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what’s everyone’s must have bench gear?

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Finally set up a work bench, no more soldering on the coffee table! Starting with bench top power supply suggestions, what’s everyone’s must have bench gear?

[#1] Kent Brown: Kettle 😉
[#2] Phineas-Stephen Gregory: A small amplifier.
[#3] Jacob Whittle: Big vise
[#4] Cody Geisler: Panavise
[#5] Rocky Frees: Now that is how a man cave should be.
[#6] Rocky Frees: Top 3 must haves: Power Supply, Oscilloscope, Meter(s)
[#7] Cooper Logman: some kind of linear bipolar benchtop supply is crucial

[#8] Phil Tucker: Any make/model suggestions?
[#9] Cooper Logman:
[#10] Cooper Logman: i used to use something like this at my old job. it’s really nice being able to adjust voltage and current. not sure if this can supply negative voltage, but you’re mostly dealing with 9-12V on stompboxes anyway.
[#11] Phil Tucker: Been looking at the Tekpower, it’s tempting, but there’re some horror stories about them blowing out and ramping up to 37V when left on for a while. I’ve seen the company respond saying something about pre-2014 production being bad, but not sure that’s trustworthy. I don’t mind spending a little more to get something I can trust.
[#12] Cooper Logman: it’s usually worth spending more for better tools, go for it!
[#13] Phil Tucker: Trying to find that sweet spot price/quality model is the tricky part though.
[#14] Jussi Säily: Definitely get a bipolar supply as suggested with minimum of +/-30V.

[#15] Gary Powell:
[#16] Justin Womack: Drill press. Although, if you’ve got a better suited place, losing the worktop space isn’t ideal.

[#17] Phil Tucker: Yeah, got a drill press in the garage — don’t want to deal with the messy work inside anyway 😉

[#18] Scott Leary: Test box & breadboard
[#19] Roberto Zec: very interested in this! I’m doing the same! suggestion for a signal generator?

[#20] Cooper Logman: i got an instek GFG-8215A for pretty cheap ($100) new on ebay, but you can probably find them cheaper. it doesn’t have a digital display but the adjustment knob is labeled. square, triangle, and sine up to 3 MHz. it’s been one of my best purchases.
[#21] Roberto Zec: thanks! I’ll check that out!

[#22] Nicholas Laves: Beer fridge
[#23] Aleks Azaric: I would suggest a white workbench, a lot easier to see all your components if it gets messy its just to repaint! Its an easy fix!

[#24] Phil Tucker: Good idea, the current table top is just some old wood — but I welded the frame together with the idea that I’d swap out the top before long.

[#25] Erich Hochstrasser: Panavise or other PCB holding vise. Did ~7 years of synth and pedal DIY without one and have no clue how I managed. Game changer for sure.
[#26] Casey Anderson: A little clip-on fan to blow the solder fumes out of your nostrils.
[#27] Gavin MacNeil: Better than the dining room table. This happened last night:
[#28] Michael Adams: Bins to store components
[#29] Rick Lee: a home made holder for wire of various colors and solder.

[#30] Andrew Wilson: I like using a spindle from a pack of blank CDs for this

[#31] Bbob Drake: small amp/speaker for testing
[#32] Craig Smith: Some tweezers, a soldering iron and a bench vice. And a Cheeky Girls poster.
[#33] Sébastien Haby: A nail cutter !
[#34] Scott Harvey: Here’s my workspace. I’ve been thinking I need an O-scope, even though I don’t really know how to use one. They’re just cool.
[#35] Phil Tucker: Update! Thanks for all the suggestions!
[#36] Scott Leary: Now you need some posters for the wall!
[#37] Ryan Anthony Cler: an adjustable dual output power supply would be ideal. you could throw one together yourself even.. get a CT transformer, beefy rect diodes, good filter caps, and a good regulator circuit for pos and neg outputs that is adjustable (or regulator IC)

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  1. I have one confusion though. Should I pack my shoulders back together by squeezing the upper back? Correct me if I m wrong but in that case the greater the shoulder extension the greater the chances of shoulder injury..right? What should be done? Do both pack the shoulder and stop the upper arm when it s parallel to the floor?

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