffer the same disorder.  ;)

I certainly do. 30"x60" bench, but maybe 24" square available for actual workspace unless I clean up first. And it only seems to take ~5 min to clutter it up again after I clear it off, and it's back to the same available work area.  :palm:
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Post by: mrflibble on December 02, 2013, 11:58:54 pm
Somehow, I suspect many here on the forum suffer the same disorder.  ;)
Labgorophobia, check.
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Post by: nanofrog on December 03, 2013, 01:03:03 am
Somehow, I suspect many here on the forum suffer the same disorder.  ;)
Labgorophobia, check.
Afraid of entering the lab?  :scared:

In my case, I'm just impatient and too lazy to keep everything nice and clean.  :-DD I'd rather dive into a project and let the mess pile up.  :-/O
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Post by: mrflibble on December 03, 2013, 03:54:56 am
Somehow, I suspect many here on the forum suffer the same disorder.  ;)
Labgorophobia, check.
Afraid of entering the lab?  :scared:

Fear of large open spaces in the lab, especially on benches.
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Post by: mtdoc on December 04, 2013, 09:15:43 am
Did some clean up today so thought I'd take some pictures of my basement utility room lab.

The first is the teardown, repair and soldering bench.  Solar system equipment on the right.

Second is the breadboarding and test bench with furry lab assistant..
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Post by: xrunner on December 04, 2013, 01:29:21 pm
Did some clean up today so thought I'd take some pictures of my basement utility room lab.

Nice view out the window.  :-+
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 04, 2013, 02:41:08 pm
I see that you have an "Office Manager" also.  What's the dog's name and breed?

Tom, NW0LF
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Post by: mtdoc on December 04, 2013, 06:58:51 pm
Nice view out the window.  :-+

Thanks. We live on a small lake. Last night it froze..

I see that you have an "Office Manager" also.  What's the dog's name and breed?

Tom, NW0LF

Her name is Elowa.  Not exactly sure what breed - she came from the pound. Our best guess is Malamute and Australian Shepard.  :-//
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Post by: cwalex on December 04, 2013, 11:18:06 pm
Her name is Elowa.  Not exactly sure what breed - she came from the pound. Our best guess is Malamute and Australian Shepard.  :-//

Nice one! Would be nice if more people rescued from shelter/pound :-+ Hate to see all the influx of unwanted pets on death row after christmas with all the unwanted "gifts" being dumped like garbage  :rant: (sorry for the OT).
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 04, 2013, 11:44:14 pm
We did rescue a Lab/Rot mix from the humane society but he turned out to have some really bad issues and was deemed untrainable.  We unfortunately had to bring him back to the humane society.  We have since discovered that our dog is a one dog household dog. :(  I would love to have a 2nd but she doesn't share well.

Tom, NW0LF
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Post by: cwalex on December 05, 2013, 12:04:12 am
We did rescue a Lab/Rot mix from the humane society but he turned out to have some really bad issues and was deemed untrainable.  We unfortunately had to bring him back to the humane society.  We have since discovered that our dog is a one dog household dog. :(  I would love to have a 2nd but she doesn't share well.

Tom, NW0LF

We got our dog from the RSPCA about 10 years ago. He is a poodle and when we got him he had just had his rear left leg amputated. I'm not exactly sure what happened to cause the issue but he was in pretty bad shape. Now he is about 15 yrs old, 3 legs, almost blind and completely deaf. He has dementia too. Dunno how much long he has left but he is a champ and most people are amazed at how well he gets around on 3 legs, almost a non issue for him although when we first got him he would frequently try to scratch his ear with his non existent leg for quite some time before giving up. It was pretty funny watching him cock his leg by standing on his two front legs :), he doesn't do that anymore though.
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Post by: Hydrawerk on December 14, 2013, 12:43:40 am
Lab at my school. Analog electronics lab tour at VUT FEKT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST6QJ1Uvhf0#)
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Post by: calexanian on December 14, 2013, 01:31:01 am
Good looking set up there.
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Post by: george graves on December 18, 2013, 12:15:09 pm
I keep seeing these old crt-based computer monitor swing arms at garage sales and on craig's list for free, or next to nothing..

(http://images.craigslist.org/00909_jHb7jCTGIob_600x450.jpg)

(Image might get deleted.  I honestly couldn't find a pic of it that wasn't for a LCD.  I'm speaking of the old CRT monitor arms - some were rated for 21" monitors ~40 pounds - built really beefy - usually has a pull out try for a keyboard.)

I only bring it up, cause they almost seem like they would be useful on a bench?  Get one one of those ratcheting belts tie downs and you could have a old scope, and maybe one or two other things suspended over the work bench, and out of the way when not needed.

What does EEVblog say?
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Post by: idpromnut on December 18, 2013, 12:36:29 pm
I don't really have much in the way of "pricey" test equipment.  The four most expensive items I have purchased new are a Fluke meter, inspection microscope, cheap digital scope, and Weller SMD soldering station.  They are mostly used to fix all the newer junk with crappy capacitors.  Most everything else is vintage test equipment I've picked up used over the years and rebuilt.  I use it to restore even older test equipment.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/images/testequipment10.jpg)

Uhm, is that a lab or a monument to vintage equipment?!  :-+
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Post by: SLJ on December 18, 2013, 01:03:41 pm
Both   :-DD
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Post by: george graves on December 18, 2013, 01:07:04 pm
Ikea sold wire shelved in the 50's?  Nice!   :-DD
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Post by: prenato on December 18, 2013, 04:02:14 pm
I keep seeing these old crt-based computer monitor swing arms at garage sales and on craig's list for free, or next to nothing..

(http://images.craigslist.org/00909_jHb7jCTGIob_600x450.jpg)

(Image might get deleted.  I honestly couldn't find a pic of it that wasn't for a LCD.  I'm speaking of the old CRT monitor arms - some were rated for 21" monitors ~40 pounds - built really beefy - usually has a pull out try for a keyboard.)

I only bring it up, cause they almost seem like they would be useful on a bench?  Get one one of those ratcheting belts tie downs and you could have a old scope, and maybe one or two other things suspended over the work bench, and out of the way when not needed.

What does EEVblog say?

I have not used it to support test equipment but it is handy as a monitor for my oscilloscope (see picture). It is sturdy enough to handle some heavy gear...
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Post by: echen1024 on December 19, 2013, 08:48:13 pm
...But any time a project comes along, I set up my lab in the dining room we hardly use anyways.

Pretty flexible, it takes me 5 to 8 minutes to set it up completely. Among the benefits is that every time you get started, you do it with a super clean space.
That is a really good point. I have the disability that any horizontal surface (including the top of test equipment enclosures) quickly gets cluttered with anything I once had in hand and needed to put down. I want to learn to "put away" and not just "put down" but I can't. You won't see a picture of my bench here unless it is just after a clean sweep. It's too embarrassing.
Same here. I just cleaned it up. It's only a matter of time before it gets messy again.
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Post by: wiss on December 19, 2013, 09:16:48 pm
My half of the hobbyroom.
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Post by: TerraHertz on December 20, 2013, 03:37:27 am
Painfully slow progress in my electronics work area, but getting there.

The shelving above the two benches seen here is now complete, but the benches are both temporary patches, till I can make ones that fit the space better. That rack of gear is still being worked on, and has a mile-long to-do list. Off picture to the right is another small bench, that will be a soldering, desoldering, SMD & microscope/video-inspection station. It's currently having shelving added for gear above it.
There are also to be some LCD screen swing arms mounted on the shelves and sides of the rack, to get monitors off the benches.
Also an 'organizer' small shelving thing to go on top of a drawers cabinet visible far left (behind the chair), to hold random stuff like battery chargers, laptops, small NAS units, USB HD docks, chip programmer, EPROM eraser, etc.

Lastly one more small workbench on lockable castors, that can be pulled in at the left of the main bench here, to give extra work surface in an L shape when needed.

You do not want to see the view looking the other way here. Big mess.
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Post by: AlfBaz on December 20, 2013, 01:12:28 pm
The rack ended up looking good loaded :-+
However You should of made two smaller ones, then people could say corny stuff like Nice set of racks!! :)
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Post by: jonw0224 on December 20, 2013, 03:02:15 pm
We just converted the hobby room to a nursery.  I have a temporary setup in my basement shop, that may end up more permanent.  I took over a nearly empty tool chest I had and filled everything up with the items I use most often.  Other equipment is boxed up.  You can see my component case haphazardly on top of the boxes.  The current project is on the bench.  Older brother is giving me some help in setting up!

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qqqBgju6pVs/UpjeYFOqwaI/AAAAAAAAEbM/1-CT9YQHWuE/w744-h556-no/13+-+1)
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Post by: zapta on December 20, 2013, 04:51:22 pm
Both   :-DD

Is it open to the public?  Could be a great eevblog episode.
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Post by: d3javu on December 21, 2013, 05:47:30 am
Hi folks, this is my current workbench.  :scared:

Oscilloscopes: Kenwood cs-4125, Rigol ds1052e
Power Supplies: Meguro mp 303-3, Cheap chinese branded dhf-1501
Multimeters: Fluke 87, Uni-T ut61c
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Post by: george graves on December 21, 2013, 11:48:27 am
Is Kenwood still around?  In the US it's only know as a maker of car and home stereo gear.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 21, 2013, 11:51:03 am
Kenwood is still very much alive in the Ham Radio world.  They still make some of the best sounding radios there are.
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Post by: george graves on December 21, 2013, 12:02:37 pm
Oh - that's right.  I forgot about ham stuff.  Wikipedia says they are the same as JVC now....I think.  Still an off brand in the US.  Susprised they don't license it to a chiness TV maker.  Lots of old folks still know the brand and need a new TV.
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Post by: SLJ on December 21, 2013, 12:45:40 pm
I use this Kenwood in my office.
(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/kenwood-r20002.jpg)
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Post by: SLJ on December 21, 2013, 01:04:21 pm
Both   :-DD

Is it open to the public?  Could be a great eevblog episode.

Dave would be welcome if he ever travels to this side of the globe.  Since it would be a waste to just let it all sit in my shop I try to post much of it so others can view it on line:

Test equipment (http://www.stevenjohnson.com/testers-misc.htm)

Vintage Soldering Guns and Irons (http://www.stevenjohnson.com/soldering/index.html)

I use to collect mostly antique radios but saw a really unique tube tester and since I've been a tech all my life it got me interested in antique test equipment.  It was a Supreme model 85C made in Greenwood Mississippi in 1934.  As I found out more about the company and some of the testers they made I decided to put the information on line for other collectors.  This was the first test equipment web site focused on Supreme testers:  www.SupremeInstruments.org (http://www.supremeinstruments.org/)
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Post by: d3javu on December 21, 2013, 04:18:07 pm
Is Kenwood still around?  In the US it's only know as a maker of car and home stereo gear.

Kenwood is definitely still around :-+, http://www.kenwoodusa.com/ (http://www.kenwoodusa.com/). They are the official supplier for mclaren mercedes f1 team. But i can't find any new electronics test equipments by them  :-//.
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Post by: mcinque on December 21, 2013, 04:29:21 pm
Is Kenwood still around?  In the US it's only know as a maker of car and home stereo gear.
Here in Italy, that kind of Kenwood devices diseappeared many years ago (and that's a shame); now we have only kitchen robots by Kenwood  :--
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Post by: London Lad on December 21, 2013, 04:38:58 pm
Just had a serious tidy up so snapped a few pics!

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Post by: AndersAnd on December 21, 2013, 09:50:27 pm
Is Kenwood still around?  In the US it's only know as a maker of car and home stereo gear.
Kenwood is definitely still around :-+, http://www.kenwoodusa.com/ (http://www.kenwoodusa.com/). They are the official supplier for mclaren mercedes f1 team.
But i can't find any new electronics test equipments by them  :-//.
Kenwood TMI [Test & Measurement Instruments] is now named TEXIO http://www.texio.co.jp/en/index.html (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/index.html)
(http://www.texio.co.jp/en/images_general/general/company_02_02.jpg) (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/index.html)

http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/ (http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/)
Quote
TEXIO is the parent company of Kenwood. TEXIO branded products began selling in 2006. Some products may be marketed under both names. Texio (Kenwood) Corporation was founded 1996, equipmented manufactured includes: Regulated DC Power Supplies, Electronic Loads, Oscilloscopes, Audio/ Visual related testing instruments, In-vehcle LAN related testing instruments(CAN), Testing instruments for aviation electronic equipment.

Good Will Instrument Co., Ltd. [a.k.a. GW Instek] is now the owner of TEXIO according to TEXIO's website:
Company: http://www.texio.co.jp/en/02comp_02.html (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/02comp_02.html)
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Shareholder   Good Will Instrument Co., Ltd.
History: http://www.texio.co.jp/en/02comp_03.html (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/02comp_03.html)
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2012
...Established TEXIO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION affiliated of GOOD WILL INSTRUMENTS CO.,LTD
Power supply and electric measuring instruments business have been transferred to TEXIO TECHNOLOGY from NIKKE TECHNO SYSTEM...

You can still buy power supplies designed in the Kenwood TMI era, now just with the TEXIO name on them (see example below).

TEXIO also sells re-branded oscilloscopes from their owner GW Instek.
GW Instek GDS-2000A Series (http://www.gwinstek.com/en/product/productdetail.aspx?pid=3&mid=7&id=1349) is now sold rebranded as TEXIO DCS-9700 Series (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/03prod_01_03_DCS-9700.html).

(http://www.gwinstek.com/product/images/picture/FC_2012109144736.jpg)

(http://www.denyousya.co.jp/data/20130321.jpg)



(http://img-asia.electrocomponents.com/largeimages/R6637784-80.jpg)
PD36-20AD with TEXIO sticker http://www.texio.co.jp/en/03prod_01_01_0201.html (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/03prod_01_01_0201.html)
http://jp.rs-online.com/web/p/bench-power-supplies/6637784/ (http://jp.rs-online.com/web/p/bench-power-supplies/6637784/)

(http://www.tradeport.on.ca/dat/products/174.jpg)
PD36-20AD with Kenwood sticker



(http://www.keisokuki-land.co.jp/images/PW-A-640.jpg)
PW18-1.8AQ with TEXIO sticker http://www.texio.co.jp/en/03prod_01_01_0101.html (http://www.texio.co.jp/en/03prod_01_01_0101.html)

(http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/images/products/KENWOOD_PW18-1.8AQ.JPG)
PW18-1.8AQ with Kenwood sticker
http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/ (http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/)
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Post by: d3javu on December 22, 2013, 04:50:18 am
(http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/images/products/KENWOOD_PW18-1.8AQ.JPG)
PW18-1.8AQ with Kenwood sticker
http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/ (http://www.testequipmentconnection.com/manufacturer/TEXIO%20Kenwood/Power-Supplies/)

wow, that Kenwood PW18-1.8AQ cost $1,576.00  :o
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Post by: baljemmett on December 22, 2013, 06:12:55 pm
Is Kenwood still around?  In the US it's only know as a maker of car and home stereo gear.
Here in Italy, that kind of Kenwood devices diseappeared many years ago (and that's a shame); now we have only kitchen robots by Kenwood  :--

That's a different Kenwood -- Kenwood Corporation (the hi-fi/ham/car radio/test equipment company) is Japanese, and adopted the Kenwood name to sound more local and dependable in the American market (their original name, which was used in parallel elsewhere in the world for a while, was Trio).  Kenwood Limited (the kitchen equipment company) is/was a British company founded by a chap called Ken Wood, who was inspired by American kitchen machines to make something similar for the market here (the Kenwood Chef); that company was bought by DeLonghi about ten years ago but still operates under the original name.
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Post by: calexanian on December 22, 2013, 08:50:49 pm
I still have and use a Kenwood 850SAT HF rig at my cabin. Works great. The new Kenwood stuff is kinda falling behind the new Yaesu and Icom stuff, But the audio is still top notch. My home radio is a Yaesu FT-1000D and its hard to listen to or use any other radio now. I am Spoiled!
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 22, 2013, 09:33:42 pm
Callexanian, I also have an 850 in my shack.  It is my primary rig right now until my 940 comes back from the repair center.  I also have a TM-281 2 meter here in the shack.  I was an ICOM guy for a long time but switched to Kenwood. I still have an ICOM 207H in my car.
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Post by: calexanian on December 23, 2013, 12:56:23 am
They are all pretty good.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 23, 2013, 03:29:02 am
I have played with and listened to, quite a few radios over the last 14 years.  To me, there is nothing quite like Kenwood receive audio.  The transmit audio is also excellent.  I use a Heil Traveler dual headset and a cheapie Warren Gregiore headset and always get unsolicited good audio reports.
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Post by: krux on December 23, 2013, 09:56:18 pm
Here are some pictures of my workbench:

I had been using a folding table with stuff stacked up on top of it...

(https://krux.org/gallery/var/resizes/electronics/Workbench---2009/5779908.jpg?m=1387835326)

That fell over one day, so I restacked it, but this time fastened it to the wall... this is how it remained for several years.

(https://krux.org/gallery/var/resizes/electronics/Workbench---2009/23458770.jpg?m=1387835325)

https://krux.org/gallery/index.php/electronics/Workbench---2009 (https://krux.org/gallery/index.php/electronics/Workbench---2009)


The problem with that setup, is I didn't really have a whole lot of room to work.  The bench usually wasn't deep enough for any of my larger projects.  So in 2013 I decided to redesign my workbench.  As the base, I used a motorized drafting table I picked up from The Black Hole in New Mexico, purchased from Atomic Ed himself many years ago (he also gave me the New Mexico flag)  I used a couple metal "bread" racks as the risers, and then welded metal frames to support the horizontal shelving.  With the way I have the bench setup, I can't actually adjust the angle or height of the drafting table, though in my years of having it, I rarely did so anyway. 

(https://krux.org/gallery/var/resizes/electronics/Workbench---2013/IMG_1322.JPG?m=1387834235)

(https://krux.org/gallery/var/resizes/electronics/Workbench---2013/IMG_1324.JPG?m=1387834227)

Above you can also see the improvised 2M ham radio antenna (K7KRX) which worked so well, it just kind of stayed in place.

https://krux.org/gallery/index.php/electronics/Workbench---2013 (https://krux.org/gallery/index.php/electronics/Workbench---2013)

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Post by: d3javu on December 24, 2013, 12:07:35 pm


(https://krux.org/gallery/var/resizes/electronics/Workbench---2013/IMG_1324.JPG?m=1387834227)


You have a huge space, you might want to rearrange the tables or even add table(s) to get more space to work..  :-+

p/s: The penguin is adorable.  :clap:
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Post by: echen1024 on December 24, 2013, 04:37:18 pm
The motivational penguin. I keep a motivational lobster on top of my monitor.  :-DD
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Post by: calexanian on December 24, 2013, 07:47:05 pm
Was there not a bit in Monty Python that said something like "It is now time for the penguin on top of your television to explode" I need a bench Mascot.
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Post by: echen1024 on December 24, 2013, 07:57:38 pm
Was there not a bit in Monty Python that said something like "It is now time for the penguin on top of your television to explode" I need a bench Mascot.
I believe there was.
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Post by: hiddensoul on December 25, 2013, 12:43:27 am
I have put up 64 pics of my shack on my blog that I took today I wont spam the eevblog with all of them just one and a link to the post on my blog

http://twistedshack.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/photos-of-shack-all-setup.html (http://twistedshack.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/photos-of-shack-all-setup.html)

It has tools, test gear, ham radio gear, Computers, Fishtank, Audio Gear and just heaps, the wife calls it the tardis as she has no idea how I mange to fit it all in. There is even and arc welder under the desk. I used to be messy but had to change my habits to fit all my gear in a small space when we moved to a two bedroom unit. The bakyard is about 12 meters long and 3 meters wide
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Post by: echen1024 on December 31, 2013, 02:37:59 am
Was there not a bit in Monty Python that said something like "It is now time for the penguin on top of your television to explode" I need a bench Mascot.
I believe there was.
Here ya go

Monty Python - Exploding Penguin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k1ccguXiws#)
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Post by: calexanian on December 31, 2013, 03:42:19 am
Yeah, that was the one!
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Post by: echen1024 on December 31, 2013, 03:45:20 pm
Yeah, that was the one!
This episode was hilarious. I especially love the part where the old lady asks "What's on TV" and another replies "Well I suppose it's a penguin." The naming body parts show was pretty good as well.
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Post by: romantronixlab on January 02, 2014, 01:23:24 pm
That video is so funny.
I have been working on my workbench build, sorry forgot to take pictures, but for now I have been using my desk which looks  insanely messy and crowded.

I will try to  take some pictures and post back. At least it going to look very nice.

HNY
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Post by: xrunner on January 02, 2014, 01:30:28 pm
I have been working on my workbench build, sorry forgot to take pictures, but for now I have been using my desk which looks  insanely messy and crowded.

Gulp ... Watch where you step!
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on January 02, 2014, 01:41:25 pm
Quote
I have been working on my workbench build, sorry forgot to take pictures, but for now I have been using my desk which looks  insanely messy and crowded.
  Roman, Good Lord, was that picture taken before or after the hurricane blew through? :-DD
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Post by: romantronixlab on January 02, 2014, 02:15:49 pm
Forgot to mention it looked like that one. but pretty close. Cannot find my camera in this mess to take a picture of mine.

Edit: Found It.
Edit2:
Image 306 - Left to right there is my Server and Server Desk/Mini workstation - Test Desk, HP reflowed repaired MB Linux Live system (use this one for data recovery), Very useful humidity control machine, some laptops to hack parts from, more repaired boards, and a very expensive parts box.
But as you can see it is all spread out to the point I sometimes cannot do nothing.
Image 304 - The other side of the room ( hope to call it lab soon) My desk in all it glory made of real wood, too many printers, my DIY bench PSU, a salvaged Dell C610, tear-downs Im "working" on(ipod classic,PAP2, belking router, etc.) just too many junk in one confined space.
New Years resolution take out all the mess and junk OUT.  :-+

I'll post the finished new station later. It look nice and is not even complete.
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Post by: Lurch on January 02, 2014, 04:45:42 pm
* messy_desk_contest_winner.jpg

Blimey, a bash picture. Retro!
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Post by: don.r on January 02, 2014, 05:39:32 pm
I finally have proof for SWMBO that I don't have the messiest desk or lab on the planet... not a by a long shot... thank you, Roman.
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Post by: AlfBaz on January 02, 2014, 10:23:23 pm
I finally have proof for SWMBO that I don't have the messiest desk or lab on the planet... not a by a long shot... thank you, Roman.
LOL, that's exactly what I did... Look luv, look
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Post by: andtfoot on January 03, 2014, 08:39:39 am
Recently I have been turning this
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-jWXbXXx/0/L/i-jWXbXXx-L.jpg)

into this
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-DZSdLFp/0/L/i-DZSdLFp-L.jpg)

It's still a work in progress...  8)
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Post by: GeoffS on January 03, 2014, 08:48:57 am
Formply for the desktop?

I use that for benchtops in my shed (non electronic). Nothing sticks to it, easy to keep clean.
I'd have gone for melamine shelving, water resistant and easy to clean.
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Post by: andtfoot on January 03, 2014, 09:24:28 am
Formply for the desktop?

I use that for benchtops in my shed (non electronic). Nothing sticks to it, easy to keep clean.
I'd have gone for melamine shelving, water resistant and easy to clean.
Yep, formply.
Apart from that  and a crapload of angle brackets it's pretty much a garage scrap heap special. I figure I'm not likely to get water anywhere in a hurry, and if I get desperate I can get some sealer and paint on it.

I'll keep melamine in mind for Mk III though.  :)
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Post by: AndersAnd on January 03, 2014, 09:34:06 am
@andtfoot

I would round off those table corners before you run into them.
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Post by: d3javu on January 03, 2014, 06:14:45 pm

Yep, formply.
Apart from that  and a crapload of angle brackets it's pretty much a garage scrap heap special. I figure I'm not likely to get water anywhere in a hurry, and if I get desperate I can get some sealer and paint on it.

I'll keep melamine in mind for Mk III though.  :)

Hey, congratulations addtfoot!!  :-+ , personally i hate to use brackets for shelving. I came across this: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S59895846/ (http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S59895846/) , it seems like a nice way to add shelves without drilling the wall but then the maximum weight stated is 10kg. :-//
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Post by: iceisfun on January 03, 2014, 08:23:54 pm
(http://www.iceisfun.com/bench_12_26_2013.jpg)
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Post by: SeanB on January 03, 2014, 09:18:02 pm

I'll keep melamine in mind for Mk III though.  :)

If you go to a built in kitchen manufacturer ask them nicely if they have any offcuts or reject sheets, or removed ones. Free or very cheap, and plenty good for a worktop. A few scuff marks and chips are not going to worry somebody who will be dropping a hot soldering iron on it at some time.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on January 03, 2014, 10:34:01 pm
andfoot, I used rails and adjustable brackets.  There are shelving brackets up to 18", mine are 11.5".  Not sure why they are not 12" :-//.  This way you can adjust shelving height as things or moods change.  I use medium density fiberboard for my shelves (1/2") and 3/4" for my work surface.
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Post by: nanofrog on January 04, 2014, 12:34:58 am
andfoot, I used rails and adjustable brackets.  There are shelving brackets up to 18", mine are 11.5".  Not sure why they are not 12" :-//.  This way you can adjust shelving height as things or moods change.  I use medium density fiberboard for my shelves (1/2") and 3/4" for my work surface.
How ironic you should mention shelving...  ;) I just finished cutting the steel to make the frame to finally add some shelving to the workbench I built last year. A friend is going to weld it up tomorrow, then I can drill for fasteners, and finally hit it with spray paint.

For the actual shelving, I'm using a similar adjustable setup, but found 16" deep, 3/4" thick laminated shelves (melamine on particle board). Will add 1"x1" steel angle to strengthen them up a bit to make sure it won't sag, even though it will have 3 brackets to support it. The angle will also add a lip so the equipment to help prevent me from knocking it off, as I'm a bit of a klutz (inner ear problems, trying to get it sorted).   :-[
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Post by: andtfoot on January 04, 2014, 12:46:49 am
I was tempted to go the adjustable shelving route but in this case the shelving is being used to provide support to the uprights (it's freestanding) so I needed it to be pretty rigid.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on January 04, 2014, 01:00:42 am
I was tempted to go the adjustable shelving route but in this case the shelving is being used to provide support to the uprights (it's freestanding) so I needed it to be pretty rigid.
What I've built is also free standing (it will bolt to the rear legs of the table).

I would have preferred 1.5" square tubing, but it was more money than I was willing to spend. So I went with 1.5" angle instead (same material the table is made of, but weight just pushes down in it, so flex isn't a concern). Hopefully it will be strong enough not to try and flex towards the front of the table (wanted to keep anything structural off of the table top).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Dr. Frank on January 07, 2014, 05:48:48 pm
Got two of them, at least.
Analog & Digital.
First one in the basement, 2nd one in the night.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: w2aew on January 07, 2014, 10:24:06 pm
I don't think I've posted this here, so here goes.  Here's a video tour of my lab...
Video Tour of my Lab and Workbench - Oscilloscopes and meters and power supplies, oh my! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94mOGNe5kfo#ws)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Po6ept on January 07, 2014, 10:51:12 pm
Here is the current setup.  I have a lot more space available out in my shop, but here in the desert it is too hot to work out there eight months of the year.  I can't justify the air conditioning cost so I keep it all inside.

I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: lowimpedance on January 07, 2014, 11:11:21 pm
I don't think I've posted this here, so here goes.  Here's a video tour of my lab...
Video Tour of my Lab and Workbench - Oscilloscopes and meters and power supplies, oh my! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94mOGNe5kfo#ws)

Nice "stacks" of gear, a place for everything and everything in its place! :-+.  Just love those old TEK oscilloscopes with the 465B being my first when I got my first job way back when....  (got to get one as a memento).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on January 08, 2014, 12:31:42 am
I don't think I've posted this here, so here goes.  Here's a video tour of my lab...
Thanks. Now you've got me drooling.   >:D  :P

Amazing restoration work IMHO.  :)

Here is the current setup.  I have a lot more space available out in my shop, but here in the desert it is too hot to work out there eight months of the year.  I can't justify the air conditioning cost so I keep it all inside.

I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   
Nice and clean.  :) Mine usually looks like a tornado hit it.

I have to ask though, what's with the carpet on the bench? Just for impact/non-scuff protection when there's no ESD issues?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rerouter on January 08, 2014, 01:47:44 am
I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   

Try Velcro ties, i use them on my computer desk and if you dont thread them through them-self it is very quick to rewire, 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Po6ept on January 08, 2014, 07:05:03 am
Here is the current setup.  I have a lot more space available out in my shop, but here in the desert it is too hot to work out there eight months of the year.  I can't justify the air conditioning cost so I keep it all inside.

I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   
Nice and clean.  :) Mine usually looks like a tornado hit it.

I have to ask though, what's with the carpet on the bench? Just for impact/non-scuff protection when there's no ESD issues?

