Workshop Workbench

As part of our double garage conversion at the end of last year, we set up the front portion of one of the garages to be a general workshop, complete with electric roller doors. This enables me to do general house DIY, PC repairs for my business, and have a small area set up for my railroad workbench.

I was very lucky for my birthday recently, and was given enough funds to properly set up the workbench.

The main bench is actually an old kitchen worktop, and as part of the conversion work, I had six sockets put in. The workbench is from an aborted indoor railway and measures 900mm x 600mm.

I used AnyRail to plan out the workbench, and the diagram is shown below:

I've since added a DPDT switch to allow me to switch between a DC and DCC controller.

The equipment I have is as follows:

  • A Proxxon drill and stand
  • An ESU 51900 DCC Decoder Tester
  • A DCC Concepts Rolling Road
  • An A3 cutting mat
  • A Butane powered soldering iron
  • A multimeter (still to arrive)
  • Wire strippers

The next three photographs show the initial set up of the workbench.

The next photograph shows the programming track raised on a piece of wood and the DPDT switch installed, and also the first patient - a cutting disk from the food mixer!

The next stage was to properly lay down the test and programming tracks in preparation for the wiring to be done under the workbench.

First I printed off a copy of the AnyRail plan at ratio 1:1 (ie full size), cut off the track plan, and placed it on the board.

After marking the path of the track, I stuck down some Woodland Scenics Track Bed with No Nails adhesive. I then laid the track on top of this, and stuck down the wood riser for the programming track.

So, as of today (1st March 2013), thats as far as I've got. I hope to have the workbench completed by the end of this week, as I've already got a couple of projects lined up (See "On My Workbench" section).