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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
 
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el_duderino2 months ago
Very cool. I wish I could find a suitable toolbox!
makeosaurus4 months ago
Where can I buy the toolbox???
eskoog15 months ago

5 stars great use of common items at low cost!

Logan Rolfy7 months ago
Where can I get the Tool box? Seems like a good one for my 2nd version
jhawkins147 months ago
This is exactly what i was looking for. I totally need something like this.
Logan Rolfy8 months ago
K. Just got the reply email in USA, its 6:53 AM. Gettin ready for mid-term exams... I'll take pics later
Logan Rolfy8 months ago
Made it. Sawed out a side, attached a hinge to it. Opens n closes easily.
laxap (author)  Logan Rolfy8 months ago
Great! Please post a photo to get a patch :-)
Logan Rolfy8 months ago
This. Is. Genius.


Thank you very much for this... Where did you get the toolbox? And how much did this all cost?
SparkySolar10 months ago

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.

Rima

SparkySolar10 months ago

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.

Rima

electrik7710 months ago

Very good Idea!!!!

judemo19641 year ago

Genial amigo, me resuelve un dolor de cabeza.

graciassssssssssssss

mosmond1 year ago
Awesome project. It's a good idea, and your build quality is excellent. It looks clean and sturdy. Thanks for sharing!
foobear1 year ago

I need something like this for every hobby!

very clever I like it and it looks very cool

wkearney991 year ago
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)  wkearney991 year ago
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.
amclaussen1 year ago
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)  amclaussen1 year ago
Thank you for the excellent suggestion.
That's a nice multimeter, you got there :) great work!
hanlin_y1 year ago
That's a great idea!
rickdf1 year ago
Great idea and can be used for any type of crafting as well.
panic mode1 year ago
awesome idea
liurunze1 year ago
B...E...A...UTIFUL!!
sylvain011 year ago
very good idea
Gamer Guy1 year ago
Awesome idea!
strick1 year ago
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...
Buso1 year ago
Great! I am going to make one that is modified to fit the stuff which will not go in the Weller Gun Kit.
I want one for work. Next time I go to the hardware store you know what I am looking for.
darman121 year ago
Awesome
gmauro1 year ago
great idea; nice job
Awesome. You could even fit a small bench magnifier onto the front. The adjustable arm should fold away nicely.
rpotts21 year ago
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)  rpotts21 year ago
I might do that! With plenty of free sockets on the power strip, it will be a piece of cake.
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)  SoundTechie20071 year ago
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.
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onemoroni11 year ago
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.
bvsmanya1 year ago
good idea!.a smoke absorber (diy) and LED lamp will make it better.
Foxtrot701 year ago
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.
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