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9/30/2013 06:00 AM EDT
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kfield
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Can Jon build shelves, too?
kfield   9/30/2013 9:33:16 AM
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Leave it to Jon Titus to create this little beauty! I have been drooling over those industrial-style kitchen shelves made with pipe for the supports, super expensive though. Wonder if Jon can scale up and build something for me?  :-)

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MeasurementBlues   9/30/2013 9:58:11 AM
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It seems like you can accomplish the same thing with a cheap kitchen cart. I have one in the basement. It even has doors. I could just remove the back and the doors and add casters.

My basement "workbench" consists of three metal cabinets side by side by side. I use the tops as work space and store things underneath. The floor is pitched and uneven, but that's easily fixed with some wood shims.

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MeasurementBlues   9/30/2013 10:01:45 AM
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@kfield, did you see the steps taken in the construction on the EDN article? Here's the link again. A do-it-yourself instrument cart.

 

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kfield   9/30/2013 10:04:28 AM
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@measurementblues  Yes, I did. Thanks for sending them along. It's just I'm all thumbs when it comes to carpentry!

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MeasurementBlues   9/30/2013 10:13:52 AM
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I added some shelves over the cabinets. The area has a wood door that I leave open, where I added hooks to hang things. I love hanging things because they are visible and easy to find when I need them.

The work area also has some old kitchen cabinets left over from a renovation two years ago. They are great for storing things like paint cans and other supplies, including soldering irons (see my post tomorrow on soldering). I just stacked the the cabinets and added some shims to level them.

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Caleb Kraft   9/30/2013 10:28:03 AM
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A kitchen cart might be cheaper, but I'd be tempted to just build one for the strength. Even if mine was ugly at least it wouldn't sag in a few months. Then again, I guess you could buy a high quality kitchen cart, but that probably wouldn't be much cheaper at all!

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MeasurementBlues   9/30/2013 10:39:06 AM
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I can do a little carpentry. Well, I have two hand saws and two drills.

As for the basement cabinets, you can see what replaced them in Keith Dawson's blog Kitchen's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades. I did all the wood finishing of the window and door moldings, plus baseboards and several doors that are not in the photos.

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VDU arm
antedeluvian   9/30/2013 11:22:40 AM
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I use a PC monitor arm to hold my oscilloscope. It allows me to leave my desk cluttered and still get my scope to wherever it is needed. The arms may be harder to find now with the advent of LCD monitors, but on the flip side newer scopes are much thinner and lighter so the arm doesn't need to be so robust.



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mike_m   9/30/2013 2:02:45 PM
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Creative and useable except I have to ask you this,

 

Where is the coffee machine and donut holder?

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WireMan0   9/30/2013 4:12:45 PM
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Coffee machine?  It's on the back of the TM5000 enclosure, which generates enough heat to brew a pot. We have a Dunkin Donuts going in nearby, so that should solve the lack-of-donuts problem.

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