Extensive Documentation of Homemade ‘Maker Workbench’ by @TinWhiskerzBlog
You know the itch. You need to upgrade your workspace – or in Bill’s case here establish a new non-woodworking space for electronics projects – and you don’t want to use a readymade desk or bench. You want something custom. Custom for your person (size, stature, even disabilities if afflicted), your needs and style, and of course the projects you plan on making.
Bill got the itch, and decided to fabricate his own ‘maker workbench’ putting his woodworking skills to the task of building a wood bench top topped with MDF, designing and wiring electrical for easy access to back-panel electricity outlets without the need for power strips, and more. The result is pretty magnifique, and I especially appreciate his thorough documentation, down to full bill of materials listed on his blog – 3D printer not included 😉
It can be tough working on a maker project if you don’t have a good space to work. Many times my electronics work surface was an ESD mat on the dining room table, but as my projects grew and my family grew I was under increasing pressure to find somewhere else to work. (Really it was the 3D printer that put my wife over the edge — rightfully so). I also didn’t want to have my electronics out in the garage which is my woodworking shop and full of saw dust.
The task of finding a decent place to work on electronics was more of a challenge than I expected. Lots of folks who left the dining room table seem to work on card tables or random repurposed Ikea tables and benches or purchase very expensive commercial electronics benches that are out of the range of most folks working part time as a maker. I knew there must be something in the middle that could be a reasonable solution and a reasonable bench.
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