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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:25:04 PM on 2 August 2019.
Rudolf's Gravatar
 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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Sending photos of my bench after a clean up, it doesn't look like most of the time.

Workshop
Workshop


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:08:27 PM on 4 August 2019.
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Photos uploaded.

Your workshop is cleaner than mine ever was.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:41:43 PM on 4 August 2019.
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It's not like that now. Sad


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:22:45 AM on 5 August 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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That's not a proper workshop...you can see the floor!!!!
ONLY JOKING!

Nice lot of gear and plenty of reference books.

I'd take a picture of my workshop but i'd have to push something out of the way just to get in with a camera.
You do see some parts of it in the background of photos in my articles.

The old saying , there is 2 kinds of workshops.
1/ where all the tools are on shadow boards, the floor is spotless, the benches are polished. Trust me, NOTHING EVER gets done in those!
2/ Like ours where most of the stuff you need is on the floor somewhere if you can find it, the benches are the storage bins, your work area is the 1 foot square scraped clear of parts from the thing you were working on 5 years ago, and to turn around you have to go outside and come back in the other way!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 11:56:17 AM on 5 August 2019.
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You know you are a radio collector when the camera is stuck under piles of AORSM books.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 4:50:11 PM on 5 August 2019.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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That workshop is very tidy. I like the technical library at hand.

I have a 5 metre long bench and can usually only find a square foot to work in. Here's what it looked like 5 years ago when first built (see post #73 on this page):

https://vintage-radio.com.au/home.asp?f=1&th=632&offset=5#5431

My workshop floor is littered with stuff that people give me without prior asking, saying "Here's something that you may find useful" which is code for "Take this rubbish to the tip for me." One day I arrived to find a laundry basket full of stuff put there by a neighbour at the complex who is stripping out a large boat. The pile included marine radios and even the damn radar system. I manged to get rid of that stuff on Gumtree over a period of months for pocket money, but I had to photograph and document it all for the ads and deal with the inevitable 'tyre kickers'.

I'll take a recent photo. It might prompt me to clean the place out.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 5:56:31 PM on 5 August 2019.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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That photo was taken before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I dropped my bundle for a good while and got rid of a lot of stuff, I'll see if I can find a photo of Workshop MKll it's much more compact.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:26:15 PM on 5 August 2019.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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Only one possible oversight. If the computer tower is close to the floor, carpet being the worst, and its got fans? That is the worst place for dust & fluff & I was forever cleaning them (not only mine) CPU fans were the worst for clogging up.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 10:01:00 PM on 5 August 2019.
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It's on the desk.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 12:38:07 AM on 10 August 2019.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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Good!.... New one here is on what I have to call a custom made bench. 2000mm L x 800mm W, due to the weight on it & unevenness of the studio floor, all six legs have levelling feet. The offcut from the top I used for a shelf at the back underneath & that stores some power packs & some power tools. Large scanner, UPS, & Tower to the left; Printer on the RH end. 27" monitor sitting on an amp (designed for that sort of weight) in the middle...Works for me.

The old Circa 2000 computer kept to run a 360 column printer & some old programs is on a shelf 800mm of the floor with a strategic bit of 120mm X12 house offcut as a prop underneath where it sits to discourage it from bringing down the shelf. Keyboard cradle is under that shelf.

For interest (perhaps): Its all not all welded but of 40mm angle iron; Legs on all corners, but with angle at the back to form the frame for the shelf & stop the legs spreading and the same on the sides.

The major variance, so that people legs can go under it, is no bar at the front. there is another piece of angle running down the centre at the top. This has the other two legs attached to it 600mm in from the outside. A length of 25mm RHS running longways & fastened to the lower spreaders, then acts as their spreader, the front support for the shelf; whilst also forming a rigid fame to stop the front two legs spreading.

That leaves from the middle, forward to where the keyboard sits, as the weakest point, however, should I stand on that point, it will not yield.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 8:30:40 AM on 10 August 2019.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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Sounds solid, any chance of a photo? My bench was made out of a kitchen bench top from our renovation, approx. 30-40 mm thick.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 10:36:02 AM on 10 August 2019.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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I should be able to get a photo after I dig it out from under a pile of paper warfare.

With the help of MYOB I have tracked down the receipts for some Rapid Set concrete I got from a Bunny Rabbit Warehouse. Never in over 60 years have I ever seen anything like this lot? It has turned, basically, to chalk; Best description is virtually lime with rocks. Not withstanding that if you dry pack cement you lose something lie 60% of its strength, and it was not dry packed, being able to remove it with a spade without breaking it up first is ridiculous.

At the same time, as this crap was used, the crucial ends with gate posts etc. were done with the Farms traditional mix of coarse creek sand, & GP cement. Even the non reinforced verandah slabs made with it, had not cracked after 60+ years. Holes are being repoured with the old mix formula.

Bench top is only 17mm thick. It should not fail under 200+Kg


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:36:54 PM on 10 August 2019.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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OK! In between pretty much sleet, & other irritations, I took some photos which I will send to Brad.

Plan A was to sort out another of the posts, which can only be done one at a time due to the nature of the fence and time has to be allowed, as I am using real cement not, rapid set. That was going well until I struck water at 2 feet: So it was dig down to the mudstone layer to get something firm; Otherwise the post will sink. Its now in mid air being held up by screw jacks.

As a result, bricks on end were added & rammed & the mud & slush vacuumed out before a small load of specially prepared concrete was dropped in: If successful, more will be dropped in at a latter date. Trying to set ordinary concrete in water, can be an issue.

Computer bench top is now back, close to what it was when I put this one in on the 12th of last month. The bomb site around it was maintained for aesthetics: None of this is in the house. House is not a workshop, nor the office. I have taken a shot of one end of the bench from underneath. I did include a photo of a current work in progress on the other bench. STC 236; That's why there are batteries.

Marc

Workshop
Workshop
Workshop


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 9:46:31 PM on 10 August 2019.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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I hope the weather isn't impacting you too much, I'd imagine that it's pretty cold ?

The truth is, my work area doesn't look anything like this today, all the shelves and benches are gone, replaced with another smaller shelf for spare parts, in the middle is an air-con. In summer my garage is in the late 40s totally unworkable. Since my diagnosis I've stopped advertising with a result all but a few paying repairs have ceased. I'm now able to concentrate on restoring my own stuff.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 12:52:11 AM on 11 August 2019.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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It does become a battle. I was advised to refrain from my usual heavy work like fencing, chopping up stuff with axes & chainsaws for around two years, after a bit of serious surgery: That resulted in a lot of catch up.

I can identify with outside contracts the bench has three in the line. There is a tractor to come in for an overhaul and mine needs one. I have been trying for several weeks to change the fuel pump in the ute, as its throwing out oil, likely due to the vacuum pump oil seal failing: Only got about 35years out of that one. Still need to find time to look at the computer I took out of service to see what went wrong with the NVIDIA to cause it to strobe. Tech says PSU: I say dry joint.

Temperature sounds modest. The frog killer here in the Summer can run from 10 am summer time to close to Midnight. Nasty discovery last summer. As soon as the power boxes got to 50 degrees the Circuit breakers down rated. I ended up having to insulate two walls & add more venting to the pump shed to stop them dropping out.

This building was originally an art studio and has only a door, I added two 12" rotors as vents mainly because of soldering. One is currently blanked. Basically it is a 30 foot by 14 foot shed with 8foot walls: Its insulated walls & roof. Its currently holding 13 degrees with a 1KW fan heater on low (& drying paint)


 
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