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Hello everyone, hope you are excited for the brand new year!

Ahem, before it actually comes knocking on my door, I'd like to organize my desk where I do some electrical engineering. And every time I work on something, I get frustrated that parts are hard to find, wires have to be extended to reach the power supply and etc.

Can you guys recommend a few ways to make this desk more usable?

Thanks!

« Last Edit: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:40:34 by HoffmanMyster »
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:01:02 »
borrow from this idea maybe?


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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:01:45 »
Buy one of those plastic organizers with the drawers and something to label it with

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:06:18 »
Buy one of those plastic organizers with the drawers and something to label it with

That's what I have at school, but home is a different story...

Ya I have been meaning to get a plastic transparent drawers. Wanted to check with you guys first. Thanks.
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:07:39 »
borrow from this idea maybe?

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Never thought of desktop shelf. Might actually go for that setup. Easier to make space without putting too much effort in organization.
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:12:07 »
A quick start to getting organized could be using bins/boxes to keep things out of the way and less cluttered.  Eventually, you can find what workflow works best for you and get better solutions, but even having the desk space open and available helps a lot.   :thumb:

Also, it seems that this thread might be better suited for Making Stuff Together (since you're looking to optimize your workstation)?  Otherwise Other Geeky Stuff also seems appropriate.  If you think either of these would be more appropriate for your intended use of this thread, just let me know and I can move it.  :)

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:17:27 »
After years of trying to keep a tidy desk and failing, I have conceded that its against my nature to try. The are people who keep a tidy desk and those that don't. Accept your destiny and embrace the clutter. Keeping the stuff not in use organized is about as much as I've managed to achieve. I think the key to a tidy desk is having a place for everything, putting things back as soon as your done with them, and being tidy while you work. The latter two I am incapable of.
   

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:35:33 »
A quick start to getting organized could be using bins/boxes to keep things out of the way and less cluttered.  Eventually, you can find what workflow works best for you and get better solutions, but even having the desk space open and available helps a lot.   :thumb:

Also, it seems that this thread might be better suited for Making Stuff Together (since you're looking to optimize your workstation)?  Otherwise Other Geeky Stuff also seems appropriate.  If you think either of these would be more appropriate for your intended use of this thread, just let me know and I can move it.  :)

Yes open space is absolutely what I need. So organization is a must!

And yes please move this thread to either of the Making Stuff Together or Other Geeky Stuff. I don't mind.
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:36:39 »
After years of trying to keep a tidy desk and failing, I have conceded that its against my nature to try. The are people who keep a tidy desk and those that don't. Accept your destiny and embrace the clutter. Keeping the stuff not in use organized is about as much as I've managed to achieve. I think the key to a tidy desk is having a place for everything, putting things back as soon as your done with them, and being tidy while you work. The latter two I am incapable of.

LOL I realized all I need is more desk space. Hence organization. As long as I get that space, I don't mind accepting my destiny :).
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:42:01 »
A quick start to getting organized could be using bins/boxes to keep things out of the way and less cluttered.  Eventually, you can find what workflow works best for you and get better solutions, but even having the desk space open and available helps a lot.   :thumb:

Also, it seems that this thread might be better suited for Making Stuff Together (since you're looking to optimize your workstation)?  Otherwise Other Geeky Stuff also seems appropriate.  If you think either of these would be more appropriate for your intended use of this thread, just let me know and I can move it.  :)

Yes open space is absolutely what I need. So organization is a must!

And yes please move this thread to either of the Making Stuff Together or Other Geeky Stuff. I don't mind.

I'll try to find/post some pics of my workstation organization solutions when I get home from work.   :thumb:

I also modified the title to make it more clear what kind of desk you're asking about.  :-[  Feel free to modify it to better fit your needs, I'm not trying to be controlling here.  ;)

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 15:44:16 »
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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 16:05:05 »
I have a drawer for all my hand tools, which helps a lot. Also you probably shouldn't be using an ATX power supply like that. It was sorta scary to look at.

In your case, I think a hutch or above desk shelf is a great idea and will help a lot. You can put a lot of that stuff away on it, and once the hand tools are taken care of most of the space will be free.

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 29 December 2014, 17:01:41 »
I have a drawer for all my hand tools, which helps a lot. Also you probably shouldn't be using an ATX power supply like that. It was sorta scary to look at.

In your case, I think a hutch or above desk shelf is a great idea and will help a lot. You can put a lot of that stuff away on it, and once the hand tools are taken care of most of the space will be free.

The ATX PS scares me to death too. I get extra careful when using it. For the time being, I have no choice :(. Benchtop power supplies are expensive. And thanks for the tip on organizing the hand tools first. Now I look at it, yes it is the handtools that take up most of the space, not the parts!
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 01:09:03 »
I have a drawer for all my hand tools, which helps a lot. Also you probably shouldn't be using an ATX power supply like that. It was sorta scary to look at.

