My Workspace 2014




About: Hi I'm Angelo! I am a college student taking my engineering majors in BS-EE/ BS-ECE at the DLSU. I use my course as an inspiration for making my current projects! I've been posting projects here ever since I...

Hey guys! Welcome to my workspace. It's been a while since I last posted an update of it. Here's what it looks like right now (6/12/14). A lot has changed since 2012. I guess this is more of a show and tell than a tutorial. Anyway, I'll share with you how I sort and organize my stuff.

What's New?

- Added A Long But Narrow Table

- Functional DIY CNC Prototype

- New Tools & Arrangements

Future Plans/ Wishlist:

- Smaller DIY Nearfield Studio Monitors

- Softbox (For Better Lighting)

- Drill Press & Bench Grinder

- Table Size DIY 3D Printer

- Taller Cabinet/ Shelves

Step 1: Functional CNC Prototype

The first thing that you'll you'll notice when you enter the room is my Homebrew CNC. It's still a prototype, don't worry I'll be posting a detailed guide of project soon. It works, I use it to cut acrylic for my robots, the z-axis is fixed though. Without having a local CNC service or 3D printing service, building the z-axis by hand would be a difficult task.

Step 2: Gadget Desk

All the drilling, grinding, melting, gluing and soldering is scary, specially when you have gadgets lying around. I started using this table when I spilled gorilla glue on my cellphone, without me knowing it hardened on my screen. The table saves my gadgets from getting damaged when I'm working on something.

Step 3: Computer Desk

I have another table perpendicular to my project desk. It's where I rest my laptop. As much as possible, I keep the laptop near my project desk, it makes reading schematics and editing PCBs a lot easier. I also have my pair of DIY Bookshelf Speakers at both sides of the, I play it loud all the time :)

Step 4: Box of Cables

Underneath my computer desk, you'll find a plastic box containing cables and adapters. Since most cables are computer related, I keep it underneath my computer desk.

Step 5: Project Desk

Left & Center Of The Table:

- This part of the table is where I get messy.

- I do most of the cutting, grinding, gluing and soldering here.

- Soldering Iron, Rotary Tool, Glue Gun & Adjustable PSU.

- Plastic containers of tools for quick access. I hate toolboxes! >:|

- Plastic Container of Jumpers & Hook-up Wires.

Right Side Of The Table:

- This is the side of the table where I stock some parts.

- I have a small parts organizer (deck) for storing small discrete components.

- Quick access tray for storing parts. Sometimes I tend to get lazy in sorting the components so I just throw all the excess here then sort them out when I have time.

- Markers and cutting tools goes to the rectangular pen holder.

Step 6: Parts Organizer

A parts organizer is quite handy in storing discrete components!

What's Inside:

- ICs (Logic Gates, Amplifiers, MCUs)

- PNP & NPN Transistors


- Capacitors

- Resistors

- Inductors

- Toroidal Cores

- Connectors

- Wires

- Ziptie


Step 7: More Containers

Step 8: Automated Workspace System

Who doesn't get tired of flicking switches? The solution to the back-aching problem is a DIY Smart Home Automation Box. The box is located under my workspace table. It can be controlled by phone via app and can also activate when someone enters the room.

The Home Automation Box: The box is composed an array of AC sockets, an Arduino Uno, a DIY Relay Shield, a Bluetooth Module and a low wattage Switching PSU. Each socket has a designated relay, it can be controlled one by one. As for the motion detection, I hacked a cheap PIR door-chime alarm by adding a low power RF module ($4). The TX (door-chime) sends signals to the RX (home automation box) when it detects motion.

The Phone App: A friend of mine designed the app from scratch. It has four main features, the typical tap the button control, the scheduled activation, the timer feature and the voice recognition feature. Yes, that's right! The app has a voice activation feature that lets you command the Home Automation box. Unlike my previous voice activated project, our new app doesn't need a tap to activate the voice recognition. Just say "hey google" then the phone will wake and will start listening to your command! For now, the app has bugs. I'll post an instructable of the project as soon as we resolve the problem.

Step 9: Huge Trash Bin

The key to having a clean desk is having an efficient way of disposing trash and that's by having a trashbin with a huge mouth. More like a trashcube to me :)

Step 10: Mesh Shelves

You just got to have one of these mesh shelves! Compared to traditional shelves, the mesh shelves receives a lot of light and ventilation. You get too see what's inside. You'll never forget where you had stored your stuff.

