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Terence Lynock08/01/2011 16:58:46
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If you do a fair bit of soldering its worth looking around for a couple of those big ceramic tiles used in bathrooms and such, use the back (rough) side of them as a work surface for soldering on, being rough it stops things sliding around like a fairy on a gob of lard and stops you burning holes in your bench too.
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator08/01/2011 17:10:45
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I use a big old wooden breadboard - similar benefits and over the years it has acquired many "battle scars" (burns!) and "sores" (acid marks from the liquid flux I use!)
 
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Terence Lynock08/01/2011 20:05:26
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After we tiled the downstairs cloakroom (posh init?) I had a couple of 14 x 8 tiles left over which are ideal for the workbench, when they get mucky you just scrub them under the tap.
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator08/01/2011 20:36:49
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Handy!
 
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PS Now there's posh, "downstairs cloak room" eh - Ooohh get you.
 
 
Romeo Whisky09/01/2011 10:03:20
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My entire workbench (two of them actually) are covered with ceramic floor tiles.  Impervious to anything, and non-conductive.  I just seat them on non-slip matting so I can remove them if I ever need to.
 
I use a couple of canteen tables pushed together for building on with a sheet of insulating board on top.
 
CARBON_ROD10/01/2011 17:21:47
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 As a work bench ,I use a workmate trestle with a piece of fibre board it's fairly soft so you can stick pins in but hard enough to do your build on .  At the end of your build it all packs away nicely      TD

Edited By taildragger on 10/01/2011 17:23:56

Andy Green10/01/2011 17:33:29
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Like the idea of the tile, I've got some in the shed.
 
Thanks.
 
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Plummet10/01/2011 19:00:04
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... and have a few blocks of wood with assorted holes small holes drilled in them.  They are good for holding bits of connectors while you tin them.  Holding them in something conducting means that you need more heat.
 
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