How has your bench evolved over time?  
 
Wherever your electronics focus lies - audio, RF communications, tubes, or whatever - the workbench is where electronics happens. It's where the soldering iron meets the circuit board, and where your diagnostic skills come into play. As our focus changes over time - whether after only a few months in the hobby or decades - the bench setup changes to support where we're at.
 
How has yours evolved to keep up with your needs, and what's the next upgrade you see in the near future?  
 
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What_s on Your Workbench_
WHAT'S ON YOUR WORKBENCH

Assuming you're lucky enough to have a dedicated workbench, then the project you currently have on it says a lot about your commitment to electronics. Whether your focus is audio, drones, or RF communications, the workbench is where electronics happen and where tools and test equipment choices really matter. 
                         
Routakit M - The next level in desktop CNC performance.
Build a digital old school CMOS clock.
BUILD AN "OLD SCHOOL" DIGITAL CMOS CLOCK

There are digital clock projects and there are really digital clock projects. At one extreme are clocks made entirely with individual transistors, resistors, and other discrete components. At the other extreme are microprocessor based clocks with many thousands of circuit elements compressed into one or a few integrated circuits. This project lies between these extremes, toward the early end chronologically. 
                         
Teledyne Lecroy - Webinar - Getting the most out of your oscilloscope
Working with I2C Sensor Devices
WORKING WITH I2C SENSOR DEVICES

Here's a quick beginner-friendly tutorial that shows you how to interface and read data with the popular serial protocol, I2C. In particular, we'll be reading data from the NXP MPL3115A2 altimeter/barometer/temperature sensor. The principles found here can also be applied generically, even to your ambifacient lunar wane shaft positioning sensor of your turboencabulator.  
Technologic Systems - TS-4900 Computer on Module - Quad i.MX6 ARM CPU - WiFi and Bluetooth
Building Your Own Microcontroller
BUILDING YOUR OWN MICROCONTROLLER

Designing a softcore using the Zilog Z8 Encore! (a.k.a., eZ8) to learn more about VHDL (VHSIC hardware description language), FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), and microprocessor cores themselves.      
 
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A Unique LED Clock
A UNIQUE LED CLOCK

I thought that all the really interesting electronic clock designs had already been built, so why bother. However, as I was looking around for something to do with the 15 feet of RGB LED ribbon I had purchased, it occurred to me that I could use a short segment to build a unique electronic clock which used the RGB LEDs to display the time and date, function as a mood light, and also run some animated bright and colorful patterns. I also decided to control the clock with an IR remote control so no physical access to the clock would be needed. Maybe designing and building an electronic clock could still be cool after all!
        
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Robots - The Ultimate Electronics Application!

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How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic - 2nd Edition
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HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND FIX EVERYTHING ELECTRONIC   
Have fun and save money by repairing your own electronics   
 
Check It Out!
  • Choose the proper tools and set up your workbench
  • Ensure personal safety and use proper eye and ear protection
  • Understand how electrical components work and why they fail
  • Perform preliminary diagnoses based on symptoms
  • Use test equipment, including digital multimeters, ESR meters, frequency counters, and oscilloscopes
  • Interpret block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble products and identify sections
  • Analyze circuits, locate faults, and replace dead parts
  • Re-establish connections and reassemble devices
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