@Karen: "It's just I'm all thumbs when it comes to carpentry!"
I thought that's what husbands were for?? :-) Actually I'm not much good at it either. When I was in Zimbabwe I needed tables to hold a printer and a terminal controller box that I rented to travel agents. I found one of the guys who make basic furniture and sell it on the side of the road to make me up a few 2-tier tables to my specs, and they worked a treat. Cheap too. Sometimes third-world countries have the advantage!
Nice work Jon! I have seen commercial printer trolleys that are also useful for test equipment, but they cost..... Aubrey, I used to have a similar arm for a CRT monitor but now I have an LCD and I think I chucked that old arm out - damn! A trolley would be no good for me - my workshop is 4 by 6 feet at the end of my garage and there's no room to swing a cat....
I had an idea to use an anglepoise document holder for a multimeter and my LCR meter on my workbench. However they are considerably heavier than the average document and I think I'd have to put beefier springs in it, and/or tighten the hinges to make it stay where I want it. I got given 2 and I have one used for its original purpose - holding datasheets so I can swing them into view when I need pinouts etc, and out of the way when I am doing other stuff. If I get the other one working with the meters I'll post a pic.
I actually proposed the idea originally in an article in Test and Measurment World in January 1998. The author of the article was one Martin Rowe (I just looked at my scrapbook), but I have a recollection that you were editor at the time. Ahh, memories...
I like that monitor arm, Aubrey, and I thought about going that route with my Tek scope, but I couldn't find one that cost as little as some plywood and casters. Plus, getting back to woodwork forced me to properly align my radial-arm saw so it would cut straight and make good 45-degree angles. I put that task off for a long time.
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.
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.
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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