New electronics workbench build part 2

Finishing up the new elec­tron­ics work­bench build.

Completed electronics workbench build with shelves and lighting installed
Completed elec­tron­ics work­bench build with shelves and light­ing installed

As I men­tioned in my pre­vi­ous work­bench post, I had a bunch of 80/20 Inc. T‑slotted alu­minum fram­ing from a trade show dis­play that I built many years ago. I did some quick mea­sure­ments and decid­ed that I had enough mate­ri­als for a three tier adjustable shelv­ing unit that would be able to han­dle heavy loads.
I used a car­bide blade miter saw to cut the pieces to length and began assem­bly. For my 6 foot long (183 cm) table I decid­ed on three sup­ports for each shelve, with a full length piece across the bot­tom back with diag­o­nal sup­ports.

80/20 aluminum bracing on the bottom back support.
80/20 alu­minum brac­ing on the bot­tom back sup­port.

For shelves I was donat­ed a piece of  3/4″ (19 mm) lam­i­nat­ed ply­wood, that I was able to cut into three equal 16″ (40.64 cm) shelves just slight­ly longer than the work­bench.

Angled view of shelve system on the workbench with LED lighting on.
Angled view of shelve sys­tem on the work­bench with LED light­ing on.

To bright­en up the work area I installed some flex­i­ble strip LED light­ing mount­ed in an U‑shaped alu­minum chan­nel. The strips are 24 volt DC and have around 20 indi­vid­ual LED’s per foot. I added a dif­fus­ing clear plas­tic strip to the alu­minum chan­nel to reduce the indi­vid­ual reflec­tions from each LED, and even the light dis­tri­b­u­tion bet­ter. The LED strips are dim­ma­ble, and I will adding an adjustable buck con­vert­er to set the bright­ness lev­el soon. I am cur­rent­ly using one side of my HP 6205C pow­er sup­ply to pow­er the LED’s and adjust bright­ness.

Workbench top and shelves already loaded with equipment.
Workbench top and shelves already loaded with equip­ment.

So far my plan is to use the bench for assem­bly equip­ment and tools. The first shelve for test equip­ment and bench com­put­er mon­i­tor. The sec­ond shelve for portable meters, pro­gram­ming mod­ules, con­sum­ables, easy access tools. And the top shelve for com­po­nent and parts stor­age.
The bench­top light­ed mag­ni­fi­er was installed on the left side of the bench, where I plan to do most of my sol­der­ing and test­ing.

Some of my recently constructed test equipment
Some of my recent­ly con­struct­ed test equip­ment from pre­vi­ous posts.

The elec­tron­ics work­bench is now ready for some new projects.
Coming soon:
6 dig­it nix­ie tube clock using an Arduinix shield from RobotPirate
7 seg­ment LED Atmega 328p clock with bat­tery back­up RTC (real time clock) IC

2 Replies to “New electronics workbench build part 2”

  1. I notice that you have some real­ly cool front pan­els on your kits. It would be great if you could add an arti­cle or just a com­ment or two on how you do these.

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