Step 11: Chemicals & Adhesives

I stock some of my indoor friendly chemicals here, like: enchants, lubricants, adheisives, paint and etc...

Step 12: Project Enclosures

A project is nothing without a case to house it. It's good to have plastic enclosures lying around!

Step 13: MISC, Projects & Wires

I have both of these shelves for storing random stuff, ones like unfinished projects, salvaged plastic and salvaged wires.

Step 14: Screw Dremel Bits & Safety Equipment

This is where I store my safety glasses, gas mask, extra screws, Dremel bits and silicone sealants.

Step 15: My Cabinet

Nothing different, just your typical cabinet. Like what I said a while ago. Let's take a peek of what's inside :)

Step 16: Compartment for Random Stuff/ Boxes

Anything that's boxed goes in here, mostly boxed supplies.

What's Inside?

- Speaker ports/ tubes/ coils/ capacitors/ high wattage resistors.

- RadioShack learning lab kits (taught me a lot in electronics!).

- The brown box filled with assorted screws, nuts and bolts.

- Little bits from the supercharged contest.

- A year supply of tape and adhesives.

Step 17: My Supply of Speaker Drivers

I love speakers! Speakers are one of the first projects that got me into electronics. I have more lying around but these are the only ones that could fit in my cabinet.

Step 18: Clean/ Brand New Wires

I separate the salvaged wires from the new ones. I store the new ones here. The one inside the yellow cup is long roll of stranded wire.

Step 19: MISC

I store more random stuff here...

Step 20: Papers! (Schematics, Blueprints, Datasheets)

I used to live with my grandparents. We pretty much shared one desktop computer. We take turns, I couldn't have the computer to myself the whole day so I printed most of the projects that I find then use them as reference. You will find hundreds of instructable PDF printouts here, ranging from year 2007-2010. For some reason, I still couldn't let go of these documents.

Step 21: Extra Supply for Robotics

Anything that is mechanical goes in this cabinet. Sensor modules, motor drivers and MCU boards also goes here.

Step 22: Working Prototype Circuits (scrap)

We all have prototypes, when we've finish building the final version the prototype becomes trash. I store some of those prototypes here for recycling parts.

Step 23: Scrap Acrylic Supply

Acrylic is very useful for building robots and project enclosures. I get my supply from a local junkshop. It's much cheaper than buying new ones. Try it, it's better than cardboard and wood! :)

Step 24: Maintaining Cleanliness

A messy workspace is every hobbyist's nightmare! Sometimes you don't know where to start. Usually, I start sorting the larger stuff first (ex. tools, wood, plastics). I work my way until I clear the table from the smaller things. When there's nothing left except the wire splices, I scrap them with a ruler. Finally, I clean the table with a piece of cloth.

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    38 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Plz tell me how that black box where he puts all components is called

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    An organizer bin lol they have them at sears or any hardware store but i got mine at sears


    3 years ago

    Very well organised,really need a place like this! Great job!


    Some projects aren't very expensive to build, I'm pretty sure he earns a bit from his videos on youtube

    Invento Guy

    4 years ago

    Can you please upload the automated power socket project?
    I want it urgent...!
    Please upload it...!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    You need to give my kids some lessons in organization! Aw, who am I kidding...You need to give ME some lessons in organization! Great job!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    no need to buy radioshack learning lab
    m going to post instructable on how to make it
    i will provide two books for free in form of pdf


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great workspace! Great Job!

    I wonder if you can point me to a source of your speaker drivers. Do you order them from ebay, or can this be sourced in the Philippines? I've been looking for full-range drivers for the PAM8403 amps.

    Thanks and more power to you!



    4 years ago on Step 24

    Congrats !

    Great working space, I guess all you actually need is time, energy and bright ideas, the rest is already available to you !

    You could add a 3D Printer !


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Just my two cents. Get LCR100A meter, New 2014 ver M328 Transistor Tester with lots of new functions designed by Markus F, further hacked by Always have a good DMM such as Brymen 829 or 869. Fluke 87 simply a desired dream. Have fun.


    5 years ago

    Hi ASCAS I really liked your projects and channel , you deserved a follower and now you got one.. I'm thinking of making a workspace but I don't know where to start. I have a spare room.thx your channel is great

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    If you dont already have one get a decent soldering iron,breadboard, and some componets.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi thx for your comment, I have just bought a soldering station and I have a breadboard and heaps of components with my arduino. Thx for commenting.