If you've ever wanted to solder, but don't have a place or buying a soldering station is to expensive, well you come to the right place. In this tutorial I will be showing you how to convert an old office lamp in to a convenient soldering station for building electronics.
Step 1: Materials
. Two pipe cleaners
. Electrical tape or solder rosin
. Two alligator clips
. Magnifying glass
. Office light (with a lamp)
. Glue gun
Step 2: Cleaning the Office Lamp
Since the office lamp I found was in my attic, it was very dirty, cover with dust and mold. So I used anti bacterial disinfectant wipes to clean it off. I also plunged it into the wall to make sure it would work.
Step 3: Magnifying Glass Attachment
Most soldering stations have a magnifying glass which allows the user to view what they are soldering up close and to solder more accurately, so I decided to attach one to the lamp. The lamp had a small metal piece near bulb, allowing me to attach the the magnifying glass to; Then I used a zap starp to secure it.
Step 4: Third Hand Attachment
I used pipe cleaners connected to alligator clips to act as a third hand, after I then glued them to part of the office lamp. The pipe cleaners allow it to hold and clip anything in any direction
Step 5: Soldering Sponge Storage
The office lamp had a few small pockets to store things, so I made use of them. I found one pocket big enough to store a sponge with can be used to clean a soldering iron.
Step 6: Solder Rosin Storage or Electrical Tape Storage
There was even a tape roll included with this lamp. I decided to switch it out for an electrical tape, but it could even be used to store a roll of solder.
Step 7: Component Storage
Like I said before there were many areas included to store and add possible upgrades to this soldering station, the rest is up to you! :)
Step 8: LET'S SOLDER!!!!
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