Thanks, but the clean state never lasts very long...  :-\ 

That's exactly what the carpet scrap is for.  It keeps radios and other equipment from getting scratched up while I pull the covers off.  I need a nice ESD mat.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Po6ept on January 08, 2014, 07:06:36 am
I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   

Try Velcro ties, i use them on my computer desk and if you dont thread them through them-self it is very quick to rewire,

Thanks for the idea.  I'll give that a try.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SLJ on January 08, 2014, 12:12:07 pm
I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   

Try Velcro ties, i use them on my computer desk and if you dont thread them through them-self it is very quick to rewire,

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/web-pics/velcro.jpg)

For those that are on a budget, this 45 foot roll of garden Velcro for tying plants is under three dollars US.  Got it at my local garden store.  It's not as reusable as the regular Velcro but for tying wires behind the bench it works great, can be cut to the size needed and you can pull it apart and reuse it at least 10-20 times.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on January 08, 2014, 12:30:52 pm
I use to be a video editor..(well still am) - and we had to deal with way more cables then any electronics lab.  One trick I found was to mark the level of your desk, and paint anything below it black.  Cables disappear.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AndersAnd on January 08, 2014, 01:05:58 pm
I need a better strategy for managing cables.  They take on a life of their own like a nest of snakes.   
Try Velcro ties, i use them on my computer desk and if you dont thread them through them-self it is very quick to rewire,
I use some of these "Supreme Pro Cables: CT10 Cable Strips" velcro ties bought at my local musical instrument store. There's a small hole in them so you can make a loop around the wire itself so they stay put while you use the wire rolled out.
Nice for laptop and phone chargers and other wires you often bring with you.

http://www.4sound.dk/shop/kabel-i-metermaal/supreme-pro-cables/ct10-cable-strips.html (http://www.4sound.dk/shop/kabel-i-metermaal/supreme-pro-cables/ct10-cable-strips.html)

You can find similar cheaper at Aliexpress and eBay. For example these:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/910586/search?SearchText=velcro (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/910586/search?SearchText=velcro)
http://stores.ebay.com/beautyzz2009/_i.html?_nkw=7pcs+velcro (http://stores.ebay.com/beautyzz2009/_i.html?_nkw=7pcs+velcro)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/300946548084 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/300946548084)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261357098891 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/261357098891)


(http://image.4sound.dk/i/47882/supreme-pro-cables-ct10-cable-strips-kabel-i-meterm%C3%A5l.jpg)

(http://image.4sound.dk/productimage/gallery.asp?productnumber=47882&filename=47882_3.jpg)

(http://image.4sound.dk/productimage/gallery.asp?productnumber=47882&filename=47882_4.jpg)


Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: robrenz on January 08, 2014, 01:24:10 pm
Same thing here  (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Velcro-Reusable-Self-Gripping-Cable-Ties-1-2-x-8-Long-Black-100-Ties-Pack/14917793) at a better price.  100 pieces for $6.49
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: orion242 on January 12, 2014, 04:37:18 am
Same thing here  (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Velcro-Reusable-Self-Gripping-Cable-Ties-1-2-x-8-Long-Black-100-Ties-Pack/14917793) at a better price.  100 pieces for $6.49

Perfect!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on January 12, 2014, 04:59:30 am
I need a nice ESD mat.
Sorry I missed this bit.  :-[

You might want to take a look at this store on eBay (http://stores.ebay.com/canvu0-0?_trksid=p2047675.l2563) for a 2 layer rubber ESD mat.

Lots of ready-made sizes, can specify color (blue, grey, green), and textured or smooth finish (smooth only in 30" wide, which is what I bought). Can also do custom sizes if you need it, and excellent prices for US & Canada (where seller is located, and mats are made there as well FWIW). Just install the ground snap that comes with it, and you're ready to go (very easy to do).

Hope this helps.  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: zapta on January 19, 2014, 05:12:03 pm
I am using a lean model for my home mini lab. It is in my home office and wanted to keep things simple and with small footprint, such that I 'fold up' the lab when I am doing other things and I don't let the chaos built up as it usually does. The solution was getting a large toolbox where I can store tools and parts and being self discipline on not buying stuff I don't really need and not buying big things if smaller ones are good enough. So far it works very well. I can find things easily whenever I need them and freeing and cleaning the desk takes no more than 10 minutes.

Here are a few pictures

(http://i.imgur.com/GJeIdTv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/8VqHbHx.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PYUe6O7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/sYSTAJI.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XmGm90k.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/hnzEsXE.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PMSjMli.jpg)



Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on January 19, 2014, 07:33:50 pm
I am using a lean model for my home mini lab. It is in my home office and wanted to keep things simple and with small footprint, such that I 'fold up' the lab when I am doing other things and I don't let the chaos built up as it usually does. The solution was getting a large toolbox where I can store tools and parts and being self discipline on not buying stuff I don't really need and not buying big things if smaller ones are good enough. So far it works very well. I can find things easily whenever I need them and freeing and cleaning the desk takes no more than 10 minutes.
Wow, that's a clean bench!  ;D

I like the toolbox, but sadly, I don't have the room right now to even think about one. Seriously considering adding some pegboard to the back of mine once I finish up the shelving system I'm currently working on.

BTW, it's hard to tell, but is that a Metcal solder station in the upper right corner of the first pic?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AndersAnd on January 19, 2014, 07:58:40 pm
BTW, it's hard to tell, but is that a Metcal solder station in the upper right corner of the first pic?
I'm sure that's a Metcal MX-500 soldering system like this: http://wiki.ladyada.net/tutorials/library/smt/metcaliron.html (http://wiki.ladyada.net/tutorials/library/smt/metcaliron.html)

(http://www.ladyada.net/images/smt/metcal.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: kxenos on January 20, 2014, 12:34:29 am
Well, here's my bench. I know, it's a mess!
Note: The purse on the chair is not mine  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: calexanian on January 20, 2014, 06:07:06 am
BTW, it's hard to tell, but is that a Metcal solder station in the upper right corner of the first pic?
I'm sure that's a Metcal MX-500 soldering system like this: http://wiki.ladyada.net/tutorials/library/smt/metcaliron.html (http://wiki.ladyada.net/tutorials/library/smt/metcaliron.html)

(http://www.ladyada.net/images/smt/metcal.jpg)

MX-500 is what I use for surface mount. Love those wide blade cartridges. I can drop out through hole 2803's in a few seconds and flip the board over and drop a new one in! A common repair on our boards. Also we use 16X2 lcd displays with a 14 pin header (We don't have backlights on them) and just heat that header in two shots and whip the display right off nice and clean.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: briandorey on January 25, 2014, 05:29:20 pm
Heres a pic of my loft workshop. Had to  update the test meter shelving after treating myself to a Rigol DSA815-TG last week!

Got a 360 pano version with zoom on http://www.apexviews.co.uk/tour/113 (http://www.apexviews.co.uk/tour/113)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on January 25, 2014, 05:49:18 pm
Heres a pic of my loft workshop.
Can I move in with you? I'm an excellent room mate and I cook well! Pleeeease.

Did you post that earlier in this thread or is it an update? I seem to recall a lasercutter somewhere?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mcinque on January 25, 2014, 05:50:47 pm
My reaction to briandorey lab:

(http://www.mnwhitetails.com/pics/drool.gif)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: briandorey on January 25, 2014, 07:33:22 pm
Heres a pic of my loft workshop.
Can I move in with you? I'm an excellent room mate and I cook well! Pleeeease.

Did you post that earlier in this thread or is it an update? I seem to recall a lasercutter somewhere?
I did post a few months ago but have since got a new scope, signal analyser, added new storage shelving and built the diy pick and place machine. havent got room for a laser cutter :(
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: robrenz on January 25, 2014, 07:43:06 pm
Yeah Very nice! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on January 25, 2014, 11:09:46 pm
A nice lab.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Spawn on February 02, 2014, 02:32:23 am
Some update from my lab, I couldn’t do anything last 10 months because of my work first, than vacation and when we came back we bought a bigger house so I was busy with that another couple months.

Anyway I had finally some time to build my lab in the new house, room is smaller than old one but space is all for the lab, in the old room I had to share the space with a freezer, washing machine and dryer, so now I got more space. We have bigger rooms but couldn’t agree with my wife to use one of those  :-\

The bench is same as old one, I just took it off and mounted here in the new house, but I build a new corner for my machines and also got myself a tool board.

Like I said room is narrow but it is enough to do my thing, luckily my machines are in miniature form so I can put them on the bench and do my work:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/new_lab__finished001_zpseecdccf7.jpg)

Bench is same as before, didn’t change much:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/new_lab__finished002_zps377be558.jpg)

The new machine corner, have to something about the wires later on:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/new_lab__finished004_zps99a26fc5.jpg)

And the tool board:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/new_lab__finished003_zps6231aa4f.jpg)


Well finally I can start with my projects and keep up my Youtube channel from now on  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: robrenz on February 02, 2014, 02:49:18 am
Beautiful shop there Spawn  :clap: :clap: :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: amiq on February 02, 2014, 03:47:08 am
The new machine corner, have to something about the wires later on:

Would love to see some reviews of these Proxxon tools ...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: calexanian on February 02, 2014, 04:20:35 am
Yelling over at my bench, "Why can't you be clean like that?" Oh, wait.....  :palm:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AmmoJammo on February 02, 2014, 04:38:22 am
(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1280x1024q90/850/o854.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AndersAnd on February 02, 2014, 11:55:41 am
Bench is same as before, didn’t change much:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/new_lab__finished002_zps377be558.jpg)
Nice and very tidy lab. The only thing I don't like is the oscilloscopes not being placed in table height. I can't believe how most put their oscilloscopes up on a shelf in this topic. If you use it regularly it's much more ergonomic to have it in table height tilting slightly upwards.

But what are you doing with what looks like at least 17 multimeters?  :-DMM Are you collecting multimeters instead of stamps?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SLJ on February 02, 2014, 12:22:01 pm
Nice and very tidy lab. The only thing I don't like is the oscilloscopes not being placed in table height. I can't believe how most put their oscilloscopes up on a shelf in this topic. If you use it regularly it's much more ergonomic to have it in table height tilting slightly upwards.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/pics/workbench2013-640.jpg)

The problem with many older scopes is the depth.  My old Tek stays up on the shelf as it would stick out too far on the bench. The smaller DS stays on the bench though.
It would drive me nuts to have one way off to the side. I like them in the center so I don't have to constantly turn my head.  It's kind of nice having the Tek on the shelf right in front of my face as it's easier to see and operate with my older eyes.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Spawn on February 02, 2014, 01:46:55 pm
Thanks guys  :)

Would love to see some reviews of these Proxxon tools ...
I wouldn’t know which one to review, most Proxxon’s I got are for mechanics work, Proxxon soldering station is out of production for long time, maybe the drill press and table saw are intresting for electronics job  :-//

For those who never seen a Proxxon soldering station:
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z298/Bl4ckW0lfi3/Proxxon_DL450_zpsdd966f88.jpg)

The only thing I don't like is the oscilloscopes not being placed in table height.

But what are you doing with what looks like at least 17 multimeters?  :-DMM Are you collecting multimeters instead of stamps?

Like SLJ mentioned the CRO scopes are difficult to put on your bench because of their depth, and I don’t use the scopes constantly like most guys here if I did I would get a DSO and put it on the bench indeed.

Yes I am collecting stamps AND mulitmeters  ;D I got over 30 I think:
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/show-your-multimeter!/msg248927/#msg248927 (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/show-your-multimeter!/msg248927/#msg248927)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SolidFloyd on February 02, 2014, 06:19:58 pm
Hi all,

Just wanted to share some pictures of my basement lab... The lab function as a hobby room for my rc-helicopters and as a lab for my electronics projects.
My wife and I bought an old hose for approx.  1.5 yrs. ago, the biggest room in the basement used to be some kind of a storage room for gardening tools, plants, garbage and a whole lot of other shit.

The floor was nasty and there had been a flooding there some years earlier due to some clogged draining (fixed now). Due to the flooding there was some rot in the wooden cladding on the walls and the outer door was full of rot (yes, my lab has its own outer door, meaning I can drag new equipment and stuff inn without the wife ever noticing it  :-+). Overall, it was not a nice room (sorry have no pics|O)....

I was allowed by the wife to use it for whatever I wanted... so I started some remodelling and this is what came out of it, it is still not yet completed, still need to add more shelving and storage containers, and I am thinking of making an additional bench on wheels...

Some of the pictures are from when I just had removed the old walls and cladding, some are from after the new walls where put up and some I just took a few days ago (sorry for the quallity, mobile phone you know...)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on February 02, 2014, 09:59:28 pm
Whats in the safe?
Title: Re: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SolidFloyd on February 03, 2014, 04:16:02 am
Whats in the safe?

Sadly nothing of great  value...  For the time I am using it for storaging all my lipo batteries for my rc helis....
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: leppie on February 04, 2014, 02:52:38 pm
My current setup (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/facepalm.gif)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=79862)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 04, 2014, 03:02:33 pm
My current setup (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/facepalm.gif)
Nothing to be embarrassed about IMHO.  :)

Keep in mind, some, if not most of the benches you see with loads of gear on, took their owners years to acquire.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on February 04, 2014, 03:09:29 pm
My current setup (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/facepalm.gif)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=79862)

Confucius say, "Journey of 10,000 miles begins with first oscilloscope." ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Frost on February 04, 2014, 03:21:47 pm
Confucius say, "Journey of 10,000 miles begins with first oscilloscope." ;D

And the Tek 465 is a nice one.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: echen1024 on February 04, 2014, 03:32:38 pm
Confucius say, "Journey of 10,000 miles begins with first oscilloscope." ;D

And the Tek 465 is a nice one.
And lots of power supplies.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on February 04, 2014, 05:44:47 pm
I'm still looking for a good shot of most of my gear all on the work table at once, but here's a shot of my toy collection, at least in terms of one special kind of toy:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8037/7998314828_cdce34f634_b.jpg)

bought on ebay a year or two ago when I was going thru a buying binge, right after I heard about the PDI precision units ;)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 04, 2014, 05:48:37 pm
I'm still looking for a good shot of most of my gear all on the work table at once, but here's a shot of my toy collection, at least in terms of one special kind of toy:

bought on ebay a year or two ago when I was going thru a buying binge, right after I heard about the PDI precision units ;)
Nice little collection there.  :) Care to part with any?  :o   :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on February 04, 2014, 05:54:16 pm
perhaps ;)

I admit I overbought.  a little...   lol!

lately, I'm getting a bit more focused on remote control of gear, so I bought this psu:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/12122527203_cce4742001_c.jpg)

(and also that funct. gen; also SCPI and rs232 remote controllable).  no, the heath nixie is not ;)

I was able to find an older shot of my living room lab (heh), back when I was at a previous house:

(http://netstuff.org/living_room_test_gear.jpg)

I ran out of room in the 'dirty room' (soldering, drilling, etc) and so my good gear got moved to the living room area.  no surprise, most of my house looks like that anyway!

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: leppie on February 04, 2014, 06:36:22 pm
Confucius say, "Journey of 10,000 miles begins with first oscilloscope." ;D

I got a Philips PM3209* 40MHz too (goes lower resolution in vertical that the Tek), but no space currently. :)

I bought it for $40 (with original Philips probes and operator manual!) with the FG for 'free'. Display of the FG is not working correctly. Still analysing why it is not working, but got some ideas. Else it works just dandy.

Nothing to be embarrassed about IMHO.  :)

Not at all :D

Getting a proper bench installed on Saturday \o/

Here is the 'before' shot.

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=79882)

This gives you an idea of the space it will be expanded to (850mm x 1800mm bench with cupboards at the bottom with dual 450mm racks on top).

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=79884)

And lots of power supplies.

Got a cheap Atten, and a shit load of wall warts (they count dont they? ;p)

* Pity I cant find a service manual for it :(
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: DavidDLC on February 04, 2014, 06:50:25 pm
My current setup (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/facepalm.gif)

I wish I had the same when I started, I just had a multimeter and a solder iron like 32 years ago, and it took me loooooooong way to get my first scope and the rest of the gear.

David.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: leppie on February 04, 2014, 06:52:49 pm
My current setup (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/facepalm.gif)

I wish I had the same when I started, I just had a multimeter and a solder iron like 32 years ago, and it took me loooooooong way to get my first scope and the rest of the gear.

David.

If I wait 32 years, I'll be 71! :D 

Took me till my 4th career choice to understand what I like (software development). Electronics became a passion recently (and I have some cash now), but always been interested.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on February 04, 2014, 07:05:15 pm
no, the heath nixie is not ;)

Sounds like a challenge to me. Hack it! You know you want it!  >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on February 04, 2014, 07:10:39 pm
lol.  it could be possible.

a guy on this forum had started an arduino SCPI parser and I'm somewhat interested in continuing along that path.  a simple command to read the current frequency could be done in a controller and if a copy of the current bcd encoding (7441 style) could be latched, this could actually be doable.

if its worth that effort, THAT I don't know ;)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 04, 2014, 07:16:27 pm
This gives you an idea of the space it will be expanded to (850mm x 1800mm bench with cupboards at the bottom with dual 450mm racks on top).
Quite an upgrade about to happen then.  ;D

Just added a shelving system to mine (entire bench is DIY'ed out of welded steel angle and an old office desktop). Still need to cut a couple of boards, and I"ll be done. And of course clean all the tools to build this thing up first so there's room for gear.  :P

Hope to post pics of it all finished up in the next couple of weeks.  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: leppie on February 04, 2014, 07:45:57 pm
Quite an upgrade about to happen then.  ;D

Just added a shelving system to mine (entire bench is DIY'ed out of welded steel angle and an old office desktop). Still need to cut a couple of boards, and I"ll be done. And of course clean all the tools to build this thing up first so there's room for gear.  :P

Hope to post pics of it all finished up in the next couple of weeks.  :)

I wanted to go the DIY route, but thought, screw that :) Seeing how much effort it was to remove the old cupboard, I am glad I did (cost of time and all). Costing around $300. Will post pics after completion.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 05, 2014, 02:23:39 am
Quite an upgrade about to happen then.  ;D

Just added a shelving system to mine (entire bench is DIY'ed out of welded steel angle and an old office desktop). Still need to cut a couple of boards, and I"ll be done. And of course clean all the tools to build this thing up first so there's room for gear.  :P

Hope to post pics of it all finished up in the next couple of weeks.  :)

I wanted to go the DIY route, but thought, screw that :) Seeing how much effort it was to remove the old cupboard, I am glad I did (cost of time and all). Costing around $300. Will post pics after completion.
Buying ready-made in my case would have run $1k USD or more, so that wasn't really an option.  :o No problems with used, but couldn't locate one that was close enough to get it at a reasonable cost, so DIY was really my only choice.

Once I'm done, I'll be able to properly cost it out, but I think it's going to come in around the $450 mark or so.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: leppie on February 05, 2014, 06:40:08 am
Buying ready-made in my case would have run $1k USD or more, so that wasn't really an option.  :o No problems with used, but couldn't locate one that was close enough to get it at a reasonable cost, so DIY was really my only choice.

Once I'm done, I'll be able to properly cost it out, but I think it's going to come in around the $450 mark or so.

DIY makes sense if you have the tools... I dont even own a drill! Dont think my Dremel will cut it (no pun intended).

Mine is a custom job though. Going wall-to-wall. The cupboards are being made up from the old cupboard.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mimmus78 on February 05, 2014, 12:31:29 pm
This is some years of ebay "for parts" scores ...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img713/5644/r0jw.jpg)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: krivx on February 05, 2014, 02:06:01 pm
(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1280x1024q90/850/o854.jpg)

Amiga...?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 05, 2014, 03:52:23 pm
DIY makes sense if you have the tools... I dont even own a drill! Dont think my Dremel will cut it (no pun intended).
:-DD

Didn't need that many tools though. Just needed a drill, mitre saw, and a few basic hand tools for fasteners. Paid a friend to weld it up for me, as I don't have a welder, let alone know how.

Mine is a custom job though. Going wall-to-wall. The cupboards are being made up from the old cupboard.
Sounds quite nice.  :) Also like the fact you reused/re-purposed what you already had.   ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: UPI on February 05, 2014, 04:26:00 pm
Our new 6' fume extracting workbench made from a Clean Bench. I had to reverse the air flow, remove the dirty HEPA filter and replace with 2 regular 20x25 AC filters. If we end up doing a bunch more soldering, I will use carbon filters.

It is wired with GFCI plugs, 4ft 4x F5 bulb Home Depot Shop Light, 4 Tripp Lite power strips and has 3 separate power cords to divvy up the load.

Yes it is overkill, but I had the old clean bench from a defunct business venture and it was destined for salvage.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on February 05, 2014, 09:05:20 pm
 :-+ :-+ :-+ :-+ :-+ UPI, glad you found a use for it, bad because I didn't get a chance to dumpster dive it |O.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 05, 2014, 09:07:23 pm
:-+ :-+ :-+ :-+ :-+ UPI, glad you found a use for it, bad because I didn't get a chance to dumpster dive it |O.
You guys work/ed together?  ???
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AmmoJammo on February 05, 2014, 09:53:05 pm
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1280x1024q90/850/o854.jpg (http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1280x1024q90/850/o854.jpg)

Amiga...?

Amiga 600 in the middle of the workbench, Amiga 500 motherboard for parts sitting to the left, and a 286 laptop motherboard at the back, which had a leaky battery, an exploded part on the power supply board, and I'm meant to be fixing, but may have dismantled it, and have no idea how it goes back together  :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on February 05, 2014, 11:29:48 pm
@UPI, I spy a Fluke 1952B
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: UPI on February 05, 2014, 11:38:44 pm
@UPI, I spy a Fluke 1952B

Very close - 1953A Counter Timer that is collecting dust at the moment.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on February 06, 2014, 03:48:06 am
Looks similar to my broken 1952B.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on February 07, 2014, 03:14:06 am
I have a working 1952A that was a $10 USD find from a hamfest.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on March 03, 2014, 11:42:43 pm
At school we have this 50GHz beast.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on March 03, 2014, 11:57:38 pm
50ghz and still using floppies?

wow.  your arm must get tired!

lol
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on March 04, 2014, 12:50:21 am
Well, there is also an USB port for a portable flash disc. It is compatible with my 8GB disc. The Agilent vector analyzer is probably made in 2005. Floppy discs were used in that year.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on March 04, 2014, 12:59:35 am
it was sort of a joke.  oh well.

OT: I once attended a 'computer music festival' (in the late 70's, iirc) that had some guy with several boxes of 8" floppies, all numbered.  he and this computer were up on the stage and he described how he digitized this classical music piece (not sure if audio or just midi-equiv or raw notes) but it took weeks on his 8080 cpu.  his performance was to stand there and swap 2 floppy bays with 8" floppies, real time, so that his computer would play this rendered classical piece and not have a 'buffer under-run' ;)  I think he had to swap floppies ever 3 or 4 seconds, so it got challenging to keep it going for several minutes at a time and not drop a single floppy or jam one.

(ok, back to your regularly scheduled thread, already in progress..)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IanJ on March 04, 2014, 09:18:40 pm
Hi all,

Just wanted to share some pictures of my basement lab... The lab function as a hobby room for my rc-helicopters and as a lab for my electronics projects.
My wife and I bought an old hose for approx.  1.5 yrs. ago, the biggest room in the basement used to be some kind of a storage room for gardening tools, plants, garbage and a whole lot of other shit.

The floor was nasty and there had been a flooding there some years earlier due to some clogged draining (fixed now). Due to the flooding there was some rot in the wooden cladding on the walls and the outer door was full of rot (yes, my lab has its own outer door, meaning I can drag new equipment and stuff inn without the wife ever noticing it  :-+). Overall, it was not a nice room (sorry have no pics|O)....

I was allowed by the wife to use it for whatever I wanted... so I started some remodelling and this is what came out of it, it is still not yet completed, still need to add more shelving and storage containers, and I am thinking of making an additional bench on wheels...

Some of the pictures are from when I just had removed the old walls and cladding, some are from after the new walls where put up and some I just took a few days ago (sorry for the quallity, mobile phone you know...)

Really nice lab, well done!.........My own has a long "L" shape bench which is really useful.

I was sweating there for a moment though, that green Safe seems to be keeping an eye on you all though the renovation.......but then it dissappeared for a while till I saw it again in the last photo.....phew!

Btw, drummer or guitarist?

Ian.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on March 05, 2014, 02:39:35 pm
Argh, I'm so jealous of all of you with your "meter" this and your "analyzer" that.   |O 

When my bench is finished I'll take a picture.

My wife, who is not really pleased at all with a lot of my purchases saw some of your setups as I was looking through them and said things like "ooh, that's nice," and "why doesn't yours look like that, that's awesome" etc. 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TiN on March 05, 2014, 05:10:18 pm
(http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/976825w.jpg) (http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/mMYpb1vgGY/976825.jpg)

(http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/976824w.jpg) (http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/mMYpb1vgGY/976824.jpg)

(http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/976823w.jpg) (http://fotkidepo.ru/photo/115530/9515ZdJQKBoMHD/mMYpb1vgGY/976823.jpg)

Home lab, as for current state (KI 2002 not shown, but present :)).
I guess this photos can be labeled "Need new & proper table for bench".
Will move another apartment (rent on this one expires soon :)) and get myself to build proper benchplace.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Bored@Work on March 05, 2014, 07:18:49 pm
My wife, who is not really pleased at all with a lot of my purchases saw some of your setups as I was looking through them and said things like "ooh, that's nice," and "why doesn't yours look like that, that's awesome" etc.

I hope you worded your answer carefully  ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on March 05, 2014, 09:00:32 pm
Here's my one.

I'm 17 and this is my first lab (if you can call it that), in my bedroom.

I'm slowly learning analogue. Great fun. I'm doing electronics at college, but only myself and one other person there is actually interested in the subject...

I've just finished my second year college project, and analogue ohm meter. Basically uses Dave's constant current sink, stuck upside down to become a constant current source. I'm also the only person on the course who designed their project. Everyone else is using designs off the internet. What is the world coming to?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on March 06, 2014, 12:10:08 am
Home lab, as for current state (KI 2002 not shown, but present :)).
I guess this photos can be labeled "Need new & proper table for bench".
Will move another apartment (rent on this one expires soon :)) and get myself to build proper benchplace.
Quite possible to build what you want (teaser pics (http://postimg.org/gallery/7di62u4w/d543a2a5/) of one I'm building, and about to have a second by some time next week).

Here's my one.

I'm 17 and this is my first lab (if you can call it that), in my bedroom.
FWIW, the labs you may envy in this thread, weren't built in a day.  ;) Give it time, and you'll get there. And it's great to see you've already started before graduating, so kudos.  :) Your interest/passion for the field should put you miles ahead of your classmates, which will help immensely. Particularly when you start looking for internships or your first real job in the field.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: echen1024 on March 06, 2014, 03:52:47 am
Here is my lab:
(http://i.imgur.com/fKisb8I.jpg)

The "enhanced" Flir E4 is my fathers, who likes TICs, I just borrow it from time to time. In the cup is green tea, and in the bowl is a mango.  :D My shelf of ICs and documents is not visible.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on March 06, 2014, 08:18:57 am
at 15, you have a better start than I did at your age.  I was lucky to have a working VTVM and some 10% carbon resistors to work with.

(and that vtvm had to walk to school uphill.  both ways!)

;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: luky315 on March 06, 2014, 10:41:37 am
My current measurement setup: DSO9254 + DPO7104. Both are good scopes, but they make a terrible noise, especially the TEK.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: echen1024 on March 06, 2014, 10:04:24 pm
My current measurement setup: DSO9254 + DPO7104. Both are good scopes, but they make a terrible noise, especially the TEK.
Holy crap those are nice scopes
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: luky315 on March 06, 2014, 10:32:40 pm
Jep. 30.000€ and 20.000€ :-) I love my Job.
But seriously: The noise level is horrible. It seems that they use jet engines to cool them.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on March 06, 2014, 11:10:54 pm
Quote from: linux-works link=topic=187.msg400474#msg400474 date=1394093937

(and that vtvm had to walk to school uphill.  both ways!)

;)
[/quote

barefoot in the snow even :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: FearTec on March 08, 2014, 11:50:23 am
Starter workbench (still sharing space with the mower in a 3x3m garden shed)

Home made bench.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg)

Solder extraction fan doubles as a heat extraction fan during the day.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on March 10, 2014, 02:29:51 pm
Starter workbench (still sharing space with the mower in a 3x3m garden shed)

Home made bench.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg)

Solder extraction fan doubles as a heat extraction fan during the day.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg)

those are both the same picture. 

i need to find a solder fume extraction system soon.  homebrew'd fan & pipe are fine, i just need to get it done.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on March 10, 2014, 02:36:35 pm
Starter workbench (still sharing space with the mower in a 3x3m garden shed)

Home made bench.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg)

Solder extraction fan doubles as a heat extraction fan during the day.
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed1a.jpg)

those are both the same picture. 

http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg) :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on March 10, 2014, 02:43:01 pm
http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg (http://simon.fearby.com/temp/eev/shed2a.jpg) :)

damn why didn't i try that?  i tried 1b, 1c, and gave up.  your insecure systems are safe with me, everybody.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: FearTec on March 10, 2014, 05:02:27 pm
Good job c4757p +10 points..
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Post by: mrflibble on March 10, 2014, 05:10:39 pm
And for bonus points find the other stuff using google cache. :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 8086 on March 17, 2014, 02:01:31 pm
A few new additions...  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/RqvH8cB.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Prime73 on March 17, 2014, 02:08:44 pm
How did you install one of these cat/dog doors? :) I have a cat and I'm sick and tired letting him in and out all the time :)
A few new additions...  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/RqvH8cB.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on March 17, 2014, 02:20:43 pm
How did you install one of these cat/dog doors? :) I have a cat and I'm sick and tired letting him in and out all the time :)
One word: Portal gun. :D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 8086 on March 17, 2014, 02:37:23 pm
How did you install one of these cat/dog doors? :) I have a cat and I'm sick and tired letting him in and out all the time :)


One of these: http://www.sureflap.co.uk/products/details/27-dualscan-microchip-cat-flap (http://www.sureflap.co.uk/products/details/27-dualscan-microchip-cat-flap)

One of these: http://www.sureflap.co.uk/products/details/2-cat-flap-mounting-adaptor (http://www.sureflap.co.uk/products/details/2-cat-flap-mounting-adaptor)

Some of this: http://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-exterior-frame-sealant-white-310ml/21638 (http://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-exterior-frame-sealant-white-310ml/21638)

And a new double glazed unit to fit the door from a local glazier, which cost me £175 though I was originally quoted £220. Pays to haggle!

Overall cost approx. £300  :( But well worth it I think for our two cats, and the ability to keep one inside while the other goes out.  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rdl on March 17, 2014, 03:46:42 pm
Quote
But well worth it I think for our two cats, and the ability to keep one inside while the other goes out.

Just curious, how does one of those cat flaps keep one cat from tailgating out behind the other? Cats can be pretty smart.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 8086 on March 17, 2014, 03:51:30 pm
Quote
But well worth it I think for our two cats, and the ability to keep one inside while the other goes out.

Just curious, how does one of those cat flaps keep one cat from tailgating out behind the other? Cats can be pretty smart.

It's pretty quick to latch shut. But yeah, the other cat has got out a couple of times, sneaky thing.

Still, it works 99% of the time, if you train the cats a little as well.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nihilism on March 17, 2014, 04:34:42 pm
Quote
But well worth it I think for our two cats, and the ability to keep one inside while the other goes out.

Just curious, how does one of those cat flaps keep one cat from tailgating out behind the other? Cats can be pretty smart.

It's pretty quick to latch shut. But yeah, the other cat has got out a couple of times, sneaky thing.

