Step 1: Materials Required
1) Broken computer hard drive
2) Alligator clips
3) flexible metal wire
4) Small magnifying glass
1) 5mm super bright dome LEDs
2) 3.7v Li-Ion battery
3) 2-position switch (3 terminal or 6 terminal)
4) Any 2 terminal jack and sutable socket
Step 2: Prepping the Hard Drive
Start by stripping the broken hard drive, make sure to remove everything you can from the main aluminum console. What you'll be using is the stripped chunk of aluminum, the top cover and the screws. (Save the other parts too, most of them can prove valuable in other projects)
Step 3: Making the Arms
Form a small loop at one end and screw it down to any of the desired several holes on the aluminum base. Form a similar loop on the other end and secure the alligator clip to it. Like this, you can build as many arms as you want.
Step 4: Magnifying Glass Attachment
Step 5: Basic Tool Done!
I couldn't settle for the basic one,
For cosmetic details, I ran the flexible metal wire arms inside a 3 mm plastic tube to make them look a little more nicer and easy to grab.For some other useful attachments, I added a LED light for extra brightness, if I'll ever need; a magnetic platform, a coil spring to hold the solder iron and a post to hold the solder lead spool (which was the handle of my magnifying glass). You can also add a small fan to extract the soldering fumes away. To top it, I made the entire station portable by housing a rechargeable Li-Ion cellphone battery inside the hard drive casing to power the lights.
Step 6: LED Light Attachment
Step 7: Fumes Extractor Fan Attachment
My circuit uses a 6-pin 2-position toggle switch. In OFF mode, the battery is connected to the charging port. You can design a basic circuit to wire up the lights, fan, and the charging socket to be used with an appropriate switch or something that you can do at ease.