Standard solder iron stands are not cutting the mustard, not going to mention the courtesy flat plate stands supplied with irons.
- First they are not heavy , iv often found that the screw securing the tip gets caught and i drag the stand across the desk.
- The supplied cleaning sponge, whats that all about.
- They look a bit rubbish.
- Irons come in a range of sizes, my biggest one will not fit .
For this instructable i will address the first 3 issues with an up-cycle steampunk extravaganza ,The 4th issue will be dealt with in a frenzy of fire and metal using leftover from the previous endevour.
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Step 1: Tools & Materials
Tools drill and bits, tap and die set ,blowtorch.pliers.center punch, file.wire brush.steel wool.lazy tong riveter, vice
Materials cast iron clothes iron, angle plates, sash window lock, solder, flux, iron tip cleaner brass wool. metal pipe.abrasive paper.super glue.pop rivets
Costing. everything used i found in my studio.
Step 2: The Iron Iron
The handle on the clothes iron was long gone a victim of corrosion in its obsoleteion.,
- Wire brush then wire wool to remove most of the rust.
- Drill and tap a thread into the iron where the handle was attached.
- Remove the springy bit from the original stand and attach it to the iron with a bolt.
- Drill a hole in the base of the brass wool holder and attach that to the iron also.
- Superglue rubbery anti-slip pad to the bottom. despite it weighing 5lb its base is smooth.
health and safety drilling cast iron clothes iron can shatter drill bits. drill small hole then follow with progressively bigger bits.
Step 3: Holder for the Big Iron.
Images show how my large iron does not fit in the springy bit,
I found a metal pipe in my interesting bits of metal draw that fits over my large iron.
- Fitting sash lock to pipe with rivets and solder,
- Attaching pipe and lock to base plate of original stand.
- Also adding lead weight to stand to stop toppling
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Step 4: Angle Plate Safety Cage
I replaced the lead weight with a angle plate surround. attached with nuts and bolts.
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Step 5: Reinforcing the Sash Lock Ball Joint.
There was still some movement in the ball joint even after trying to solder it solid, I guess the solder did not want to stick to that particular type of alloy.
After drilling a hole through the outside of the socket into the ball. a self tapping screw makes it solid.
health and safety drilling into small convex surfaces stabby stabby fingers.
Step 6: Adding Weight
Using the redundant cleaning sponge receptacle as a vessel for some molten lead.
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Having a well behaved stand for your iron will make soldering easier.
- Thanks for reading.
- please feel free to comment and check out my other instructables.