Of course, one can make a proper toolbox for all this stuff and make some robot sort it all out. Unfortunately building one is just a little cheaper than a low end saloon. Sensible nerds try to organise their workstation as efficiently and as compact as possible. And this is what this instructable is about; my very own electronics workstation, all in one, cheap, and incredibly handy.
My project implements 2 ideas...
1. Pill boxes (?)
2. Stack on boxes (????)
Step 1: The Pill Box: Why Its Name Doesn't Do Any Justice
Fortunately, the pill box has another use; to store small resistors, capacitors, etc etc and etc. Just pop in the component, label the lid, and that's done! I've use 7 * 4 = 28 small compartments.
These pill boxes come at less than 2$ each, so it will fit your budget unless your bank account has been hacked. Some things like Leds and ICs won't fit, so you'll need to see the next step.......
Step 2: The Box "Stack"
start with 2 boxes, stick the bottom of one on the lid of the other with hot glue or chewing gum, and that's that.
You can also try this ground breaking idea on screw lid and other types of boxes, and can also stack more than 2 if required.
One big box for a breadboard is handy. We'll put it together later.
Step 3: The Final Assembly... (part One)
What I've done is this;
1. Took some bamboo skewers( or long matchsticks) and stuck it to the pill box like in pic1.
2. Add additional skewers to make it stable and strong. Hot glue is advised.
3. Stick the stacked box (shown in prev step) to the bamboo skewers (see pic).
4. Stick more skewers to support other boxes if required.
5. Stick remaining boxes.
6. Nurse your glue gun burns, if any.
Step 4: The Final Assembly...(part2)
Glue some of the Velcro to the lid of the 'big box' as shown in the pics. I think the pics explain the rest...a long strip wrapping the entire thing.
Very basic, cheap, efficient, compact, lightweight, and all in one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The cake step is optional.
Step 5: More Ideas.....
You can make a voltage regulator and adjuster too! See the circuit diagram above for making it.
Enjoy! If you liked the project, please vote!