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Offline Howardlong

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1850 on: March 15, 2016, 10:57:15 pm »
Here is my current workplace.

Waiting for my Scope (Rigol DS1054z).

It seems that nearly everyone else starts out their labs with something that mine lacks... basic organizational things.   lol    most of my rather large part stash is housed in flat rate boxes!! ....At least I still know where everything is... for now.

My workspaces have always grown organically. Occasionally, maybe once every two or three years,  I'll decide to completely re-do it, strip it down completely, but invariably it's to no net benefit... and a day or two of lost productivity.
 

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« Reply #1851 on: March 15, 2016, 11:31:33 pm »
A complete strip down and redo of my bench is going to happen over Easter. Too many additions since it was last reorganized that it is now going to take a completely fresh approach.

Hopefully the 4 days will be long enough to remove everything, clean, put everything back and wire the racks / bench. It's going to take a fair bit of planning before hand to see what layout of benches / tool chests / racks will work best.
 

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« Reply #1852 on: March 15, 2016, 11:49:33 pm »
A complete strip down and redo of my bench is going to happen over Easter. Too many additions since it was last reorganized that it is now going to take a completely fresh approach.

Hopefully the 4 days will be long enough to remove everything, clean, put everything back and wire the racks / bench. It's going to take a fair bit of planning before hand to see what layout of benches / tool chests / racks will work best.

If you're anything like me, make room for 2 of everything you have. That way the gear piles don't start so soon.
 

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« Reply #1853 on: March 16, 2016, 12:36:48 am »
The biggest problem I have is a pile of card board boxes growing into my office which needs sorting & binning every now and then. I can have 3 different projects in 3 different work areas on my (long) desk but if a fourth project comes, one project has to go back into a container and be shelved.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1854 on: March 16, 2016, 06:45:38 am »
Here is my current workplace.

Waiting for my Scope (Rigol DS1054z).

It seems that nearly everyone else starts out their labs with something that mine lacks... basic organizational things.   lol    most of my rather large part stash is housed in flat rate boxes!! ....At least I still know where everything is... for now.

What you don't see in the picture is the complete disorganization of components, cables and everything else store all over the room.

Only decided to show only the Work-Bench :P
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1855 on: March 16, 2016, 01:19:40 pm »
Here is my current workplace.

Waiting for my Scope (Rigol DS1054z).

It seems that nearly everyone else starts out their labs with something that mine lacks... basic organizational things.   lol    most of my rather large part stash is housed in flat rate boxes!! ....At least I still know where everything is... for now.

I didint  ;) My lab corner at best looks clean, how ever its rarely its best shape so it looks messy, books, wires, etc. components everywhere...
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« Reply #1856 on: March 20, 2016, 03:37:03 pm »
The first picture is from 2013, second picture is 2+ years worth of time , energy and money  :phew:. Slowly upgrading into a better place. I welcome suggestions, ideas as well as criticism.   :-+
 

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« Reply #1857 on: March 20, 2016, 03:39:46 pm »
The first picture is from 2013, second picture is 2+ years worth of time , energy and money  :phew:. Slowly upgrading into a better place. I welcome suggestions, ideas as well as criticism.   :-+

Put some shelves on the wall and use that as storage so you have more room on the bench to work on things.
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« Reply #1858 on: March 25, 2016, 04:24:48 am »
Here is a current photo of my electronics workbench.

This is only 1/8 of my shed, the rest of for other hobbies.

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« Reply #1859 on: March 25, 2016, 08:01:04 am »
Finished my little improvised 'desktop rack'. Like many projects this took longer than expected.
Writeup updated: http://everist.org/NobLog/20160228_bench_rack.htm

Mostly it just holds power supplies. With an empty hole to take one more if needed. At the moment it just has a counter and CD player.

What the blank 1U front panel unit will hold, I'm still thinking about. A bunch of minor but useful stuff I'd like to have always right at the desk. Small coax patch panel, some low power fixed supplies (+3.3, +5, +12, +/-15, 24VAC, etc. An isolated mains ZC detect circuit. Heavy duty connector posts for the beefy supplies (and their sense lines) that are on the rear of the units.
Hmm... what else?

Having one easily accessible switch that turns off all the equipment in the rack is so great, why didn't I do this before?
Now I want to add front master switches to the shelves above the desk.
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« Reply #1860 on: March 25, 2016, 10:28:14 am »
The laptop can easily be removed leaving a decent, but not huge, work area.


That's such a nice deck, I would be paranoid about setting anything sharp down on it!  And ESD mat might be a good thing to have, just as protection on that nice wood!

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« Reply #1861 on: March 25, 2016, 02:16:53 pm »
The laptop can easily be removed leaving a decent, but not huge, work area.


That's such a nice deck, I would be paranoid about setting anything sharp down on it!  And ESD mat might be a good thing to have, just as protection on that nice wood!