Still, it works 99% of the time, if you train the cats a little as well.
-

I can think of two possible ways to solve that issue, one is video analytics and the other long range rfid readers and a technique we used to use to keep the patients inside the dementia ward.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Circlotron on March 31, 2014, 06:21:17 am
My brother had a cat flap door at his house some years ago. The cat at first went slowly through it, then as it got more confident it went through it faster and faster till finally it would go through at full gallop. Then one day the microwave oven conked out so it was lifted off the kitchen bench and placed by the front door to later be heaved outside. Trouble is, it was hard up against and blocking the cat flap. Later on, cat gets home from cat work and attempts to come in through the immovable cat flap at half the speed of light... It was a collision the guys at CERN would be proud of. Every day after that for the next several weeks the cat would paw the flap and test it before going through.
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Post by: con-f-use on March 31, 2014, 07:09:46 am
Sounds soo human.  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: kizzap on March 31, 2014, 07:57:41 am
My brother had a cat flap door at his house some years ago. The cat at first went slowly through it, then as it got more confident it went through it faster and faster till finally it would go through at full gallop. Then one day the microwave oven conked out so it was lifted off the kitchen bench and placed by the front door to later be heaved outside. Trouble is, it was hard up against and blocking the cat flap. Later on, cat gets home from cat work and attempts to come in through the immovable cat flap at half the speed of light... It was a collision the guys at CERN would be proud of. Every day after that for the next several weeks the cat would paw the flap and test it before going through.

<insert cat-scan joke>
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hrvoje-CRO on April 01, 2014, 07:11:55 pm
Well it is quite messy, but these pictures i have for now:

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Fank1 on April 02, 2014, 01:28:17 am
Now this is a real mess, and I did clean it up a little on Sunday.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hrvoje-CRO on April 02, 2014, 12:06:15 pm
Judging you by equipment you have, you are old-school type of EE :) ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on April 02, 2014, 02:42:34 pm
Judging you by equipment you have, you are old-school type of EE :) ;)

as the kids would say, "that's real OG!"

;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Tex on April 02, 2014, 07:10:33 pm
My bench before and after I started watching Dave's eevblog :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 128er on April 02, 2014, 09:13:32 pm
Here is my main bench with all sort of things. There are many other things standing arround. Like industrial sensors and industrial PLC's, old educational stuff from Siemens and some little projects. Most of my tools are in drawers. There are two things i want to improve. One thing is the lighting of the bench. Sometimes its horrible to work. The other thing is, i am searching for a good way to digitize my old inverted microscope. It has a great magnification and its nice for looking at semiconductor structures. But its hard to take pictures from the focusing screen.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on April 03, 2014, 07:27:55 am
Here's a Hobby bench but please try to ignore that Despised DSO there as its just waiting to get blown up when I can afford a "real" one .
Too late. Is that an Owon? Can't really make it out...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GEuser on April 03, 2014, 08:46:30 am
Here's a Hobby bench but please try to ignore that Despised DSO there as its just waiting to get blown up when I can afford a "real" one .
Too late. Is that an Owon? Can't really make it out...
I did type "Try to" but you succumbed , yep its one of them..
The wood dowel on the floor is for a future loop antenna , that's a modified catv splitter with 4 outputs on the wall for vlf/hf behind the shortwave radio's , a old 25amp power supply and a old standard piston and a new 3mm larger piston for the motorbike which has 4 .
The little black box with red sticker on the left on the beam is a TCI (transistor controlled ignition), its a job yet to be done to evaluate it as I have 3 tci spares and 1 misses on 2 cylinder at 1700rpm until 2100rpm , i'll use the Level generator (top large thing on bench) for the trigger input and watch the output .
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: EBR on May 13, 2014, 03:49:00 am
Still a work in progress... An older collection of equipment I think should be useful for some time.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on May 13, 2014, 04:44:41 pm
A wonderful lab.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TedStormrage on May 15, 2014, 02:02:46 pm
My current lab.
Polar toneohm 950 multilayer shorts locator
GW Instek GFG-8219A function gen
Rigol DS1052E software updated to 100MHz
Keithley 196 system dmm. Not working perfectly. I will probably get another bench dmm in the near future.
Tenma 72-10505 triple oputput psu. 2x 30V 2A and 5V 3A.
HP 6632B psu 20V 5A in the self build rack
Advance Instruments OS250TV 10MHz
Megger BM222 insulation & continuity tester
Batronix M85 cheap dmm
Batronix M220 even cheaper dmm
Atten 858D
CT-963 soldering station. According to my teacher made at the same factory from the same parts as Hakko. So fake but not cheap Chinese fake.
I also might be getting a Metcal soldering station at some point.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: electrolux on May 15, 2014, 02:06:32 pm
Oh man, my current "workspace" would make some interesting photography..... >.< I don't think you really want to see though.
You don't wanna se mine, oh the mess!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on May 15, 2014, 03:19:29 pm
You don't wanna see mine

Yeah we do.

oh the mess!

Don't care.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on May 15, 2014, 06:30:25 pm
You don't wanna see mine

Yeah we do.

oh the mess!

Don't care.
+1  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 16, 2014, 03:48:10 am
My current measurement setup: DSO9254 + DPO7104. Both are good scopes, but they make a terrible noise, especially the TEK.


Oh my! :o :rant:
How did you get those two?

Lucky lucky you!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: echen1024 on May 16, 2014, 04:47:30 am
My current measurement setup: DSO9254 + DPO7104. Both are good scopes, but they make a terrible noise, especially the TEK.


Oh my! :o :rant:
How did you get those two?

Lucky lucky you!
Probably they are at his job...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on May 17, 2014, 04:47:04 pm
No hobbyist will ever have this car-like-expensive scope... http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pd-1632427-pn-DSO9254A/oscilloscope-25-ghz-4-analog-channels (http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pd-1632427-pn-DSO9254A/oscilloscope-25-ghz-4-analog-channels)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on May 18, 2014, 01:09:31 am
"ever" is a long time.  In 25 years, some hobbyist somewhere will luck out or they'll be cheap enough to buy on a hobbyist budget.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: cyr on May 18, 2014, 08:31:45 am
Rich people can't have hobbies?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on May 18, 2014, 09:09:31 am
"ever" is a long time.  In 25 years, some hobbyist somewhere will luck out or they'll be cheap enough to buy on a hobbyist budget.

Assuming that today's 'sophisticated profit-driven corporate management' hasn't deliberately embedded deliberate drop-dead features deep into scopes like this. Their market strategy would be so much simpler if there wasn't _any_ such equipment functioning much after its scheduled depreciation lifetime.

I guess we'll find out if that's the case, in less than a decade.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: cyr on May 18, 2014, 09:32:35 am
Here's my "lab". I will admit it's there's usually a lot more crap on the bench, I cleaned it up just a few days ago...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on May 18, 2014, 09:49:02 am
Cyr, a very nice collection.
Your comment of the desk being tidy now reminded me of the joke of " a clean desk being an indicator of a dirty mind".
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on May 18, 2014, 02:51:30 pm
An impressive collection of powerful equipment. Well, not many hobbyists have a 13GHz spectrum analyzer.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on May 18, 2014, 02:56:03 pm
Your comment of the desk being tidy now reminded me of the joke of " a clean desk being an indicator of a dirty mind".

Quote
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Variously attributed to everyone and his dog, including Albert Einstein.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 18, 2014, 04:28:01 pm
This is my Lab..... :D
(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/beginners/i-got-an-ocilloscope-now-what/?action=dlattach;attach=94053;image)



What do you think?

Hunor :D

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on May 18, 2014, 04:56:18 pm
What do you think?

Hunor :D

I think it's either a very small lab or you just posted the thumbnail picture.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 18, 2014, 05:00:52 pm
What do you think?

Hunor :D

I think it's either a very small lab or you just posted the thumbnail picture.

Fixed!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: ResR on May 18, 2014, 05:10:56 pm
Impressive lab mr. Cyr.  :-+

My little work corner, I have reused salad boxes for organizing components I desoldered mostly from dumpster dive finds.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SeanB on May 18, 2014, 05:14:59 pm
I use plastic 1l lunch boxes, as I have a few dozen spare doing nothing.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 18, 2014, 10:35:58 pm
Cyr, a very nice collection.
Your comment of the desk being tidy now reminded me of the joke of " a clean desk being an indicator of a dirty mind".

I thought is was an indicator of a warped mind :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Suffer1981de on May 20, 2014, 02:15:14 pm
My little workspace.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 20, 2014, 03:20:39 pm
My little workspace.
Wow! :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: krish2487 on May 20, 2014, 04:24:26 pm
My little workspace.

Thats what I call "picture in picture"

 >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: aroby on May 20, 2014, 04:39:08 pm
The tinkering room where my son and I hang out.  We seem to take more things apart than build things though ...

Anthony
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Suffer1981de on May 20, 2014, 06:19:07 pm
Thats what I call "picture in picture"
 >:D

Yeah, took a photo after being unsatisfied with what i saw on screen ;-)

The tinkering room where my son and I hang out.  We seem to take more things apart than build things though ...

Anthony

Dang, what a rack  >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 20, 2014, 06:45:07 pm
That is A very nice gig! :D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: kolbep on May 20, 2014, 07:34:52 pm
My little workspace.

Thats what I call "picture in picture"

 >:D

If you look carefully at the picture in the computer screen, the reason he did not like the first pic was because his pc was on a porn site...

J/k

P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on May 23, 2014, 07:29:36 am
Thanks to EEVblog and all for rekindling my passion for electronics.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: wiss on May 23, 2014, 08:01:51 am
I like those Philips scopes!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: jancumps on May 23, 2014, 08:13:30 am
I like those Philips scopes!
I second that. and there's a second piece of Philips on the shelve.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: wiss on May 23, 2014, 08:17:56 am
I like those Philips scopes!
I second that. and there's a second piece of Philips on the shelve.

There`s a counter(?) on the shelf above the scope, those were made in Sweden (some of them at least). What model is it?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on May 23, 2014, 09:30:45 am
Thanks to EEVblog and all for rekindling my passion for electronics.

Hey tony, welcome to the forum. Where did you get your shelfing from?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: G0HZU on May 23, 2014, 09:53:49 am
Thanks to EEVblog and all for rekindling my passion for electronics.

Hi tony t. Of all the benches I've seen on here, yours is the one I like most. i.e. it's the one I could happily pull a chair up to and do some work on.

I guess this is because it has the main items arranged the way I would arrange them myself, also it has a nice uncluttered work area with a big ESD mat.

If I were to make changes to it (to suit me better) I would move the books and component bins somewhere else and leave some spare shelf space. I find that it's nice to always have some spare space on a shelf even if it's just as a place to put something (out of the way) for a few seconds.

But overall this is easily the best setup work bench I've seen so far :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on May 23, 2014, 02:50:45 pm
The tinkering room where my son and I hang out.  We seem to take more things apart than build things though ...

Anthony

as someone who used to work at Sun, I approve!  (what a shame Sun is no longer around and evil oracle is all that's left of good old Sun).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on May 23, 2014, 03:42:03 pm
Here is a new panoramic 180 degree view of my lab. Was messing around with the panoramic option on my Galaxy S4. It works really well!  ;D

Sorry, I had to reduce the size considerably to make the upload requirements on the blog. It looks quite a bit better in it's high resolution form but is tens of megabytes in size though!


Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on May 23, 2014, 06:37:30 pm
The Philips Frequency counter is a PM6673 (120Mhz).  Picked it up on Ebay for $100+shipping.  Waiting for my used OCXO to arrive to make it more stable.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: wiss on May 23, 2014, 06:50:06 pm
The Philips Frequency counter is a PM6673 (120Mhz).  Picked it up on Ebay for $100+shipping.  Waiting for my used OCXO to arrive to make it more stable.

120 M, ok :)
How old is it? It might be stated on the back.
What do you use it for?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on May 23, 2014, 07:06:10 pm
Wiss, the FC is early 1980's vintage!  I made a FC unit using Interstil chip in high school (1981).  It's slowly dying, the LED segment drivers are starting to fail.  Decided to splurge and buy a new Uni 8030 but hated the way if was designed, so I found the PM6673 on Ebay.  Attached is my home made unit and another pic of the Philips FC.

I just like playing around and understanding how temperature affects the frequency of quarts crystals.  It's my hobby...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on May 23, 2014, 07:09:07 pm
Pics of home made Frequency counter (1981 vintage!). Sorry for posting twice, just getting used to the forum GUI.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: wiss on May 23, 2014, 07:40:52 pm
Wiss, the FC is early 1980's vintage!  I made a FC unit using Interstil chip in high school (1981).  It's slowly dying, the LED segment drivers are starting to fail.  Decided to splurge and buy a new Uni 8030 but hated the way if was designed, so I found the PM6673 on Ebay.  Attached is my home made unit and another pic of the Philips FC.

I just like playing around and understanding how temperature affects the frequency of quarts crystals.  It's my hobby...

:) I should be carefull to ask such questions, I'm already measuring voltage with 3 more digits than I need... don't need timenutting as well...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on May 23, 2014, 08:09:01 pm
Thanks to EEVblog and all for rekindling my passion for electronics.

Hi tony t. Of all the benches I've seen on here, yours is the one I like most. i.e. it's the one I could happily pull a chair up to and do some work on.

I guess this is because it has the main items arranged the way I would arrange them myself, also it has a nice uncluttered work area with a big ESD mat.

If I were to make changes to it (to suit me better) I would move the books and component bins somewhere else and leave some spare shelf space. I find that it's nice to always have some spare space on a shelf even if it's just as a place to put something (out of the way) for a few seconds.

But overall this is easily the best setup work bench I've seen so far :)

Thanks! Great minds think alike. Yes your suggestions are valid.  My goal is to use part of the middle shelf as "temporary storage" (within arms reach). The old Heathkit Frequency Generator has to go!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 8086 on May 26, 2014, 05:42:50 pm
I decided to properly set up my workbench over the bank holiday.

Before: (http://i.imgur.com/W4nlgQ2.jpg)

After: (http://i.imgur.com/CNtLYUw.jpg)

Album with details: http://imgur.com/a/iaH15 (http://imgur.com/a/iaH15)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 26, 2014, 06:20:00 pm
That is some picture you got there. :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on May 26, 2014, 07:06:21 pm
That is some picture you got there. :P

What lab would'nt be complete without Amazon boxes!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 27, 2014, 01:44:47 am
There's Amazon boxes?  I don't even see test gear and tools! >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Bud on May 27, 2014, 02:46:32 am
Here is what I have

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack004_1024.jpg)

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack007_1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 27, 2014, 03:22:20 am
Here is what I have

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack004_1024.jpg)

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack007_1024.jpg)

WOW! :-+ :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TVman on May 27, 2014, 03:24:45 am
There's Amazon boxes?  I don't even see test gear and tools! >:D

This is A joke, Right? :palm:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 27, 2014, 12:29:20 pm
There's Amazon boxes?  I don't even see test gear and tools! >:D

This is A joke, Right? :palm:

Obviously a joke considering the very large picture of naked women over the workbench.  I suppose if a joke has to be explained, it's not really a joke. |O
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 27, 2014, 12:30:33 pm
Here is what I have

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack004_1024.jpg)

(http://www.makarov.ca/download/misc/shack007_1024.jpg)

 :-+ :-+ :-+ Nice.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on May 27, 2014, 12:48:21 pm
Wow, does this 1980's equipment actually work?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rolycat on May 27, 2014, 03:39:24 pm
There's Amazon boxes?  I don't even see test gear and tools! >:D

This is A joke, Right? :palm:

Obviously a joke considering the very large picture of naked women over the workbench.  I suppose if a joke has to be explained, it's not really a joke. |O

Both the picture and the joke were featured in this thread back in November:

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/msg331678/#msg331678 (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/msg331678/#msg331678)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rdl on May 27, 2014, 04:30:30 pm


It's the same picture above the bench, but lots of nice shelving has been added. Looks good.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rolycat on May 27, 2014, 10:44:52 pm


It's the same picture above the bench, but lots of nice shelving has been added. Looks good.

Oh, absolutely. Just thought those new to the thread might appreciate some additional context. (And maybe a clearer image of the young ladies).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: jlmoon on May 28, 2014, 02:54:56 pm
Lab Pictures? 
This would be my 10lbs of stuff crammed into a 1lb sack. 
could be the worlds smallest lab ... a closet 6 feet x 7 feet.. behind the sitting area out of view are two 6 foot shelves stocked with large quantity of IC's, Transistors, Caps, Resistors and support components for most designs.  This is only one of about three configurations or arrangements my equipment might be in.  Enjoy the active mess.. :)!(http://)

JLM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/14268069896/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/14268069896/)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: JuiceKing on May 29, 2014, 11:10:50 am
Lab Pictures? 
This would be my 10lbs of stuff crammed into a 1lb sack. 
could be the worlds smallest lab ... a closet 6 feet x 7 feet.. behind the sitting area out of view are two 6 foot shelves stocked with large quantity of IC's, Transistors, Caps, Resistors and support components for most designs.  This is only one of about three configurations or arrangements my equipment might be in.  Enjoy the active mess.. :)!(http://)

JLM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/14268069896/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/124211342@N06/14268069896/)

Wow, super lab.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: N TYPE on June 04, 2014, 02:30:20 pm
Heres my lab..
Situated on the top floor Plant Room of a high-rise office building in an un-disclosed location in Perth CBD  8)
It ain't much, but it's home!
(http://i57.tinypic.com/ixrp86.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: robrenz on June 04, 2014, 02:33:46 pm
The important part isn't the lab, its that you are actually doing something in your lab! :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: jlmoon on June 04, 2014, 03:06:45 pm
Quote
Wow, super lab.

Thank you Juice...

Quote
Situated on the top floor Plant Room of a high-rise office building in an un-disclosed location in Perth CBD  8)
It ain't much, but it's home!

N.... That light could have multiple purposes.. :).. reminds me of the Drilling/Interrogation scene in "Marathon Man (Dustin Hoffman)... LOL.. that's an exact copy of that lamp.. ..
as Dave sez..... "Yeaah!"
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AndersAnd on June 08, 2014, 11:47:55 am
After: (http://i.imgur.com/CNtLYUw.jpg)
Nice except for the monitor and oscilloscope sitting way too high. But if you want your radiator to work efficiently and don't cause too big heating bill you should remove the box and Ikea bag on the floor blocking the radiator's "cold air intake". But of course it's summer now, so it's not turned on at the moment, so maybe you'll remove it before the heating season.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: 8086 on June 08, 2014, 12:24:45 pm
After: (http://i.imgur.com/CNtLYUw.jpg)
Nice except for the monitor and oscilloscope sitting way too high. But if you want your radiator to work efficiently and don't cause too big heating bill you should remove the box and Ikea bag on the floor blocking the radiator's "cold air intake". But of course it's summer now, so it's not turned on at the moment, so maybe you'll remove it before the heating season.

Actually, they are at just the right height. Very nice position to work with.

The radiator is always set low, all year long, because it's always had stuff above it.
Title: How does your lab look like?
Post by: davorin on June 08, 2014, 09:52:39 pm
Long time ago a learned electronic design, switched then over to internet and network technology and finally come back to my roots....
Also a reason for this is that currently internet/network and electronics are merging nowadays...

So I'm asking out of curiosity what your electronic lab looks like by means of equipment...
...and what I am currently missing (o;

So far my electronic lab contains:

2 * HP6632B power supplied (2 more to come ;o)
1 * LeCroy 9354AL, 4 channel 500MHz DSO
1 * Philips PM3585 Logic analyzer
1 * HP3456A (1 more to come) multimeter
1 * HP8904A (currently in repair) function generator
1 * Fluke 6060A function generator

1 * Selfmade USB to GPIB adapter, based on Microchip PIC18F2550, total cost around US$ 15.

Anything I'm missing? (o;

Title: Re: How does your lab look like?
Post by: AndersAnd on June 08, 2014, 10:10:15 pm
Anything I'm missing? (o;
You miss a soldering iron.

Don't know what all the equipment you mention is as I can't remember all model numbers. Would be easier if you wrote oscilloscope, multimeter etc. next to each item.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: davorin on June 08, 2014, 10:23:44 pm
Updated my previous post (o;

I used to have a Weller soldering iron for over 20 years now...and gave it to my son (o;
Switched over to Oki Metcal....

Worst thing is though....in the good old days I learned in apprentice school vacuum tube technology and components where large...
Now the older I get, the worse my eye sight get, the smaller the components are (o;

So my next device would be a magnifying lens with built-in lamp ;-)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on June 08, 2014, 10:45:30 pm
optivisor recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY)

I won't solder without that thing on.  for the last 5 yrs or so, i've been using that and I feel a lot safer when I have to work close and solder or cutoff TH leads or even do light drilling.

you get one set of eyes.

I don't have lights on that visor; I rely on good shop lighting.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on June 08, 2014, 11:08:40 pm
optivisor recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY)

I won't solder without that thing on.  for the last 5 yrs or so, i've been using that and I feel a lot safer when I have to work close and solder or cutoff TH leads or even do light drilling.

you get one set of eyes.

I don't have lights on that visor; I rely on good shop lighting.
I inherited one of those. Maybe I should dig it out and give it a try.

BTW, do you happen to know if they work with glasses?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mtdoc on June 09, 2014, 12:11:42 am

BTW, do you happen to know if they work with glasses?

They do!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: linux-works on June 09, 2014, 12:53:57 am
you will look like a nerd (or worse) with the glass visor unit on, but its WORTH IT for such peace of mind.  over the years, I don't know how many flying resistor cutoff leads just barely missed hitting me.  solder flare-ups, whatever.  its just great knowing that you get magnification and protection.

I didn't even think about this when I was younger.  now, like I said, I refuse to touch a soldering iron unless I'm wearing that visor.  I believe in them THAT much and can't recommend them strongly enough to people. 

they should be considered mandatory for everyone who buys a soldering iron.  I really wish I was told this all those years ago when I first started soldering and building things.  everyone knows about 'safety goggles' when you take shop class in high school, but at home doing 'harmless, simple soldering' you don't think of eye protection.  these don't fog up and so I don't mind wearing them for extended soldering sessions.

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Post by: linux-works on June 09, 2014, 12:56:04 am

BTW, do you happen to know if they work with glasses?

They do!

its kind of funny how it works, with some people.  I'm at the point where I need bifocals but refuse to get them.  instead, I move my glasses up and down the bridge of my nose, to focus ;)  I do that, THEN I flip the visor down and move my head back and forth to find the NEW focal point.  real PITA but, yes, these do definitely work fine with eyeglasses.  I would not be able to use these without my eyeglasses, in fact.
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Post by: nanofrog on June 09, 2014, 01:30:33 am

BTW, do you happen to know if they work with glasses?

They do!
That's great news. Thank you.  :)

I'm at the point where I need bifocals but refuse to get them.
Same with me.

Not too sure on bifocals thus far (haven't seen a good demonstration on no-line types), so I'm still currently using separate pairs for reading and distance. PITA to swap for a few seconds, so I just slide them down and look over the top to see something close.

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Post by: linux-works on June 09, 2014, 02:02:03 am
ot, but I tried the progressive lenses and it drove me nuts.  bifocals also drove me nuts with that bizarre windowed view of the world.  so, like you, I tune the glasses up and down as I need to.  its not great but it gets me by and avoids the whole windowed view issue.
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Post by: kc9qvl on June 09, 2014, 02:58:15 am
If a headband magnifier doesn't work for your needs. I recently purchased this desk/floor magnifier. Good light source and lens is excellent.
http://www.ottlite.com/p-390-2-in-1-led-magnifier-floor-and-table-light.aspx (http://www.ottlite.com/p-390-2-in-1-led-magnifier-floor-and-table-light.aspx)
(http://www.ottlite.com/images/Product/medium/390.jpg)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 09, 2014, 12:17:54 pm
ot, but I tried the progressive lenses and it drove me nuts.  bifocals also drove me nuts with that bizarre windowed view of the world.  so, like you, I tune the glasses up and down as I need to.  its not great but it gets me by and avoids the whole windowed view issue.

I have been wearing progressive lenses for about 10 years now.  It took awhile initially to get adjusted to them, probably about 2 weeks which is what the Optometrist said it would take.  I don't have any issues with the "bizarre windowed view of the world" and I don't wear large framed glasses.  In fact, mine are about as small as you can practicably get.  This year I need to get my eyes checked, so I will be looking at the feasibility of multi-focal contact lenses.  SWMBO just got them earlier in the year and she likes them.  From what I understand, they are a vast improvement over the bifocal contacts of a few years ago.  Might be an option to consider.
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Post by: TheBorg on June 09, 2014, 04:35:10 pm
Going desk shopping today, hopefully the surplus store has something good!
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Post by: nixfu on June 22, 2014, 08:26:14 pm
I think building your own is the way to go.  I made some out of simple 2X4s and some MDF plywood.  They are built like tanks.    I actually built two of them, one for my electronics workbench, and another to replace my ham radio desk.  I was using a couple of those plastic folding tables before (Ug).  This is light years better.

I made both of them very high (39" tall) at standing/bar height. I wanted to be able to work standing or sitting. I also put them on free-spinning wheels so they are easy to move out away from the wall for working on the cables etc. that are behind the benches.  I also found some very cheap old classic drafting chairs that are unbelievably sturdy on craigslist and I am using those for seating.

I installed 3 levels of LED strip lighting on each bench. On the electronics bench there are led strips on the underside of the two shelves, and also more led strip lights under the bench to help look inside all the boxes on the storage shelf I put underneath, or to help when you drop something on the floor.

On the radio desk, I put led strips on each of the two levels of the radio shelving unit I built early in the year, and also put leds under that desk as well for helping to look through the storage.
The LEDs are all dimmable separately. I used a couple of cheap dimmers made for RGB leds and I just hooked one level up to R, one to G, and one to B.

I am really happy how they turned out. If anyone wants to copy, I will be more than happy to give you more details/drawings/tips of how I built them.  After building a pair of them, the basic design is so easy I could whip another one out in no time.  My wife now wants me to build one for the kids to use for their projects and crafts.

(http://i.imgur.com/5sbDxfG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aMegLct.jpg)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 22, 2014, 10:24:28 pm
Nice Job.  My workbench is similar but I didn't use the back legs to also hold the shelf brackets.  I attached 2X4s along the back.  I added a 3rd cross piece between top and bottom cross pieces so I have 3 points of attachment for the 2X4s.  I also used MDF-3/4" for the tabletop and 1/2" for the shelves.  I will have to change out the 1/2" as it is bowing between the shelf brackets even though I have 4 brackets across the 8' length.  Do you have additional lighting besides the LED strips and what are you using.  I have a 4 bulb T-8 fixture fitted with daylight deluxe bulbs.  I am probably going to add a 2nd 2 bulb fixture for 6 bulbs as I can plug it into the 4 bulb and have 1 power switch for both lights.  Lots of light is necessary when you are north of 50 |O
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Post by: corax on June 22, 2014, 10:40:56 pm
Lots of light is necessary when you are north of 50 |O
Took me a moment.. I thought you were referring to latitude.  (Still holds- lots of dark up here during AK winters.)
I really want to replace my hodge-podge of desks and file cabinets with something custom built.  My workspace right now:

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Post by: nixfu on June 22, 2014, 10:53:52 pm
Nice Job.  My workbench is similar but I didn't use the back legs to also hold the shelf brackets.  I attached 2X4s along the back.

I came across that idea on some ham radio forum and I decided to try it.  It was easy enough, but it has one drawback.  It barely fits through the door.  If I was doing it again, I might build a separate 'hutch' that could be taken off.

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I will have to change out the 1/2" as it is bowing between the shelf brackets even though I have 4 brackets across the 8' length. 

Here is what you need to do.. look at my shelves.  They are  only 1/2 MDF and 84" long.  See how much equipment it is holding (those old scopes are heavy). 

What you need to do to keep it from bowing is to attach a strip of 1x2 to the front of the shelves.  I used a nail gun to drive some 2" finishing nails all along the length.   Orient the 1x2 strip so that the grain of the wood is strongest against bowing down.  That is what I did and it makes a HUGE difference in the strength of the shelves without bowing and you can easily get by with 1/2" MDF.  It also provides a little 'lip' to hide the LED strips as well so they don't shine directly in your eyes.  I am going to put a strip along the top shelf like I did the lower shelf for that reason alone, even though I don't plan on having as much weight up there.

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Do you have additional lighting besides the LED strips and what are you using.

Oh yeah.  When working on boards, soldering etc.. the LED is not quite enough light concentrated in one place.  I have that fluorescent lamp you can see on the right under the shelf that has a built in magnifier lens I pull out sometimes for detail work on that side of the bench where I usually do hot air/smd, and on the left is a swing arm lamp with a magnifier lens and a bring fluorescent tube light as well on that side when I am soldering.  So yeah, even with multiple strips of the brightest LEDs I could find 5430-600, I still use those lamps to provide extra spot lighting when I need it.   I think that the bulbs in those task lamps are also a little more 'natural/warmer' light than the LED's.
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Post by: Flump on June 23, 2014, 12:36:51 am
Corax - Nice DX 70!  , had one of them for many years
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 23, 2014, 02:49:03 pm
Nixfu, I like the idea of the 1X2 at the edge.  If I am going to do that, I will have to cut off the tips of the shelf brackets that I have.  They have the upturned lip to keep the shelves from sliding off.
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Post by: nixfu on June 23, 2014, 04:02:04 pm
Nixfu, I like the idea of the 1X2 at the edge.  If I am going to do that, I will have to cut off the tips of the shelf brackets that I have.  They have the upturned lip to keep the shelves from sliding off.

That makes sense, mine are flat and you have to screw the shelves in from underneath.  You can either attach the board to the front of the shelves, or attach it at the bottom.  The key is to get a piece of wood so that the wood grain where it is the strongest against the forces that want to bend the shelf and make it sag.

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Post by: zapta on June 23, 2014, 05:14:48 pm
optivisor recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY)

I won't solder without that thing on.  for the last 5 yrs or so, i've been using that and I feel a lot safer when I have to work close and solder or cutoff TH leads or even do light drilling.

you get one set of eyes.

I don't have lights on that visor; I rely on good shop lighting.

Same here. Using it for years and love them. What lens number are you suing?  Mine is #7. Never tried different magnifications.
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Post by: echen1024 on June 29, 2014, 07:54:34 pm
optivisor recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015IS6IY)

I won't solder without that thing on.  for the last 5 yrs or so, i've been using that and I feel a lot safer when I have to work close and solder or cutoff TH leads or even do light drilling.

you get one set of eyes.

I don't have lights on that visor; I rely on good shop lighting.

Same here. Using it for years and love them. What lens number are you suing?  Mine is #7. Never tried different magnifications.
I wouldn't sue a lens if I were you
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Post by: linux-works on June 30, 2014, 03:44:10 pm
maybe it would be a good thing to sue a lens.

the US 'justices' are too blind and can't see straight.  bringing a lens to court might actually help.

