Introduction: Soundwave Portable Electronics Workstation

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As most who know me would know, I like to keep my shed neat & tidy, so the idea of building a self-contained electronics workstation is very appealing. Plus I'm often fixing other peoples stuff so the portability helps.

Note: See Steps 28 & 29 for STL 3D Printing files, Cutting List & Detail drawings.

Step 1: Cut Plywood Sheet

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The whole box was built out of 1x sheet (2400x1200) 7mm ply plus a small sheet of 12mm ply for the front/work area. The thin 7mm ply made constructing the box difficult in terms of attaching hinges & using very short screws but it is worth it to keep the overall weight down in my opinion.

Step 2: Construct Main Box

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Fix the main box together with PVA glue & pneumatic nail gun.

Step 3: Sliding Lamp & Fume Extraction Mounts

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Braise some aluminum flat bar & 12mm tube together to make mounts for both the light & fume extraction adjustable arms (which are ex-desk lamp arms). Bolt the mounts to 300mm ball bearing drawer slides.

Note: the Fume Extraction Shroud & Duct 3D print files can be found here

Step 4: Slide to Arm Bush

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3D Printed bush for the light & fume extraction adjustable arms.

Step 5: Doors & Hinges

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Attach doors, using very small brass hinges & tiny 4 gauge countersunk self tappers. I had originally planed to use piano hinge but the thin 7mm ply made attaching it without a lot of modification very difficult.

Step 6: 240v Conduit Mounting

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To keep the workstation organised I've included a 240v power compartment in each end of the main box. But as most conventional power boards tend to have their sockets 90 degrees to their length taking up too much space I decided to fabricate my power supply system. Using 50mm square PVC conduit. The picture above shows the a piece of ply fixed inside the conduit to act as a captured nut to mount the conduit & make it serviceable.

Step 7: 240v Sockets

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In each 240v compartment there are 4x 240v 10A sockets & a overload reset switch & a 3m mains cable in the right hand compartment.

Step 8: 240v Wiring

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240v socket wiring.

Step 9: Flush Mount Bracket

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Add some aluminum brackets to make the front 240v sockets flush with the ply. There are 4x (2x each side) 240v sockets mounted in the front of the box for use with extra tools or to test things you are working on etc.

Step 10: Flush Mount Socket

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Front view of flush mount socket.

Step 11: 240v Conduit

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Right hand end power compartment conduit.

Step 12: Saddle Clip

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Custom 3D Printed curved saddle clip.

Step 13: Mouse Door

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Opening in right hand compartment for mains power cable.

Step 14: RH Power Comparment

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Right hand end power compartment.

Step 15: Internal Components

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(From top to bottom)
- 10mm Aluminum EA shelf bracket.

- Cable tie dispenser made from 20mm pvc conduit.

- 64mm dia cable hole with 3D Printed cap.

- Ball bearing drawer slide for for fume extraction arm.

Step 16: Wire Spool Mount & Slides

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3D printed Wire spool mount & slides.

Step 17: Wire Spool Mount & Slides

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Wire spool slide mounts in position

Step 18: Screwdriver Rack

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Keeping with the theme, I added a Decepticon logo in the 3D Printed screwdriver rack.

Step 19: Prep for Painting

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Ready for Painting.

Step 20: Main Box

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Main box painted. don't forget to paint the edges of the doors.

Step 21: Paint Front Panel

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Mask & Paint front panel.

Step 22: Handle: Brackets

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Fabricated a fold down handle so the box would fit on a shelf where I'd like to store it.

Step 23: Handle: Up Position

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Completed mild steel handle in the upright position.

Step 24: Handle: Down Position

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Completed mild steel handle in the down position.

Step 25: Workstaion

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Completed workstation ready to Transform & Roll out!

Step 26: Workstaion

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Completed workstation ready to Transform & Roll out!

Step 27: Tape Deck Mode!

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Completed workstation in Tape Deck Mode.

