[clug-talk] OT: Work table selection

Kin Wong kwong at csa-pdk.com
Wed May 3 22:34:59 PDT 2006


Mark Carlson 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
>  
>
Don't want to use anything from Ikea, particle board will not stand up 
to any shear forces, though compression forces are ok.

>- - They tend to fall apart after a few years :-(
>- Use a rack system like readyrack or gorilla rack
>  
>
What about the baker's racks -- if you have been to vfxweb, they use 
them to hold monitors for sale.  The shelves are adjustable and each 
shelf can hold up a couple hundred pounds.  They can be had from costco 
for less than 100 dollars.

Wire shelving is not suitable for a desktop, could use a plywood insert 
with a laminate top.  If you use particle board, it would be about 20 
for a 4*8 sheet.  Laminate if you don't care about the colour, you can 
get a damaged sheet for about 20.  Will need contact cement to glue the 
two together.

Circular cutouts for the legs - posts.

>- - 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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