Introduction: How to Make a Simple Stand for Your Soldering Iron.

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If your soldering iron was as cheap as mine, it's not really worth splashing out on expensive extras.

This is a simple way to provide a safe place to stand your iron close at hand.

Step 1: You Will Need ...

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  • A wire coathanger.
  • Something to cut the coathanger, such as strong snips.
  • A forming mandrel (otherwise known as a suitably-sized lump of wood, furtherly otherwise known as a piece of pipe or a broom handle).
  • Pliers, to aid bending.
  • 2 wood screws.
  • Screwdriver.

I will be mounting the stand directly into the wall of my shed, but you may want your stand to be more portable, in which case you need to find a lump of wood.

Step 2: Make the Stand.

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Cut the hook off the coathanger, leave a few centimetres of the wire, and then start winding the rest around the mandrel to form a spiral (technically, it's a helix, but since when has the correct nomenclature ever gotten in the way of a good project?).

Stop winding when the spiral is as long as you need, making sure you leave another few centimetres wire at the other end of the spiral.

Twist a small loop at each end of the wire, about 5cm (2 inches) from the spiral, and bend them over so that they lay flat against the surface you are going to mount the stand against.

Trim the wire to length.

Step 3: Mount the Stand.

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My stand is going into the shed wall immediately above my work bench.

Hold the stand against the surface where you plan to mount it. Make sure it is at an angle of 30o - 40o from the vertical to prevent the iron's flex hanging against the hot tip.

Screw your woodscrews through the two small loops you made, nice and tight against the wood.

Step 4: If...

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If you are making a portable version, you will need to leave more straight wire before and after the coiled section, so that the ends can be bent down to meet the top of your lump of wood.

If you are mounting the stand into a brick wall, use the smallest wall-plugs (sometimes known in the UK as Rawlplugs) you can find, and a masonary bit to match, then screw the woodscrews into the plugs.

Finally, if you do this at all, make sure that the coil of wire is at enough of an angle from the vertical to make sure the iron's flex doesn't touch the hot tip, and make sure that permanently-fixed stands are angled in the right direction (top towards the power-point that you will be using to plug the iron into).

Happy soldering

Comments

3366carlos (author)2017-02-20

awesome

Kiteman (author)3366carlos2017-02-21

Thank you!

sparky9082 (author)2015-01-30

great idea,i will be trying this out in my shed.i have a draper multi tool,any body know if there is a drill stand to fit it,or make one maybe?

Kiteman (author)sparky90822015-01-31

I can't find one to buy, but these projects should help you with the make:

https://www.instructables.com/howto/rotary+tool+dri...

sparky9082 (author)Kiteman2015-02-01

thanks for tip,very interesting.

Encik_Google (author)2012-10-12

cool.! with this i can put it carefully my soldering iron. my soldering iron only 5 dollar:)

Kiteman (author)Encik_Google2012-10-13

I am glad it was helpful.

volto (author)2011-03-27

An obvious improvement on this design would be to mount a piece of galvanized steel (like roof flashing) behind the coil, so if you accidentally leave the soldering iron on overnight your shed doesn't turn into a heap of ashes. Otherwise, great idea!

static (author)2010-10-14

Pretty much what we had at our work stations at votech, mounted on the divider panels between the stations. Leave it to me to give myself a nice small 3rd degree. burn on the back of my hand. When a snug fitting tube/valve come out of the socket all sudden. like. Now I just pick up the radio shack stand, of course that little sponge is the lost in short order, no worry I have been using my jeans to wipe of the tip shortly after I started using a pencil iron. As well as the Weller 240 W. gun.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-02-11

Cool! I usually just drop mine down on my desk...

Kiteman (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-12

After I did that once too often, I realised I'd rather keep my shed.

Kitewife (author)Kiteman2008-02-12

Because I was going to ban him from it if he burned it down!

Kiteman (author)Kitewife2008-02-12

It was only a paper towel!

That was under a plastic bottle of methanol...

static (author)Kiteman2010-10-14

LOL ...anything else you aren't revealing about that event, or do we have to depend on kitewife to tell all?

LinuxH4x0r (author)Kiteman2008-02-12

LOL! Mine is a soldering gun, and its flat on the side so it doesn't matter.

knektek (author)2009-11-03

kiteman you always find a solution lol kewl idea though :)

stephenniall (author)2009-08-20

my soldering iron cost me £1 Its a draper one its A good enough wattage and is great Just needed cleaning when i got it !

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-12

Thanks Kiteman! A very smart idea. I don't have a soldering iron, I have battery powered wireless one. +1 rating.

tech-king (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-17

you have a wireless soldering iron? what model?

GorillazMiko (author)tech-king2008-02-17

It's a red and black RadioShack one.

zachninme (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-17

Yeah, I'm surprised that it works so well. It heats up fairly quickly, its hot, and its not a ColdHeat.

GorillazMiko (author)zachninme2008-02-18

Yeah, I got it on a sale for $5. :-) But once I was using it too long, the tip got SO HOT it turned to the orange color, like a coal burning up. That could burn through anything. Then since that happened, I guess it went up the metal and like melted the bottom of the red button thing, so now I have to hold it down. It made me mad.

zachninme (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-18

Hmm... for mine, you need to hold down the whole time... Also, I've left a real soldering iron on overnight (oops!), and it wasn't a nice regulating one, it didn't break, but it was like a self-cleaning cycle on an oven O_O

GorillazMiko (author)zachninme2008-02-19

Yeah, that's what you have to do, same on mine.
Except since I was holding it, it got really orange.
Now the button is screwed up.

If you want to risk it-- move it up to ON format, then hold it down for about 10 minutes. Hopefully it will turn orange by then. If it doesn't wait another 10 minutes, it should turn orange in less than that time.

:-)

tech-king (author)zachninme2008-02-18

i find the best battery irons (that are under 20$) are made by iroda. but the red a black radio-sh*t ones do work well.

zachninme (author)tech-king2008-02-18

I know, I was really surprised when it worked.
It also has a nice small tip...

el eliel (author)2008-02-17

that's as good as mine, which is a vintage 1998 floppy drive that has a groove in the bottom that matches the shape of the solderer, and makes a nice flame proof surface...prevents angry wife syndrome too :)

Brennn10 (author)2008-02-11

I like this! I need to get a new workstation, but if I do, I will definitely keep this in mind!

alvincredible (author)2008-02-11

neat idea! this is so simple! ...i just gotta get to buying one for myself ... -_-

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