Since I work in a small flat with no separate space for handcrafts i struggle always with building before and cleaning up afterwards just for simple electronic work. There were always the same tools to search in boxes and cases, plug them in, find wires and solderin tin and so on. So for only 5 minutes work comes together just an hour or so for the setup time. For me the solution was a box where everything can be found at the same space where it belongs to.
Simple philosophy: Everything has a space, everything has its own space.
This Instructable should be more a watchable, because for myself I don't read the long text instructables. But I believe I took around 80 pictures that give you an Idea what could be done and how to do the important parts. If there are any questions left, just put them in the comments.
First question: What I really need everytime?
So I begin with the heavy thing, the power-supply put it in the middle and arranged everything around it in mind and constructed everything in sketchup. It need to fit on the desk and on the storage-space.
Since I don't move much around with that stuff and have a lot of wood waste I didn't bother weight. So I took a mix of hardwood (for main support frame), plywood, MDF and 3mm HDF and mainly express-wood-glue and a mix of screws.
I will not give measurements here, because every part is fitted around what needs to be put inside the box and where it should be stored. The tunnel for the fume should be at least 12x12mm.
Most parts should be found in a good sorted Hobby-room. I believe that everybody that want to build something like this should knew where to get this or allready has it. My aim was to use as most as possible parts from scrap.
I only used a few tools:
So let the build begin...
I don't have an electric saw and in this tiny flat using one is not recommendable. But I'm very trained with my crosscut-saw, it is quiet and much more precise than every other hand-guided saw, even any electrical!
3mm HDF is really good to glue edge to edge, holds perfect and is really stable, I used it for the inner part, mainly for the fume-extractor.
One side gimmick is to handle wires and soldering tin, always wanted something like this.
so my old iron holder died years ago and so i build a new one as a foldout in the main room, also for cooling issue the iron is mounted outside so that i don't need to bother when packing everything together.
not much to remark here...
Okay, there is not much to say, but it was really hard to hardwire the iron since one can not cut the cable of the station and solder them because you need that it runs to solder them... hard stuff, creative solution...
Wiring is simply straight forward paralell everything. The fan and the LED-Strips are connected to the AC-Adaptor output, but the fan will get a switch to interrupt.
So here's the result