Hehe, well I don’t mind how other people work, but I need to be able to clearly see what I am doing when building such small things; I am not getting any younger and my eyes need all the help they can get. Realistically, no one should be doing that kind of detailed work in a messy environment, it’s just making hard work for yourself.
Drawers for components would be very cool. How does this work? Who owns the components that are there? I would not make a habit of taking components unless they really are surplus and not needed for anything. I would also question shelf life of some of it too. I do this to earn some part of my living so I have all the parts I need to build the things I do and need to keep the majority of those parts for that job, and make sure the parts are in good enough condition to be worthwhile putting in something that will inevitably be used for years to come, but occasionally I need just one or two things or might have one or two things spare.
No objection to more tidying up. There’s tons of storage space in the corridor and I agree that as much as possible should be moved out there, especially things that are known to be broken, to make room for people to sit and work on whatever project they like. I imagined ‘narrow columns’ rather than ‘wide rows’ for the sheet material, or maybe a combination of both? I don’t have a stake in this at the moment, so don’t really mind, just a suggestion.
I have dentist goggles that I find much more comfortable than using a microscope, peripheral vision remains intact and the field of focus can easily be moved around to suit. You are afforded a certain amount of eye protection and they are also really inexpensive.
I also have my own soldering iron, naturally I like to use the tools I am used to, but yes, I did notice that there’s a lot of nice stuff that needs some maintenance. While I don’t particularly need anything, it would be good to get all the group equipment fixed up so that I could do a ‘build your own synthesiser’ soldering workshop at some point or something.
It would be great to sort out a working power supply, frequency counter, oscilloscope and signal generator. I think I have seen examples of all these things, but I am unsure how many of them are working, calibrated etc…
Thanks… good to chat about these things