I wanted something with a built-in power supply, a spot for a breadboard, some soldering space that nobody would get bothered about if it got burnt spots on it, component and tool storage, a built-in extension cord, and good lighting. Here is my solution:
|The final product
|Light and tool hanger folded in
|The back side, with power cord cleats
Awesome as it is, I have some future upgrades planned for it. I would love a little vise to hold my circuit boards while I work on them. Currently I am using an old Dell ATX power supply, and it makes a high pitch hum that bothers everybody in my house. A good cheap lab supply would be ideal, especially if it was smaller too. I have had this in service for a year now, and space on the inside is valuable. I use the Sparkfun soldering station, which I absolutely love, but the iron holder is horrible. I would like to build my own iron holder into my mobile bench, especially since I have to take the iron out of the stock holder to get everything to fit inside after the doors are folded up.
Overall it has been great. Now I just need to find a way to store my etching supplies, my laminator, my electric skillet, and my oscilloscope in there. I guess they'll stay in the garage on an as-needed basis for now.