Introduction: Soldering Iron Stand Out of a Trampoline Spring

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Did you ever buy a soldering iron without a stand or a very cheap one. If so, here is a project for you. We will make a soldering stand out of a trampoline spring and a piece of wood. I made mine in about 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 1: Tools and Parts

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The tools and parts that you will need are:

  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Grinder
  • Hot glue
  • Super glue
  • Trampoline spring
  • Sponge
  • Nail
  • Piece of wood

Step 2: Grind Time

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Time to take the grinder and grind the hook off the trampoline spring. WARNING:SUPER HOT SPARKS.

Step 3: Drill Time

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Now drill the best hole ever and make sure the trampoline spring fits.

Step 4: Super Glue Time

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Super glue the trampoline spring in place and wait till it drys.

Step 5: Hot Glue Time

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Hot Glue the small altoids tin on the piece of wood and put the sponge inside it. The altoids tin is to hold the water inside the sponge and not leak out all over the place.

Step 6: Nail Time

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Just nail in the nail to hold the solder roll from moving around.

Step 7: Working Time

Now you're finished with your new soldering iron stand out of a trampoline spring. Have fun using it. I can make more and better projects with a Form 1 3D Printer if I win it. Thanks for veiwing my instructable.

Comments

seamster (author)2014-10-01

Hey, nice and simple. Thanks for sharing this.

I'd highly recommend clamping an item in a vise or to a table before grindering it though! That photo in step 2... you're living on the edge! :)

PavelT1 (author)seamster2014-10-01

Some times its worth the risk. But thanks for the advise.

pfred2 (author)PavelT12014-10-01

It is never worth the risk. Do it right, or don't do it at all. That's my motto. I'm in the process of cleaning up a piece of angle iron before working with it further and I'm using a 5" cup brush in a heavy duty angle grinder. Here is that tool with a 7 inch backing pad on it. Thing is basically a bench grinder with handles.

http://i.imgur.com/LVfw5gV.jpg

I secured the work in my vise tripod.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Tripod-Vise...

Because I do not want anything happening to me. Those little angle grinders like you're using can do a number on you quickly too! With work clamped down you can do a better job anyways. It might not matter with what you're doing right here, but it is a cumulative process. If you do everything right all of the time your general level of quality improves as a result.

It is just forming good work habits. Or you can look at it this way, sure you got away with it this time, but if you do risky things enough eventually your luck has got to give out. It is the Law of High Numbers that catches up to you then. Kind of like losing the work lottery. I love working with power tools so if I'm not extremely careful all of the time I'm bound to hurt myself eventually.

Getting hurt hurts so you should do everything that you possibly can to avoid it happening to you. I never get hurt working on things anymore. It just doesn't happen. Because a long time ago I adopted the policy that nothing is worth the risk.

PavelT1 (author)pfred22014-10-01

I think I will adopt that motto too. Thanks for the advise.

pfred2 (author)PavelT12014-10-02

When I was younger I would cowboy stuff, I hurt myself a few times too, luckily nothing too serious though. Eventually I met some folks missing a few fingers and I thought to myself, I don't want that ever to be me. Because losing a finger, or putting an eye out can be forever.

pfred2 (author)2014-09-30

The main feature of a good soldering stand is holding the iron where the iron does not get hot. That means the barrel, and the tip are not in contact with anything.

Soldering irons usually have hilts that can be held, and that I would consider acceptable. Anything else is substandard. Here is a stand I made next to a commercial model I have. My stand holds the hilt of the iron, just like the commercial example does.

Yes, it is somewhat more difficult to make, but the best things in life are rarely ever easy.

PavelT1 (author)pfred22014-10-01

I will think about that next time but this stand works great for me.

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