Steve Hobley's Workbench

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.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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