Ahh, the electronics workbench – shrine to the electron, the diode, the transistor, the soldering pencil and flux pen.
You can learn a lot about someone by looking at their workspace. Note the way that they store components (in pullout drawers or plastic organizers?), hang test leads (on hooks or wire racks, or on a nail?), and keep spools of wire at the ready for repairs and new projects.
A look at someone’e electronics workbench gives you a small glimpse into what is usually a fairly personal space – a space where visions become reality and electronics projects are brought to life.
While there are quite a few electronics workbenches on flickr, I determined after a quick search that there had been no attempt to bring all of these glimpses into a hobbyist or engineer’s soul together into one place.
It’s open to everyone, so if you’ve got photos of your own bench, add it to the group!
Electronics Workbench - [Link]
OK, so about a year or so ago, I was working at my bench and I could not quite see what I was doing. I needed more light! I got so mad, I built this in about a half a day, and fixed the problem. Now I have enough light even when working on tiny things with magnifiers on my head.
I now have 4 white 12″ CCFL tubes, 6 1 watt warm white LED’s, 144 cool white LED’s (in strips), and 12 5mm diffused white LED’s under the bench pointed at the floor (did you ever drop anything?). All the LED’s are ramped on and off with PWM dimming as you will see in the video above. I also have 2 more channels available with full PWM dimming. Running everything wide open will allow you to see very well, and only consumes 17 watts.
A little overkill, but I was really frustrated. And hey, who just wants a plain ole boring switch anyway? Not me…
You can never have enough lights on your bench! [via]
UPDATE: Jeremy has made a new explanatory video (above, bottom), and shared his source code. You can check out all that new goodness here.
Workbench Light Controller - [Link]
This is a really impressive electronics workbench with control board. Check additional photos on the link below.
Electronic Workbench with Control Board - [Link]
Morten Nisker decided to build his own Mobile Electronics Workbench including all the tools and supplies needed inside a wood box. With this carrying case you can make electronics repairs on the go and have everything organized. Check building instructions on the link below.
Mobile Electronics Workbench - [Link]