Electronic Workbench Wonders

Jameco's customers inspire the best use of space

Thanks to everyone who sent in images of their workbenches. No two workbenches are alike, and it may well be the workbench that helps inspire such brilliant ideas and projects.

Here are some highlights of what we recently received, but be sure to check out all the latest workbench submissions in the Jameco Hall of Fame

The Workbenches

Customer's Work Area Tour

Long time Jameco customer, Andy Frey hasn't just created a great workspace, he's been blogging about it for his friends and family. Here's a virtual tour of Andy's shop and we think you'll agree that he has some great organization ideas. Thanks Andy!

First off, to the right is a wide shot of his wonderful mess.

Andy made the table out of three 10" wide pine boards glued together side to side using biscuits with a custom piece of 3/16" glass to fit the top. He wisely covered half of the top with conductive foam to keep static at bay. Andy said, "It's super convenient for stabbing parts into to hold them neatly. It's also great for discharging static." For added stability he put a big "X" of 3" wide interlocked pine planks underneath. "I can stand right on the center of that table and it barely flexes," he said proudly. Andy, why are you standing on your work table?
Work area
Andy's Work area

Storage is always a primary focus of a well performing work space. A simple and effective solution is Andy's cubbyhole shelf on rollers, filled with plastic storage containers. He also added extra shelves in the available spots between the existing cabinets, which double as a bulletin board for cheat sheets.


Storage bins
Storage bins

Extra shelving
Extra shelving

Component cabinets with sliding drawers are fantastic for organizing the shop and as Andy says, the more the merrier. In some of the larger drawers, he uses plastic boxes and anti-static foam to hold his many ICs in layers to save space and for organization.

Parts drawers are SUPER handy!
Parts drawers are SUPER handy!
ICs stacked on ESD foam, labeled for a quick find.
ICs stacked on ESD foam, labeled for a quick find

Andy did admit that during a project, all organization efforts aside, his bench usually looks like this:

Parts clutter on my ESD foam
Parts clutter on my ESD foam
Notebooks for diagrams and doodles
Notebooks for diagrams and doodles

It's important for builders to keep their notes, diagrams and doodles organized too. Andy likes these little Field Notes® brand notebooks with graph paper inside.

Again, thanks to Andy for sharing his workshop ideas with the community. As always, give us your suggestions or comments. Andy would especially love to hear how people are storing resistors.
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