Category: Diy

DIY electronic workbench

Posted on Oct 30, 2014  - Last updated on Apr 14, 2015
By Benoit Frigon

DIY electronic workbench

My previous electronic workbench was an old melamine office desk. It was not high enough to work comfortably on PCB assembly. I usually hand-solder small SMT components (0603, TSSOP, etc.) and I always ended up placing my PCBs on top of a box so I could see better what I was doing.

I looked online for a pre-built workbench, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Either it was too expensive or I didn’t like the design. I decided to build my own instead.

To be honest, woodworking isn’t one of my strongest skills, but in the end, I was quite satisfied with the results.

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LED strip lighting for my a/v rack cabinet

Posted on Oct 23, 2013  - Last updated on Dec 07, 2013
By Benoit Frigon

LED strip lighting for my a/v rack cabinet

I installed a LED strip in my a/v rack to make it easier to see when I’m working on it. My plan was to buy white LEDs but it turned out to be cheaper to get RGB strips of the length I needed where I bought them. The kit comes with a controller and a remote control which allows you to set the intensity and change colors.

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Custom 19 inch rack cabinet

Posted on Aug 12, 2013  - Last updated on Dec 07, 2013
By Benoit Frigon

Custom 19 inch rack cabinet

This is the rack cabinet i made for my a/v and network equipment. The cabinet is 75.5"H x 20.5"W x 19"D and consist of 3 sections, the 2 upper sections are 19-1/8" wide rack mount space and the lower section is a 16" height compartment to store my UPS. There are 18 units of rack space in the middle section and 12 units in the upper section.

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Making front panels with decals

Posted on May 06, 2013  - Last updated on Feb 23, 2014
By Benoit Frigon

Making front panels with decals

When i design enclosures for my projects, the goal is to make it look professional as much as possible. I put many hours into designing, building and painting. Sure, I could go and buy a ready-made case, but I would not get the satisfaction that you get from designing and building it yourself. Most of the equipment in my rack cabinet is custom-made, even the rack itself. This article describes in details the techniques I use and how I apply the decals to the front panel.

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