;)

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Post by: TerraHertz on July 01, 2014, 02:46:41 pm
Lately I've set up a small bench dedicated to soldering and microscopy. Nothing special, though building the shelving above it, and a major building rewiring project that got started off with some extra power outlets for this bench took a while.

What I thought may be worth mentioning is this idea for a working surface in a soldering area.

The little table in the pics is actually quite old - it was made by my grandfather when I was a small child. It's been kicking around, and turned out to be just the right size for this use. But it's an heirloom, and I don't want to mess up the surface. So what to cover it with?

First I bought a sheet of cheap MDF, cut it to size and estapolled it. That would do to take the burns and stains that go with hot irons, fluxes, hot air guns, etc. It's not pretty, and I'm sure its anti-static properties leave a lot to be desired, but I'm not fussy.

Then a few days ago I was at Bunnings (major hardware store chain in Australia), and came across a pallet load of huge ceramic floor tiles. They are 60 x 60 cm (almost 2 feet square), 9mm thick, hard vitrous material with a mirror finish on top. And a pleasant enough ivory colour.  I've never seen tiles so big before.
The amazing thing is they are $16.50 for a pack of 3.

I don't know how that price works. Of course they are from China, but they are really heavy. Hard to imagine even shipping them here for that much. Still, I don't care. About $5 for a super tough, glass-smooth heat-proof work surface sounds good to me, so I bought a pack. One of them is on the bench top in the photos.

Perhaps this may turn out to be a dumb idea. But didn't cost much. We'll see how it goes.

The tile surface is definitely just the bulk tile material, polished to a mirror finish. No glaze. It's impermeable too, so suction cap hold-downs will work on it. Something that's been a nuisance with all my other wood benchtops, which are not airtight so small suction vices and such just fall off them immediately. Not with this.

Obviously a ceramic tile wouldn't be good for a surface you might want to hammer on. But I think a soldering space is the least likely place to need hammering, in my whole workshop.
How prone it will be to scratching, remains to be seen. It appears to be a very hard ceramic, not at all like earthenware tiles.
Anyway, if it breaks or gets horribly scratched up, I have two more!

There's some kind of oily film on the tiles, that ignored cleaners like spray & wipe. It took Ajax and a scouring pad to get it off. Perhaps some kind of silicone oil, from the polishing process?
I still can't get over how perfect the surface on these tiles is. No visible gaps with a straightedge, and reflections show no perceptible distortion. How the hell did they make them for so little? Maybe it was a going out of business disposals deal or something.

It will be interesting to see how it takes local heating from a hot air gun or gas torch. Usually I do that kind of work on a small sheet of fibro. Perhaps it might still be a good idea.



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Post by: Rigby on July 01, 2014, 02:52:53 pm
It is the shelf on the right, cloaked in shadow, that I find most interesting...

I love the little space you've set up for working, there.  Well lit, monitor up and out of the way for reference.  Nicely done.
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 01, 2014, 04:06:45 pm
It is the shelf on the right, cloaked in shadow, that I find most interesting...
Heh. What, the Tek 7104 with a 7D01 parked in it? Is that the most ridiculous combination ever?
That's a storage shelving space. Nothing to see there.... :)

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I love the little space you've set up for working, there.  Well lit, monitor up and out of the way for reference.  Nicely done.
Thanks. It's still in development. So is the whole room, but coming along. Not quite ready to show off.
It's nice how easy it is to hang LCD screens on a wall. See pics.
As for lighting - actually that's still to be determined for that bench. There are both big fluros and halogen spots in the ceiling, but I'm looking for something like a very bright LED point worklight I can mount on the underside of that shelf. That won't shine in my eyes, or reflect off the screen.

The PC is just behind the wall there, in the storage space. Another use will be for image capture from the microscopes, which are sitting up on the shelf there. In plastic bags, since my whole workspace suffers chronic dust. I keep forgetting to close the interconnecting door to the very very dusty adjoining metal/wood workshop.
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Post by: Rigby on July 01, 2014, 05:33:38 pm
As for lighting - actually that's still to be determined for that bench. There are both big fluros and halogen spots in the ceiling, but I'm looking for something like a very bright LED point worklight I can mount on the underside of that shelf. That won't shine in my eyes, or reflect off the screen.
I bought some of these, which are different from LED strips I've bought in the past, and I expect them to work very well.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369)

I had 10m of these stuck to the bottom of a wooden shelf, and it shone down on my workspace.  It came with self-adhesive tape on the back so it can pretty much go anywhere.  I have rearranged things, the wooden shelf I was using is now unused, so bought some of the above, which is twice as dense as what I used previously.  I expect good performance out of it.

Might be something to look at, if shipping isn't too bad.  They can be cut to length (± 2cm or so) without wasting individual LEDs.

I would stick it to metal instead of wood, as I did.  They're encased in silicone for waterproofing reasons, and as thus they can find it difficult to dissipate heat to the air; a metal connection on their backside will give them a good place to put heat.  I've seen people use this stuff on aluminum angle stock (http://www.grainger.com/product/Angle-Stock-WP155471/) so they can heat-sink the LEDs and shield their eyes from directly viewing the LEDs.  They are crazy bright.

Of course, any noise in the supply to these will use the strips as an antenna, so if common mode noise is something you want to get rid of, regulate voltage to these strips linearly.  Otherwise, I suggest an ATX power supply.
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 02, 2014, 03:44:53 am
I bought some of these, which are different from LED strips I've bought in the past, and I expect them to work very well.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369)

Nice. I had some kind of commercial fitting in mind, but given the price of these LED strips and the metal channel idea, this sounds like a better idea.
I found a cheaper source of the same things, with free shipping Hong Kong to Australia: ebay 141300252362.
Had no idea LED strips were getting so cheap. AUD 6.09 for 5m of 3528, AUD 9.74 for 5m of the brighter 5050.
I bought 3 rolls, 1 warm 3528, plus warm and cool of 5050. The not-waterproof variety, since it will be indoors and facing down. Suitable rectangular aluminium U channel will be easy, but will need experimenting once I have the LEDs.

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Post by: skipjackrc4 on July 02, 2014, 04:01:05 am
I bought some of these, which are different from LED strips I've bought in the past, and I expect them to work very well.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/360888111369)

Nice. I had some kind of commercial fitting in mind, but given the price of these LED strips and the metal channel idea, this sounds like a better idea.
I found a cheaper source of the same things, with free shipping Hong Kong to Australia: ebay 141300252362.
Had no idea LED strips were getting so cheap. AUD 6.09 for 5m of 3528, AUD 9.74 for 5m of the brighter 5050.
I bought 3 rolls, 1 warm 3528, plus warm and cool of 5050. The not-waterproof variety, since it will be indoors and facing down. Suitable rectangular aluminium U channel will be easy, but will need experimenting once I have the LEDs.

I used those same strips for under-bench lighting.  They work pretty well, but the color is a little blue for my tastes.  Combined with the even white light from my overhead Philips bulbs, though, it's not a problem.
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 02, 2014, 04:22:48 am
I used those same strips for under-bench lighting.  They work pretty well, but the color is a little blue for my tastes.  Combined with the even white light from my overhead Philips bulbs, though, it's not a problem.

Looking at the seller's pictures, I thought the 'cool' ones might be too blue. Also the warm ones look maybe too orange. Though, photos can't be relied on to accurately represent perception.
That's why I got both the warm and cool types. Thinking why not use both, with an ability to vary the current ratio between them to get an adjustable colour temperature? Since I want to be able to make the lighting on that bench *really* bright, two (or more) strips was an option anyway.
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Post by: SeanB on July 02, 2014, 04:38:31 am
I did not use the U channel, but the L with a small lip, sold as a window retaining clip. The small 10mm lip is good as a light shade, and is not too obtrusive. The wider section is about 15mm and is perfect to stick the led strip to for heatsinking.

They do suffer from lumen depreciation with time, as the cheap strip I am using has degraded a little after a few years.
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Post by: nanofrog on July 02, 2014, 04:51:26 am
Anyone familiar with this type of recessed LED (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Recessed-Ceiling-Down-Bulb-3W-Led-Spot-White-Warm-White-Light-Lamp-/221237489995?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item3382c8314b) for example?

It's housing is aluminum and it can rotate/swivel, so seems an interesting alternative for mounting under shelves (and inexpensive).
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 02, 2014, 10:44:04 am
I did not use the U channel, but the L with a small lip, sold as a window retaining clip. The small 10mm lip is good as a light shade, and is not too obtrusive. The wider section is about 15mm and is perfect to stick the led strip to for heatsinking.

But, you maybe didn't have a display screen in the back, that you don't want LED reflections from. That's why a U not an L. I might end up machining off part of the rear upright of the U, to adjust the light fan.
Or, perhaps if I can find an extrusion with side slots, may be able to slide in some kind of diffuser film. Depends whether there's any visible irregularities in the illumination on the desk below. I find that annoying.

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They do suffer from lumen depreciation with time, as the cheap strip I am using has degraded a little after a few years.

Hmm. A good point, which convinces me to *definitely* make the upper end of the adjustable light intensity way higher than I really need.

I'm suddenly converted to adjustable room lighting, as opposed to just a bunch of big bright fluorescent fittings, since as part of the upgrade I installed three 12V ceiling rails with halogen spotlights, and three dimmers at the switch plate. Result: excellent man-cave lighting effects!
Not that it's possible to do any actual work in that light.
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Post by: ScottyAU on July 02, 2014, 11:12:28 am
I love watching this thread - so figured it was time I posted a photo too. 

Space has to serve a few purposes - but does the job!
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Post by: Rigby on July 02, 2014, 02:04:38 pm
Good day, sirs.

all of your workspaces are very nice and am very jealous of all of you so therefore i hate all of you.

I SAID GOOD DAY!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SeanB on July 02, 2014, 06:12:42 pm
You haven't seen my office. Makes Dave's lab look positively palatial and uncluttered. I would take a photo, but the camera in in there somewhere.

As to those 3W lights from nanofrog, those are quite well cooled, and with a separate power supply they likely will run cool and last well. 3W is about the equivalent of a 10W halogen lamp ( do not believe the hype of the sellers) so you likely will need 2 times as many as you think to get a reasonable light level. Buy spare ones as well, they will fail with time.

I got some cheap 6W ones from Frankie ( thanks as well for the nice service and sourcing) and only used them for the tiny little controllers inside ( which seem to be the same from a 3W to a 10W led module) and the LED module, which was attached to a much bigger heat spreader, made from old Intel coolers. Without a fan they run at around 40C, while the original casings ran at 90C surface temperature.

@ TerraHertz I use the led strip right above the keyboard, right above the LCD monitor, and I do get a slight reflection off the shiny Samsung bezel, but the monitor is the right height so that I have to duck down to actually notice it. I like the monitor below eye height so it is comfortable to use. I mounted it to a backing board that carries it at a comfortable height to use.
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Post by: TheBorg on July 02, 2014, 08:43:17 pm
Finally got my new desk/lab space done. Not a whole lot of equipment, but that comes later :D
I added an 8ft table for a total of 13.5ft of desk space, as well as the shelves and filing cabinet in the back. I'm really happy with the added storage, I was running out of space, now I have extra for holding projects as well as component storage in the future. Lighting is interesting, I've got 4 lamps now plus the room lights :D

Edit: Have to go, but I'll try and get pictures uploaded the right orientation soon! Fixed a day and a pretty funny post later.
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Post by: Prime73 on July 03, 2014, 06:18:07 pm
Anyone familiar with this type of recessed LED (http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Recessed-Ceiling-Down-Bulb-3W-Led-Spot-White-Warm-White-Light-Lamp-/221237489995?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item3382c8314b) for example?

It's housing is aluminum and it can rotate/swivel, so seems an interesting alternative for mounting under shelves (and inexpensive).
I had really bad experience with cheap leds bulbs from Chinese supplies off ebay. don't have any experience with these particular ones though. I've replaced some of my ceiling halogens GU10 bulbs with leds I bought off ebay. I had a few different bulbs from different suppliers to see which ones would be a good replacement for these halogens I had. In my basement at the time I had 24 bulbs mounted in a ceiling 35w each - that's quite a power hog :) Naturally leds are perfect replacement. Anyways after the test for a month most of the bulbs just died due to overheat; others were with a slight green tint to them compare to halogens with I found really disturbing to my eyes. Tossed all to trash and got GU10s from ikea - no issues at all after almost two ears of constant use.


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Post by: mtdoc on July 03, 2014, 06:30:31 pm
Finally got my new desk/lab space done.

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Post by: kc9qvl on July 03, 2014, 10:18:37 pm
Finally got my new desk/lab space done. Not a whole lot of equipment, but that comes later :D




Picture, edit, rotate right, save and done
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Post by: TheBorg on July 04, 2014, 05:14:28 am
Finally got my new desk/lab space done. Not a whole lot of equipment, but that comes later :D




Picture, edit, rotate right, save and done
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Been a long week, and I totally forgot. Lol. Will get them up now :D

Edit: I assume because I'm left handed I rotate left? Am I doing this right?
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Post by: cyr on July 04, 2014, 05:55:24 am
Looks good, but you have set your country flag wrong - you are obviously in Australia  ;)
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Post by: VK5RC on July 04, 2014, 10:56:20 am
Looks fine to me
I've included a proper map below
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Post by: bwat on July 04, 2014, 12:15:25 pm
But Australia should be pink (http://www.rmg.co.uk/explore/sea-and-ships/facts/faqs/why-is-the-british-empire-coloured-pink-on-maps). In fact huge chunks of that map aren't pink. That's not right.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 04, 2014, 04:56:05 pm
Finally got my new desk/lab space done. Not a whole lot of equipment, but that comes later :D




Picture, edit, rotate right, save and done
:palm:
Been a long week, and I totally forgot. Lol. Will get them up now :D

Edit: I assume because I'm left handed I rotate left? Am I doing this right?

This is what we would see in the US if you were in AustrAAAAAAlia. ;D
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Post by: mtdoc on July 04, 2014, 05:25:22 pm

Been a long week, and I totally forgot. Lol. Will get them up now :D

Edit: I assume because I'm left handed I rotate left? Am I doing this right?

It's all dependent on the Coriolis Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriolis_effect).

Are you sure you're in the US and not somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere?

If unsure observe which way the water swirls when flushing the toilet. ;)
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Post by: Rigby on July 04, 2014, 08:43:35 pm
Toilet swirling direction depends far more on the jets that put water into the bowl than the hemisphere in which the toilet/loo resides.

In the US I've seen them drain both ways, and when I lived in Australia I saw them go both ways.

This is one of those things that everyone "knows" to be true, but in fact, is not.
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Post by: mtdoc on July 04, 2014, 09:39:36 pm
You do realize I was joking, right?

(see Wikipedia article I linked for details of toilet swirling..)
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Post by: Rigby on July 05, 2014, 12:03:29 am
You do realize I was joking, right?

(see Wikipedia article I linked for details of toilet swirling..)
Nope.  My joke detector is broked.
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Post by: VK5RC on July 05, 2014, 12:16:31 pm
@GreyWolfe   the real bush guys say "Horse-traaaaaliaaa"   HiHi
@bwat I thought I was the only guy old enough around here to remember those maps!
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Post by: WackyGerman on July 21, 2014, 05:12:53 pm
Here are some pics of my workbench . Just cleaned it up and put all the multimeters and testers in the cupboard . It was a horrible mess before I did it  :scared:
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Post by: WackyGerman on July 22, 2014, 08:54:27 am
Here are some additional pics of my workbench
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Post by: d3javu on July 24, 2014, 03:39:09 pm
Here are some pics of my workbench . Just cleaned it up and put all the multimeters and testers in the cupboard . It was a horrible mess before I did it  :scared:

how you hang those test leads on the first picture?  :-\
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Post by: SeanB on July 24, 2014, 06:53:35 pm
I went and bought a hook sold as a garage hook. Mostly used to hold rakes and brooms in the garage, but has 1 or 2 hooks on a common mount that is nice and large. $2 each at the DIY store.
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 25, 2014, 07:54:22 am
how you hang those test leads on the first picture?  :-\


He he he... He probably didn't waste over a week making test lead hooks, like this... painful story here:
http://everist.org/NobLog/20140717_poorly_laid_plans.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20140717_poorly_laid_plans.htm)

Well, they work.
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Post by: ScottyAU on July 25, 2014, 08:07:01 am
I've got these (they come in a few different sizes):

http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/ (http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/)

Work really well.
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Post by: AlfBaz on July 25, 2014, 08:42:34 am
I've got these (they come in a few different sizes):

http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/ (http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/)

Work really well.
Do they come in 34-24-34? ;D
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Post by: d3javu on July 25, 2014, 09:24:38 am
He he he... He probably didn't waste over a week making test lead hooks, like this... painful story here:
http://everist.org/NobLog/20140717_poorly_laid_plans.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20140717_poorly_laid_plans.htm)
Well, they work.

That is insane... :wtf:  :palm:
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Post by: rolycat on July 25, 2014, 11:33:08 am
I've got these (they come in a few different sizes):

http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/ (http://www.cableorganizer.com/cord-clips/)

Work really well.
Do they come in 34-24-34? ;D
I couldn't figure out what that comment was all about, since all I saw when I clicked on the link was a blank page.

(Pun unintentional until previewed, BTW)

Turns out their website was perpetrated by one of those 'designers' who believe people who disable Javascript on unfamiliar websites don't deserve so much as an error message  :rant:
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Post by: Hydrawerk on July 25, 2014, 05:33:02 pm
Here are some additional pics of my workbench
That PHYWE multimeter must have come from some school or university. The PHYWE company produces many school physics equipment.
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Post by: WackyGerman on July 26, 2014, 07:23:58 am
Yes it was school equipment . The display is very huge and beautiful but the multimeter is crap . It is not a true RMS meter and the 10 A range is not fused . Maybe it was designed by a father of a pupil who didn t like the teacher of physics at school   >:D . Well it s a relabled multimeter , the boards are from IMPO Electronic A/S Denmark , also a maker of school demonstration multimeter and other stuff like that .

Ok here is a pic how I hook my testing leads . Well the hook is not the best and a little too small but it works  ;D
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Post by: apelly on August 24, 2014, 03:33:56 am
Just got some new benches in my bachelor pad. This was before:
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Post by: apelly on August 24, 2014, 03:38:33 am
And some after awesomeness  8)
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Post by: Sebastian on August 24, 2014, 04:35:49 pm
This is my lab/workshop:
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Post by: Sebastian on August 24, 2014, 04:37:37 pm
Part 2:
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Post by: KB8CWB on August 25, 2014, 01:42:17 am
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Bill
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Post by: TerraHertz on August 25, 2014, 10:25:53 am
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Some of us like ancient gear best. Post pics!
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Post by: jancumps on August 25, 2014, 12:17:17 pm
This is my lab/workshop:

Your vacuum cleaner is a Miele Match Winner 300 - 2000 W :)
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Post by: ablacon64 on August 25, 2014, 05:26:51 pm
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Some of us like ancient gear best. Post pics!

I second that!  :-+
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Post by: KB8CWB on August 25, 2014, 05:51:42 pm
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Some of us like ancient gear best. Post pics!

I second that!  :-+

Ok, glad to see some like vintage stuff here... LOL

Is a bit messy but have been busy with projects again.  At least it keeps me out of trouble....

(http://i59.tinypic.com/inwnyt.jpg)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2z4zrk1.jpg)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/ra7oz7.jpg)

After seeing all these repair benches I think I may have found a home of like minded folks to share with.

Bill
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Post by: TheBorg on August 25, 2014, 06:36:07 pm

Ok, glad to see some like vintage stuff here... LOL

Is a bit messy but have been busy with projects again.  At least it keeps me out of trouble....


After seeing all these repair benches I think I may have found a home of like minded folks to share with.

Bill

Are you kidding? It's... beautiful!
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Post by: ablacon64 on August 25, 2014, 08:18:11 pm
geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee  KB8CWB! That's an amazing lab you have there! Congrats! And thanks for sharing!  :-+
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Post by: ker2x on August 30, 2014, 10:25:30 am
That's how hardcore hamradio bench look like   :clap:
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Post by: f1rmb on August 30, 2014, 11:37:45 am
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Some of us like ancient gear best. Post pics!

I second that!  :-+

Ok, glad to see some like vintage stuff here... LOL

Is a bit messy but have been busy with projects again.  At least it keeps me out of trouble....

(http://i59.tinypic.com/inwnyt.jpg)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2z4zrk1.jpg)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/ra7oz7.jpg)

After seeing all these repair benches I think I may have found a home of like minded folks to share with.

Bill


Nice shack !

73!
---
Daniel.
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Post by: TerraHertz on August 30, 2014, 01:33:31 pm
Ok, glad to see some like vintage stuff here... LOL
Is a bit messy but have been busy with projects again.  At least it keeps me out of trouble....

Niiiice!  I'm not a ham and don't recognize any of the radio gear. But your 'old' test gear is my idea of beautiful.
What's the huge gray Navy-style bit of gear in lower right in the first pic?

Ha ha. You have a funny idea of 'messy'.
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Post by: aroby on August 30, 2014, 03:26:40 pm

Ok, glad to see some like vintage stuff here... LOL

Is a bit messy but have been busy with projects again.  At least it keeps me out of trouble....


Awesome
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Post by: mrflibble on August 30, 2014, 04:14:01 pm
Ha ha. You have a funny idea of 'messy'.
Indeed! I wish I was able to maintain that level of messiness.  ;D

Nicely done setup!  :-+
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Post by: DaveW on August 31, 2014, 03:34:19 pm
I love the fact that this thread has been running for me to be able to post my previous workshop on page 13, buy a house, build a workshop from scratch and now be able to post some more pics. Anyway... I ended up covering about half my back garden with a garage/shed to keep my tools in, I've split it up into a couple of sections, one for mechanical and one for electronic engineering.

The electronics side is made from two custom steel benches, plywood tops with a roll of ESD mat on top. The shelves are divided into 1m bays which can be moved up and down quickly and reconfigured. I've got storage underneath the benches for anything bulky, the workshop PC etc. All the workshop test leads are hanging from a cable hanger which I routed out of a bit of ply and the latest addition is the rotating storage cabinet for all the bits and pieces

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Post by: DaveW on August 31, 2014, 03:37:36 pm
And the mechanical side, I installed a folding door to close off the electronics area when things got dusty.
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Post by: babysitter on August 31, 2014, 03:53:57 pm
Use a big fan (and a HEPA filter maybe) to get overpressure in the electronics compartment, will help keeping dust out of it. Cleanroom style. Even giving friendly advice while being jealous :)
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Post by: nanofrog on August 31, 2014, 06:35:44 pm
I love the fact that this thread has been running for me to be able to post my previous workshop on page 13, buy a house, build a workshop from scratch and now be able to post some more pics.
Always a work in progress...  ;D

Nice setup BTW (envious of your mechanical side).  :-+
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Post by: robrenz on September 01, 2014, 11:23:51 am
+1 :-+
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Post by: sotos on September 01, 2014, 12:26:20 pm
And the mechanical side, I installed a folding door to close off the electronics area when things got dusty.


You’ve spent a lot of money out there.
I’m jealous.
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Post by: fpliuzzi on September 01, 2014, 01:26:27 pm
Always enjoy seeing the variety of workspaces that people put together to suit there various needs. Here are a few photos of my over-stuffed general-purpose workspace in the basement of my home.

(the lighting isn't as poor as these photos would suggest)
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Post by: robrenz on September 01, 2014, 01:46:18 pm
Very nice  :-+
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Post by: Vgkid on September 01, 2014, 04:29:00 pm
DaveW - Is that a Solartron 7065/55?
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Post by: DaveW on September 01, 2014, 08:23:52 pm
Use a big fan (and a HEPA filter maybe) to get overpressure in the electronics compartment, will help keeping dust out of it. Cleanroom style. Even giving friendly advice while being jealous :)

That's a fantastic idea-shall have to take that idea. Wonder how to work out how big a fan is needed...

You’ve spent a lot of money out there.
I’m jealous.

I try not to think about it!
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Post by: DaveW on September 01, 2014, 08:28:22 pm
DaveW - Is that a Solartron 7065/55?

Yeah, a 7065. Lovely DMM to use a lovely construction inside. Picked it up at an electronics car boot sale for £25 marked as faulty and was hoping to do a repair video, but all the measurements agree perfectly with my HP 6.5 digit and it works fine. Not sure whether to be pleased or disappointed!
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Post by: ovnr on September 01, 2014, 10:46:29 pm
So, been meaning to get this done for quite a while, but :effort:. Also decided to clean before posting pictures of it...

Click for larger images.

(http://i.imgur.com/fFd3bbo.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/0EQWhEl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/D5zyRVl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/jALaLPN.jpg)

Obligatory "everything turned on" picture:
(http://i.imgur.com/kyrzu8x.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/odOuN1N.jpg)

Smaller stuff that lives in a drawer:
(http://i.imgur.com/WBbUFMC.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/1k1r5tc.jpg)


Parts storage is in the hallway leading into this room - three full-size bookshelves full of boxes of varying size and contents.
Plus random crap pretty much everywhere. One huge advantage of SMD parts is that they don't generally hurt when you step on them!

Edit: I should point out that the pictures are missing my shitty cheap Manson PSU, which is sitting partially disassembled in a box waiting for replacement potentiometers - old ones were completely shot.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on September 02, 2014, 01:30:11 am
Very nice, onvr. :-+
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Post by: Vgkid on September 02, 2014, 02:09:56 am
DaveW: you can see my teardown hopefully this week, with troubleshooting following. I will need to order a 10v reference first.
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Post by: d3javu on September 02, 2014, 06:49:03 am
Very nice arrangement Sebatian and ovnr :clap:. Seems like you guys really put a lot of thoughts into what goes where... let us see how the place looks like in a month time :-DD
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Post by: mswhin63 on September 02, 2014, 06:50:31 am
I was thinking the same thing. I will eventually post my bench, started off nice later started working and what a mess.  :-DD
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Post by: calexanian on September 03, 2014, 04:44:35 am
My home bench and lab look like.... Turning around and looking.... A locomotive crashed through a surplus electronics store...
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Post by: george graves on September 03, 2014, 09:49:47 am
I think Toddfun has a nice set up, beside being in a garage.  I prefer a real room. 

I use a L shaped set of desks.  Dave's is one long desk - that would drive me crazy.  Scooting long a 20 foot long bench, and long test leads.

L or U shaped is much better IMHO. 

Here is Todd's - he has a good youtube channel as well - worth subscribing to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOmgHFuJy6g (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOmgHFuJy6g)

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Post by: LektroiD on September 04, 2014, 03:42:36 am
This is my modest setup, which is enough for my projects which are mostly analogue synthesizer builds.

although a digi-scope would be nice...
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Post by: mtdoc on September 04, 2014, 05:00:30 pm
Nice LektroiD.

You have a Bel Merit MT-100!  That's the first one I've seen other than the one I picked up for $9.99 at a local Thrift store.
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Post by: trophosphere on September 04, 2014, 07:13:48 pm
My updated lab plus a close-up.
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Post by: sotos on September 04, 2014, 08:39:12 pm
My updated lab plus a close-up.

Can you tell us what you have there on the bench?
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Post by: robrenz on September 04, 2014, 08:47:35 pm
I think I see a new Keithley power supply on the left.
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Post by: trophosphere on September 04, 2014, 09:17:24 pm
My updated lab plus a close-up.

Can you tell us what you have there on the bench?

Going from left to right and top to bottom:

Keithley 2280S-32-6 Precision Measurement Power Supply (There is actually a deal going on now - 10% off Testequity (http://www.testequity.com/static/305/?src=tek_slider_10pct))
Fluke 87V Multimeter in its case
Agilent E3630A Power Supply
Agilent E3648A Power Supply
Agilent E3632A Power Supply
Stanford Research Systems FS730/1 10 MHz Clock Distribution Amplifier
Agilent 53230A 350MHz Frequency Counter with 15GHz RF option
Agilent 34461A 6.5 Digit Multimeter
Agilent 34401A 6.5 Digit Multimeter
Rigol DG5071 Arbitrary Waveform/Function Generator
Rigol DS1062CA 60MHz 2GSa/s oscilloscope

I'm thinking about doing a tear down of the new Keithley power supply but I would rather Dave do it so I can enjoy watching him critique it. That and I'm a baby when it comes to taking apart new equipment. The Agilent power supplies I bought off of Ebay and repaired but lots of other people have done tear downs of those so I couldn't be bothered.
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Post by: george graves on September 04, 2014, 09:34:41 pm
Love all the test gear.  But can't help to fell like you need a better desk/shelves.
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Post by: trophosphere on September 04, 2014, 09:42:37 pm
Yeah, I need to get an actual bench but I'll most likely be moving in about 1.5-2 years and don't want the hassle of taking along stuff that won't fit in my car. All the stuff in my lab now can fit into my car and be transported to a different location in a single trip. I'll get some good benches after moving.
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Post by: franzvollmaier on September 05, 2014, 07:49:44 am
Hello,

here are some photos of my current lab setup.
The test equipment is mounted into a fully movable rack, which is quite heavy.
Power and data cables as well as cooling water for the electronic load comes from the top side.
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Post by: Richard Head on September 05, 2014, 09:53:46 am
franzvollmaier

All I can say is "You don't mess around!"
The products you manufacture/test obviously can fund the equipment it seems. Well done and a truly impressive setup.
I do like your AM5030S current probe amplifiers.

Dick
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Post by: franzvollmaier on September 05, 2014, 11:02:59 am
It's a really nice setup, but never think about the investment... :phew:
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Post by: Rigby on September 05, 2014, 12:39:44 pm
I hate all of you.   >:D  Jealousy Envy is an ugly feeling.
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Post by: sotos on September 05, 2014, 02:21:08 pm
Hello,

here are some photos of my current lab setup.
The test equipment is mounted into a fully movable rack, which is quite heavy.
Power and data cables as well as cooling water for the electronic load comes from the top side.

Man you here ? or on mars.
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Post by: senso on September 06, 2014, 12:24:00 am
Loving that screen in a linear rail?
Does it have a stepper in as well or just sitff to move?
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Post by: franzvollmaier on September 06, 2014, 10:41:41 am
No, it works with an air cylinder from Festo
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Post by: mcinque on September 06, 2014, 12:16:55 pm
I hate all of you.   >:D  Jealousy is an ugly feeling.

