I like to do small electronics projects. I’ve been using a 4’ long plastic table and as I’ve accumulated test equipment and soldering equipment it has all gotten too crowded. Here’s what I think I need:
- Larger bench than 4 ft wide
- Wide enough to do soldering in a different area than testing
- Deeper bench than 30” deep
- Work surface in contrasting color to most small parts (light color probably)
- Sturdy construction
- Shelf for Test Equipment like Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, Power Supplies
- Spots for plenty of AC Power connectors
- Inexpensive (commercial units cost $500 or more) which probably means 2×4 lumber
- I don’t care if it’s pretty, just not too ugly
- Place to mount lighting – either florescent tubes or LEDs
I’m leaning towards using a piece of laminate counter top like they sell at Lowe’s Depot. For less than $40 I can buy a 36” wide x 8’ long piece of kitchen counter top laminate. [Edit: a friend just pointed out to me that is the price of the laminate material, not the counter top].
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.