Post a pic of your Electronics Bench

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  1. spinroch

    spinroch Unspecified Life Form Subscriber

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    Arts: Shall we call your bench "Area 51"?
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  2. BinaryMike

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    Okay, I'll play. The current main workbench setup includes a professional video monitor, vectorscope, and other video test equipment from my old career, as well as new stuff acquired for audio design work in retirement. Highlights include a Tek 350MHz 4-ch scope with RF spectrum analyzer, Keysight 120MHz arbitrary function generator, Stanford Research SR-1 dual channel audio analyzer, and an EMS 600V 1.6A power supply. I keep a collection of other power supplies in reserve, because a guy can never have too many power supplies for tube amp breadboard work! The audio patch panel is from an even older career that ended in 1984: managing a high-end audio service shop. I'm on the hunt for a pair of high-efficiency speakers to supplement amplifier listening test capabilities.

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    Yea but ya have to know how to use it ,before ,you can forget what it was that you learned in the first place right.:biggrin:
     
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    Wow, I'm not feeling very good after seeing all this picts and looking to my bird nest bench... It's under "new year's clean up", so after a couple of days I'll be able to take some picts.
     
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  6. Ray Gianelli

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    Yeah, my bench is a freakin' nightmare too. But you know what? I'm unapologetic about it because if you're working on your bench it's going to get messy:

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    I clean it up between tasks. But when I'm working it can (and often does) get like this.
    I'm mulling over redesigning the whole setup, since I recently got some new test equipment. So I look at these threads with interest, as some of you have layouts that make more sense than mine.
     
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  7. spinroch

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    It's a Workin' Bench! Hot up the soldering iron. Full speed ahead!
     
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  8. biscuithead

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    I might be run out of town 'cause of my amateur-rats-nest-pile with home-built signal gen, and Heathkit decade boxes, and dumpster-salvaged power supply... and absence of real test equipment. Alas, I am not a technician, I'm just a hack electrician trying to fake-it 'til I make it. All I know is that a wire has two ends, and a schematic is some kind of a treasure map... that always needs to be Red-lined when I walk away from it :rolleyes:.

    I have water-damaged CV D9s under the bench... and I exited the dryer vent right under the bench to keep my feet warm in the winter (because of the lint build-up on my shoes). I have black-plastic-Sony crap buried in 1" of saw-dust and dirt that just doesn't seem to kill them... and a Trophy Wall of cheesy old idlers that are my only friends...
    I think Non-linearly, and my work area reflects it... Anyone seen a pair of wire cutters lying around? I have like 8 of them...guess I'll go buy another...

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    :crazy: and PROUD

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    Love the hard-hat collection!!:rflmao:
     
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    And the hanging record changers ! (Y)
     
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    Those are from 6 of the 35 companies I've worked for in the last 22 years... no soup for me !
     
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  12. Ray Gianelli

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    I look at your avatar and I get... distracted. :)
     
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    It's like the old saying "a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind". I feel the same way about a bench.

    Mind you, I do straighten up between tasks, but it always looks like that when I'm working. And I'm comfortable when it's like that.
     
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  14. arts

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    If you hadn't always been caught snitching hardhats,you wouldn't have had to change jobs so often;)

    I'm starting to think that the only clean workbenches we'll ever see are the ones we took a photo of when they were first set up......
    Can we even trust someone with a clean bench?
     
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    I've never seen a "between task" time... my tasks overlap, intertwine, interrupt, and just stack up like a house of cards with a squirrel running past... reading about a different Econo-wave design in the other window of the PC at the same time I'm writing this...:confused:
     
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    I've worked with you before ...? :biggrin:
     
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    AND you have an antistatic mat :thumbsup: :bigok: :king:
     
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    OCD is a strange animal... My work bench looks like a grenade wrapped in 20 spools of solder was tossed at it, but I just put some tater-tots in the oven for my kids and my wife shook her head at my arrangement... They looked like little sailors, soldiers and rowlocks (uncle was a mason) in alternating rows.

    "What?" I say " if there is an even amount of space (+/- 1/8" tolerance ) between each tot, they are more evenly baked"...

    :crazy: and PROUD
     
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  19. arts

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    So,it's not just me,eh? Excellent.....

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  20. Alan0354

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    This is my work room, it's in the storage room but beats in the garage.

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    Small parts bin in the room:

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    Tube parts and excess capacitors etc. in the garage:

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    Don't have a lot of equipment and don't have room for more equipment. Have to cycle test equipment depending on the work I do. I have the Quant Asylum analyzer ( like a spectrum analyzer) inside the draw to the left of the first picture to run THD test. It display on the laptop.
     
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