Me too  >:D
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Post by: BloodyCactus on September 08, 2014, 01:18:15 am
This is from tidying up :)

out of the bottom of the pic, boxes of components that need to be binned up top.
left side is all pinball and amiga parts and such, right side is the pc and test equipment connected to a nice multiswitch power rack connected to a furman line conditioner
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Post by: nadona on September 16, 2014, 02:11:13 am
It's been over a month since I got a business license for my calibration lab. I took a picture of one side of my lab to upgrade eBay store picture.
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Post by: Vgkid on September 16, 2014, 02:15:11 am
:drool
What model digibridge is that?
nice JRL null meter.
Actually everything is nice.
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Post by: nadona on September 16, 2014, 05:07:55 pm
:drool
What model digibridge is that?
nice JRL null meter.
Actually everything is nice.

Thanks.

That is 1958. I use 1689 or SRS 720 for calibration work, though.

Regards,
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Post by: G0HZU on September 18, 2014, 11:18:03 pm
Here is an image taken from a very old book that shows the lab/shack of a keen radio and electronics enthusiast from pre 1920.

Almost 100 years ago!

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Post by: TMM on October 10, 2014, 04:33:39 pm
Mine after i gave it a bit of a clean up. For it's normal state imagine something half way between this and Jim William's lab. The big MDF thing is a baffle for measuring loudspeakers, if you were wondering.
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2945/15310355088_134166ee41_o.png)
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Post by: Warhawk on October 10, 2014, 05:58:33 pm
My new setup in a living room  8)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/i3tjr8.jpg)
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Post by: Terabyte2007 on October 17, 2014, 09:08:35 pm
Been doing some upgrades to the lab... I need a bigger space!  ;D
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Post by: ablacon64 on October 18, 2014, 02:47:32 pm
Been doing some upgrades to the lab... I need a bigger space!  ;D

Amazing! Get a BGA rework station there and you'll need nothing else! :)

Congratulations for the gear and organization
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Post by: robrenz on October 18, 2014, 03:07:45 pm
Very nice lab there Terabyte2007  :clap:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on October 18, 2014, 03:18:22 pm
Very nice lab there Terabyte2007  :clap:

Thank you! Lot's of time and expense but I do spend a considerable amount of time in my lab so it all works out...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Teljemo on October 19, 2014, 08:09:31 am
Wow.. very impressive labs you guys have :)
My "lab" is a part of my workshop.. not surgically clean ;)

In these pics i didn't have the oscilloscope yet.. but its there now.. just need to learn to need it. ;)

(http://www.workshopprojects.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/teljemosbod2.jpg)
My workshop

(http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp214/Teljemo/stuff/IMG_20141016_195838_zps1aede5e7.jpg)
The electrical corner ;)

(http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp214/Teljemo/stuff/IMG_20141016_195852_zps07fae11f.jpg)
mechanical corner

(http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp214/Teljemo/stuff/IMG_20141018_165100_zpsekf4lbd9.jpg)
shit bad boy is in the electrical corner now days ;)
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Post by: PointyOintment on October 21, 2014, 03:22:09 am
Been doing some upgrades to the lab... I need a bigger space!  ;D
Wow, that's a lot of equipment! What are the thing on top of the second stack from the right in the first photo, and everything in the left two stacks in the third photo?
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Post by: Terabyte2007 on October 21, 2014, 11:22:46 am
Been doing some upgrades to the lab... I need a bigger space!  ;D
Wow, that's a lot of equipment! What are the thing on top of the second stack from the right in the first photo, and everything in the left two stacks in the third photo?

Thanks, I spend a lot of time in my lab. I attached a couple close shots of your question.

The Global Specialties RC10 is an R-C Series/Parallel proto box. Basically allows you to setup quickly any combination of an RC circuit within the supplied ranges. Works a treat!

Third pic equipment list as follows:

1) UnRegulated Elenco AC/DC power supply. Not really used much since it's unregulated. Occasionally I use it for transformer testing and etc.
2) Ikegami 1.5KVDC precision power supply.
3) Kepco 0-150VDC Power Supply. Very stable and precise supply.
4) BK Precision 1655A AC Supply with Leakage test probe. (Precision Variac)
5) GW Instek HiPot tester. 200VA

Hope this helps!
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Post by: Howardlong on October 21, 2014, 09:04:16 pm
Greetings

Here are some pics of my home workshop. As you can probably tell I've been doing this a while, and working from home helps justify it. Until three months ago I had a 6'x6' space, but having moved house I now have my own man cave.

I am an embedded RF mixed signal guy, so it's hardware and software. Those two 4K monitors are awesome for development!

On the first picture, the stack is

HP calibration kit for vector network analyser (below)
Instek 3MHz function generator
Marconi 6950 RF Power Meter with 6910 sensor calibrated to 18GHz
Tait T801 Rubidium frequency reference, heavily modified so multiple outputs are on the front :-)
HP 8656B RF signal generator 0.1-990MHz
HP 8565A RF spectrum analyser 10MHz-22GHz
Anritsu MT8802A communications test set 300kHz-3GHz
HP 8753A 300kHz-3GHz vector network analyser (with a T/R test set)

Reflow toaster oven
AR8600 communications receiver
Several assorted power supplies
Saike 898D hot air solder station
Rigol MSO1074Z-S 70MHz 1GSa/s 4+16ch scope
Agilent 54831D 600MHz 4GSa/s 4+16ch scope
Stereo Microscope (under the translucent cover)
Two Weller soldering irons plus a Weller tweezer with control boxes

Under the desk:
Marconi 2955A comms test set to 1GHz
Tektronix TDS 2024B scope 200MHz 2GSa/s 4ch
Anritsu Site Master S331A 5MHz-3.3GHz one port portable VNA
TTi PSA2701T handheld spectrum analyser to 2.7GHz
Several multimeters and component testers
RFD 2305 calibrated RF noise source to 3.4GHz
NGA noise gain analyser to 1.8GHz for noise figure measurement
Intronix Logicport LA1034 USB logic analyser
Bitscope BS50 USB scope and logic Analyser

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d123/photobucket391/1506d3f9e02322ac8cd73517f6394e8e_zpsa6e79f56.jpg)

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d123/photobucket391/924ccb4fdd0866459592438291cdc9a1_zps9bc8ff19.jpg)

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d123/photobucket391/f8d77ad42e40a009a23dd49169f74315_zpse612a23c.jpg)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Terabyte2007 on October 21, 2014, 09:33:52 pm
Greetings

Here are some pics of my home workshop. As you can probably tell I've been doing this a while, and working from home helps justify it. Until three months ago I had a 6'x6' space, but having moved house I now have my own man cave.

I am an embedded RF mixed signal guy, so it's hardware and software. Those two 4K monitors are awesome for development!

On the first picture, the stack is

HP calibration kit for vector network analyser (below)
Instek 3MHz function generator
Marconi 6950 RF Power Meter with 6910 sensor calibrated to 18GHz
Tait T801 Rubidium frequency reference, heavily modified so multiple outputs are on the front :-)
HP 8656B RF signal generator 0.1-990MHz
HP 8565A RF spectrum analyser 10MHz-22GHz
Anritsu MT8802A communications test set 300kHz-3GHz
HP 8753A 300kHz-3GHz vector network analyser (with a T/R test set)

Reflow toaster oven
AR8600 communications receiver
Several assorted power supplies
Saike 898D hot air solder station
Rigol MSO1074Z-S 70MHz 1GSa/s 4+16ch scope
Agilent 54831D 600MHz 4GSa/s 4+16ch scope
Stereo Microscope (under the translucent cover)
Two Weller soldering irons plus a Weller tweezer with control boxes

Under the desk:
Marconi 2955A comms test set to 1GHz
Tektronix TDS 2024B scope 200MHz 2GSa/s 4ch
Anritsu Site Master S331A 5MHz-3.3GHz one port portable VNA
TTi PSA2701T handheld spectrum analyser to 2.7GHz
Several multimeters and component testers
RFD 2305 calibrated RF noise source to 3.4GHz
NGA noise gain analyser to 1.8GHz for noise figure measurement

Very nice indeed!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on October 22, 2014, 10:16:52 am
Nice QST mag!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Howardlong on October 22, 2014, 11:55:36 pm
LOL! Must get around to reading it sometime!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Bud on October 23, 2014, 02:09:19 am
An advantage of having old good HP gear is that it is so big and heavy that it is hard to steal

 :D

Good luck trying  to take my HP 8565a 60-pound (30kg) spectrum analyzer. Do not forget to bring a wheelbarrow.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Howardlong on October 23, 2014, 08:00:23 pm
An advantage of having old good HP gear is that it is so big and heavy that it is hard to steal

 :D

Good luck trying  to take my HP 8565a 60-pound (30kg) spectrum analyzer. Do not forget to bring a wheelbarrow.

You're right. I brought back the 8753a from the US to the UK about 12 years ago as airline hold baggage. I put it into a Peli case and had to take the YIG out to get it under the 32kg limit the airline had.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: marshallh on October 28, 2014, 02:11:46 am
Just finished building a 2 tier desk, from 1.5" square tubing
No need to worry about death from above, all rubber feet.
Equimpent on top rack (soon will be more) is perpendicular at eye level which is nice for reading LCD screens without getting up.

(http://i.imgur.com/FgJuveX.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mswhin63 on October 28, 2014, 02:24:02 am
Marshall, Very neat clean, excellent idea.

I have a similar design too. So far has worked for me the best of all design.  :-+

I have altered mine a bit, but it is a mess and incomplete, hope to show it here soon. Bit more time didn't want to appear to copyright your design hence why mentioning it now.

Malcolm
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Post by: dexters_lab on October 28, 2014, 08:23:31 am
i finally got around to making a fresh start on my mancave/lab. Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.
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Post by: george graves on October 28, 2014, 09:06:51 am
i finally got around to making a fresh start on my mancave/lab. Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.

If I were you, I'd move that poster, and make your lab more into a L-shaped, with shelves on the front wall.  Half of your equipment is sideways!  Doesn't that drive you nuts?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: LoyalServant on October 28, 2014, 02:54:28 pm
After seeing all these repair setups I feel somewhat inadequate.  Most of my stuff is ancient.  Some seriously nice setups here!!

Bill

But you my friend have Drake and Collins porn!  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: LektroiD on October 30, 2014, 03:47:20 pm
Finally got some static dissipative mats (my CMOS & op-amps are safe!).

This is my modest setup where I build synthsesizers, which are in the studio next door (more info HERE (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/anyone-else-building-an-analogue-synthesizer-here/)...
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Post by: JoeO on October 30, 2014, 07:43:52 pm
What is the name of the Desk Top Magnifying Glass you have?
Does it also have a light in it?
TIA
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Post by: marshallh on October 30, 2014, 09:23:43 pm
http://www.harborfreight.com/desktop-magnifying-lamp-97448.html (http://www.harborfreight.com/desktop-magnifying-lamp-97448.html)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: LektroiD on October 31, 2014, 01:07:06 am
What is the name of the Desk Top Magnifying Glass you have?
Does it also have a light in it?
TIA

Yes, it has a light built in, I got it from Maplin. It has the code A83GN, but when I did a search on Maplin's website, it only came up with the spare bulb. There are other lamps there though at a good price.
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Post by: Syntax_Error on October 31, 2014, 01:36:40 am
Just finished building a 2 tier desk, from 1.5" square tubing
No need to worry about death from above, all rubber feet.
Equimpent on top rack (soon will be more) is perpendicular at eye level which is nice for reading LCD screens without getting up.

(http://i.imgur.com/FgJuveX.jpg)



Nice Nintendo 64 you have there.  ;) Fixing it, or doing some hacking?
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Post by: accesscontrolforum on November 01, 2014, 12:29:19 am
I have made some changes but here are couple of videos of my bench for very very basic testing of access control equipment:

I added a 3457a along with a 12" deep shelf at the bottom.
and a couple of new toys.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF-Mb2nkTIo#ws[/url)




 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ulPdTGmhI#ws[/url)
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Post by: bitbanger on November 01, 2014, 04:58:21 am
Basic gear compared to some of you guys!  :-+

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-tGdBivi15kw/VFRmTy3UGSI/AAAAAAAAKGg/Qhrk9expitk/s1200/IMG_1357.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2HqWU-Ra0gc/VFRmS4giM2I/AAAAAAAAKGo/PWTTmNPnnwc/s1200/1359-2.jpg)
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Post by: Rigby on November 01, 2014, 05:17:33 pm
I hate all of you.   >:D  Jealousy Envy is an ugly feeling.

I stand by my edited statement.
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Post by: calexanian on November 01, 2014, 09:04:06 pm
I am going to go clean up my lab now. I am tripping over too many things and boxes of unknown junk. Also I want to set up a separate Ham Radio station. Currently it occupies about a third of my bench. and is a mess. Also I am very unhappy with my parts/storage situation. I put shelves in a closet but its not ideal.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Bud on November 02, 2014, 12:16:16 am
Basic gear compared to some of you guys!  :-+

Why do you need two chairs ?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on November 02, 2014, 09:16:19 am
A chair is cheaper than a shelf? :-// ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on November 02, 2014, 01:36:45 pm
Why do you need two chairs ?

One with the back down, and the other is a back-up?

Or maybe he is that mythical geek with a partner who shares his technical interests? (I know, it's an unlikely concept.)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on November 02, 2014, 02:01:58 pm
Perhaps there's some teaching going on with an interested party, such as a kid.  :-//  8)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SharpEars on November 03, 2014, 05:29:08 pm
i finally got around to making a fresh start on my mancave/lab. Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=115176)

I love the HP/Agilent Lab power supplies on the right side of your desk with the red/black wiring on top. How else can you access those damn connectors in the back. I guess I'm not the only eevblog "fool" with that issue and a similar solution to yours  :) .

In addition (and to throw some contrast into the pic) I noticed the cheap Chinese 0-30V/5A power supply (with the bright burn your eyes out orange power button) on your shelf as well, despite having the HPs. I did the same thing and bought one for $50, as well for those times when portability is paramount.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on November 03, 2014, 05:55:40 pm
i finally got around to making a fresh start on my mancave/lab. Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=115176)

I love the HP/Agilent Lab power supplies on the right side of your desk with the red/black wiring on top. How else can you access those damn connectors in the back. I guess I'm not the only eevblog "fool" with that issue and a similar solution to yours  :) .


The PSU are built with the option of mounting front panel sockets.
Dave did a vid on his not long ago:
EEVblog #667 - Agilent 6643A Power Supply Binding Post Hack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgVsW4-cfh0#ws)

I CBA for the moment and found some 20A ring term to banana adapters, then use a standard extension lead to bring a socket round the front.
Not pretty, I will mod them properly when the time is right :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on November 03, 2014, 05:56:32 pm
Basic gear compared to some of you guys!  :-+

Why do you need two chairs ?

The front end of the bench requires differential input? :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: bitbanger on November 04, 2014, 12:54:26 pm
Why do you need two chairs ?

One with the back down, and the other is a back-up?

Or maybe he is that mythical geek with a partner who shares his technical interests? (I know, it's an unlikely concept.)

HAH, you mean the one who refers to a multimeter as the 'geek-o-meter'?  ;) No, no, it's much more boring than that - the offer/sale of the drafting chairs was for all (two) or nothing, so I took both!  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SharpEars on November 04, 2014, 03:16:01 pm
i finally got around to making a fresh start on my mancave/lab. Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=115176)

I love the HP/Agilent Lab power supplies on the right side of your desk with the red/black wiring on top. How else can you access those damn connectors in the back. I guess I'm not the only eevblog "fool" with that issue and a similar solution to yours  :) .


The PSU are built with the option of mounting front panel sockets.
Dave did a vid on his not long ago:
EEVblog #667 - Agilent 6643A Power Supply Binding Post Hack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgVsW4-cfh0#ws)

I CBA for the moment and found some 20A ring term to banana adapters, then use a standard extension lead to bring a socket round the front.
Not pretty, I will mod them properly when the time is right :)

Notice how Dave damaged the front putting in those binding posts. I just don't see any good way of attaching them to the front plastic, even with a backing plate. The thing is just not made to support turning  force/torque on the front panel.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: halexa on November 04, 2014, 03:49:43 pm
Here's my work space, messy but that's how i like it.

And some of  the gear in the pics:
Digimess HM200
Fluke 77
Fluke 8600A
Fluke 8800A
Fluke 1900A
GW Instek GFG8020G
Philips PM 3365
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Porto on November 08, 2014, 02:23:30 am
My, very humble, workbench. :)

It's only 90cm wide, 70cm deep and 3cm thick; it's quite claustrophobic and as you can see the scope takes quite alot of space on it!

(http://www.164td.nl/pics/elek/Workbench.jpg)

Little projects/repairs are going great but when I want to work on e.g. a receiver or other big object, then this
bench is obviously quite too small for it.


Though, I am in the progress of building two lookalikes of Dave's benches, 2mtr wide and 80cm deep, one for in the shed
as an all around workbench and one in my room for my electronics hobby and computer stuff; this one will have 100%
covered ESD matting.
Also got hold of a shelving system, containing of 3 non-drilling stands, 2x 90cm wide and 60cm deep shelves and
2x 90cm wide and 50cm deep shelves... all steel. It's like the Ikea Broder system but this system has perforated
plates between the stands to stiffer the setup. Will take a pic when everything is up and running!

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rob77 on November 08, 2014, 12:44:47 pm
Guys, i think it's time to redefine your perception of "small bench" and "big mess"... i've got both at the same time !  :-DD

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=117294;image (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=117294;image)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: bitbanger on November 08, 2014, 02:20:46 pm
^That perf-board redefines "flying lead". :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: janengelbrecht on November 08, 2014, 08:43:09 pm
my home lab..small but i get the job done :) http://janengelbrechtpedersen.dk/image.jpg (http://janengelbrechtpedersen.dk/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nixfu on November 09, 2014, 05:33:50 pm
Notice how Dave damaged the front putting in those binding posts. I just don't see any good way of attaching them to the front plastic, even with a backing plate. The thing is just not made to support turning  force/torque on the front panel.

Not ALL of the HP programmable supplies have those big odd shaped holes in the front panel like the one Dave has.

I did the same mod as dave, and installed binding posts on the front of my HP 6632A (20V-5A).  And on my 6632A model, unlike the one dave has, that model just has perfect round little holes in the aluminum already for binding posts, and all you have to do is cut through the front plastic and voila perfectly spaced binding posts(for dual plugs) and a full metal backing to attach them onto.  It was super easy.

There are pictures someone else posted of their HP 6632A mods on the forum here:
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-6632a-fan-replacement-and-front-panel-posts/ (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-6632a-fan-replacement-and-front-panel-posts/)

I replaced the fan in mine with the temp controlled fan that was suggested in that topic as well, and its much much more quiet and tolerable on the bench.

In addition to the front posts, and fan mod that the guy in that older thread from 2013 did, I also ran a sense wire from the back to the front binding posts like dave as well so the supply is absolutely spot on using the front posts.


Now, if only there was a mod to add voltage/current multi-turn pots to the HP models like mine that do not have them, and you have to input everything via the keypad.



Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Codemonkey on November 16, 2014, 02:20:17 pm
Thought it about time I posted my disgrace of a workspace here  :)

Desk (really needs a tidy!)

(http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae140/spamtastic1973/Desk/DSCF2893_zpsc33fe233.jpg)

Storage for equipment:

(http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae140/spamtastic1973/Desk/DSCF2899_zps95110270.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on November 16, 2014, 03:31:39 pm
Very nice and comfy looking.
That a VNA?

As well as Shoei (MTB or sportsbike?) and a powerkite.
Healthy body and mind :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: HighVoltage on November 16, 2014, 03:48:41 pm
Including putting up that awesome electromagnetic chart that dave found ages ago.

Where did you buy this great "Chart or electromagnetic radiation"
This looks really awesome.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Codemonkey on November 16, 2014, 04:02:58 pm
Very nice and comfy looking.
That a VNA?

As well as Shoei (MTB or sportsbike?) and a powerkite.
Healthy body and mind :)

No, not a VNA, the equipment on the desk photo is:

Hakko FX-888D
Rigol DS1104Z
Fluke 87 III
Instek PS-3030 PSU
HP ESA-L1500A 9Khz - 1.5GHz Spectrum Analyser,
And a cheapo toaster oven for reflow work.
There's also one of those chinese voltage references and an old Crystal calibrator I built about 20 years ago and a load of eval boards / custom test boards I built.

And on the racking:

HP 8595E 9KHz - 6.5GHz Spectrum Analyser
Eurostat TeraOhm Meter (In the black case, For sale)
Agilent OmniBER 719 (Bottom shelf, also for sale at some point when I can be bothered to create a listing for it)

The Shoei lid is for my other toy, a Yamaha XJ6-N  >:D

Sadly don't get time to fly the kite very often, but its great fun when I do!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nfmax on November 16, 2014, 05:15:16 pm
@Yago: how much confidence can you have in a safety helmet that comes in that much protective packaging?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on November 16, 2014, 06:01:47 pm
Yamaha XJ6-N is very nice, streetfighter or supermoto have such beauty imho.

@Yago: how much confidence can you have in a safety helmet that comes in that much protective packaging?

Not sure if you are joking Max?
Helmets absorb energy by their own destruction.
A damaged helmet cannot absorb as much energy.

We know that ain't much meeting furniture at lightspeed, but I have had some MTB accidents when a helmet has saved me from head injury.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AlfBaz on November 16, 2014, 10:39:12 pm
Where did you buy this great "Chart or electromagnetic radiation"
This looks really awesome.
He probably had it printed, you can find it here.
Be warned it's 107MB
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9403051123_e904eb9c89_o.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9403051123_e904eb9c89_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vancata on November 22, 2014, 01:10:51 pm
Well just saw this topic and here is my small place where I love to spend few hours per day when i can  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: HighVoltage on November 22, 2014, 01:36:58 pm
Where did you buy this great "Chart or electromagnetic radiation"
This looks really awesome.
He probably had it printed, you can find it here.
Be warned it's 107MB
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9403051123_e904eb9c89_o.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9403051123_e904eb9c89_o.jpg)
Thanks so much for the link.
I have ordered a poster from it.
This will be a nice addition to the lab.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Magicmushroom666 on November 22, 2014, 01:37:27 pm
How mine is looking lately, tidier than usual.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mhwlng on November 22, 2014, 03:05:17 pm
I had no more room for a drill press and vise in my electronics lab.

so I put a workbench, with Bosch DP 500 drill press stand (http://www.bosch-pt.com/za/en/accocs/Accessories/171774/drill-stand-dp-500/) and Heuer Compact Vise (http://www.schraubstock.de/en/vices/compact/), in my living room :) for non-electronic work:

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=119893;image)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mswhin63 on November 22, 2014, 03:34:03 pm
I had no more room for a drill press and vise in my electronics lab.

so I put a workbench, with Bosch DP 500 drill press stand (http://www.bosch-pt.com/za/en/accocs/Accessories/171774/drill-stand-dp-500/) and Heuer Compact Vise (http://www.schraubstock.de/en/vices/compact/), in my living room :) for non-electronic work:

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=119893;image)

A mitre saw as well :)

Too clean (standing joke "Do you do any work"  ;) )
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mhwlng on November 22, 2014, 04:28:24 pm
Too clean (standing joke "Do you do any work"  ;) )
I hope that my electronics lab is messy enough for you ;)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=119909;image)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mswhin63 on November 23, 2014, 01:41:38 am
 :-DD was sort of joking but i wish mine was that clean.  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Syntax_Error on November 23, 2014, 05:05:44 am
A mitre saw as well :)
Too clean (standing joke "Do you do any work"  ;) )

I hope that my electronics lab is messy enough for you ;)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=119909;image)

There are so many things I love about your lab! The articulating arm laptop mount, the clamp-on pose-able spot lights, the shelf-mounted ethernet switch and USB hub, and the choice of some of your gear. You've given me some ideas for my own lab!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on November 23, 2014, 08:04:52 am
(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=119909;image)

There are so many things I love about your lab! The articulating arm laptop mount, the clamp-on pose-able spot lights, the shelf-mounted ethernet switch and USB hub, and the choice of some of your gear. You've given me some ideas for my own lab!
Indeed. That laptop mount idea I am totally going to steal. This is one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments.

Take a standard articulated lamp, remove the lampy bits, reinforce the hinges, and cobble together a mount plate for the laptop that you attach where the lampy bits used to be. I think I even have a spare lamp that's just the ticket.

As for those clamp-on lamps, these are indeed quite handy! I have a couple of those and the stand variety on the bench. Lemme see if I can find the link for those ...

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80169636/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80169636/)
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169658/ (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169658/)

I always use two of those (the ones with the stand) for some extra lighting when soldering.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mhwlng on November 23, 2014, 08:34:17 am
The articulating arm laptop mount,
The laptop mount is a regular (ergotron) monitor arm with a special attachment for laptops that screws onto the standard VESA mounting holes.

Something like :

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ergotron-50-193-200-Notebook-Arm-Mount-Tray/13044871 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ergotron-50-193-200-Notebook-Arm-Mount-Tray/13044871)

The idea was to only show schematics, connect a USB logic analyzer etc. on this old laptop.
The laptop has Ultra VNC (http://www.uvnc.com/) on it.
If I need to do a lot of typing on the laptop, then I will use another PC (on the left, outside the picture) to remote control the laptop.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on November 23, 2014, 09:08:36 am
Well, unless I can get it second hand somewhere I'm not going to spend $100 for arm + tray.

And I use the laptop pretty much the same way. Display datasheet, run test scripts, remote firmware flashing from the main dev machine, logic analyzer, that sort of thing.

Right now the laptop is a bit in the way at times, and an arm like that on the side of the desk looks like a nice solution.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on November 23, 2014, 09:15:51 am
  ...magical laptop support arm...

Heh. I looked at the photo and thought 'Wait, how can... it's too heavy...?'
Hands up who else first thought the planetary magnifier/lamp was the laptop stand?
Took me waaaay too long to figure it out.
Blue is lamp, red is monitor-laptop stand (mostly hidden.)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on November 23, 2014, 10:23:15 am
Hands up who else first thought the planetary magnifier/lamp was the laptop stand?
*raises hand*
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mhwlng on November 23, 2014, 11:09:28 am
Hands up who else first thought the planetary magnifier/lamp was the laptop stand?
*raises hand*

Ok, Sorry...  ;)

It seems next time I'll have to do a virtual 3d walkthrough animation so that there can be no confusion? (bring your own 3d glasses)...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mrflibble on November 23, 2014, 11:16:40 am
Well, actually I like the mistaken identity version of reality better. ;D That's the one that gave me an idea to try out. Now all I need is a couple of sturdy discs, screws and a bunch of strong springs I swear I had somewhere in the spare parts box.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Artlav on November 23, 2014, 12:34:44 pm
Hm.
Let's add to a tidy list.

I am somewhat of a hoarder, and tend to work on many different projects at once.
But you won't really notice that just coming into the work room.
(http://i.imgur.com/YTDYVrn.jpg)


That is because i also have an itch for order.
All the stuff is kept stowed away.
(http://i.imgur.com/rX4xVS9.jpg)


Organised, colour-coded and unlabeled.
(http://i.imgur.com/3RfROcf.jpg)


With an occasional spot of clutter.
(http://i.imgur.com/o88LVVb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MWHkuOA.jpg)


Including a set of foldable tables.
In case a project expands beyond the bench space, the bench space expands to accomodate.
(http://i.imgur.com/rvpFdbn.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RH6MGBj.jpg)


The way the itch works, i compartmentalise everything.
Any project starts with a wood board to work on, or a box to fit it, or a frame to hang off.
So it can be rapidly and cleanly put away as a whole, in case i'd want to do something else.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on November 23, 2014, 01:32:27 pm
What a really nice workspace!
Should be ArtLab!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on November 23, 2014, 01:47:48 pm
Hands up who else first thought the planetary magnifier/lamp was the laptop stand?
*raises hand*
Me, too. :palm:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: lapm on November 23, 2014, 02:34:13 pm
Hm.
Let's add to a tidy list.

I am somewhat of a hoarder, and tend to work on many different projects at once.
But you won't really notice that just coming into the work room.


Now thats neat.... Seriously if i could keep my small corner that neat my wife would maybe stop nagging about it  ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: krish2487 on November 23, 2014, 03:06:46 pm


Atleast 2 3D printers, a HUGE induction heater are what are immediately visible!!!
:-)
Nicely organised though!!


 
Quote from: Artlav on Yesterday at 11:34:44 PM (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=187.msg556249#msg556249)
Hm.
Let's add to a tidy list.

I am somewhat of a hoarder, and tend to work on many different projects at once.
But you won't really notice that just coming into the work room.
>(http://i.imgur.com/YTDYVrn.jpg)


That is because i also have an itch for order.
All the stuff is kept stowed away.
(http://i.imgur.com/rX4xVS9.jpg)


Organised, colour-coded and unlabeled.
(http://i.imgur.com/3RfROcf.jpg)


With an occasional spot of clutter.
(http://i.imgur.com/o88LVVb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MWHkuOA.jpg)


Including a set of foldable tables.
In case a project expands beyond the bench space, the bench space expands to accomodate.
(http://i.imgur.com/rvpFdbn.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RH6MGBj.jpg)


The way the itch works, i compartmentalise everything.
Any project starts with a wood board to work on, or a box to fit it, or a frame to hang off.
So it can be rapidly and cleanly put away as a whole, in case i'd want to do something else.


Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Syntax_Error on November 23, 2014, 05:12:41 pm
Hands up who else first thought the planetary magnifier/lamp was the laptop stand?
*raises hand*
Me, too. :palm:

And me...

But it's ok! I still really like the idea, and will likely attempt it. I already plan on having a small swing-out/hide-away keyboard tray under my desk. I've been considering changing the plan to simply use a wireless keyboard and mouse tucked away into a nonmoving shelf-slot under the desk. I can use that to leave the laptop alone when necessary, and leave them stowed and use the laptop directly when all my bench space is taken.

The foldables are an excellent idea as well. I have space for extra benchtop when I am using it, but it blocks traffic, so having it be stowed away when not in use is the perfect solution! Your lab has many clever problem solvers in it. Props!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rob77 on November 23, 2014, 05:49:22 pm
Hm.
Let's add to a tidy list.

I am somewhat of a hoarder, and tend to work on many different projects at once.
But you won't really notice that just coming into the work room.
(http://i.imgur.com/YTDYVrn.jpg)


That is because i also have an itch for order.
All the stuff is kept stowed away.
(http://i.imgur.com/rX4xVS9.jpg)


Organised, colour-coded and unlabeled.
(http://i.imgur.com/3RfROcf.jpg)


With an occasional spot of clutter.
(http://i.imgur.com/o88LVVb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MWHkuOA.jpg)


Including a set of foldable tables.
In case a project expands beyond the bench space, the bench space expands to accomodate.
(http://i.imgur.com/rvpFdbn.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RH6MGBj.jpg)


The way the itch works, i compartmentalise everything.
Any project starts with a wood board to work on, or a box to fit it, or a frame to hang off.
So it can be rapidly and cleanly put away as a whole, in case i'd want to do something else.

