[clug-talk] OT: Work table selection

Mitchell Brown mbgb14 at gmail.com
Wed May 3 16:58:15 PDT 2006


I've got just the thing!! http://mbgb14.googlepages.com/workbench.gif
Me and my family have a few and boy, are they ever HANDY!

:D

On 5/3/06, Mark Carlson <carlsonmark at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Warning: long question ahead, if you don't want to read it, here is a
> short form you can answer: "what do you use for a workbench/computer
> desk?"
>
> Hello again,
>
> Well, my card table is getting pretty wobbly, and my Ikea computer
> desk is becoming pretty much useless.  I have been looking into
> purchasing a new workbench for a few weeks now, and was really
> impressed with this little number:
>
> http://pbasics.com/ergonomicworkbenches/standalonestations__437_workstation30x72.cfm
> (tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/n4y3b )
>
> A place in town ( http://active-tech.ca ) carries the line, and I was
> just about to buy one with a shelf for the hefty sum of ~$800.  That
> was out of my budget already, but when I went to get a quote, they
> said they would have to charge an extra $250 for shipping.
>
> Unfortunately, I'm not made of money, so now I'm looking for something
> less pricey.  I suppose I can do without the modularity, but the work
> surface will probably end up facing some serious scratching, stray
> solder/soldering irons, and heavyish equipment (well, a couple hundred
> pounds anyways.)
>
> So, my requirements are:
> - Durable surface (or can replace it for under $100)
> - Can hold a few hundred pounds
> - A shelf would be nice
> - Need to get a chair under it
> - Large enough (30"x72" surface would be ideal)
> - Need to get a keyboard+monitor on there somehow
>
> That leaves me with a few options:
> - 2xSawhorse+Plywood
> - - I can only hope this would handle throwing on an 80lb computer or
> a 50lb 'scope
> - Get an Ikea table and either cover it with something or keep replacing
> it
> - - They tend to fall apart after a few years :-(
> - Use a rack system like readyrack or gorilla rack
> - - This looks to be the best option so far
>
> I suppose I could use the racks to hold some of the equipment that
> won't be moving much as well as for doing soldering/prototyping on,
> and then get a decent computer desk for the computer stuff.
>
> So my question to you all is this:
> What is your computer setup like? (What do you have your computers set up
> on?)
> and
> Do you know of any other solution that would fit my needs?
>
> I appreciate your time, and await your responses, (hey, isn't it
> always fun to talk about your setups?)
>
> -Mark
>
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