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« on: May 27, 2013, 02:11:32 AM »

I've been working on a new test bench and its getting close to being done.   Installing the bench will require moving/re-moving virtually everything in the room, and the result will be nearly a wash in net clear floor space, but, all the radios and test gear will be off the floor, and usable.   More to come.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 04:23:04 AM »

Nice...and the casters are a big plus.

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 07:28:23 AM »

Holy crap, that thing is huge! Beautiful woodworking. Classier than any test bench I'd ever seen.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 08:49:42 AM »

Great work....almost too nice to use
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2013, 07:08:39 PM »

Mike

I should just cut my workbenches into toothpicks.

That is really great looking work.

I'll order two Grin

I have about 8-10 workbenches and can't find a spot for a coffee cup.

I just build another bench hoping it doesn't get cluttered.

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2013, 07:59:09 PM »

Thanks for the comments guys, this is the third bench I've made.   The rack itself gives me 5, three and a half foot tall bays, plenty of room.  I bought the actual drilled/threaded rack pieces, and about 80 feet of 3/4" angle, and welded it up in an afternoon.   The bench is 4 by 8 feet, the size of a full sheet of plywood, and being able to move the bench away from the wall is a must, it just makes everything so much easier.   The pictures make it look better than it is in person, and it won't take long to start showing a few battle scars.

Fred, you've seen how I did it so just get busy, it shouldn't take more than a couple weeks, part time.   I certainly wouldn't ever chop up a functional work bench, and as for the coffee cup, buy one of those little heaters, glue it to one of the benches, and the cup will always have a home.   I think your ordering a bench or two would pointless, although there isn't much of a backlog (zero to be exact), the crew spends far too much time playing to even consider some sort of a deadline. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 09:20:47 AM »

Very nice woodworking. Looks like your expecting to mount a whole lot of rack panel test gear.
Uh, Ok I got the "Mike" and call sign but what's the rest stand for, the "inkcmo"? Grin. The last characters are truncated on my machine.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 11:54:07 AM »

Ok I got the "Mike" and call sign but what's the rest stand for, the "inkcmo"? Grin. The last characters are truncated on my machine.

All your questions will be answered........

http://www.vanityhq.com/

(Its a nice link with lots 'o stuff)

Gads, that IS a nice bench.



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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 09:55:32 PM »

Thanks for the comments guys.   Yes I have quite a bit of rack mount gear and I'm tired of not having all of it easily accessible.

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Its ..."in Kansas City Missouri".

Nice pic of your shack on the Zed by the way, current?
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 12:33:12 AM »

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Its ..."in Kansas City Missouri".


WOW!  I live in NJ and even I figured out that it means "in Kansas City Missouri".

Although, it did take me a few months of wondering what it meant.

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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2013, 07:16:39 AM »

Sign on names appear cryptic by their very nature it seems, and trying to figure out what some of them represent is sometimes interesting.   As Ben once said, "An idle mind is the devil's playground."   We see it all the time in politics today.
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2013, 11:46:40 AM »

And to think that about I can do with wood is with a chainsaw and a match Embarrassed

OTOH a local surplus electronics place has plenty of open frame racks for sale cheap that could be cut down to size for the maybe one stack of rack test gear I own. Food for thought. Right now Im using lighter weight industrial shelving which certainly looks more at home in a warehouse Cheesy

Great job Mike.

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