How to build a workbench for electronics

How to build a workbench for electronics

A workbench is a “must-have” if you regularly work on any type of electronics.

You’ll need an out of the way space where you can use your soldering iron, build circuit boards and other components, and test and repair electronic devices and systems. You can easily build your own bench out of wood and be using it in about a day’s time! And, the best part is, that your new electronics workbench won’t empty out your checkbook, either!

The first step in this project is to build a simple wood bench. You can use two by fours purchased from your local home supply store for the frame and the top. Or, you may choose to use boards to finish up the top; the choice is yours. In order to decide how long, wide, and tall your bench will be, you’ll need to find a suitable spot in your home to place it in. This room should be cool and dry and have at least one window for ventilation in it. If you have the available space, a workbench that measures approximately four feet long, thirty inches wide, and is three feet tall should be sufficient.

The second step is to measure and cut two – two by fours that measure four feet long. Then, cut two more pieces that measure thirty inches long. Place the pieces of wood into a rectangle, then nail or use wood screws to secure the pieces together at the corners. Then, cut four more two by fours the same lengths as the previous pieces. Secure them together in the same manner. This will be the top of your workbench for electronics.

You’ll need four more two by fours for the legs, so they’ll need to be three feet long. Position each leg inside each corner of the bottom base. Then, attach the legs to the base by using either three or four nails or wood screws. After attaching each leg, check to make sure they are secure. Then, position the top onto the legs and attach it with nails or wood screws.

The third step is to make some storage space for your new work bench for electronics. You can install plastic or metal bins on either side of the front for easy accessibility. These can be found in many different sizes at your local home supply store.

All you need to do now is to finish the top of your bench. Again, you can either use two by fours, wood boards, or any type of material you may choose.

The fourth step is to turn your simple project into a specific work space for electronics. If the top is going to be made of wood, then you’ll need to make a small work space on it. You can do this by measuring an eighteen by eighteen inch place near the front edge of the bench; mark it out with a pencil. Then, cover the work space with a heat resistant material, such as a piece of ceramic. Check your local home supply store for available materials. This will give you a spot to use your soldering iron on without worrying about burning or otherwise harming the wood top.

You’ll also need to install a power supply on your electronics bench that has a household current connected to it. This will be useful for plugging in your soldering iron, adjustable bright halogen lamp, et cetera. You can install an electrical outlet, but an easier solution that wouldn’t require any wiring would be to install a medium sized power strip instead. This type of power strip has six outlets and an on/off switch that controls all of the electrical outlets. It plugs into an electrical outlet. That’s how it gets its supply of electric. Normally, a power strip has two holes on the back that enable you to hang it up.

Finally, add a comfortable chair or stool to your work bench, and move your tools and testers in, and you are ready to start working on electronics!


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