In your case, I think a hutch or above desk shelf is a great idea and will help a lot. You can put a lot of that stuff away on it, and once the hand tools are taken care of most of the space will be free.

The ATX PS scares me to death too. I get extra careful when using it. For the time being, I have no choice :(. Benchtop power supplies are expensive. And thanks for the tip on organizing the hand tools first. Now I look at it, yes it is the handtools that take up most of the space, not the parts!

my solution is an epsco adjustable PSU from 1953. As such it's a variac into a bridge rectifier, then a choke / capacitor to follow. Completely unregulated and rated for 16V @ 10A. You have to be very careful with it.

I only noticed the hand tools because my workspace always looks like that until I put my panavise away and clean up all the hand tools everywhere. I just got like 9 of them out of the drawer for maintenance so it was fresh on my mind.

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 07:25:09 »
There are plenty of examples that you can find of diy hobbyist power supplies made from atx psus. It may be worth your time and safety to look into that. They pretty much just break out the individual voltages and if you get really fancy add a couple more features.

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« Reply #16 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 09:56:55 »
There are plenty of examples that you can find of diy hobbyist power supplies made from atx psus. It may be worth your time and safety to look into that. They pretty much just break out the individual voltages and if you get really fancy add a couple more features.

There are also a few things you can do to them to make them safer. Having the end cut off like that with power and GND right next to eachother is not one of them. I also recommend putting a proper voltage regulator on each of the outputs to better stabilize it. (many PSU's don't have individually well regulated voltage rails)

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 11:06:12 »
To keep a desk organized you have to keep cleaning it  :eek:

That means everytime you use something you put it back away in its place.  No containers / furniture will assist you without making the effort to put everything back.  :p

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« Reply #18 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 15:47:14 »
A few little tips based on my experience (not that I exactly follow them, but I know I probably should):

  • Keep only what you need on the desk
  • Put everything else away neatly, where you can find it when you do need it
  • Tidy up regularly, not once every six months
  • If you can't spread out, spread up (e.g. multilevel shelves)
  • If you have the space, use dedicated workspaces (one for soldering, one for keycap cleaning ...)
  • If you find a nice storage solution, buy a few extra (in case they don't sell them when you need to expand)
  • Buy height-adjustable shelves, if possible
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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 18:41:32 »
There are plenty of examples that you can find of diy hobbyist power supplies made from atx psus. It may be worth your time and safety to look into that. They pretty much just break out the individual voltages and if you get really fancy add a couple more features.

Ya at the moment I'd like to add power LED indicator, terminals for different voltages, and current meter(?). I keep using this PS knowing the danger because it's just so stable.
 

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« Reply #20 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 18:43:40 »
To keep a desk organized you have to keep cleaning it  :eek:

That means everytime you use something you put it back away in its place.  No containers / furniture will assist you without making the effort to put everything back.  :p

Yes diligent organization is what it takes but I need an organization scheme to follow first. Right now all my stuff is splattered all over the place!
 

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Re: How do I keep my desk (workstation) organized and keep it that way!
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 18:57:42 »
That's easy. Just put everything on the bottom shelf. I think some people call it the floor?

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« Reply #22 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 20:18:46 »
That's easy. Just put everything on the bottom shelf. I think some people call it the floor?

 :thumb:  I've, personally, ran out of bottom shelf space!

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« Reply #23 on: Tue, 30 December 2014, 21:17:53 »
That's easy. Just put everything on the bottom shelf. I think some people call it the floor?

 :thumb:  I've, personally, ran out of bottom shelf space!

That is a problem :( lol

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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 31 December 2014, 17:15:46 »
This is probably the definitive forum thread on the subject.  Beware, once you start reading it, you might not be able to stop.  Tons of ideas.  I hope it helps you.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/

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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 31 December 2014, 21:21:00 »
That's easy. Just put everything on the bottom shelf. I think some people call it the floor?

I try to keep the floor empty. Way easier to vacuum!
 

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« Reply #26 on: Wed, 31 December 2014, 21:22:48 »
This is probably the definitive forum thread on the subject.  Beware, once you start reading it, you might not be able to stop.  Tons of ideas.  I hope it helps you.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/

Holy sh*t... these are some extremely hardcore setups. I think my work space will resemble them nonetheless because it's just unavoidable... Thanks for the link! I like it a lot.
 

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« Reply #27 on: Thu, 01 January 2015, 07:20:32 »
Glad you enjoyed it.  My favorite setup is this one at the top of page 22:



Although I did have a soft spot for a poor guy that only had a chair and a small table with a scope on it.  :(

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« Reply #28 on: Thu, 01 January 2015, 20:56:33 »
Glad you enjoyed it.  My favorite setup is this one at the top of page 22:

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Although I did have a soft spot for a poor guy that only had a chair and a small table with a scope on it.  :(

That space ... wow.  Currently I'm stuck in a 8x10 room which includes the bed and has become the office for last 2 years.