Thanks for your time =)

Step 28: 3D Printing Files

Step 29: Drawings & Cutting List


Miguel AngelA22 (author)2017-09-07

Puedes agregar el montaje de carrete de alambre y diapositivas???

acardenasiii (author)2017-06-08

I'm new to the field of electrical engineering. Why use 240v? Aren't most electronic tools/ test equipment 120v?

Great product, great era!

Have a look at the socket shape, it is Australian :)

(We use 240v over here)

ChrissieS5 (author)2017-03-28

Can you please add the wire spool mount & slides 3D printing file

GriggsN1 (author)2016-12-30

Thanks. Nice build!

A complete/detailed parts list would be an awesome add to the drawings and cutting files.

MikeW285 (author)2016-09-15

Great Design!! Any suggestions on color names for the paint?

taekidroid (author)2016-05-13

So dam good!!!! Congrats, splendid box!

njmalhq (author)2016-04-24

This is uber awesome! I run electronics classes for kids, something like this would solve so many of my problems.

CarthaPove (author)2016-02-05

LOVELY instructable

Foxtrot70 (author)2015-07-28

Where do we find information on the swingarm LED lamp?

Bindox (author)Foxtrot702015-12-31

Any hardware store with a lamp/light section. Also, any furniture supply catalog.

RuudvandeLooij (author)2015-03-21

This makes me wish I did some electronics from time to time, just to have this case. Look great.

yhdesai (author)2015-02-01


jimhenry2000 (author)2014-12-25

I love it and would buy one if commercially available!

Aaronius (author)jimhenry20002015-01-27

I agree. Twice!

jimhenry2000 (author)2014-12-25

I love it and would buy one if commercially available!

vicsradios (author)2014-09-25

VERY nice ! Neato ! Organization Extremus !

Come sort out my garage?????

JM1999 (author)2014-09-08

Hey man, this is awesome!

Avadhut.Deshmukh (author)2014-09-08

Really nice job ! !

bricabracwizard (author)2014-09-07

This is a beautiful work of art! I will have a go at this. I did make myself a mobile workshop if you want a peek: with a vacuum former.

rftek (author)2014-09-07

Very inspirational! Lots of good ideas in there, needs speakers & BT :)

ehudwill (author)2014-09-04

This is a great idea. I am always trying to find the right toolbox for my stuff. I should just build my own.

kevenr17 (author)2014-09-04

Very cool man! Voted x3!! Great job!

PaulS5 (author)2014-09-04

This guy is awesome! Thank you for adding the drawings and the cutting list!

NotJimCarrey (author)2014-09-03

Looking forward to making this. Can I get a copy of the files?

Tez_Gelmir (author)NotJimCarrey2014-09-03

Drawings added

newhope001 (author)2014-09-01

This is amazing! Can we have the cad drawing and plywood sizes?

Tez_Gelmir (author)newhope0012014-09-01

Sure, I'll sort it ASAP =)

Solder tip (author)Tez_Gelmir2014-09-03

Same here Tez if possible?

Tez_Gelmir (author)Solder tip2014-09-03

Drawings added

onfzmatts (author)2014-09-03

Great stuff!

JohnT4 (author)2014-09-03

People would buy this.. Tez, I think you should consider putting this or perhaps something very similiar on kickstarter.. you could be making money with this level of ingenuity and attention to detail.

l3ravo (author)2014-09-03

I absolutely love this.

kenbob (author)2014-09-03

Love this!

ctx1985 (author)2014-09-02

Such a good job! I love Soundwave!

lean04 (author)2014-09-01

great job! although i would love to see the cassette tape deck usable, like storage or something.. (maybe for 2.0 version..)

Ultra-Indigo (author)2014-09-01

that is sweet. sound wave is the coolest.

jbuck10 (author)2014-09-01

Playfully conceived and skillfully crafted , kudos!

Marina L. (author)2014-09-01

Store bought stuff: Inferior.

Soundwave workstation: Superior.

Thatdan (author)2014-09-01

Really nice job

seamster (author)2014-09-01

Ha! this turned out great. Very nice work!

MacGroowe (author)2014-09-01

This is pure genius =) As electronics hobbyist and repairer this could be handy All in one must have.

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