That's simply a thing of beauty  :-+ :-+ :-+ one of the best hobbyist labs here  :-+ and extra points for the giant glass power tube on the top shelf ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on November 23, 2014, 06:09:58 pm
Yes, that's definitely a thing of beauty. You've inspired me to do some lab cleaning today :-+ :scared:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rdl on November 23, 2014, 07:23:15 pm
Is that really a functioning PC hanging on the wall?

I like that.



With an occasional spot of clutter.
(http://i.imgur.com/o88LVVb.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on November 23, 2014, 07:35:16 pm
Holy compartmentalization, Batman!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Artlav on November 23, 2014, 07:43:10 pm
Is that really a functioning PC hanging on the wall?
No, unfortunately.
That PC burned out in the "overheating AMD" era, and is nothing more than a decoration and a place to hang an antenna off.

and extra points for the giant glass power tube on the top shelf ;)
A 1.5 megawatt pulse modulation tetrode from a Soviet radar, fully functional.
No idea what to do with it, so it serves a decorative role for now. :)
Wrote about it here (in Russian, but have all the pictures): http://lavart.livejournal.com/3340.html (http://lavart.livejournal.com/3340.html)

(http://i.imgur.com/o57CRk3.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mswhin63 on December 07, 2014, 12:29:24 pm
I suppose it is about time I posted my bench. With limited space one of the challenges I have experienced is the constant putting a project to one side to continue with another project. The main reason waiting for parts.

Most solutions in the past have been to buy more test gear and extend a bench, but I neither have the money nor the room to put extra bench and extra test gear. Instead I decided to build an experimental bench that allows me to have 3 con-concurrent projects on the bench without packing it away and have to put it back when the parts arrive.

Very simple design mostly geared for sitting down, using a Lazy Susan under a simple round table, the test equipment shelf can be raised for standing height as well. I still have a lot more to do with this bench but so far it has worked surprisingly well for me at least. I loose a bit of bench space being a round table but I have been able to utilise this space reasonably well. More to come in the future I hope. I can also pull out the round table as well to offer greater room if required.

I have more bench space for specific tasks though but that will be shown at a later time.

Cheers

Mal
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 07, 2014, 02:00:20 pm
Here's mine in its current state. Upgraded from the last time I posted on this thread.

Nothing special, but does the job :)

(http://i.imgur.com/6ofR5qW.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: idpromnut on December 07, 2014, 06:41:23 pm
Here's mine in its current state. Upgraded from the last time I posted on this thread.

Nothing special, but does the job :)

(http://i.imgur.com/6ofR5qW.jpg)

I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor hiding behind that function gen ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 07, 2014, 06:56:26 pm
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor hiding behind that function gen ;)

Shhhhhh
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: sotos on December 07, 2014, 09:41:22 pm
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor hiding behind that function gen ;)

Shhhhhh


It’s for cleaning boards, like isopropyl alcohol.   :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on December 08, 2014, 03:22:44 am
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor ... ;)
Hang on a sec, wouldn't it be more appropriate to refer to it as his Fuzzy Logic Generator?  :o  :P
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on December 08, 2014, 04:31:56 am
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor ... ;)
Hang on a sec, wouldn't it be more appropriate to refer to it as his Fuzzy Logic Generator?  :o  :P

Best joke I've read on here in a good long time!   :-DD  :-DD  :-DD  :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: idpromnut on December 08, 2014, 01:44:47 pm
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor ... ;)
Hang on a sec, wouldn't it be more appropriate to refer to it as his Fuzzy Logic Generator?  :o  :P

Touche!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 08, 2014, 02:19:12 pm
I see that bottle of Jack's Honey liquor ... ;)
Hang on a sec, wouldn't it be more appropriate to refer to it as his Fuzzy Logic Generator?  :o  :P

Best joke I've read on here in a good long time!   :-DD  :-DD  :-DD  :-DD

+1  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on December 08, 2014, 03:46:09 pm
you guys don't get out much if that was a funny joke :)  not saying that to attack, just surprising to me that ... ahh nevermind.  i must watch too much comedy.

it's important to laugh at the little things, i suppose.  you guys did and i didn't, so thumbs up to you guys (yes, seriously.)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 08, 2014, 05:58:46 pm
you guys don't get out much if that was a funny joke :)  not saying that to attack, just surprising to me that ... ahh nevermind.  i must watch too much comedy.

it's important to laugh at the little things, i suppose.  you guys did and i didn't, so thumbs up to you guys (yes, seriously.)

Well, I'm a teenager with this lot in my bedroom, so I don't get out much no  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on December 08, 2014, 10:35:44 pm
Well, I'm a teenager with this lot in my bedroom, so I don't get out much no  :)

You get out enough to win an award for something, so yes.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: free_electron on December 08, 2014, 10:51:07 pm
Almost done....
- third Jerker bench in : check
- new wireframe-shelfs ( also called breadcarts ) from Quantum Storage in place : check
- industrial synthetic marble floor : check
- antistatic mat covering wall to wall : check.
- stuff organized in boxes as opposed into shopping bags on the floor : check
- extra power feed of 4 x 15 ampere : check
- computers nicely organized and on pedestal : check
- new central master gigabit switch : check
- new local NAS : check
- new cable arrangers : check
- power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : to be done
- 42 inch touchscreen : in place , needs bolting down
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress


i shot multiple pictures as work progressed.
hope to complete by next weekend.

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 08, 2014, 11:47:16 pm
Well, I'm a teenager with this lot in my bedroom, so I don't get out much no  :)

You get out enough to win an award for something, so yes.

That is the "Gatwick Airport prize for electronics", for my college project (analogue auto ranging ohm meter). Pleased that I won something, although I haven't figured out why an airport manager decided to sponsor this of all things...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: IO390 on December 09, 2014, 12:14:16 am
Almost done....
- third Jerker bench in : check
- new wireframe-shelfs ( also called breadcarts ) from Quantum Storage in place : check
- industrial synthetic marble floor : check
- antistatic mat covering wall to wall : check.
- stuff organized in boxes as opposed into shopping bags on the floor : check
- extra power feed of 4 x 15 ampere : check
- computers nicely organized and on pedestal : check
- new central master gigabit switch : check
- new local NAS : check
- new cable arrangers : check
- power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : to be done
- 42 inch touchscreen : in place , needs bolting down
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress


i shot multiple pictures as work progressed.
hope to complete by next weekend.

42 inch touchscreen? You'd be standing so close to touch it that you can't see 80% of the screen surely?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on December 09, 2014, 01:55:29 pm
I have an 80" touchscreen at work (not on my desk).  I use the hell out of that thing.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: ielektros on December 13, 2014, 09:02:14 am
Here is my lab. Mostly for repair works and for some prototyping projects.
The shelf is not finished. I haven´t enough time for all. But maybe the end of the year can help with free time.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on December 13, 2014, 10:39:04 am
I like the stereo microscope on an arm, is that home made or a pre built unit?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: ielektros on December 13, 2014, 10:51:57 am
I like the stereo microscope on an arm, is that home made or a pre built unit?

Pre built. With some changes. Now is really stable and quiet comfortable. Long time ago I bought that here (but for more cheaper price: http://www.weidinger.eu/en/shop/fume_extraction/soldering_fume/weidinger/weidinger_wla-1_and_accessories/wla-1_accessories/wl15529 (http://www.weidinger.eu/en/shop/fume_extraction/soldering_fume/weidinger/weidinger_wla-1_and_accessories/wla-1_accessories/wl15529)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on December 13, 2014, 11:08:44 am
Thanks, looks nice gear. Nice lab as well.
Robert
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: baoshi on December 16, 2014, 02:43:11 am
My small little corner in the study room.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: teslafan on December 23, 2014, 05:19:12 pm
My start of humble beginnings.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: RobertoLG on December 23, 2014, 05:34:48 pm
My start of humble beginnings.

the important part is starting  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on December 23, 2014, 05:50:42 pm
My start of humble beginnings.

the important part is starting  :-+

Joey "The Lips" Fagan? :P

Indeed though, even giants start small.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Refrigerator on December 23, 2014, 05:59:54 pm
Here's my la............ who am i kidding, it's a mess. :-[
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/VERYlowbudgetRC/Mobile%20Uploads/DSC_0082_zpsfa680d02.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/VERYlowbudgetRC/media/Mobile%20Uploads/DSC_0082_zpsfa680d02.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: free_electron on December 23, 2014, 06:45:41 pm
Here is my lab. Mostly for repair works and for some prototyping projects.
The shelf is not finished. I haven´t enough time for all. But maybe the end of the year can help with free time.

nice ! i like it. kinda what i started with.

it is now almost in the state i want it to be in. i will finish it in the next few days and then post pictures.

 power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : -done-
- compressed air on every bench -done-
- 42 inch touchscreen : support structure made
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on December 23, 2014, 06:56:43 pm
Here is my lab. Mostly for repair works and for some prototyping projects.
The shelf is not finished. I haven´t enough time for all. But maybe the end of the year can help with free time.

nice ! i like it. kinda what i started with.

it is now almost in the state i want it to be in. i will finish it in the next few days and then post pictures.

 power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : -done-
- compressed air on every bench -done-
- 42 inch touchscreen : support structure made
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress

A person can get singled out you know, jus' sayin'  ;) :D

Looking forward to seeing it, Free.

Actually, between the "starts" and the "Ends" are all our dreams.
A bit Forest Gump, but threads like this are as inspirational as they are aspirational.

One day I'll post a pic here, one day...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on December 23, 2014, 07:30:17 pm
power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : -done-
- compressed air on every bench -done-
- 42 inch touchscreen : support structure made
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress

If only I had your time, money, know-how and motivation...  :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SeanB on December 23, 2014, 07:34:01 pm
It is the motivation more than anything else.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: free_electron on December 23, 2014, 08:23:37 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on December 23, 2014, 08:41:04 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)

The two can go quite well together. ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Refrigerator on December 23, 2014, 08:43:30 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)
For me finding a big CRT TV in the dumpster is like cristmas and hours of joy taking parts out and sorting them out ;D.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: HighVoltage on December 23, 2014, 09:18:49 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)
Well, I am just playing with a new 33522B Series Generator and using BenchVue to copy waveforms from my scope to the generator.
And having a great glass of red California wine with it.
It can go together.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Artlav on December 23, 2014, 10:34:14 pm
It is, however, important not to get carried away.
On one hand, you might wake up and find something you made that works, but have no clue how the heck does it do that.
On the other hand, you might never ever wake up 'cause you found it funny to draw arcs from the mains with your fingers...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: RobertoLG on December 23, 2014, 10:36:43 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)
Well, I am just playing with a new 33522B Series Generator and using BenchVue to copy waveforms from my scope to the generator.
And having a great glass of red California wine with it.
It can go together.

hehe that's true  http://youtu.be/U7ao3Ylew-Q (http://youtu.be/U7ao3Ylew-Q)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: d3javu on December 27, 2014, 06:49:37 am
My small little corner in the study room.

Awww, that'sa cute corner. :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: krivx on December 27, 2014, 12:45:59 pm
My start of humble beginnings.

the important part is starting  :-+

Joey "The Lips" Fagan? :P

Indeed though, even giants start small.

I couldn't let that pass

(https://spiritofthething.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/commitments-joey-the-lips.jpg?w=529&h=327)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TSL on December 28, 2014, 09:28:33 am
Here's my home office/lab :D

Computers by day, RF by night.

cheers

Tim
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: baoshi on December 28, 2014, 09:55:06 am
Here's my home office/lab :D

Computers by day, RF by night.

cheers

Tim

Oh that looks great!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on December 28, 2014, 10:28:23 am
What transverter do you use for 10GHz (?Kuhne, DEM), is that a homebrew TVx on the left side of the lab using the IC910 or perhaps a FT 817 hidden elsewhere?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: bookaboo on December 28, 2014, 12:05:17 pm
Some really nice set ups here, currently trying to completely re-layout my own workshop using some of these as inspiration.  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TSL on December 29, 2014, 04:41:19 am
What transverter do you use for 10GHz (?Kuhne, DEM), is that a homebrew TVx on the left side of the lab using the IC910 or perhaps a FT 817 hidden elsewhere?

For 10Ghz I have a home brew unit made out of Harris digital link parts, that gives me 1 watt !! -  QRO by Ghz standards, I also have a VK3XDK transverter, yet to be assembled. I also have a kit for 5 Ghz and a Thales 24/26Ghz unit ( 1 watt there too!) that needs an LO and some PIC to make work. Packed away I have a TVx for 2.4Ghz that does 60w, also built out of misc parts scoured from eBay and ham field days.

On the bench is a TVx for 475Khz ( modified VK3XDK design), the Bird on top of it currently checking power out and power reflected. I just finished a new antenna for 600m and was doing some WSPR tests when I took the pic. WSPRx is on the screens. The TVx is driven by my IC-7400.

There is an 817 in the pic, just up and to the right of the IC-910, it's not being used for anything right now. The Hp3586B I use for LF & VLF dx and for FMT. 

Al the radios I've modified to use a 10Mhz referenced LO as do the transverters and test gear. There is a Thunderbolt GPSDO in the pic that provides the reference source and its output is distributed by a distribution amp behind the HP3586.

The PC I use for radio also has a GPIB card and extra serial ports to interface to all the radios and the test gear and a 192k multichannel sound card for running SpectrumLab plugged into the 7400 and 3586. I also have the GPIB toolkit, LabView and other s/w to collect, collate and massage data from the test gear.

cheers

Tim
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on December 29, 2014, 10:10:16 am
@TSL,
Nice set up. I 'cheated' re 10GHz using a Kuhne TVx with a DEM PA; MiniKIts sequencer
1W at 24GHz, wow !!!!!!
Interesting I also have a HP 3586 but I am never around for the FMT (work keeps getting in the way) I recall an article about how in those units the BFO is not locked to the frequency reference input, why would you not do that?!!   
EDIT Found the reference if you haven't seen it. http://ve2zaz.net/HP3586_AD5962/HP3586_AD5962.htm (http://ve2zaz.net/HP3586_AD5962/HP3586_AD5962.htm)

I am slowly locking my transceivers with VK3HZ's X refs (IC910 and FT817) but have not touched my IC756 P3. HP Z3801 gpsdo.
Might catch up at Gipps Tech ?
73
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TSL on December 30, 2014, 11:08:28 pm
@TSL,
Nice set up. I 'cheated' re 10GHz using a Kuhne TVx with a DEM PA; MiniKIts sequencer
1W at 24GHz, wow !!!!!!

Roger on the TVx, many people go that way - building stuff at these frequencies can be challenging enough, more so if you don't have test gear to verify operation.

Quote
Interesting I also have a HP 3586 but I am never around for the FMT (work keeps getting in the way) I recall an article about how in those units the BFO is not locked to the frequency reference input, why would you not do that?!!   
EDIT Found the reference if you haven't seen it. http://ve2zaz.net/HP3586_AD5962/HP3586_AD5962.htm (http://ve2zaz.net/HP3586_AD5962/HP3586_AD5962.htm)


I had considered doing that, but now I'm doing it differently :).
I take the IF out from the HP3586 and input that to the left channel of the sound card, I then take the output from the HP3336B, offset by 1Khz, and input that to the right channel of the sound card. I then have a macro in SpectrumLab that plots delta between the received signal in the IF and the reference signal thus eliminating any drift or offset introduced by the sound card. Given both instruments are synced to the same 10Mhz reference I can get milli Hz accuracy on extremely weak signals.

Quote
I am slowly locking my transceivers with VK3HZ's X refs (IC910 and FT817) but have not touched my IC756 P3. HP Z3801 gpsdo.
Might catch up at Gipps Tech ?
73

I'm using the Xrefs too for the radios, they work extremely well and have excellent stability and phase noise characteristics even when not locked to 10MHz.

As for GippsTech - I'd love to go but work is often at its busiest and I think last time it was on I was in the US for a meeting at head office.

cheers

Tim
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Electric flower on January 01, 2015, 08:19:36 pm
This is corner of my bedroom, it's nothing fancy nor professional, but it's enough to get yourself lost in the rabbit hole of electronics.

On first image is workbench, it's fairly small for my needs, i also use it for homework and studying, since i use it for more than electronics that place is always covered in mess and there is never enough space. On the right hand side of table i have DIY powersupply and Weller PU81.

On second image there is tool box, mostly hand tools, dremmel and some other accessories.

On third image there are multimeters, 80% of time i use Protek 506, on UT61E voltage, micro and mili amps aren't working, and i use it mostly for capacitance/resistance measurements, cynical Fuke DT9205 powers up but every range is out of spec and it is crap, i have it because i like having bunch of DMMs around, i feel professional and sophisticated.  :-DD

I like calculators, and on forth picture there is Casio fx-991ES plus which i use in school, and HP48G is for my personal amusement.

5. 6. and 7th image is of my recent mod for workbench, i bought LED strip that was on discount, it's warm white 12V. Since i didn't have 12V adaptor, so i cut two stripes 80cm long and connected them in series so i can use 24V adaptor which i have. So in total those are two 80cm strips connected in series that are placed parallel to one another. 102 LEDs total, it gives bright light, but it's not blinding as the light i have had before (rotating lamp attached to desk). Light is even and it's ideal for technical drawing. I used some medical tape to tape up the cable to desk so it doesn't fall down and pull the stripes, it's only temporally untill i find transparent tape.

Future plans: definetly osciloscope, been looking for one atleast 7 months, prices of second hand scopes in Croatia are unbelievable. Hot air station might come soon, also looking for function generator.
Also i might build another bench so that it makes letter L with current bench, or if my budget gets low ill get rolling chart where i will have powersupply, function generator and osciloscope. I'm teen and i need more space (on the bench).

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: lewis on January 01, 2015, 09:05:12 pm
some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)

The two can go quite well together. ;D

I find all three go well together: beer, wine and beer. I mean soldering.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Artlav on January 13, 2015, 05:19:53 pm
Remember the neat space i posted a few months ago?
Well, for the contrast here is what it looks like near it's worst, thanks to a certain Capxon capacitor in the PC's PSU deciding it had enough, in the middle of a couple other projects being on the table already.

(http://i.imgur.com/PLZOyPa.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: ielektros on January 14, 2015, 08:07:11 pm
Here is my lab. Mostly for repair works and for some prototyping projects.
The shelf is not finished. I haven´t enough time for all. But maybe the end of the year can help with free time.

nice ! i like it. kinda what i started with.

it is now almost in the state i want it to be in. i will finish it in the next few days and then post pictures.

 power switchboard ( isolation transformer / variac / switchable series ballast ) : 75% done
- articulating monitor arm : -done-
- compressed air on every bench -done-
- 42 inch touchscreen : support structure made
- dedicated Spectrum/network/ RF rack : in progress
- dedicated Logic analysis rack : in progress
- re-cable and repartition instruments across benches and new feeders: in progress

Here is a bigger picture from december. Next week I will finish the shelfs (I hope) and the compressed air. The compressor is finished (8L 4bar) and silent enough but only for one workplace till now. Very low-cost :D
The lighting is not finished too. Because I want to build a same over the whole bench like on the photo on a window side.


Here is my lab. Mostly for repair works and for some prototyping projects.
The shelf is not finished. I haven´t enough time for all. But maybe the end of the year can help with free time.

hmmm that magnifying lens arm with ring illum ... may i ask how much and if there is a web link to it? ... is it a 10x?

That is only 4x. The LED light is really good and the arm mechanic too. But The magnifier is not a big deal, was about 100€.


some people enjoy a good glass of beer or wine, i enjoy a good soldering session or repair. plus the money invested isn't pissed down the drain afterward :)

The two can go quite well together. ;D

I think the same :D



Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on January 17, 2015, 06:59:16 am
Took about an hour to go through all these pictures today.    :-+     Here's what 40 years of my addiction has done.
Some time in the early 70's with my CB radios and Dumont scope.
Late 70's with my first HC and National radios.    Notice my Radio Shack meter and transistor tester. 
Late 80's had stopped playing with radios by then and got hooked on computers.  8MHz AT clone with my Quantum
By the early 90s, I had my first mixed mode DSO and a 141T with a tracking generator.
2000 came, the world did not end and my lab continued to grow.... I bought my first VNA and my first LeCroy DSO.   

That's fascinating! Except you forgot to include pics from the last 15 years?

One of my great regrets is that in my early life I was so poor I very rarely even had a camera, and when I did I was frugal with taking pics because of the cost of film development and prints. Sigh. I started out in electronics in my pre-teens (early 60s) and have nothing in the way of photos from then until much later.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: oldway on January 17, 2015, 11:00:14 am
My work-bench/lab for repair and for analog and power electronics projects.
I have a lot more test equipments.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: andtfoot on January 18, 2015, 08:09:11 am
Recently I have been turning this
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-jWXbXXx/0/L/i-jWXbXXx-L.jpg)

into this
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-DZSdLFp/0/L/i-DZSdLFp-L.jpg)

It's still a work in progress...  8)

and after a bit more settling in, into this:
(http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-33QvVJZ/0/XL/i-33QvVJZ-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: kizzap on January 18, 2015, 08:12:26 am
and after a bit more settling in, into this:
http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-33QvVJZ/0/XL/i-33QvVJZ-L.jpg (http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-33QvVJZ/0/XL/i-33QvVJZ-L.jpg)

quite a nice solution. Can I ask why with the shelving brackets you have them on the top, rather then on the bottom?

-kizzap
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: andtfoot on January 18, 2015, 08:17:01 am
and after a bit more settling in, into this:
http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-33QvVJZ/0/XL/i-33QvVJZ-L.jpg (http://andtfoot.smugmug.com/photos/i-33QvVJZ/0/XL/i-33QvVJZ-L.jpg)

quite a nice solution. Can I ask why with the shelving brackets you have them on the top, rather then on the bottom?

-kizzap

I honestly can't remember...
The desk itself has them both sides for strength, but as for the shelves... maybe I was trying to increase rigidity of the uprights by increasing the distance between bracing points? Maybe I was lazy? Too much homebrew?  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mswhin63 on January 18, 2015, 08:20:20 am
Looks good, might not be strong but it allows the equipment in the middle shelf to slide in unobstructed.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: SeanB on January 18, 2015, 09:54:19 am
With those brackets having then on top makes it easier to undo a shelf, as otherwise you have to try to get to the back between the shelf. Upside down you have easy access to undo or do up the screws. If you want them to be as strong as the regular method just use a bolt and nut that goes through the shelf and bracket ( plus an extra 5 threads on the end) and use the largest fender washer on the bottom as you can get to spread the load. M5 bolts and nylock nuts with a pair of fender washers ( I use a large one on the shelf and a smaller one between that and the bolt head to spread the load more evenly) will never come loose, and the shelf or the bracket will fail before the stainless steel bolt in most cases, providing you use all 3 mount holes.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Martin.M on January 18, 2015, 12:18:54 pm
(http://www.wellenkino.de/tekregal/001.jpg)

If you like oldies...  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TMM on January 18, 2015, 04:48:44 pm
Added a shelf above my fgen/scope so i could place component racks there, it's much nicer to prototype at now.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7525/16309129572_58d18ef903_c.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7525/16309129572_fccef7ed71_o.jpg)

I think the next step is to build a taller frame for the desk - it's currently 70cm from the ground which is fine to sit at with an office chair but uncomfortably low to stand at. Raising it up to around 95cm and getting a tall stool should do the trick.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TSL on January 18, 2015, 10:21:30 pm
Hey TMM, Nice setup  :-+

Hey Martin.M - nice collection of oldies :D

cheers

Tim
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on January 18, 2015, 10:52:18 pm
Hey TMM, Nice setup  :-+

Hey Martin.M - nice collection of oldies :D

cheers

Tim

Martin has a great thread covering his scopes with pics of internals and restoration:
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/ (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TerraHertz on January 19, 2015, 02:22:45 am
quite a nice solution. Can I ask why with the shelving brackets you have them on the top, rather then on the bottom?

He's Australian. What makes you say they are upside down?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: G0HZU on January 19, 2015, 08:32:17 pm
Quote
What's the unit in the center of the center shelf?

It looks like an old Rohde and Schwarz Polyskop  SWOB 3.

http://www.classicbroadcast.de/downloads/rohde_SWOB3.pdf (http://www.classicbroadcast.de/downloads/rohde_SWOB3.pdf)

I think the thing sat on top of it is a very old Rohde and Schwarz signal generator. SMLR?



Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: WattsUp on January 19, 2015, 10:29:41 pm
After spending way too much time reading through this whole thread, I thought I would post my bench/school desk/bedside table. BTW I cleaned it yesterday, in an effort to fit my nice new analogue scope (thanks Toploser) on. I think it works with the room :-+

  The soldering is done downstairs in the freezing cold/boiling hot conservatory, where I hope to build a bench in the future, so I don't put off soldering for so long.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AlfBaz on January 20, 2015, 05:39:44 am
Thought I'd post some pics of my shack :)

Not a lot of room to work on stuff but what can you do

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=130968;image)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/?action=dlattach;attach=130966;image)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on January 20, 2015, 05:59:43 am
Not a lot of room to work on stuff but what can you do

Rent a storage space? That's what Dave does when his junk is taking up too much of the lab... >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AlfBaz on January 20, 2015, 06:08:52 am
Rent a storage space? ...
I'd rather spend the monthly bill on a psychiatrist to treat my hoarding syndrome ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on January 20, 2015, 06:31:34 am
Rent a storage space? ...
I'd rather spend the monthly bill on a psychiatrist to treat my hoarding syndrome ;D
Nah. Just put up another building/add to an existing one.  ;) Not only does it contain your stash, but it's likely to be cheaper than the bill from the psychiatrist as well.  >:D  :-+  :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Gixy on January 21, 2015, 12:53:35 am
Hi,
This is the cave where the bear measure the WAF (I discovered this notion in this forum and I like it!).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Porto on January 21, 2015, 01:40:09 am
Been a few months but I've gone from this:

(http://www.164td.nl/pics/elek/Workbench.jpg)


to this:

(http://www.164td.nl/pics/elek/bureau17.jpg)

So, from 90cm wide / 70cm depth to 120cm wide and 80cm depth but with all my gear
on the shelving, so I can work on MUCH bigger objects like e.g. monitors and amplifiers. :)

Dave gave me an idea for the desk to use; I build a lookalike of one of his lab benches
and it's really steady as a house.  :-+

(http://www.164td.nl/pics/elek/bureau06.jpg)

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: babysitter on February 01, 2015, 04:41:53 pm
Having "just" moved in October, my workplace starts to become as intended. There are two desks and this one has about the final state... PC, PSU (Statron 2224.9) and DMM (Schlumberger 7150+).

The power supply unit had a problem that I just fixed before placing it here. Mini teardown follows.
(As promised: https://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/statron-2224-9-teardown-and-repair/ (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/statron-2224-9-teardown-and-repair/)

You might ask "What about the other desk? Well thats true... some work is still necessary there before the photo-op, and from there SWMBO is visible and she doesn't want to appear on the photo.

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Grigs on February 09, 2015, 07:18:19 pm
I've lurked for about 6 months, first post. I got a lot of inspiration from this thread for my bench setup. I spent a Saturday and half a Sunday putting it together.
(http://i.imgur.com/pTpJYpr.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on February 09, 2015, 10:26:41 pm
I've lurked for about 6 months, first post. I got a lot of inspiration from this thread for my bench setup. I spent a Saturday and half a Sunday putting it together.
(http://i.imgur.com/pTpJYpr.jpg)

Picture is not attached.  Please try again so we can shamelessly copy any good ideas you may have come up with.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Phaedrus on February 09, 2015, 10:37:46 pm
I can see it just fine. Looks like a very nice setup, if slightly cramped.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on February 09, 2015, 11:23:19 pm
I like the baking sheet used as a tool caddy.  Not bad.  If you need more room, you don't have to pick up a bunch of tools, just pick up the tray.  Nice!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: calexanian on February 09, 2015, 11:46:48 pm
I like the baking sheet used as a tool caddy.  Not bad.  If you need more room, you don't have to pick up a bunch of tools, just pick up the tray.  Nice!

+1 for me on that too.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rdl on February 10, 2015, 12:40:42 am
Nothing wrong with that set up.  :-+

Doesn't look cramped at all to me, but then my "lab" is in a closet. :)

I like the pegboards. I added a couple of small plastic pegboards not too long ago and it really helped out a lot, providing a lot of extra storage space where there was once just a blank section of wall.


I've lurked for about 6 months, first post. I got a lot of inspiration from this thread for my bench setup. I spent a Saturday and half a Sunday putting it together.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 10, 2015, 01:12:43 am
Looks quite nice IMHO.  :-+

Bit messy, but that's usually a good sign.  ;)  >:D

On a bit of a serious note, I suspect a couple of the inexpensive plastic drawer organizer units could help straighten up the top shelf (example (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-3-Drawer-Mini-Organizer-Set-of-6/10877957); stuff the smalls in them, and stack the instruments). Which in turn would let you move things off of the working surface when not necessary to give yourself some more room to work (or make room for parts storage).   :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: GreyWoolfe on February 10, 2015, 02:30:15 am
Grigs, nice bench now that I can see it.  I have a magnifier just like yours.  Very helpful for these old eyes.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Red Squirrel on February 10, 2015, 07:29:33 am
Wow some really nice setup here.   Some inspiration for when I build myself a proper work area.  I'm barely into electronics yet so just have a tiny little desk that I work on but I plan to build myself a big computer desk, one side for computer other side to tinker (useful if there's stuff I want to connect to the computer such as arduino boards).

So for now, here's my computer desk:

(http://gal.redsquirrel.me/thumbs/lrg-2668-dsc_6222.jpg) (http://gal.redsquirrel.me/images/other/random/dsc_6222.jpg)

And to make up for the lack of proper workbench, here is my server room:  8)

(http://gal.redsquirrel.me/thumbs/lrg-2123-dsc_2299.jpg) (http://gal.redsquirrel.me/images/house_projects/server_room/dsc_2299.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on February 10, 2015, 09:57:52 am
My 2 cents?  Move that printer as far away as you comfortably can.  You have limited desk space - and if you're not running a business that pumps out 10 or more pages a day - not worth it.

+1 on the chair warmer.  Invaluable part of any lab IMHO.

That server rack....is odd.  What's the story on that?

