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Built a portable soldering workspace. I don't do a whole lot, so dedicating one of my workbenches doesn't make sense. This tray can be put aside when not in use. Base is 3/4" melamine, the edges are pine. The edges are 1/4" higher than the surface, preventing parts from falling off. The soldering iron holder and Panavise are screwed down to the base. The wood was all leftovers from previous projects.
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That's a fantastic idea. I think I'll make one of these for my electronics repair store, so we won't be tied to a single location. Thanks for sharing this.
 
+Matt Heilman Ambi. I do some things left handed, some things right, and some things I do with whichever hand is convenient. In this case, the bench I most often use has the power receptacles to the left, so I use the iron in my left hand.
 
+Dave Bowlin I think it's going to work well. I chose the melamine over plywood or solid wood for a couple reasons. The bright white surface is good for laying out components, easy to see, read, etc. Also, it is very resistant to stains, spills, etc. And it is dimensionally stable, resistant to warping.
 
+Paul Frederick A dedicated bech would be nice, but I generally only solder projects a couple times a month. And given that my woodshop takes up two garage bays, and my leather shop takes one room of the house, I wasn't thinking too highly of my chances of asking herself for more work space.
 
+Michael Sheldon You have a leather shop that takes up a whole room? I have to admit I don't know anything about leather work. I've seen people in seedy roadside motorcycle markets doing the stuff. I don't think I've heard of anyone doing leather work as a pastime. Are you a professional? I always wanted to make myself a lead shot leather bag for metal work.

I have my whole workshop in a 2 bay garage. One bay is for woodworking, the other bay is for metalworking, with my corner office, and electronics bench.

Space is tight for sure but I can convert the space for whatever project I happen to be working on.

Utilizing space efficiently can be a challenge. My biggest ongoing project seems to be my workshop itself.
 
I do leatherwork semi-professionally. Primarily martingale-style collars for greyhounds. My leather shop is a bedroom in the house, three workbenches and a cutting table, plus shelving.
 
My electronics workbench is a 1ft x 5ft shelf behind my office chair in my office and my Bike shop is my side porch. and I park my Bikes in the bedroom next to the bed. Nice soldering station.
 
+Shane Mathieu We use almost the same surface area for our electronics workbenches. If I subtract the space in front of one parts organizer, which I don't actually use anyways, it would be identical. Now where is that Sawsall?
 
>Utilizing space efficiently can be a challenge. My biggest ongoing project seems to be my workshop itself.<

Sometimes I think i am designing a set for a movie about a mad inventor.
 
+jon sanford
>Sometimes I think i am designing a set for a movie about a mad inventor.<

I wish my shop projects came out looking so good. I use scraps as stock for workshop fixtures though. Recently I made a drill holder out of a piece of plywood that I'd previously used as my radial arm saw table, but it was a scrap before it was a saw table too. So it was a scrap of a scrap? I guess it looks OK, I flipped it over so the scored side was facing down.

http://i.imgur.com/TAJAb1M.jpg

I guess maybe this project came out looking like a prop for a B grade movie? (the saw stop)

http://i.imgur.com/ZJOD8Db.jpg

I had this scrap piece of paneling, and some scrap plywood, so I went on a kick of making these things:

http://i.imgur.com/26lDMQH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dmfTy5S.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NVIIuxV.jpg

I call them tool collages. Nothing but the worst for my workshop I suppose. I buy materials for shop projects if I know I will never have a suitable piece of scrap I guess. Like I bought this piece of hardboard:

http://i.imgur.com/QWdQ7.jpg

But the material under it is all scrap, of course

http://i.imgur.com/Hn2nu.jpg

The workbench in the foreground of that picture I made out of scraps. I usually don't keep those shelves, or the planer on it though.

http://i.imgur.com/VannV.jpg
 
Utilizing space is always key. I really need to invest in some parts bins for small and large items, All I am using for electronics at the moment is a small tackle box to keep things sorted and as far as the bike parts are in a few storage totes. My apartment is my home and workshop most of the time. I have to keep my project areas clean and up out of reach of hands of children. Also to have benches that are sturdy enough where myself or company ever bump into them while passing by, nothing gets damaged or lost, Which so far has worked out just fine.
 
 
+Michael Sheldon I'm a big fan of recycled HDPE containers. Mostly used milk jugs. Cut in half they nest together nicely.
 
+Paul Frederick from your photos I suspect you have a huge stash of old popular science magazines 
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