Finishing up the new electronics workbench build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The electronics workbench is now ready for some new projects.
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