Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>
David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
David Ashton   9/30/2013 6:07:53 PM
NO RATINGS
@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!

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
Nice work....
David Ashton   9/30/2013 5:56:06 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

antedeluvian
User Rank
Blogger
Re: VDU arm
antedeluvian   9/30/2013 5:54:38 PM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Hi Jon

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...

Geez I have had my 'scope since before 1998!

WireMan0
User Rank
CEO
Re: VDU arm
WireMan0   9/30/2013 4:18:26 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

WireMan0
User Rank
CEO
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
WireMan0   9/30/2013 4:14:00 PM
NO RATINGS
If you have the plans. I can build it. You're on your own for staining or painting, Karen. ;-)

WireMan0
User Rank
CEO
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
WireMan0   9/30/2013 4:12:45 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

mike_m
User Rank
Manager
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
mike_m   9/30/2013 2:02:45 PM
NO RATINGS
Creative and useable except I have to ask you this,

 

Where is the coffee machine and donut holder?

antedeluvian
User Rank
Blogger
VDU arm
antedeluvian   9/30/2013 11:22:40 AM
NO RATINGS
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.



MeasurementBlues
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
MeasurementBlues   9/30/2013 10:39:06 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Can Jon build shelves, too?
Caleb Kraft   9/30/2013 10:28:03 AM
NO RATINGS
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!

<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>


Flash Poll
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
Max Maxfield
13 comments
In my previous column on this topic, we discussed the step-by-step construction of the first pass at a MSGEQ7-based DIY audio spectrum analyzer for use in my BADASS Display project. Of ...

Karen Field

June 2014 Cartoon Caption Winner
Karen Field
13 comments
Congratulations to "Wnderer" for submitting the winning caption for our June cartoon, after much heated conversation by our judges, given the plethora of great entries.

Jeremy Cook

Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
Jeremy Cook
3 comments
Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler." I would never claim to have his level of insight -- or such an awesome head of ...

Jeremy Cook

Machine Fixes That Made Me Go 'DUH!'
Jeremy Cook
21 comments
As you can see in my bio at the end of this article, I work as a manufacturing engineer. One of my favorite things that happens on a Friday late in the afternoon is to hear my phone ring ...

Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)