After several weeks of brainstorming, thinking, researching and cost-prooning, I have finally gotten my electronics workspace up and ready. It has put a couple of weeks of mileage already.
I wanted to make sure I stayed under $100 to setup the workspace (not including the tools of course). So I went to the local hardware store picked up a few boards, railings, support-brackets and vioila!
I wanted to setup the workspace a bit higher from the ground level for couple of reasons, 1) to keep stuff away from kids so they don’t pound on my toys 2) to help support the ergonomics of the working on it and 3) make it comfortable to work on. All three goals were well achieve by this simple layout.
Tools of the Trade:
- A good soldering-rework-station. I recently purchased a brand new “AOYUE 968 solder hot-air 2 in 1 Repairing/Rework station” from an online store based off of China. I purchased this one very recently for a very good price – paid USD$95 for the unit and USD$50 for s&h. Pretty good price considering a model lower to AOYUE 968 costs USD$175 w/o s&h at few online stores in the USA.
- I have owned a 20mhz Oscilloscope made by GW. I have rarely used it. But, now is the time
- Dremel drill press
- Vintage Black/White TV to keep me uptodate w/ weekend news
- couple of drawers to keep components organized
- workspace floroscent light
- I bought a towel hanger at the local IKEA – this serves good purpose of hanging my wires spools, tapes, solder spools, etc. And, makes it very easily reachable.
- high chair cushioned
- digtal multimeter
- a trash box (cardboard – nothing fancy)
- wireless internet access
- laserjet printer (for making PCBs)
- and, lastly but not leastly, some quality quite time
Here are a few pics: