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Steve Hobley's Workbench

One of our favorite MAKE sayings is “Never buy what you can make, and never make what you can find.” Adhering to that logic, maker Steve Hobley was using a repurposed dining room table as a workbench, and it just wasn’t working — taking up more space that it was worth and lacking means of organization. So he looked at his scrap pile, started building depending on his needs, and shared his build notes with us in Make: Projects. Now his computer, monitor (attached with long bolts through a strip of poplar), 2 scopes, multimeters, soldering iron, and signal generator are all easy to find and within reach. His new workbench is pictured above, and his old workbench below.

Goli Mohammadi

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.


  • Tom

    What a great workbench! That’s the kind of bench that inspires you to do things.

  • Paul-G

    Is it me or is the work area sagging in the middle? Other than that – looks good.

    • dasClown

      I see what you’re saying. Maybe it’s the camera angle?

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