Building a Bench Top Power Supply Building a Bench Top Power Supply

What You'll Need
Extension Cord
Phillips Screwdriver
Phillips Wood screws
Power Strip
Sand Paper
Tape Measure
Thin Saw Blade

Building a bench top power supply is a great idea because it will prevent running extension cords that are not only cumbersme, but can also be dangerous. Additionally, you will also save a significant amount of time because you can readily switch from one of your power tools to the next without requiring a lot of movement.

Step #1: Measure Power Strip Box
The first thing that you are going to want to do is to measure the box for the power strip box, taking care to get both the length and the width of the box. You should now cut a piece of cardboard out that is the same size and shape as the power supply box.

Step #2: Lay Pattern Out
Now you should lay out the pattern of the power strip box that you created using the cardboard, putting it on your wooden workbench where you would like for the bench top power supply to go. Draw around it, and then use a chisel in order to begin carving out a cutting path. You can lightly hammer your chisel into these lines, forming a guided path that you can follow with your blade in order to cut out the necessary shape.

Step #3: Cut Out the Pieces
Next, you will cut the piece out, making sure that you completely push through at the end of your cutting process. You should take care to sand the edges in order to make sure that the edge is properly smooth.

Step #4: Insert Power Strip

Begin at the bottom of the power strip cord and push it up. If the fit with the power strip is too tight, then you should correct the space using sand paper. The fit should be relatively snug but do not use your blade because you can accidentally take too much out if you are not careful.

Step #5: Attach Bottom

Next, attach a piece of wood beneath the power supply, keeping it in place. You should insert a screw at each end of each of the sides, taking care to make sure that the screws are not touching the power supply in any way. Even if the power supply is encased within plastic, you are going to want to avoid any possible shocks and this means keeping the power supply and the screws separated from one another.

Step #6: Apply Extension Cord

Now you can run the extension cord into the power source.  Make sure that the plug is grounded for safety.

Got a New Project You're Proud of?

Post it on Your Projects!