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Paul's Electronics Pit

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I have taken a few pictures of my electronics corner in my garage for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy it! Pictures are presented in a basically clockwise pattern of my work area. Then I added a few projects in progress files as well.

interesting lab... i love all your stuff.....

pfred2 (author)  stevenarango1 month ago

Thank you. You have nice stuff too.

Machine2 years ago
Nice workshop. I spotted your Tektronix 2335 with DMM option, very nice super-ruggedized oscilloscope ($7000 when new, did you know?), good for high/low temp. high shock, super-tolerant power supply. Love those Wellers too, they are one of the best. I have two Hakkos (not by choice really) and two other no-name irons.

Your bench looks crowded but very well equipped. I would imagine that all kinds of magic gets created there.

Thanks for showing us.

pfred2 (author)  Machine2 years ago
Thank you for the compliment. Things have gotten even more crowded recently as I've had to dedicate the larger side of my desk I do my electronics on to a project I am working on now. Space is an issue in my garage.

I wish I had more time to dedicate to my electronics too but other things constantly vie for my attention.

You are welcome for having visited.
Robot Lover2 years ago
I spotted your old weller soldering station. I really like the old design. Though I'm planning on buying a hakko 888.
pfred2 (author)  Robot Lover2 years ago
I got it in a box of junk for $10 at a flea market. I used to use the same model when I worked in a PCB manufacturing house so I was already very familiar with the model. Oldies but goodies!
So how is it holding up, have you had to replace any parts? I love those awesome boxes of junk you'll find in garage sales and flea markets. My dad bought a box at a garage sale for 2 bucks and it had a panavise, some old milling parts worth well over a couple hundred together, and a drill bit sharpener.
pfred2 (author)  Robot Lover2 years ago
It works perfectly. It is a Weller soldering station. I think the main reason Weller can charge what they do for their gear is that a lot of it is virtually indestructible.

I've never run into a deal that good. But I'm still looking!
I have heard good things about Weller but have never used there brand of soldering equipment. My next iron will probably be a Weller. : )
pfred2 (author)  Robot Lover2 years ago
Weller is one good brand. Any tool is good to me though. I don't get hung up on names. It's all good if it works.
Yeah I see what you mean. Well, thanks for the talk!
pfred2 (author)  Robot Lover2 years ago
To me soldering is a technique that once learned properly can be done with a nail heated in a fire, though electric irons are more convenient. Every bad soldering job I've ever seen was doomed to failure before the iron was even heated up.

If you clean and prep, apply heat, then flow the solder it has to work.
jensenr303 years ago
that looks like heaven!
pfred2 (author)  jensenr303 years ago
Hey thanks! It sure beats some other setups I've had for myself in the past. We all do what we can do right? Really its mostly just a couple old milk crates with a board tossed over them. Being as I put my scope up there I strategically applied some hot glue to hold it all together.

I hope you like it all just as much not scaled:

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MROHM pfred22 years ago
Your Workshop is Impressive, Impressive , Impressive!!!!!!!! I don't know How many more times I have to tell You!!! Ps** I love your Tek Scope!!! Does Your Tek Scope Have 100Mhz Bandwidth??? You still have My Vote as BEST ELECTRONIC WORKSHOP in Instructables!!! Thanks pfred2
pfred2 (author)  MROHM2 years ago
My oscilloscope is a Tektronix 2336 Dual channel 100MHz with the Y option. The Y option is a device that allows me to measure points on the screen by time. Thank you for your support.
MROHM pfred22 years ago
I Have a TEK 2225 50Mhz Scope Purchased off E/Bay for $80.00. Almost all my Test Gear Has Been Purchased from E/Bay...Thanks for Telling me Tek#,,,You Have a Mighty Fine Scope There!! Thinking Of Purchasing a Digital Scope one Day But May Get Another Tek Analog Scope!! Right Now The 2225 will just Do Me Fine!!
MROHM pfred23 years ago
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pfred2 (author)  MROHM3 years ago
Thanks. My thoughts now are leaning towards building my CNC machine right on the desk which will take some rearrangements. But it is my big project at the moment, so it being front and center isn't worrying me. I'm done making all of the electronics for it now anyways.

Power supply:
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/2244/pict0579s.jpg

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X and Z  axis motor drives (I made 3 of these):
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Y Axis motor drives (2 of these):
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Parallel Port Buffer (there is a 25 pin D connector hanging off the board now):
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Something tells me I'll be focused on this project for a while.



I am speechless at how amazing this stuff is, you seem to like your servo motors and i have one that i dont know how to use, you want it?
MROHM3 years ago
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pfred2 (author)  MROHM3 years ago
Thanks! One of the twins (The Simpsons) is actually a 270. I picked it up at a garage sale for $3. The Model 3 - 260 I paid $20 for at a flea market. I think you may be able to see them a little better in this picture:

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MROHM pfred23 years ago
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pfred2 (author)  MROHM3 years ago
Thanks I hope I get your vote for the next contest submission I put in for with the rest of my garage. Competition looks like it has picked up some now though . There are some great shops in the running!

http://www.instructables.com/id/My-Mixed-Media-Garage/
MROHM pfred22 years ago
#1 Shop all the way!!!
THIS is amazing, when i get older my entire house is going to look like this!
pfred2 (author)  Jimmy Proton3 years ago
Sounds like too much walking to me. Really as you get older you want everything within easy reach of a comfortable seat.
I'm like that now but i still have stuff everywhere.
pfred2 (author)  Jimmy Proton3 years ago
My real electronics "junk box" is here:

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/8214/38052548.jpg

Which is a fair walk to get to:

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The other side is a classic!

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/3218/p1010018sx.jpg

Yeehaw, nothing quite like living in the country now is there? It's a good thing I can't even see that mess from my house! But *stuff* is an apt description for what finds its way down there.
Haha thats nice, i love it! I want one just like it! (not being sarcastic)
imakethings3 years ago
very good!
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