I finally decided to get a dedicated electronics workbench. I had been working on my computer desk until now, but it wasn’t quite working out. The first problem was having to clean up my electronics gear all the time, so I could have space to work comfortably and have other stuff out. The second was that it’s a glass desk, so I had to be really careful not to break it (No hammers!).
It took me a while to pick this specific workbench. After looking around, I saw Joe Grand’s workbench on flickr. It was perfect! I live in a rented apartment, so I can’t(ok… shouldn’t) just go around mounting shelves on walls. The bench from formaspace.com has shelves and lights built in, and you can get one with locking casters so it is easy to move around.
The actual purchase process was strange. FormaSpace is a technical furniture company not really focused on individuals. I had to call, get quotes, fax papers, pay over the phone, and wait two months to get it. The trouble was well worth it though. Last Friday, I received a 390lb crate with the pieces. (They usually ship them pre-assembled, but it wouldn’t have fit through my apartment door!)
As usual, I documented the build process with time-lapse videos. Here is the result: