I had gotten a really sturdy really big coffee table from a yardsale for $10 years ago, and have been using it as my computer desk and also workbench for years. I got really sick of having power strips and wires laying all over it. I used to be a greenhorn electrician like 10 years ago, so I know quite a bit about electric wiring, so when I got some cash on hand I didn't need for expenses, I got supplies.
As you can see, I got quite a bit. The white extension cable is just for it's flat plug and 14 gauge wire, the blue extension cord is just for its 14 gauge stranded wire. I already had most of the tools, but needed a pocketknife again (I grew up in rural illinois where you use your pocketknife for everything) so I got that too.
I decided to picture the visible progress instead of the whole process, so big amounts of steps are missed and then I go into lots of detail with pics, sorry for inconsistencies.
Here you see a good bit of the roughwork done. the outlet on the front left has a push-button breaker from a power strip inside it and an outlet, but that will eventually have instead an LED display ammeter and surge supression circuitry inside it.
The power strips, I removed the original switch-breaker, drilled a hole in the underside, routed cable through that, and then soldered and wire-nut covered the joints along with covering certain spots with hotglue to make it more electrically safe. The holes you see are from me drilling access for mounting them with drywall screws through the front.
The cabling you will see in a later picture, it is under the table. It is all 14 gauge stranded wire with ground.
Here you can see I mounted the wires with hotglue to keep them from moving, and also solder tinned the ends of the wires to make work go easier and for better connections.
Looks good! at least to me. ^.^
This one was the nightmare one. The two power strips, and the wire coming in from the first two outlets and out to the last one... four sets of wires to organize, tin, and hook up. I cheated (against NEC building code wiring) and used both the screw mounts and the push-in mounts on the outlet, but this isn't building wiring, it's on a piece of furniture, so I'm not breaking any codes.
The last outlet was easy, so here's right after I got done.
And this is the front view.
This is the front outlet with the power in cable. I will eventually replace this outlet with an LED display ammeter and some surge protection circuitry, to go with the 15 amp breaker you can see in the right bottom of the box.
had to treat myself to a job well done! xD
As promised, the wiring picture from underneath. I think I did well. I eventually want to replace the particle board center with something more hefty, it's bowing some.
Hooking my computer equipment back up.
Aaaaand done. I should get a picture of the back with everything plugged in, but I was far too tired after moving my stuff back to do so.
I eventually want to make a set of orange lighted pushbutton on-off switches to control (with relays) each of the duplex outlets individually, and leave the power strips running always, along with putting another hard wired powerstrip on the front right of the desk/workbench, along with the afore mentioned ammeter.
Anyone got any questions or (please keep it nice and gentle) critiques or comments?