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Red Squirrel on February 10, 2015, 10:45:14 am
When I build a new desk that printer is going away, I just don't have another place to put it now.  New desk will span that entire wall.   Server rack runs all my home stuff.  Home automation, file server, mail, DNS, VM, the works.  First rack is where the magic happens, second rack is practically empty short of power backup system but plans to expand that and 3rd rack is battery rack.  Eventually might do wind/solar and it will all tie there as well but that's more of a dream than a plan.  Cost a lot of money.   I plan to greatly expand on the home automation part.  That will probably be my first real electronics project.  Debating on if I even want to turn it into a potential product.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on February 10, 2015, 08:44:13 pm
I have a Siamese cat that looks exactly like that, and also steals my chair too!  :-DD

(http://gal.redsquirrel.me/thumbs/lrg-2668-dsc_6222.jpg) (http://gal.redsquirrel.me/images/other/random/dsc_6222.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: BFX on February 10, 2015, 09:21:52 pm
Little workbench but I hope this year will be reconstructed :)

Oscilloscopes
OWON DS8202V
HAMEG HM203
TEKTRONIX 465B (not on picture)
FLUKE 123
FPGA4FUN PC scope

Multimeters
HP4378A
FLUKE 115
UNI-T UT10A (shit not on picture)
RANGE RE6810
Tesla DU20 nice piece of vintage analog

Counter homemade 1.3GHz

Spectrum analyzer HP8559A (not on picture)

Power Supply
2x Agilent 6632B
1x Tesla SZ.81 30V 1A
Homemade isolation transformer
Tesla Krizik RA10 10A variac

Other
homemade RLC checker
homemade GDO 500MHz
homemade GDO 200Mhz
homemade LC meter
homemade FET pairing expander for scope
homemade Logic analyses (Saleae clone)
homemade logic probe
homemade avr programer
MSP-FET
PCKIT3
and so on :D

Signal generators
homemade generator XR2206
homemade generator AD9850
homemade generator AD9951
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: JuKu on February 11, 2015, 01:30:38 pm
@Grigs: Very, very nice. You should be proud of yourself (and buy some ESD benchtop mats ;) ).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: d3javu on February 15, 2015, 03:11:17 am
Little workbench but I hope this year will be reconstructed :)

Oscilloscopes
OWON DS8202V
HAMEG HM203
TEKTRONIX 465B (not on picture)
FLUKE 123
FPGA4FUN PC scope

Multimeters
HP4378A
FLUKE 115
UNI-T UT10A (shit not on picture)
RANGE RE6810
Tesla DU20 nice piece of vintage analog

Counter homemade 1.3GHz

Spectrum analyzer HP8559A (not on picture)

Power Supply
2x Agilent 6632B
1x Tesla SZ.81 30V 1A
Homemade isolation transformer
Tesla Krizik RA10 10A variac

Other
homemade RLC checker
homemade GDO 500MHz
homemade GDO 200Mhz
homemade LC meter
homemade FET pairing expander for scope
homemade Logic analyses (Saleae clone)
homemade logic probe
homemade avr programer
MSP-FET
PCKIT3
and so on :D

Signal generators
homemade generator XR2206
homemade generator AD9850
homemade generator AD9951

Everything which starts with "homemade"..you made them yourself :wtf:? Damn, you should do product teardown of all those equipments then! :clap:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rob77 on February 15, 2015, 10:19:58 am
homemade RLC checker
homemade GDO 500MHz
homemade GDO 200Mhz
homemade LC meter
homemade FET pairing expander for scope
homemade Logic analyses (Saleae clone)
homemade logic probe
homemade avr programer
Everything which starts with "homemade"..you made them yourself :wtf:? Damn, you should do product teardown of all those equipments then! :clap:

that's the former east-block from behind the iron curtain :D either you made it yourself or you didn't have it ;) the iron curtain went away, but the DIY skills developed back then are still around ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: HighVoltage on February 15, 2015, 10:38:52 am
That statement seems to be very true!

The calibration lab in my town just recently hired a Russian technician and the owner of the lab told me that this is by far the best technician he ever had. That guy also had built most of his test equipment himself during the times to the iron curtain.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: WackyGerman on February 15, 2015, 12:44:40 pm
Here are some new pics of my workbench . There is some new stuff there . The next item will be a better oscilloscope . But I don t need to rush , my old Grundig GO 15Z cro is still working  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: HighVoltage on February 15, 2015, 01:01:11 pm
Hello WackyGerman,

What year was that Grundig scope built, if you know?
I vaguely remember to have used one of these in the early 80s?
So it must have been built in the late 70s?
It was kind of amazing, what the Grundig company was able to do in those days.


 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Neganur on February 15, 2015, 02:53:36 pm
I've lurked for about 6 months, first post. I got a lot of inspiration from this thread for my bench setup. I spent a Saturday and half a Sunday putting it together.

how deep is that bench? looks like it's more than 90 cm (~35 inches) also how high is the countertop/worktop? I'm currently unhappy with the desk arrangement I have, it's also just 75 cm high and I wonder if I should lift it a little and get an adjustable stool.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: WackyGerman on February 15, 2015, 06:57:16 pm
Hello WackyGerman,

What year was that Grundig scope built, if you know?
I vaguely remember to have used one of these in the early 80s?
So it must have been built in the late 70s?
It was kind of amazing, what the Grundig company was able to do in those days.

Well I looked inside and most parts are built in 1978 , so it may be built roundabout 1978 or a few time later . Here are some pictures from the inside of the scope . I found it at a household clearance and nobody wanted it . The mains lead was cutted off so I only needed to replace it and clean the switches and pots with cleaner and turning round and round . Now it works fine and I saved it from the dumpster
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: d3javu on February 16, 2015, 02:32:53 am
Here are some new pics of my workbench . There is some new stuff there . The next item will be a better oscilloscope . But I don t need to rush , my old Grundig GO 15Z cro is still working  :)

On your first picture, the top shelf's right leg seems like at the edge of the table...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on February 16, 2015, 12:20:50 pm
Does anyone know of other sources of workbench photos? 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on February 16, 2015, 12:41:35 pm
Does anyone know of other sources of workbench photos?
In use by individuals or by manufacturers (either empty or staged)?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Yago on February 16, 2015, 12:42:29 pm
Does anyone know of other sources of workbench photos?

There's the old Google
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=electronics+workbench&newwindow=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e-XhVMGfCI6zaYzRgZgN&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1036&bih=596 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=electronics+workbench&newwindow=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e-XhVMGfCI6zaYzRgZgN&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1036&bih=596)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on February 16, 2015, 12:55:52 pm
There's the old Google

Ha!  You Brits!  Classic.  No really.   By individuals.   I know the ""Fatman and Circuit Girl" forum had a bunch.  Is there more on reddit?

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: WackyGerman on February 16, 2015, 07:12:28 pm
Yes on both side there are L brackets screwed on the desktop for stability reasons . it is not very professional carpenter like i must confess but it is doing it s job
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on February 16, 2015, 07:35:53 pm
There's the old Google

Ha!  You Brits!  Classic.  No really.   By individuals.   I know the ""Fatman and Circuit Girl" forum had a bunch.  Is there more on reddit?

...did he exhibit a Britishism of which I'm unaware, other than the .co.uk domain?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: netdudeuk on February 16, 2015, 08:35:58 pm
Britishism ?  Is that even a word ?  :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: janoc on February 16, 2015, 08:43:09 pm
that's the former east-block from behind the iron curtain :D either you made it yourself or you didn't have it ;) the iron curtain went away, but the DIY skills developed back then are still around ;)

Can only concur :)

Now I am living in France and if you can't buy it in the store it doesn't exist and is not possible to do :( Most people don't have a clue which end of a screwdriver to grab (we don't do that with a soldering iron - that would cause mass casualties).

So I am the oddball in the office that has a workshop at home and that everyone goes to whenever something custom needs to be hacked together for the newest demo :-p

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 16, 2015, 09:06:26 pm
The first image is my portable lab in the kitchen a few years ago when I was working on my Geiger counter. As you can see in the image I am a very tidy engineer.

The next image my portable lab in my old bedroom working on my VFD clock when mum got pissed at it being in the kitchen, also with some newer test equipment like the Nixie frequency counter. =-)

The last image is my current desk setup in my bedroom. This one is for quick mod and repair work rather than full development, to bench multimeter's are used for quick measurements. A Fluke 25 and Metrix MX54B are my go to run around meters. Nice clicky DELL keyboard used, none of that rubber membrane crap. Linux box lives under the desk linked to the monitor that is off. The dual monitors are linked to the Win 7 box. Nixie clock because the Windows clock is rubbish and Nixie's are the best. =-)
Shelving is mostly tools, Micro-Professor because vintage computer rule. Beck PSU one of three owned bolted to the desk. Nixie calculator because once again Nixie's rule.

That's fokes.

Some of my test gear for sail to if any of you are interested:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602717491?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602717491?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602742313?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602742313?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602760051?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161602760051?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 16, 2015, 09:08:15 pm
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on February 16, 2015, 09:36:11 pm
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.

For those of us with slower Internet connections than you, the size cap is not what's a pain in the ass.

That image is bloody huge. Take it down to like a quarter of the file size or less...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 16, 2015, 10:22:33 pm
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.

For those of us with slower Internet connections than you, the size cap is not what's a pain in the ass.

That image is bloody huge. Take it down to like a quarter of the file size or less...

Editing images is not fun, it would be better if the server did the image compression. That way everyone's happy, unless the server can't take any more load, then it's time to upgrade the server.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: c4757p on February 16, 2015, 10:24:38 pm
convert fuckoffbigimage.jpg -resize 25% muchnicer.jpg

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of how easy and fun that is :box:
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 16, 2015, 10:32:12 pm
convert fuckoffbigimage.jpg -resize 25% muchnicer.jpg

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of how easy and fun that is :box:

 :-DD I'm just really lazy when it comes to image editing.  :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: netdudeuk on February 16, 2015, 10:41:32 pm
I see that you have a Micro-Professor. I have one too.  I'm still thinking that they're pretty rare.

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 16, 2015, 10:58:36 pm
I see that you have a Micro-Professor. I have one too.  I'm still thinking that they're pretty rare.

They are and also they are quite valuable on eBay. Although mine is not for sail, it is for enjoying it's retro goodness and playing with.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Artlav on February 17, 2015, 12:05:31 am
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.
Hmmm, that's an awfully familiar bear on the wall.
Any story how it got there, if it's not a secret?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: elgonzo on February 17, 2015, 12:09:56 am
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.
Hmmm, that's an awfully familiar bear on the wall.
Any story how it got there, if it's not a secret?

Yeah, the good old Mishka... It's a poster from the "Museum of Communism" in Praha, Czech Republic :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 17, 2015, 12:14:16 am
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.
Hmmm, that's an awfully familiar bear on the wall.
Any story how it got there, if it's not a secret?

It is from the Museum Of Communism in Prague.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on February 17, 2015, 04:35:23 am
@Eprom9
Nice lab, is that a DELL AT101W?
if so, we are keyboard buddies.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: macboy on February 17, 2015, 03:03:14 pm
Third Image, can someone please kill this file size cap, pain in the ass.
I see you have a Thurlby 1905 bench meter there. Here's a trick I discovered in case you didn't know: Press [**] then [5.5] to get 6.5 digit mode. Not especially practical but fun to look at (kind of like nixie tubes).
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: tony t on February 25, 2015, 06:13:40 pm
Here are updated pictures from the beginning (2013 March) to now.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: John Coloccia on February 25, 2015, 06:24:10 pm
Pretty much in a constant state of "wreck"...

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TheEPROM9 on February 25, 2015, 07:11:00 pm
@Eprom9
Nice lab, is that a DELL AT101W?
if so, we are keyboard buddies.

Pretty much =-)
AT102W

Got a KVM converting it to USB and also connecting my Linux box. Nothing beats a nice keyboard.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: BradC on February 25, 2015, 07:13:46 pm
Pretty much in a constant state of "wreck"...

Every good workspace needs at least one strat.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: macboy on February 25, 2015, 07:19:36 pm
Pretty much in a constant state of "wreck"...
I think you need to wipe the finger oils off of your phone's camera lens. And framing horizontally would help too.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: John Coloccia on February 25, 2015, 09:31:07 pm
Pretty much in a constant state of "wreck"...
I think you need to wipe the finger oils off of your phone's camera lens. And framing horizontally would help too.

Lens cover is broken, and I don't feel like getting out swab.  I did try framing horizontally, though, and it didn't work.  It's still a mess.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: miguelvp on February 26, 2015, 05:57:51 am
Pretty much in a constant state of "wreck"...

You sure you are not in London? because the fog doesn't let me see your gear ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: John Coloccia on February 26, 2015, 12:59:33 pm
Okay, okay...I give.

Here's the view into my work area:

(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073257_resized_zpsnjwnbqip.jpg)

I'm just working on my old drafting table...for years, now.  I've never gotten around to building or buying a proper electronics bench.  It's not even like I couldn't just build a very nice one in a weekend if I wanted to, but as the old saying goes, the cobbler's children have no shoes.  One day it will irritate me enough to do something about it.

View from the captain's chair...this is mostly where I build things.  Extech meter to the left is, more or less, a piece of junk.  The continuity test sounds like an old lady playing the violin.  I'm pretty sure the auto-ranging is done via postal correspondence...it's ridiculously slow.  Makes me really appreciate my Fluke.  Drawers are filled with parts for my various products.
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073608_resized_zpsaegjn2x6.jpg)

And this is mostly where I take things apart.  A proper desolder station is essential, IMHO.  Cheap, puke green table piece of crap from Ikea.  My wife bought it for some reason.  I was going to throw it out, but it fits just right.  Friends don't let friends shop for furniture at Ikea.  Stick to the herring.
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073634_resized_zpsgodalidu.jpg)

Ah...the prototype bench.  LOL  There are a couple of prototypes in there somewhere.  Bins are packed with resistors and capacitors.  Off to the left you'll also see the two hard drives that are supposed to be my offsite backup.  I know, I know....I'm getting to it.
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073714_resized_zpsbgtb09hu.jpg)


Just some old test equipment...   :=\
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073739_resized_zpsisryotnw.jpg)

And some more old test equipment.  ;D
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jcoloccia/20150226_073801_resized_zpslg2eimbx.jpg)
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Post by: ResR on March 07, 2015, 10:02:26 pm
Nice electric guitars, John.
My work area currently, I got a new adjustable power supply I tweaked a little bit and new storage boxes for mostly salvaged components.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: r.vlad on March 08, 2015, 03:18:48 pm
Hello, here are some pictures of my bench and equipment that i have.
(http://i.imgur.com/16aOfZN.jpg)
On the bench i have:
- Wavetek Meterman 23XT multimeter  (+ UT136b on the way, hopefully I will get it in the next few days)
- homemade soldering station
- homemade prototyping board (breadboard + arduino + laptop battery + sd card module + ethernet module + lcd)
- homemade transistor/component tester
Some projects I'm working on:
- dummy load
- variable power supply
- solder fume extractor

I would love to get an oscilloscope, but I don't have the money right now (I'm a student).

(http://i.imgur.com/QUCHWsl.jpg)
Here are some of my small components: IC's, IC sockets, resistor, capacitors, diodes, LED's, transistors etc.
For now I keep most of my small components in a shoe box modified to hold zip lock bags.
I have some other tools / components / PCB chemicals in some drawers & boxes.

Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on March 08, 2015, 03:36:29 pm
^^^ Not a bad beginners setup, Im intrigued on the homemade soldering station.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: r.vlad on March 08, 2015, 03:55:31 pm
Thank you. The soldering station I made about 2 years ago after a design that I found based on an Atmega8 controlling a MOSFET. The microcontroller is comparing the set temperature with the reading from the thermocouple in the tip.
The control circuit is powered by a small transformer (+rectifier + 5V regulator) and the heater from a 16V laptop power supply + step-up to 24V (it is a 24V 48W PENSOL-IRON-N soldering iron). Until today the soldering iron was powered from a 24V toroidal transformer that I plan to use for the variable power supply.

For SMD drag soldering, which tip would be best ? (I'm thinking SR-625)
http://www.tme.eu/en/katalog/?search=related:PENSOL-IRON-N&used_params=1557%3A9448%3B (http://www.tme.eu/en/katalog/?search=related:PENSOL-IRON-N&used_params=1557%3A9448%3B)
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Post by: Vgkid on March 08, 2015, 06:39:28 pm
I will go with your choice, bigger is always more helpful.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: edy on March 08, 2015, 07:05:16 pm
Hi folks,

I apologize for what you are about to see... but if there is a category for messiest turd pile of electronics gear this would be it. I promise I'll clean it up as soon as I have a moment.  ::)

Oh and I built that bench as well from free scrap shelving at Home Depot plus discarded Ikea furniture and lumber yard scrap wood, and a fluorescent tube lamp I had laying around. One day I will make proper drawers and parts bins and organize everything, I promise!  ;)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on March 08, 2015, 08:13:08 pm
I apologize for what you are about to see... but if there is a category for messiest turd pile of electronics gear this would be it. I promise I'll clean it up as soon as I have a moment.  ::)
Messy? That's a little cluttered, not messy.  ;)

You want to see messy, take a look at the How messy is your desk? (http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=28&doc_id=1285208) article from EE Times (first two photos are of Bob Pease and Jim Williams' desks respectively).  >:D  Check out the user-submissions from others as well.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on March 08, 2015, 10:45:43 pm
Hello, here are some pictures of my bench and equipment that i have.
(http://i.imgur.com/16aOfZN.jpg)

Do I see an ice cube tray?  I use to use those in the garage for holding bolts and such.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: lapm on March 15, 2015, 06:02:46 pm
Hi folks,

I apologize for what you are about to see... but if there is a category for messiest turd pile of electronics gear this would be it. I promise I'll clean it up as soon as I have a moment.  ::)


Thats not messy, trust me. You dont want to see before and after pictures of my humble electronics corner.. When i started my long cleanup operation, i had no work room left... I can see your desk still has plenty of space to build something...
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Post by: Red Squirrel on March 18, 2015, 03:23:07 pm
I need to upgrade, but for now this is it:  Crappy little desk lol.

(http://gal.redsquirrel.me/thumbs/lrg-2733-dsc_6598_01.jpg) (http://gal.redsquirrel.me/images/other/random/dsc_6598_01.jpg)

With all that stuff there, it almost looks like I know what I'm doing.  :-DD 

I have plans to build a new computer desk though which will be half work bench and half computer area and be 4x that size.   Eventually when I finish/insulate/seal/heat my garage I'll have even more room.  I'm still getting my feet with in electronics though so not yet sure how far I'll go as far I'll get into it.  Already invested in a scope so at this point may as well go all the way.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nanofrog on March 18, 2015, 08:02:36 pm
I'm still getting my feet with in electronics though so not yet sure how far I'll go as far I'll get into it.  Already invested in a scope so at this point may as well go all the way.
It seems you've officially become an electronics addict like the rest of us.  :palm:

And do be careful with the bolded part of your last statement. Not only does it have the ability to piss off SWMBO, it's rather expensive as well (more specialized gear, more parts, .... more, more, more). So you might want to rethink going down every possible tunnel in the rabbit hole.  ;)  :-DD

Best solution however, is to simply turn back now if at all possible!    :o  ;D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: mcinque on March 18, 2015, 09:42:21 pm
So you might want to rethink going down every possible tunnel in the rabbit hole.  ;)  :-DD
Best solution however, is to simply turn back now if at all possible!    :o  ;D

Totally agree!  :-+ :-+ :-DD
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Red Squirrel on March 19, 2015, 12:10:08 pm
I'm still getting my feet with in electronics though so not yet sure how far I'll go as far I'll get into it.  Already invested in a scope so at this point may as well go all the way.
It seems you've officially become an electronics addict like the rest of us.  :palm:

And do be careful with the bolded part of your last statement. Not only does it have the ability to piss off SWMBO, it's rather expensive as well (more specialized gear, more parts, .... more, more, more). So you might want to rethink going down every possible tunnel in the rabbit hole.  ;)  :-DD

Best solution however, is to simply turn back now if at all possible!    :o  ;D

It might be too late, I already have a Hakko soldering station on the way.     I needed a new tip for my Radio Shack fire stick but could not find any.  End up buying a whole new temperature controlled soldering station instead.   :-DD 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: con-f-use on March 19, 2015, 04:41:36 pm
Just follow the basic rule. Ask your partner/mother/best friend if you really need it. You will end up buying it anyways but the guilt and nagging will make you think twice next time.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Red Squirrel on March 19, 2015, 05:00:48 pm
I'm single, that's even more dangerous because I have nobody to tell me no.   >:D
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Mechanical Menace on March 19, 2015, 05:06:01 pm
Just follow the basic rule. Ask your partner/mother/best friend if you really need it. You will end up buying it anyways but the guilt and nagging will make you think twice next time.

That only works if you've the right (or maybe wrong) type of partner/mother/best friend. My partner is much, much better off than me so trying to get her not to put her hand in her pocket for my toys/tools is hard work, my best mate is a (rather good) mechanic so doesn't see a problem with spending money on tools, and my mother is of the view that if it makes me happy f*%k worrying and buy it.

I'm single, that's even more dangerous because I have nobody to tell me no.   >:D

I'd say the best bet would be to check your current account balance. If you have to cut back on anything else for the month or have to go into your "rainy day" savings you can't afford it so don't get it...


...this month...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: George_Race on March 19, 2015, 08:14:15 pm
It's always fun to share pictures of a test bench.  I call mine simple & functional.  I work on a lot of different equipment ranging in frequency from DC to 1 GHz plus.  Attached are a couple of pictures of the test bench.

Here is the list of all the equipment, that  I think is necessary to troubleshoot and repair just about anything!

Left side of bench, first picture.
HP-8568A Spectrum Analyzer, on top is an HP-8447D Amplifier and along side of that an HP-355D 120 DB Attenuator.
Next are two Tektronix Scopes.  On top TEK-2445B Analog, bottom TEK-2440 Digital
Next to them  is my Primary Frequency Standard, a Trimble 10MHz feeding a 6 output Video Amp for distribution of the 10 MHz signals to equipment.  On the very top is a laptop running Lady Heather to display the functions of the Trimble.  On the right side you can see there are 8 satellites locked in unison.

On the right side of the bench, 2nd picture, first is an HP-6227B Dual Power Supply.
Next to that on top is an HP-3406A RF wide band voltmeter.  Under that is an HP-3314A Function Generator.
Next on top of the pile is an HP-3466A Multimeter.  Under that is an HP-5335A Frequency Counter - 1300MHz
On the bottom is an HP-8567A Signal Generator - 1040MHz

All of the equipment is calibrated to factory standards.  The Spectrum Analyzer, Frequency Counter, and Signal Generator are all being driven by my 10MHz Trimble Satellite Primary Standard.

I have a wide selection of outdoor tower mounted antennas and long wires that I feed into the Spectrum analyzer for off air frequency measurements.  It also has a nice wide band audio amplifier, setting on top in the back, that allows me to listen to any frequency and any type of modulation.  And when you punch in the center frequency like on 15MHz WWV you are able to measure it to +- 1 Hz accuracy.  It is really neat to put the signal generator carrier on 15MHz and have it zero beat for hours, without any change.

I can feed audio from the Spectrum Analyzer to a computer running Spectrum Laboratory.  Makes a very nice off the air way to measure frequencies extremely close.

There you have my modest test equipment setup, that will do just about anything that I want to do.  Happy to answer any questions you may have about any of the equipment.  Almost all of it was purchased on eBay, repaired,re-calibrated and put into service on my test bench.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Vgkid on March 19, 2015, 08:26:09 pm
That is rather orderly. The one thing I wish I could find is the plastic window for the led display. Mine does not exist.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: economist on March 28, 2015, 07:39:19 pm
Cleaned up the bench today and decided to take a pic. It's always evolving.

(http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af210/econfly/P1000466_zpsjsui0vtv.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rx8pilot on March 28, 2015, 07:52:17 pm
Cleaned up the bench today and decided to take a pic. It's always evolving.

Awesome test gear!

I just snapped an actual working photo of my bench. Hand assembling a new PCB design. it has about 200 components with about 60 unique part numbers. It is very hard to keep everything organized.

On top of the bench, I keep the soldering base station, hot air system, pneumatic paste dispenser, chemicals, probes, etc. The monitors keep references up and visible while I am using the microscope.

(https://solidcamera.box.com/shared/static/rpxm8hnblyby5vs5rltxsmca42j307bw.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on March 28, 2015, 10:21:06 pm
Now posting this in the right area ...

Mine's changed since I last posted pics. Got a few DMMs off Ebay you can see on the second shelf. The workbench is something they sell from Harbor Freight. It's pretty nice and a pretty good deal

On the first shelf presently fixing a GW Instek GFG-8216A. Was listed as "for parts or not working. The frequency pot had been knocked hard by something and was cracked. Got the part on order now. It's mainly good as new and working OK.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w3tG6bvcKgo/VRcj_cAXuoI/AAAAAAAACIs/Zp99jUK1PMQ/w576-h768-no/IMG_0762.png)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6PFQieBx85g/VRcj_2YiSpI/AAAAAAAACI0/fcQGVEFumds/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0763.png)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on March 29, 2015, 09:16:45 am
Cleaned up the bench today and decided to take a pic. It's always evolving.

(http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af210/econfly/P1000466_zpsjsui0vtv.jpg)

Small work area - but nice clean set up.  I like! 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: calexanian on April 06, 2015, 06:18:19 pm
Cleaned up the bench today and decided to take a pic. It's always evolving.

(http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af210/econfly/P1000466_zpsjsui0vtv.jpg)

Small work area - but nice clean set up.  I like!

Woah. Those Keithleys alone are worth more than the entire rest of my setup! and I have a pretty big well equipped bench. Also those Agilents look good too.  :clap:
Title: Analogue clearout time...
Post by: LektroiD on April 09, 2015, 11:15:52 pm
The tiny workspace I have was getting really messy fast and often, so I cleared a few analogue pieces I wasn't really using. To be honest, I don't think it's made all that much difference...
Title: Re: Analogue clearout time...
Post by: xrunner on April 09, 2015, 11:26:52 pm
The tiny workspace I have was getting really messy fast and often, so I cleared a few analogue pieces I wasn't really using. To be honest, I don't think it's made all that much difference...

You could benefit from a cheap shelf/riser. 3 pieces of wood is all it takes.  :)
Title: Re: Analogue clearout time...
Post by: LektroiD on April 09, 2015, 11:35:44 pm
The tiny workspace I have was getting really messy fast and often, so I cleared a few analogue pieces I wasn't really using. To be honest, I don't think it's made all that much difference...

You could benefit from a cheap shelf/riser. 3 pieces of wood is all it takes.  :)

I have thought about this, but behind the closed curtains on the windowsill are a load of regularly used tools, which a riser would block acces to...

The rest of the room is filled with component cabinets, there's literally no space anywhere... I need Dave's lab!

I've had another reshuffle; better, but still not brilliant...
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: WattsUp on April 10, 2015, 01:08:55 am
Is there any way for you to move the storage containers off the bench (if they are there permanently), I found moving my parts storage off my tiny 120x50cm bench/school desk/bedside table very helpful, allowing me space for an analogue scope, laptop, small PSU, multimeter and laptop, with some space for working. Also, I would recommend moving the big (deep) PSU to the end, where it is less intrusive to your work area. These are just ideas, and I suggest constantly changing the setup for the task at hand, as it takes five minutes, but improves productivity tenfold. Just a thought.

EDIT: sorry, didn't see the posts after your OP, maybe try moving the small test gear (multimeters etc) to the side so you have a central workspace? Anyway, don't sweat it, your working space is 5 times more than mine! I'm curious, what do you (and others) do about test, USB leads and cables?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: batboard on April 10, 2015, 08:21:21 am
Just starting out, built a little desk(already needs to be bigger)for a couple bucks, 2x4 and plywood. The iron was given too me, as was the computer. I was going to recap a PC that had bad caps, but after replacement still didn't work so I throw the HDD in the other PC, sweet, the guy was trying to get me to take a lot of stuff, i guess its cheaper for people to take it than it is to haul it off to the dump. Still use my RS learning lab for breadboarding, until I can get a good PS.....Am about to add (order) the DS1052E to the desk. I screwed in a eye hook on the side to hang the mouse and keyboard so it won't take up space, and just set it on top when I need it. Have my color organ set up for a little light show while music plays, and yes, Thats the extech 330.....I buy what dave recommends....Im thinking of making a backing for it, 2x4 going up the back side and across the top to hang a over head light and some hooks to hang stuff on....eh, but I don't think its too bad for about 220$ all in all.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: smjcuk on April 10, 2015, 08:25:23 am
I'd post mine but it looks like Jim Williams' and the camera is under all the crap :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Neganur on April 10, 2015, 12:27:57 pm
Just post it! Much more interesting to see habits and tools than an empty ikea shelf :o.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: smjcuk on April 10, 2015, 12:46:33 pm
Just post it! Much more interesting to see habits and tools than an empty ikea shelf :o.

Will do tomorrow - stuck at in-laws today. At least I've got the laptop and LTSpice to keep me amused :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nixfu on April 10, 2015, 01:26:34 pm
I love this thread. 
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TiN on April 11, 2015, 09:23:12 am
Another day, another Keithley 2001 under repair...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/P3Z4N8LoPw5Uahw3A_EBC1kf_pVwHslOfRBxhewsHsY=w302-h202-p-no) (https://plus.google.com/photos/112152417280555753327/albums/6136407588818222817/6136407590435647778?gclid=CjwKEAjwjKOpBRChjsTyicbFy3QSJADP1gTNDBvgzpDEOXe09uo19_SuzglOhJmlbpGjDbwSGY2KwxoCPKrw_wcB&pid=6136407590435647778&oid=112152417280555753327)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: nowlan on April 11, 2015, 09:45:13 am
The workbench is something they sell from Harbor Freight. It's pretty nice and a pretty good deal
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w3tG6bvcKgo/VRcj_cAXuoI/AAAAAAAACIs/Zp99jUK1PMQ/w576-h768-no/IMG_0762.png)

That shelf under the desk would block your legs. It looks like the worst ergonomics ever. I would do my back in reaching.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: VK5RC on April 11, 2015, 10:21:46 am
@TiN, I like that desk! You still have some room to expand up! :-+
I have also used those grabbers (like the ones from logic kits) for 'investigation' , I like the fact they hang on like crazy and are small enough to catch onto fine pitch IC legs. 8)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on April 11, 2015, 10:23:30 am
That shelf under the desk would block your legs.

Uh, no, it doesn't block my legs.

Quote
It looks like the worst ergonomics ever. I would do my back in reaching.

