Introduction: Electronics Soldering Mobile Workshop

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As occasional electronics enthusiasts, we like to solder kits, or try to repair things.

We do not have a dedicated place for soldering, and are each time chasing after our essential stuff:
  • The soldering iron
  • Small tools, multimeter
  • Parts and supplies
  • A good light
  • An extension cord
The inspiration and solution came with a toolbox including three drawers. (One got sacrificed.)
This post shows how it got turned into a mobile electronics workshop.

Step 1: Needed Stuff

  1. Cheap toolbox with drawers
  2. Mini neon light
  3. Power strip
  4. Extension chord
  5. Small hinges
  6. Aluminum bar
  7. Small bolts+washers+nuts (M3 is okay), or rivets

Step 2: Front Panel

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Cut the plastic plate to size, to cover the front side (drawers). Install hinges, using small bolts+washers+nuts (M3 is okay), or rivets.

Bend and tighten an aluminum bar, that will serve as a bracket to maintain the front plate in open position, using the padlock holes.

Step 3: Neon Light

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On the inner side of the front plate, install the brackets for the neon light.

When the front plate is folded down, the neon comes at the height of the middle (removed) drawer.

Step 4: Cables Compartment

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In the top part, there is some room under the removable tools tray.

We'll use it for the power strip, and to store the extension cord.

The holes will allow the cable to go through the box. Another hole in the floor is for the soldering iron's cord.

Step 5: Parts Compartment

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The top drawer is reserved for small parts.

One division is cut out, to allow the soldering iron's cord to pass.

Step 6: Tools Tray

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The top removable tray is just used (unmodified) for tools.

Step 7: Bottom Drawer

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The bottom drawer is used for the soldering iron.

Step 8: Finished Product

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It's done. Enjoy !


Ahmedfarag36 (author)2016-04-12

You are awesome man,perfect design but it depends on components' size of course and matching them together.

el_duderino (author)2015-06-28

Very cool. I wish I could find a suitable toolbox!

makeosaurus (author)2015-04-25

Where can I buy the toolbox???

eskoog1 (author)2015-03-21

5 stars great use of common items at low cost!

lorogan (author)2015-01-29

Where can I get the Tool box? Seems like a good one for my 2nd version

jhawkins14 (author)2015-01-17

This is exactly what i was looking for. I totally need something like this.

lorogan (author)2014-12-16

K. Just got the reply email in USA, its 6:53 AM. Gettin ready for mid-term exams... I'll take pics later

lorogan (author)2014-12-15

Made it. Sawed out a side, attached a hinge to it. Opens n closes easily.

laxap (author)lorogan2014-12-15

Great! Please post a photo to get a patch :-)

lorogan (author)2014-12-05

This. Is. Genius.

Thank you very much for this... Where did you get the toolbox? And how much did this all cost?

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.


SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.


electrik77 (author)2014-10-17

Very good Idea!!!!

judemo1964 (author)2014-06-20

Genial amigo, me resuelve un dolor de cabeza.


mosmond (author)2014-02-02

Awesome project. It's a good idea, and your build quality is excellent. It looks clean and sturdy. Thanks for sharing!

foobear (author)2014-01-27

I need something like this for every hobby!

oakironworker (author)2014-01-18

very clever I like it and it looks very cool

wkearney99 (author)2013-12-06

Clever idea, but I'd never, ever use a plastic toolbox for this. The heat coming up from a decent soldering iron would likely deform the plastic drawer you have shown in that picture. If not right away, eventually. Plastic burns rather toxic too. Use a metal box and you're a lot safer.

That and make sure you've got enough clearance to properly stow the cables. You don't want to have to cram them in there too tightly and have them get frayed, again to avoid the fire or electrocution risks.

I second the recommendation to allow for a magifying glass and clips setup.

A long time ago I discovered it's VERY convenient having a separate toolbox for some tasks. While it's likely better, long term, to put your tools away, for short term work it's great having different toolboxes for different tasks. I've had an electronics one for ages with everything but the soldering iron in it. Same thing with one for plumbing.

laxap (author)wkearney992013-12-25

Thanks for the remark. The plastic question was indeed in the back of my mind.

