WARNING - HOLD YOUR HORSES: Before you get too excited, I'm not going to have a chance to work on the bench itself until this December. Although it should go together pretty quickly once I get started because I plan to have most of the electronics started or completed before I build the actual bench itself.
Here are the key parameters I want in this bench:
- Sturdy: This thing needs to be STRONK
- Big-ish: I want to have room for my stuff.
- Good shelves:
- Form fitting: Make room for things like my scope, AWG, and chunky PSU but don't waste space!
- Lots of space for hand tools
- Component rack: Store 15+ boxes housing various sorted components
- Lights: I installed LEDs on my current bench - I want the same (or better - stay tuned...) here.
- Integrated Electronics:
- Lights: I already talked about this
- 12V DC bus: I build a lot of smaller devices which run on 12 V. Keeping a ton of wall warts around is a pain. Plus most of the cheap ones seem to use really crappy SMPS which are quite noisy. Having one big beefy 12V supply lets me ditch these for a better one & cut down on some wires.
- Equalizer: I'm often either listening to music or building audio electronics. Installing one of the equalizers I've already built makes sense.
- Flood lights?: I drop tiny parts all the time. Putting some flood lights on the bottom to light up the floor when needed could help.
- Thermometer/hygrometer + data logger: Okay I can't justify this one. But why not :)
- Tool mounts: On my previous benches I 3D printed some structures to mount specific wires, tools, etc. I use them daily and plan to make more for my new bench.
A few other details:
- The legs and shelves will be bolted on rather than screwed on so that the bench can be disassembled into large chunks and thrown in a trailer without causing serious strain to the most important structural areas.
- Surge protectors! I will live by the golden rule: there can never be too many outlets.