This bench is the culmination of about 7 years of buying/fixing/and selling a lot of test gear, some of which, I kept.
I'M ALSO A HOBBY WOOD AND METAL WORKER, SO I MADE MY OWN BENCHES AND THE METAL RACKS ALL THE GEAR IS MOUNTED ON
...The big Aluminum rod schematic hanger stowed at the upper right corner of the equipment rack.
Still a long way to go, but it's progressing.
One on each side. The "lefty" is the junk drawer.
The drawers are about as deep as pencil drawer on a classic Desk. plenty deep enough for hand tools.
The heaters, the old "torch" I got for three bucks at the Saturday swap meet, and the hair dryer is probably nearly 40 years old by now.
Each bench has it's own "master" power switch, it also turns off the benche's over head lights.
So when the basement is dark, EVERYTHING is off.
Back side of the repair bench, just a few random cords.
Hand tools aren't bulky and can be stored in a very shallow space.
I built these drawers so they have an inch and a half interior height. The bottom is 1/2" ply recessed into a notch in all four side pieces, giving a 2" total drawer height.
The chem rack.
This is the only AC receptacle on the bench. Its powered by the isolation transformer, and there is NO GROUND.
Extremely unflattering, and looking like something out of the Munsters TV show.
This shows the relative position of the two benches to each other. Rather "cozy", but pretty good working arrangement for a one man operation.
This is one of the Mulit-unit panels with one of the plastic dividers.
The dividers are molded such that they pick up the brushed aluminum frame edges of the various equipment modules.
Multi-meter mounts are a bit difficult to find but they make assemblies like this real easy.
This is a pretty current (January of 2017) pic of the R.F. section of the bench.
More R.F. pieces at the opposite end. There is still lots more moving around to be done in the next several months.
R.F. group. Over the course of the next few months all this stuff will go through "reorganization" a couple times, but things are lookin up!!
The Audio group, with the generator, distortion analyzer, VTVM, and 600 Ohm attenuators.
Starting to look like a real repair bench!!
I need to find a "rack mount" kit for the tek scope. This'll be like finding a needle in the hay stack.
A few months later I found one.
The top/bottom rails with the mounting grooves for the 1/2" ply panel.
The front and rear caps are more or less the same construction.
The leg panels have 4-1/2 inch square top and bottom rails, the end pieces are 2 X 6 inches and the panel is 1/2" thick plywood.