In my continued efforts to put IKEA out of business, I present “Super Work Bench 2009”
As usual, it’s designed to fit in a specific room. For more pics and a rundown of the features (a piece of wood with features, that’s right, only on Benheck.com) click below.
One kind of superflous feature is a rotating work surface. I’m sure 9 times out of 10 this will be useless, but since it might be handy someday (get to the other side of a fragile project without lifting it, for example) I put it in.
The surface is an 18″ diameter circle (big enough to fit an Xbox 360 laptop coincidentally) and it is suspended by ball bearings inside the assembly. Openings and toothed edges allow you to rotate from the bottom, under the table. Now I can reinact the “the deal was for the diamond” scene from Temple of Doom whenever I want!
“You call him Doctor Jones, doll!”
Here’s the desk before I piled crap on it. My new apartment has those dumb baseboard heater things, so the legs of the desk actually have openings to fit over those, allowing it to go right up to the wall.
The three tools I admire most: soldering iron, desoldering iron and hot glue gun.
This is probably my favorite part. I found a 3 circuit switch at Ace and wired it to some power sockets under the desk. This allows me to turn on my tools easily, instead of manually unplugging them which was obviously a major inconvenience. I wouldn’t call it “going green” (soldering irons are fairly low-power in the grand scheme of things) but it’s very handy. Dremel and drill, already having switches, are plugged into a standard power strip.
I have had this damn Radio Shack project box sitting around for years and I finally found a use for it – bench power supply. A couple months ago, while working on the new C64 laptop, I bought an old computer case just for the ATX power switch. Ridiculous, I know. But now I have a use for that extra PC PSU as well. I get +12, +5, -5, -12 and +3.3 out of this thing – enough to power anything! There’s a couple of LED’s, one a really bright white one, so I won’t forget it’s on. You know, in case I can’t hear the fan.
Some shelves to stack projects on. The white thing is one of my new Xbox 360 laptops that I should have on the site soon.
Well that’s about it. Stay tuned to Benheck.com for more exciting projects and a cool new section of the site as well!