Well looks can be deceiving can't they?
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: TiN on April 11, 2015, 10:28:08 am
It's all messed up and jammed. Will build proper system table somewhen next months.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Hydrawerk on April 11, 2015, 05:49:22 pm
Another day, another Keithley 2001 under repair...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/P3Z4N8LoPw5Uahw3A_EBC1kf_pVwHslOfRBxhewsHsY=w302-h202-p-no) (https://plus.google.com/photos/112152417280555753327/albums/6136407588818222817/6136407590435647778?gclid=CjwKEAjwjKOpBRChjsTyicbFy3QSJADP1gTNDBvgzpDEOXe09uo19_SuzglOhJmlbpGjDbwSGY2KwxoCPKrw_wcB&pid=6136407590435647778&oid=112152417280555753327)
That's some cool test gear.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: AlfBaz on April 12, 2015, 12:04:53 am
Another day, another Keithley 2001 under repair...
An excellent set of close up photos, thanks for posting :-+
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: george graves on April 12, 2015, 02:53:07 am
Uh, no, it doesn't block my legs.
Quote

Do your legs backwards?   :) Cause - there's no way to sit at that desk with out being hunched over.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on April 12, 2015, 03:12:40 am
Do your legs backwards?   :) Cause - there's no way to sit at that desk with out being hunched over.

Oh for crying out loud ... Don't worry about me find your own desk.  :-//
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: rolycat on April 12, 2015, 09:52:39 am
Do your legs backwards?   :) Cause - there's no way to sit at that desk with out being hunched over.

Oh for crying out loud ... Don't worry about me find your own desk.  :-//
Enquiring minds want to knowTM  :)

It's actually a woodworking bench - you can see some of the dog holes drilled into the top. I'd guess the height means you would normally use it standing or perched on a stool, so you don't need a lot of knee room underneath.

It's a good looking bench for the money - shame you can't get them in the UK.

I like the tool rack - looks like a neat storage solution for cutters and pliers.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: smjcuk on April 12, 2015, 10:18:22 am
Do your legs backwards?   :) Cause - there's no way to sit at that desk with out being hunched over.

Oh for crying out loud ... Don't worry about me find your own desk.  :-//
Enquiring minds want to knowTM  :)

It's actually a woodworking bench - you can see some of the dog holes drilled into the top. I'd guess the height means you would normally use it standing or perched on a stool, so you don't need a lot of knee room underneath.

It's a good looking bench for the money - shame you can't get them in the UK.

I like the tool rack - looks like a neat storage solution for cutters and pliers.

A guy round the corner from me in the UK has one like that. He does picture framing in his garage. I asked him where he got it from and he said he made it so you might be right there :(
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on April 12, 2015, 12:40:47 pm
It's actually a woodworking bench - you can see some of the dog holes drilled into the top. I'd guess the height means you would normally use it standing or perched on a stool, so you don't need a lot of knee room underneath.

Exactly - it's a woodworking bench that Harbor Freight sells, and it's surprisingly high quality - it ain't made out of particle board it's quality hardwood. I actually use one of the top holes for my bench light now because its way stronger than the cheap plastic holder/clamp that come with the lights. The four drawers underneath are the best, there's so much in there it would be hard to make it more convenient any other way. There's also a nice clamp / vise built-into the side but most of that is stored away because I don't need to clamp test equipment in the jaws of a vise  ;)

The tool holder was sold by Micro Mark, but I've modified that to suit my own needs. It suits my needs just fine for now. Maybe I'll outgrow it in the future but to each his own, get what suits your needs and body, that's all that needs to be said.

Matter of fact I just upgraded it the bench yesterday by adding a 12 outlet strip because I'm running out of outlets.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4zq_EVzIFcA/VSpmHtINxSI/AAAAAAAACTI/1YWei3BJllA/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0804.png)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hx8sGAv8Ex0/VSpmGxYZGLI/AAAAAAAACS8/zZ6vMBQBYZE/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0805.png)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-gP3LqyXQwW4/VSpmH81UmnI/AAAAAAAACTQ/ACG6lFuKUWE/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0806.png)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CMWgKyczOMU/VSpmIf3uDPI/AAAAAAAACTU/LIOQEi-GkJM/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0807.png)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: smjcuk on April 12, 2015, 03:14:15 pm
That's nice.

Starting to think I live in the wrong country :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rupunzell on April 12, 2015, 04:33:30 pm
Home lab of Barrie Gilbert (Gilbert Cell):
http://io9.com/5862419/this-might-be-the-coolest-home-lab-youve-ever-seen/ (http://io9.com/5862419/this-might-be-the-coolest-home-lab-youve-ever-seen/)


Home lab of Paul Rako (EDN editor, now retired and moved):
http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/designing-ideas/4311838/The-home-lab-of-Paul-Rako (http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/designing-ideas/4311838/The-home-lab-of-Paul-Rako)


Home Lab of Bo Lojek (professor at Colorado Uni):
http://blog.atmel.com/2013/11/08/the-home-lab-of-bo-lojek/ (http://blog.atmel.com/2013/11/08/the-home-lab-of-bo-lojek/)
"It does not disturb me that Lojek has a stack of early Tektronix mainframe scopes. What bothers me is I have several friends that have the same sort of stack."


Bernice
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: G0HZU on April 14, 2015, 12:40:15 am
Even when I look at the workrooms of those old professionals I'm left wondering how those guys coped with having so little remaining bench space for any actual project work. 

There seems to be a common theme for home workrooms (labs?) where everybody loads up their work area with loads of exotic test gear and leaves just a 30cm wide strip (or less!) on the bench for any work.

All the shelves are 'full' and there is little room left for the most important thing in the room to function efficiently. The operator!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Smokey on April 14, 2015, 01:17:05 am
The more room on your bench for projects ...
...The more projects you will start....
.......and the more time it will take before you ever finish one....


The mess is a productivity enhancer in that it make you focus on one project at a time since there isn't any room for anything else :)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: xrunner on April 14, 2015, 01:37:01 pm
Got an idea browsing Ebay for lighting. I ran across these car running lights. Of course they run off 12V so I ordered a pair just to see what they looked like. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

I used an old 12V brick and they pull about an amp. They are SUPER bright and really thin. I mounted them under the wire shelving (haven't finalized the way way they will be mounted though) and when they are off you can't even tell any lights are up there. When on they provide a lot of light and yet because they are so thin they don't glare into your eyes because they are blocked forward by the front shelf wire. So you have lots of light with essentially no footprint at all.

There are the ones -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MsC3DsXE4GM/VS0VtXNjj0I/AAAAAAAACUE/_qxziF31T5A/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0809.png)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Bivqkk7zY9E/VS0U1nUTJHI/AAAAAAAACT0/78niYNVuMDo/w1024-h768-no/IMG_0810.png)
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rigby on April 15, 2015, 12:53:29 pm
it's getting really easy to get enough light nowadays.  this is a trend that I can get behind.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Srbel on April 15, 2015, 03:56:29 pm
LOL. Since I moved to a different apartment, I don't have any room for a table for my electronics equipment. My workbench is a floor, now.
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: Rupunzell on April 15, 2015, 05:01:14 pm
Incentive to make designs and packaging smaller ?

Packed bench tops are very common among design folks, IMO really a reflection of their personality and work habits. Many years ago, a friend who worked in a Cal-Lab dealing with larger sized test gear had clean and large work spaces on their bench tops out of necessity. That kind of work is very different than building circuits from scratch using various construction techniques. My own lab bench space is equally small with a pile-O-parts and bits & soldering devices to one side and all the test gear on the other. Turns out, this is the most ergonomically efficient bench top configuration. The pile-O-parts becomes easy access inventory of commonly needed bits, with the test gear at the opposite end. If one lives with what appears to be a mess on a daily basis, the location of where the need bits are is not a problem.

IMO, winner for pile-O-stuff goes to Bob Pease.
 

Bernice

Even when I look at the workrooms of those old professionals I'm left wondering how those guys coped with having so little remaining bench space for any actual project work. 

There seems to be a common theme for home workrooms (labs?) where everybody loads up their work area with loads of exotic test gear and leaves just a 30cm wide strip (or less!) on the bench for any work.

All the shelves are 'full' and there is little room left for the most important thing in the room to function efficiently. The operator!
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: G0HZU on April 15, 2015, 07:22:48 pm
Quote
Packed bench tops are very common among design folks, IMO really a reflection of their personality and work habits.
I agree but it's a poor way to work because frustration is never far away if you need to introduce something into the work area and there's nowhere to put it.

At my place of work we briefly 'got it right' a few years ago where engineers were encouraged to only use what test gear they needed for a particular task. Obviously some types of test gear remained on the bench full time but stuff like parts and most tools were not stored on the benck or the shelves. The work area and potential space should be 'owned' by the designer and the stuff being worked on and not the test gear and parts and tools.

Sadly, the bean counters and health and safety people went too far in recent times and lots of things were banned from workbenches. They got too heavily into '5S' making it very impractical to do creative stuff because the beancounters wanted the labs to look like something from a catalogue in order to impress important visitors.

Basically, what I am suggesting is that if you leave engineers to their own devices they will end up working in a cramped and frustrating and stifled work area. Apply the basics of 5S and you can really make a positive difference. But overdo the 5S principles and it quickly becomes very bad.

For years I used to do the same as everyone on here. I'd plan my work bench to try and accommodate all my test gear and parts and tools leaving sod all space for me or the projects or for any flexibility. But I found out a number of years ago that there's a better way to work than this.
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Post by: Galenbo on April 16, 2015, 01:40:41 pm
Got an idea browsing Ebay for lighting. I ran across these car running lights. Of course they run off 12V so I ordered a pair just to see what they looked like. I'm pretty pleased with the results.... they don't glare into your eyes because they are blocked forward by the front shelf wire. So you have lots of light with essentially no footprint at all.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)


Nice tip. I just did the 4 clicks to get them delivered.
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Post by: Rupunzell on April 16, 2015, 04:32:48 pm
Bench work habits are often developed early on in the learning process with the first bench set up. Over the course of time, projects worked on, problems developed by the bench set up and problems solved these conventions become habit and ways of working. For me, the bench has a number of basic bits of test gear and other test gear that is required get's wheeled in as required. Having related test gear and other stuff on wheeled carts goes a ways to reducing bench top clutter and allows speciality bits to be used as required. Exceptions to this would be BIG test systems that required a dedicated space to support them. Beyond test gear there are always tools, parts and all the bits required to make it all go. These days, it often involves a microscope too.

Working for small companies limits the interference from bean counters and industrial safety bureaucrats who believe they could and should impose their ideology on all they can which tends to affect designer's work areas and widgets designed.

As for stacking test gear. hewlett packard test gear from the Bill & Dave era had feet and enclosure extrusions that were specifically designed to be stacked and piled on top of each other. The enclosure dimensions were fractional to allow good space utilization of available space by stacking to placing test gear side by side. This tradition of logical-rational packaging is mostly gone and forgotten. The fashion stylist have replaced good and proper ergonomic design with injection moulded wonder blobs of plastic... which becomes another dis-incentive to purchase unless there is no other choice.


Bernice


At my place of work we briefly 'got it right' a few years ago where engineers were encouraged to only use what test gear they needed for a particular task. Obviously some types of test gear remained on the bench full time but stuff like parts and most tools were not stored on the benck or the shelves. The work area and potential space should be 'owned' by the designer and the stuff being worked on and not the test gear and parts and tools.

Sadly, the bean counters and health and safety people went too far in recent times and lots of things were banned from workbenches. They got too heavily into '5S' making it very impractical to do creative stuff because the beancounters wanted the labs to look like something from a catalogue in order to impress important visitors.

Basically, what I am suggesting is that if you leave engineers to their own devices they will end up working in a cramped and frustrating and stifled work area. Apply the basics of 5S and you can really make a positive difference. But overdo the 5S principles and it quickly becomes very bad.

For years I used to do the same as everyone on here. I'd plan my work bench to try and accommodate all my test gear and parts and tools leaving sod all space for me or the projects or for any flexibility. But I found out a number of years ago that there's a better way to work than this.
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Post by: RoboTechEd on April 17, 2015, 12:06:09 am
Hi Everyone!

Long time lurker but finally got my lab to a point where I think I can post. I'm a recent-grad so it's still ramping up, but the images are below. A lot of it was motivated by posts I saw here and picking and choosing which I liked best. I also have a disadvantage of renting so I cant do any on-wall shelving like I want :(. Just got the scope/PSU/etc from an auction :)   :-DMM Scored pretty hard. Anyone have any advice on what else I should try to get my hands on? Just ordered a DMMCheck to calibrate everything.
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Post by: xrunner on April 17, 2015, 12:12:57 am
Hi Everyone!

Good pics. I see you got a Tek CMC251 - I got one the other day from Ebay. Glad to see you posted.
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Post by: Stupid Beard on April 17, 2015, 12:26:26 am
Anyone have any advice on what else I should try to get my hands on?

You look well enough set that anything else you seek out should probably be guided by you thinking "this would be so much easier if I had an <insert thing>," lest you fall prey to Gear Acquisition Syndrome ;)
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Post by: RoboTechEd on April 17, 2015, 01:01:49 am
lest you fall prey to Gear Acquisition Syndrome ;)

I already am falling for it! I cant get myself off Ebay or Craigslist to find more tools. I have a whole bunch more (less impressive) tools in my closet. I can always find a project to justify the purchase...even if I don't go through with the project  :palm:
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Post by: xrunner on April 17, 2015, 01:04:33 am
I already am falling for it! I cant get myself off Ebay or Craigslist to find more tools. I have a whole bunch more (less impressive) tools in my closet. I can always find a project to justify the purchase...even if I don't go through with the project  :palm:

Man, you are going to fit right in here.  :clap:
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Post by: c4757p on April 18, 2015, 03:59:50 pm
Got an idea browsing Ebay for lighting. I ran across these car running lights. Of course they run off 12V so I ordered a pair just to see what they looked like. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

I used an old 12V brick and they pull about an amp. They are SUPER bright and really thin. I mounted them under the wire shelving (haven't finalized the way way they will be mounted though) and when they are off you can't even tell any lights are up there. When on they provide a lot of light and yet because they are so thin they don't glare into your eyes because they are blocked forward by the front shelf wire. So you have lots of light with essentially no footprint at all.

There are the ones -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291161780706?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

I just received four ^-^
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Post by: xrunner on April 18, 2015, 09:19:36 pm
I just received four ^-^

PICS AFTER INSTALL.  :-/O
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Post by: george graves on April 18, 2015, 10:29:44 pm
I wonder if they get dimmer over time like most cheap Chinese leds.
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Post by: c4757p on April 18, 2015, 10:59:26 pm
I just received four ^-^

PICS AFTER INSTALL.  :-/O

It'll be a little while - just realized the transformer I'm using to drive the current LEDs would be overloaded by about 100% with these, so I've got to cobble together a new power supply.

I wonder if they get dimmer over time like most cheap Chinese leds.

Hmm. I wonder if that is more prone to happening if they're driven harder. These are marketed for automotive use, where the voltage is in the upper 13s, but I'll probably be running them at 12V. The difference in heat output is not insignificant between those voltages.
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Post by: xrunner on April 18, 2015, 11:07:15 pm
Hmm. I wonder if that is more prone to happening if they're driven harder. These are marketed for automotive use, where the voltage is in the upper 13s, but I'll probably be running them at 12V. The difference in heat output is not insignificant between those voltages.

Yea, I'm using 12V and I did go up to 13.8, and as expected they get hotter and brighter at 13.8. 12V is plenty bright for my use.
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Post by: alsetalokin4017 on April 18, 2015, 11:17:02 pm
My workspace:
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Post by: xrunner on April 18, 2015, 11:31:33 pm
My workspace:

Oh man! I see all sorts of fun stuff there!  :clap:
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Post by: c4757p on April 19, 2015, 02:15:43 pm
I just received four ^-^

PICS AFTER INSTALL.  :-/O

It'll be a little while - just realized the transformer I'm using to drive the current LEDs would be overloaded by about 100% with these, so I've got to cobble together a new power supply.

Cobbled together for sure! I present to you the Best Buck Converter Ever:
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Post by: Refrigerator on April 19, 2015, 07:36:40 pm
I've been working this whole weekend on my little corner in the basement, made the table and all the stuff around it. :phew:
I thought about putting shelves on the wall but apparently the wall itself is made antirely of cement and rocks, which makes drilling through it impossible.   |O
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/VERYlowbudgetRC/Mobile%20Uploads/5ed5d85b-decf-4884-82a3-eecf5a1db668_zpsjw6idaxb.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/VERYlowbudgetRC/media/Mobile%20Uploads/5ed5d85b-decf-4884-82a3-eecf5a1db668_zpsjw6idaxb.jpg.html)
The light looks bright but it's just a 15W tube.
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Post by: nanofrog on April 19, 2015, 07:53:01 pm
I thought about putting shelves on the wall but apparently the wall itself is made antirely of cement and rocks, which makes drilling through it impossible.   |O
Why can't you use a masonry bit and install the brackets with some sort of metal expansion anchor (http://www.concretefasteners.com/diy-articles/expansion-anchors)?  :-//
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Post by: SeanB on April 19, 2015, 07:56:56 pm
Concrete means go borrow a SDS drill and make the holes for steel rod ( 12mm diameter) and put floating shelves up.
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Post by: xrunner on April 19, 2015, 08:44:03 pm
I've been working this whole weekend on my little corner in the basement, made the table and all the stuff around it. :phew:
I thought about putting shelves on the wall but apparently the wall itself is made antirely of cement and rocks, which makes drilling through it impossible.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/LargeDrill.jpg)
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Post by: Refrigerator on April 19, 2015, 09:04:47 pm
Yeah, i have one of those hammer drill things ( forgot how it's called in english ) mine's 1200W i just need to find where my brother put it.
I tried to do it with a standard concrete drill but it won't go any further than 1 cm.
Now i need to save up some more money for the angles and screws and such ( being a 10th grader budget is quite low ).
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Post by: nanofrog on April 20, 2015, 04:08:06 am
Yeah, i have one of those hammer drill things ( forgot how it's called in english ) mine's 1200W i just need to find where my brother put it.
I tried to do it with a standard concrete drill but it won't go any further than 1 cm.
Now i need to save up some more money for the angles and screws and such ( being a 10th grader budget is quite low ).
They are called hammer drills in English.  ;)

As per the depth, did you hit reinforcing steel by chance?
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Post by: SeanB on April 20, 2015, 04:38:41 am
The SDS drill illustrated above will go through steel reinforcing, rock and such quite easily. solid granite boulders however do take some time to drill through, you are drilling through some of the hardest rock on earth.
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Post by: nanofrog on April 20, 2015, 04:54:35 am
The SDS drill illustrated above will go through steel reinforcing, rock and such quite easily. solid granite boulders however do take some time to drill through, you are drilling through some of the hardest rock on earth.
I read Refrigerator's post as only a standard drill has been used thus far, not a hammer drill.

As per the material, I wasn't thinking of granite (or large stones of any kind at all) based on appearance of mortar/concrete in photo (looks like it was poured into form mold made of planks, so thinking it's early post-war concrete construction).
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Post by: mtdoc on April 20, 2015, 05:01:34 am
A hammer drill with the right bit will drill a hole in solid granite suitable for a typical small expansion bolt quite quickly. Rock climbers do this all the time.
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Post by: rob77 on April 20, 2015, 09:29:01 am
The SDS drill illustrated above will go through steel reinforcing, rock and such quite easily. solid granite boulders however do take some time to drill through, you are drilling through some of the hardest rock on earth.

what kind of hammer drill and drill bit are you using to go through the reinforcing steel ? 10-15+ mm reinforcing bars are pretty common here and hitting one means a lot of swearing and choosing a different place for the hole :D
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Post by: Refrigerator on April 20, 2015, 12:29:43 pm
The SDS drill illustrated above will go through steel reinforcing, rock and such quite easily. solid granite boulders however do take some time to drill through, you are drilling through some of the hardest rock on earth.

what kind of hammer drill and drill bit are you using to go through the reinforcing steel ? 10-15+ mm reinforcing bars are pretty common here and hitting one means a lot of swearing and choosing a different place for the hole :D
Nope, no reinforcing steel here, when i have time i'll go find my hammer drill and put holes in that wall.  :-+
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on April 20, 2015, 12:34:06 pm
I've been working this whole weekend on my little corner in the basement, made the table and all the stuff around it. :phew:
I thought about putting shelves on the wall but apparently the wall itself is made antirely of cement and rocks, which makes drilling through it impossible.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/LargeDrill.jpg)

Hey X, must be nice having one of those.  Many years ago as a teenager into CB radio, my parents let me have a station at home.  The radio was in the finished basement of an almost 100 year old house with a fairly thick stone foundation and to get the coax inside, my dearly departed father handed me a hammer and a cold chisel and said have at it.  Since the tip of the chisel was a cross point, he said to make sure I rotated it every couple of strikes.  What I would have given to have a Bosch like that.
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Post by: SeanB on April 20, 2015, 06:20:27 pm
I have used a star chisel and 4lb hammer to drill a hole. not recommended. The Bosch SDS with the Bosch bits will go through reinforcing with a little extra delay, I was using a very large one ( rental tool, I do not have a SDS drill that would do a 75mm hole through 400mm of concrete) and after about a half hour I heard a different note, and after the large plug fell out I found I had cut through a piece of 25mm rebar making the hole.

Not as bad as when I called "rent a hole" to do some 110mm holes for new drains, they broke 2 thin wall diamond cutters making the one hole. When I was getting a drain made Ivan the plumber dropped off Bongani, with a chisel and a 4lb hammer, and made an outline where he wanted the drain cover plate, and went off to the next job. I called Ivan about a half hour later and Bongani said " Hau Baas, faga lo jackhammer manje" ( boss, bring the big jackhammer now). He took 2 days with that to make the hole, as the concrete floor there was also cast 400mm thick over the sand, with reinforcing, mesh and sheet steel shuttering under it still. When we dug down to the sewer line we found out we didn't really need those 200 bricks either for the manhole, as we got over 400 used bricks out of the hole, along with the sand for the cement. When we were at the sewer level we also got sea water as the tide came in.
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Post by: R. Johnson on April 20, 2015, 06:39:16 pm
Have you thought about hanging the shelves from the rafters? That's what I plan to do in my basement lab. I had enough fun drilling the relatively small holes in the concrete for the electrical conduit anchors.
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Post by: george graves on April 20, 2015, 10:55:10 pm
Yea, I'm using 12V and I did go up to 13.8, and as expected they get hotter and brighter at 13.8. 12V is plenty bright for my use.

How much current do they draw?
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Post by: xrunner on April 20, 2015, 11:07:10 pm
How much current do they draw?

Two of them were running at a little over 1 amp.
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Post by: gore on April 21, 2015, 08:23:17 pm
I'm about to finish off a small bench for small scale projects and research. There isn't much room for more equipment on the bench itself, but it's enough for its purpose. I might build a small platform if need be. There's more equipment on the other side of the shot (drill press and other stuff). I took Dave's advice from his diy acoustic panels video and built a few to ease off the reflections. Most of them went to another area where sound recording is relevant, but a few of these panels stayed in the bench area to good effect. Well, that's about it. Oh, notice the book. It's a beast! I just got it today in my mail and I couldn't be happier! ;D
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Post by: gore on April 21, 2015, 08:24:56 pm
A few more shots.
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Post by: RoboTechEd on April 21, 2015, 08:30:47 pm
I'm about to finish off a small bench for small scale projects and research. There isn't much room for more equipment on the bench itself, but it's enough for its purpose. I might build a small platform if need be. There's more equipment on the other side of the shot (drill press and other stuff). I took Dave's advice from his diy acoustic panels video and built a few to ease off the reflections. Most of them went to another area where sound recording is relevant, but a few of these panels stayed in the bench area to good effect. Well, that's about it. Oh, notice the book. It's a beast! I just got it today in my mail and I couldn't be happier! ;D

What a transformation! Looks like a good use of space. May be hard to work and read your bible there at the same time htough considering it takes up 50% of your usable space ;) . Loving the fact that it's next to a window though. Must be nice to work on projects during a nice day outside
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Post by: gore on April 21, 2015, 08:39:06 pm
Indeed. I might have to move the big book on a desk behind. Windows come in handy while working at nights. There's a good view of the sky when it's a clear night for some extra inspiration.
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Post by: chickenHeadKnob on April 22, 2015, 05:45:37 am
@gore: I think you will be annoyed when you have your bench loaded with a project and then want to open one of those small component trays on a lower tier and find what you have in front interferes. Maybe put the component storage box higher, mounted on the wall or on shelves.
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Post by: gore on April 22, 2015, 09:37:26 am
@chickenHeadKnob

Good point. Building a bench platform seems like a good idea for elevating the trays. Plenty of room above. I left one outlet way up in case there's a need to add a wall mounted display.
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Post by: Howardlong on April 22, 2015, 11:03:59 am
Yes, shelving looks like it would be useful to maximise desk space.

Also regarding the scope, I think I'd either operate it upright on the floor (sounds bad but it's much more ergonomic than you might think) or get a lower profile unit and put it on a shelf, it's taking up an awful lot of desk area.

But yes, a massive transformation.
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Post by: Mechanical Menace on April 22, 2015, 11:15:36 am
Also regarding the scope, I think I'd either operate it upright on the floor

I'd also try and find some space to put a netbook when a computer is needed, which could be a lot more often than you expect.
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Post by: lapm on April 22, 2015, 12:25:26 pm
Also regarding the scope, I think I'd either operate it upright on the floor

I'd also try and find some space to put a netbook when a computer is needed, which could be a lot more often than you expect.

Ain't this the truth... Datasheets and schematics... Personally i have monitor (flat lcd) and small mouse and small keyboard on work desk. Easy to put aside if i need more space, often i dont... Computer itself is located in floor, next to desk...

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Post by: Howardlong on April 22, 2015, 12:53:01 pm
Also regarding the scope, I think I'd either operate it upright on the floor

I'd also try and find some space to put a netbook when a computer is needed, which could be a lot more often than you expect.

Flat screen monitor plus an under-desk sliding keyboard and mouse, assuming it can be fitted to your desk. That's been my setup for a number of years now.
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Post by: gore on April 22, 2015, 03:25:58 pm
To me, a computer is an essential piece of equipment at the bench. Right now I'm using a small tablet for viewing schematics and datasheets, but it's clumsy business, so a proper laptop or a stationary computer is required. I've seen many cases of laptops being held by an arm type holder in this thread. That's some beautiful stuff.  ^-^ Worth getting one for sure. Placing a keyboard/mouse under the desk is a simple task. The scope's massive. Perhaps I should bring in a small profile digital scope on this bench, but on the other hand, you can use the scope itself as a desk, which is what I'm doing. Placing it on the floor would make it inconvenient for making quick adjustments on the scope.
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Post by: xrunner on April 22, 2015, 03:36:26 pm
To me, a computer is an essential piece of equipment at the bench. Right now I'm using a small tablet for viewing schematics and datasheets, but it's clumsy business, so a proper laptop or a stationary computer is required. I've seen many cases of laptops being held by an arm type holder in this thread. That's some beautiful stuff.

I got one of these that holds two monitors off the desktop. They are GREAT!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Single-LCD-Monitor-Desk-Mount-Stand-Fully-Adjustable-Tilt-for-1-Screen-upto-27-/171297260958?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e21cc59e (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Single-LCD-Monitor-Desk-Mount-Stand-Fully-Adjustable-Tilt-for-1-Screen-upto-27-/171297260958?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e21cc59e)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTUwMFgxMTE5/z/ensAAOSwPgxVNbpF/$_57.JPG)
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Post by: RoboTechEd on April 22, 2015, 03:39:51 pm
To me, a computer is an essential piece of equipment at the bench. Right now I'm using a small tablet for viewing schematics and datasheets, but it's clumsy business, so a proper laptop or a stationary computer is required. I've seen many cases of laptops being held by an arm type holder in this thread. That's some beautiful stuff.  ^-^ Worth getting one for sure. Placing a keyboard/mouse under the desk is a simple task. The scope's massive. Perhaps I should bring in a small profile digital scope on this bench, but on the other hand, you can use the scope itself as a desk, which is what I'm doing. Placing it on the floor would make it inconvenient for making quick adjustments on the scope.

You could mount a tablet to the wall pretty easily (with velcro etc) and plug in a keyboard/mouse for it to do most quick google searches etc. It would be easy to take down when needed too, and could have datasheets up constantly in a non-intrusive way. Could also mimic a local PC screen pretty easily (RDP etc) if you needed to check something



I got one of these that holds two monitors off the desktop. They are GREAT!


Those are gerat! And pretty cheap on Amazon
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on April 22, 2015, 07:08:49 pm
To me, a computer is an essential piece of equipment at the bench. Right now I'm using a small tablet for viewing schematics and datasheets, but it's clumsy business, so a proper laptop or a stationary computer is required. I've seen many cases of laptops being held by an arm type holder in this thread. That's some beautiful stuff.

I got one of these that holds two monitors off the desktop. They are GREAT!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Single-LCD-Monitor-Desk-Mount-Stand-Fully-Adjustable-Tilt-for-1-Screen-upto-27-/171297260958?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e21cc59e (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Single-LCD-Monitor-Desk-Mount-Stand-Fully-Adjustable-Tilt-for-1-Screen-upto-27-/171297260958?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e21cc59e)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTUwMFgxMTE5/z/ensAAOSwPgxVNbpF/$_57.JPG)

I have one similar on my workbench.  I use a KVM switch for my company test computer and my personal laptop docking station.  Under desk keyboard/mouse tray completes it.  Now I need a freestanding dual monitor stand for my ham radio desk.  I need something that is more adjustable than my DIY solution.
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Post by: Vgkid on April 22, 2015, 07:43:15 pm
my messy bench, actually it became a place to stack up stuff. In the process of sorting/organizing.
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Post by: wiss on April 23, 2015, 12:55:21 pm
my messy bench, actually it became a place to stack up stuff. In the process of sorting/organizing.

Working on a 7075 I see  :-/O
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Post by: Vgkid on April 23, 2015, 04:14:32 pm
You must be working on a 7075,I wanted one.
My 7065 Vref has drifted out of range or( something else is wrong) the closest I can get it to 10V is 100ppm out :(.
shame really, I learned about 6.5 digit meters from it, and acquired more gear to fix it :) wallet says :( .
Title: Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
Post by: wiss on April 23, 2015, 08:44:38 pm
You must be working on a 7075,I wanted one.
My 7065 Vref has drifted out of range or( something else is wrong) the closest I can get it to 10V is 100ppm out :(.
shame really, I learned about 6.5 digit meters from it, and acquired more gear to fix it :) wallet says :( .