Adding shelves, lights and a soldering station to my electronics workbench
As I wrote in a previous post about my home office; our house isn’t huge, so I had to make the most of the office/man cave that I got. The electronics corner is pretty small, and a couple of things about it was annoying — like not having my instruments, e.g., oscilloscope and power supply, readily available. So I decided I needed to fix that!
As you can see there wasn’t a lot of space for my instruments, actually; there wasn’t any space. But I am using a rail system which makes it pretty easy to adjust the shelves. So I decided to add a deep shelf, in eye height, for my instruments.
I bought a wooden shelf and cut it to size. And pulled up two power cables in a cable duct, to power the instrument, but keep a clean look.
To get more things off the desk, I also added a small shelf on the wall in front of me. I’m quite fond of keeping things on shelves, as it increases the usable workspace and allows for much easier cleaning.
Next, I added a couple of lights; after much searching, I found that the Ikea TERTIAL was both cheap and perfect for the task. I’ve been using a cheap soldering iron for years, but I’ve always wanted one of those Weller soldering stations. Well, now it was finally time to get one! 🙂
I had an old IKEA shelf and a speaker stand lying around, so I cut the shelf to size and made a tiny table. It adds a bit of work or storage surface, and every bit helps 🙂 The tool wall allows me to keep all of my most used tools and cables within arms reach. The hot air gun is plugged in and ready to go.
I ended up putting the soldering station on the new shelf as well and was able to free up even more work surface. All in all, I am happy with the result 🙂 It is still small, but it works, and it forces me to (at least try) to keep it clean.
To find the parts I need, when I need them; I try to keep my part storage organized at all times. Small pieces in the drawer cabinets, and bigger parts in sealed ESD bags in the boxes. Each location has an ID number which is registered in my logistics system 🙂