EE Tray





Introduction: EE Tray

Simple to make, and great for shared workspaces. Grab a food tray, add power jacks, breadboards and component containers.

Step 1: The Parts

Key components: female banana plugs, breadboards, component containers, velcro (not pictured) and, of course, a food tray.

I find that Maxim chip sample containers make for some of the better component cases.

Step 2: Drill Holes for Banana Connectors

Easy as one, two, three! Center punch, predrill, drill.

For the banana connectors I used 5/16" allowed them to fit but jiggle around. Had I been more forward thinking, I would have spaced the holed appropriately to fit three prong banana connectors.

I use three here for the standard Vcc GND Vee combination.

Step 3: Banana!

In they go!

Be sure to loosen the part of the connectors which are used to clamp wires before inserting them. Otherwise it becomes difficult to loosen them without removing their nut.

Step 4: Breadboards!

Breadboards conveniently come with adhesive backs, and tabs to fit together.

Step 5: Component Cases!

A little velcro and some old maxim chip containers, and voila!



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    Neat idea. Um, lacking a school cafeteria from which to borrow one, just where DOES one find food trays of substantial size like this? (I supposed there is the COMPANY cafeteria...) Retail stores seem to have smaller, fancier trays that are fine, but expensive...

    steal one from mcdonalds or a mall food court lol i work at mcdonalds so it makes it funny

    If you have an Ikea store nearby, I just picked up some plastic trays for about $5 each. I'd only be worried about static from a plastic tray though.

    You could actualy "borrow" one from some fastfood restaurant :D

    a bit of ply with some trim would do the trip... but I'm making a trip to the company crapeteria today for sure. Get half a dozen of these and make a project shelving unit

    Funny how you use banana plugs and a breadboard with a food tray :-P
    Nice project!

    Plus handy boxes to put his chips in :P