In practice, the plastic did not turn out to be an issue. Provided not in a closed space, the heat dissipates quite well, and, for the proof you can approach your hand from the tip by a few inches and barely sense the heat.

After usage, just let it cool down as you do usually on its holder.

amclaussen (author)2013-12-24

Thanksfor offering your Instructable, very nice work.

One idea for users like me that have lost a great deal of vision (at 59 years old, eyes have lost a lot of vision!):

ADD A MAGNIFIER to the Light support.

A Binocular one would be greatest!
And a simple transparent shield hinged on the same support would offer protection from those very small molten solder drops that sometimes are scattered and could pose some risk.
My humble opinion.
Amclaussen, Mexico City.

laxap (author)amclaussen2013-12-25

Thank you for the excellent suggestion.

pityukecske (author)2013-12-19

That's a nice multimeter, you got there :) great work!

hanlin_y (author)2013-12-13

That's a great idea!

rickdf (author)2013-12-10

Great idea and can be used for any type of crafting as well.

panic mode (author)2013-12-08

awesome idea

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sylvain01 (author)2013-12-07

very good idea

Gamer Guy (author)2013-12-06

Awesome idea!

strick (author)2013-12-06

Fantastic! One thing I'd do differently is to use an led strip (from the "car bling" section at W**mart). They're thin enough that you might not have to sacrifice that middle drawer...

Buso (author)2013-12-06

Great! I am going to make one that is modified to fit the stuff which will not go in the Weller Gun Kit.

WakeUpWolfgang (author)2013-12-05

I want one for work. Next time I go to the hardware store you know what I am looking for.

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gmauro (author)2013-12-05

great idea; nice job

scozzahisee (author)2013-12-05

Awesome. You could even fit a small bench magnifier onto the front. The adjustable arm should fold away nicely.

rpotts2 (author)2013-12-03

yep. just hook up a couple 120mm fans to the back and your fumes will extract thru the empty drawer space. looks good.

laxap (author)rpotts22013-12-05

I might do that! With plenty of free sockets on the power strip, it will be a piece of cake.

SoundTechie2007 (author)2013-12-05

Nice job! Where did you get the pieces that flip around the side to hold the front panel in place? They seem like a critical piece so that the lap doesn't move around and get in the way as you walk.

laxap (author)SoundTechie20072013-12-05

These lateral flipping plastic pieces were part of the box that I found.

You can replace them by simple latches (see photo). They are easy to find in hardware stores, or on Ebay.

onemoroni1 (author)2013-12-05

Fantastic! I will use this to model my own build. I have had to do some soldering lately and need to upgrade equipment, but don't need a dedicated space. This is ideal for the casual work I have from time to time.

bvsmanya (author)2013-12-05

good idea!.a smoke absorber (diy) and LED lamp will make it better.

Foxtrot70 (author)2013-12-03

Here in the US a toolbox that would work is one from NorthernTool+Equipment - Keter 23in. 3-Drawer Toolbox, Model# 17186722. In place of the fluorescent lamp I would use the White LED strips purchased on Ebay, they have mounting tape on the reverse side, could cover the entire underside of the flip-up cover. They are waterproof and shock proof thus they would not suffer damage from toolbox getting bumped like the fluorescent.

laxap (author)Foxtrot702013-12-03

Good to know, thanks for the tips.

lewisb42 (author)2013-12-03

Favorited. An excellent excuse for indulging my toolbox fetish.

moustick (author)2013-12-02

just amazing, the simple idea are sometime the most amzing one

daleruisky (author)2013-12-02

This is amazing, man! Keep up the good work.

Boost (author)2013-12-02

I will make this and probably change a thing or two based on the parts I can get. Maybe add a fume extractor, a power swtich and I might use LEDs instead of the neon (or whatever gas there is inside) light.

Perfect Instructable. Enough information to get the cogs of inspiration going.

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kenbob (author)2013-12-02

Brilliant! now i know what i want (to make) for Christmas!

bizydad (author)2013-12-02

Very clever idea. Good work!

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