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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Workstation Upgrade

I finally invested in a set of professional, rack mounted bins to keep all of my assembly parts organized. I used to use little trays from the kitchen section at the hardware store. Not bad, but not great :) It's a lot easier to have everything within arms reach, but up off of the desk. Horizontal surface is always scarce in a shop :) I also got a fume filter which is that black box on a wire stand, just below the desk lamp. I've been doing a lot of soldering and getting headaches that last a few days. Not sure if it's the fumes, an old skiing injury, or a combination of both. The fume filter still seemed like a good idea :)

You didn't miss the Prometheus wall clock did you?

Stacking/hanging bins from Akro-Mills


  1. Hi Jason,
    Nice workbench and cool clock. Now you need to upgrade that hard folding chair to one that is more ergonomic and back friendly. Good thinking on the fume filter, hopefully the headaches will subside soon. Maybe having sone time away from the shop over the holidays will help.

  2. Jason,
    I agree with the others you need an ergonomic chair/seat. That would ease your back fatigue and pain.
    Take a look here if you like.

    I do like your rack mounted bins good system for parts organization. The fume sucker should help, breathing in lead fumes is not so good. As you said lead fumes maybe giving you headaches. I know lead fumes can irritate the stomach lining and cause the stomach to ache so I've been told.
    I see the Prometheus wall clock is it laser cut?