I know that for some, their “lab” or place where they do their electronics fiddling (or if you are a professional like Jon, it’s professional fiddling:-) is just… a place. It’s a location you store your kit and get some work done. For the OCD folks like me, it’s a place of pride, of sorts. I wanted to start this thread to connect with others that have carved out a place to call their own and let out their inner organizer. For some reason, I can’t explain why, the chaos contained in a home lab (and HAM shacks for the radio guys) is intriguing and satisfying. So show us your lab! Whether it’s a tackle box that goes on the kitchen table when the better half isn’t looking or a full blown space designed with angry pixie wrangling in mind.
Mine started on the dining room table and was pretty quickly evicted to a small bench in a shed next to the house. It then moved to a collection of cardboard boxes I couldn’t find in a container I couldn’t get into and has finally come out of the darkness. It’s now a way more organized mess built out of an old drafting table top, a couple sheets of 5/4 (30MM) tongue and groove subfloor plywood cut into 2’ x 8’ strips and a bunch of cardboard boxes filled with #10 tin cans (non-perishable, long term storage food items) for structure. It’s in a corner of my wife’s craft room which is not the exact place I wanted to be set up but until I get my garage/shipping container man cave built in a few years, this will have to do. It has some LED lighting on it and needs more under the lowest shelf to light the tool storage and work bench area under the shelf. The TV on the wall is going to have a short return bench under it so I can put a camera microscope there and view it on the 40" tv. It’s also my video editing area. Going to buy one of the video scopes that Dave over at EEVBlog has suggested from AliExpress.
WIth a little more tweaking I will be able to fulfill my dream to take my YouTube channel into the “right to repair” realm. Getting the lab back together in a larger space is a big part of that. I know right to repair is a global issue, not just a United States one.