Or drop a soldering iron on it! I've been doing solder work on another table which means moving the equipment I need and it's becoming a PITA. The suggestion for an ESD mat is an excellent idea. It's on my next purchase list.  :-+
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1862 on: March 25, 2016, 03:58:36 pm »
What the blank 1U front panel unit will hold, I'm still thinking about. A bunch of minor but useful stuff I'd like to have always right at the desk. Small coax patch panel, some low power fixed supplies (+3.3, +5, +12, +/-15, 24VAC, etc. An isolated mains ZC detect circuit. Heavy duty connector posts for the beefy supplies (and their sense lines) that are on the rear of the units.
Hmm... what else?

Having one easily accessible switch that turns off all the equipment in the rack is so great, why didn't I do this before?
Now I want to add front master switches to the shelves above the desk.

Lots of good uses for that blank panel. Sounds like you need more than 1U now. I think I'd start with the master switch for the rack and binding posts for the rear terminals of the devices in the rack.

Master (lighted) switches for the overhead shelf could probably be put into their own panel mounted to the underside of the shelf.
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« Reply #1863 on: March 25, 2016, 04:47:30 pm »
In a cellar somewhere in Northern Germany…
… my home lab erected from ground up.

And no, I do not have 20 scopes like everybody else.

Prefer to have many electronic components at hand because
these are not so quickly to get in the rural area I am in.

But we do have 3000 Mbit/s of DSL – with fibre coming soon. We are still hoping.
Anyway – Just enough to keep in touch with the world.

Any metal work is done in the heated garden shed.
As you can see, I like to recycle the casings of broken ATX power supplies
because these already provide some cutouts I need anyway.

Work currently in progress:
1.) PC software for the transistor tester
2.) Simple op-amp tester (to the left of my 34465A) plus PC software for it.
3.) Cover for the electricity distribution system behind the workbench

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1864 on: March 25, 2016, 05:05:39 pm »
Nice idea . Sockets for DIN rail fitted in a surface raceway  :-+
 

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« Reply #1865 on: March 25, 2016, 06:23:50 pm »
Messtechniker nice pics

What is that big meter on the top shelve reading ?  Temp ?
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« Reply #1866 on: March 25, 2016, 08:02:36 pm »
What is that big meter on the top shelve reading ?  Temp ?

That big meter used to be an ammeter - 60 mV, 300uA full scale - used in physics classes.
I changed the scale to indicate decibels when connected to suitable circuitry of course.
Yes, at the time I did the math for drawing the new meter scale myself. I doubt, I could do this easily today.....
Used to work for a company making equipment for physics demonstration experiments.
One day some 40 years ago it simply fell off the shelf, well sort of. :)

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« Reply #1867 on: March 26, 2016, 10:07:20 am »
That basement looks really great!
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1868 on: March 26, 2016, 10:00:25 pm »
Here's a few shots of (part of) my current disaster area... just for kicks. 

 

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« Reply #1869 on: March 26, 2016, 10:31:33 pm »
@ATATek, are the walls painted "Tek Blue" ? HiHi
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« Reply #1870 on: March 26, 2016, 11:04:18 pm »
A2AT - looks good!   :-+

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #1871 on: March 26, 2016, 11:31:03 pm »
@ATATek, are the walls painted "Tek Blue" ? HiHi

haha wow... I never paid any mind to the color of the wall paint!   It's pretty close to Tek Blue, just a shade or so lighter. 

Looking around and noticing my lack of bench dmm's, I think I'll have to nab up "a couple" of them....  Those inevitably will not be Tektronix.
 

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« Reply #1872 on: March 27, 2016, 12:04:28 am »
I dunno - I see empty slots in in plug in racks - get yourself some DM 501s, 502s, 503s, etc...   ;)

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« Reply #1873 on: March 27, 2016, 12:43:36 am »
I dunno - I see empty slots in in plug in racks - get yourself some DM 501s, 502s, 503s, etc...   ;)

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I could certainly do that for a fraction of the cost of a 34401A, but the limited number of display digits will definitely cause me to just buy a 6.5 digit unit regardless. A DM501 or DM502 has less resolution than my Fluke 87III, but of course that wouldn't stop me from dropping a lowball bid on a DM501/502 anyway.

I'd much rather stick an SG503/504 or a PG506 in those slots, though.  ;)
 

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« Reply #1874 on: March 27, 2016, 01:57:25 am »
My father came to visit last summer and we built this.
Features
- 12 AC outlets along the back
- computer desk slides in and out
- fully adjustable shelves
- peg board across the entire back
- cabinet door is a whiteboard on one side, peg board on the other
- lighted shelves (remote control, dimmable) and lighted floor
- shelf frame isn't fastened to the bench top, neither is the bench top itself fastened to the base. So it comes apart for moving, yet it's still very sturdy.

So for a hobbyist workbench in an apartment, it works great and I really like it.
And yup, that is the third edition of "Art of Electronics" sitting on the shelf.  :-+
 


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