Sandisk 32GB USB Flash Drive

Due to the near death experience of my previous corsair usb flash drive [see here] and the fact I was almost reaching its full capacity. I ordered one of these 32gb Sandisk extreme USB 3.0 flash drives for £26.

Prior to this my previous three main flash drives have been Corsair flash voyager’s, however the new model had received some poor reviews and what with the recent near calamity I thought I would try something else.

Whilst the new Sandisk does not appear quite as rugged with a hard plastic shell and is very light, I am careful with my stuff so I’m sure it will be fine. The drive uses a sliding mechanism to produce the connector. The whole drive moves so there is not a ribbon cable to break. The USB 3.0 is super fast and has a blue LED activity light. review – “It’s as if you stuck a normal 2.5″ SSD in an external USB 3 drive enclosure, but much smaller.” : link

Here’s a link to a picture of the innards: link

A link to a best in test review Feb 13: link


USB extension cable

My USB flash drive died this week, as usual I plugged it into my PC and forgot about it for the day, then when it came to remove at I noticed it was at a weird angle. It had been knocked at some stage during the day and now the connector was at about a 30 degree angle. I hastily plugged it in again and it still worked, I gently bent the connector back to its correct position and it is still working (it will be replaced very soon!). So to avoid this in future I also got one of these:

and one of these:

A USB 2.0 extension cable (for the PC without USB 3.0) and a USB 3.0 extension dock (for the one that does). Hopefully this will prevent this happening again by keep the drive safely on my desk rather than preciously sticking out the front of my pc. The blue USB 3.0 dock was about £7 and the USB 2.0 cable £2. Much cheaper than a new flash drive!

Finish for workbench top and frame

All that’s needed now is to run over the bench frame with a random orbital sander 180 grit to remove the pencil marks and to improve the finish. I will then wipe over the frame with Danish Oil to protect it – two coats with six hours between coats.

Finishing the Workbench MDF worktop

The MDF top and shelf was varnished with polyurethane oil based varnish thinned by 50% white spirit for the first coat, left to dry overnight and then 25% white spirit  75% varnish for the second coat. It was laid on thickly and let soak well into the board. The varnish is thinned to really get it to soak into the board, rather than a top film of varnish that may chip away. Then a final neat coat of varnish was applied. I wiped the surface with 240 grit sandpaper between coats to key the surface.

[picture of varnish and white spirit]

This will soak in well and provide a durable and resistant finish for the bench top. Alternatively Boiled Linseed Oil or Danish Oil could be wiped over and again let soak in well or a piece of hardboard could also be used as a sacrificial top and replaced as required.