One of the upcoming tasks here is putting together a better kit building bench. Thinking of adding a couple classic craftsmanship features to the usual electronics bench:
- A Jeweler’s Apron – where the craftsman’s apron is attached to the front of the bench with a deep “bag,” giving anything dropped a secure place to hopefully find its home, rather than bouncing all over the place.
- A panel of lighted-from-below translucent plastic work surface. Saw this done in an avionics shop in Germany many years ago, and admired the easy extra ability to work with “backlighting” added when appropriate.
- Inverted “Third Hand” hanging from a shelf above & behind, rather than bench mounted. Saw this in a clockmaker’s shop in Gothenburg Sweden and notice how it kept the bench clear, swung up & out of the way, and allowed the work to be rotated on a more or less vertical axis with ease.
- Hammering Plate inset into the bench, giving a small spot to give something a whack or bare down upon. A friend has given me a six inch long section of railroad track I will inset into the bench.
- Inset cutting plastic block area. When I worked in England the shoemakers often worked on heavy plastic work surfaces that they could cut into, and when worn enough reface & reuse. I’ve sourced several pieces of leather press base and we have the machine to true it available.
- Grounding touch-plate so I can reduce the effort to bleed off any static I’ve picked up. Trying to decide what material would be best to use.
- Below bench ready-store of power, ground, internet, and antenna/dummy-load connections. Will tuck this stuff out of the way, with a bench level patch panel to “plug-n-play” for Power, Ground, Internet, and Dummy-Load/Antenna feeds.
Looking for your suggestions to roll into my kit bench. The size bench planned is 4ft wide by 2-1/2ft deep so I can’t go too wild.