Introduction: Soldering Station With Storage Compartment

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I've always wanted to have all my soldering gear in one place and not scattered around. So I've constructed a simple wooden box for the job. The box also has one removable spring on its lid, to place the soldering iron thus allowing it to cool.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

For this instructable I used :

  • some scrap wood
  • several iron nails 3 cm long
  • a hammer
  • handsaw
  • measuring tape
  • some wood screws
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • tin snips
  • some scrap sheet metal
  • wood glue
  • a paint brush to apply the glue
  • an awl to create pilot holes
  • wood working clamps
  • hand drill with 5mm drill bit
  • a salvaged spring from a washing machine
  • a hand sander
  • two metallic hinges.

Step 2: Prepare the Wood

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The initial dimensions of the scrap wood dictated the project's measurements.

After removing the embedded nails I ended with 4 planks of wood (40x12x1 cm approximately).

These planks would serve as bottom, front and back walls and top lid.

For the right and left caps I used some more of this wood.

All the pieces were hand sanded to improve their texture.

Step 3: Metallic Corners

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I had in my inventory a metallic chassis of a broken computer PSU.

I re-purposed it with my tin snips and created 2 metallic corners out of it.

I mimicked the shape of the two factory-made metallic corners I already had.

Using the hand drill I also created some holes to the metal.

Step 4: Box Assembly

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I then begun assembling the box as shown in the pictures.

I used 4 metallic corners, 8 wood screws and the Phillips screwdriver.

Before screwing, I made some pilot holes using the awl at the corresponding places.

Step 5: Install the Hinges

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After that, I installed the top lid using the metallic hinges and 12 more screws.

Step 6: Complete the Box

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Using the hammer and several nails I further secured the edges of the box.

I also nailed the right and left wooden caps, thus completing the box.

Step 7: Prepare the Spring

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It wouldn't be a proper soldering station without a spring like thing to hold the soldering iron.

I tried to bend a welding rod to create a spiral but the metal was not long enough.

So I used a salvaged spring from a washing machine instead.

It had the perfect shape for the occasion.

I only hammered its one end to shrink the loop so the screw would fit snugly.

Step 8: Detachable Mechanism for the Spring

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I wanted this spring mechanism to be detachable to save space when the soldering station was not in use.

For this purpose I created a wooden sleeve so that the spring would slide in and out with ease.

See the pictures for more info. All the glued pieces were clamped and left overnight for the glue to set.

Step 9: Finished!

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As you can see in the pictures the box fits all the soldering gear (although a little bigger box wouldn't hurt anyone!).

The part that I like the most, is the removable spring that can be stored inside the box as well.

Comments

Yonatan24 (author)2016-04-02

Awesome!

Would you mind if I use one of your pictures in an upcoming Instructable of mine? I'll credit your name, And leave a link to your (this) Instructable :)

Feel free to say no :)

Yonatan24 (author)Yonatan242016-04-02

Oops, I forgot to write it in the comment:

I like the idea of that Soldering Iron mount, You have my vote by the way

taloskriti (author)Yonatan242016-04-02

Be my guest! You can use whatever picture you like from my instructable. Also, thank you for your vote! It means a lot.

Yonatan24 (author)taloskriti2016-04-02

Awesome, Thanks!

I'll let you know when I upload it (That'll probably happen in a few weeks)

JackB64 (author)2016-04-02

great job, I really like spring and how easy you made it to be removed for storage ,a summer project for me ,maybe ,, I used a old DeWalt Drill case for my soldering tools ,but a box like yours will be better

taloskriti (author)JackB642016-04-02

Thanks for commenting and if you build something similar, post a photo in the comments if you like!

tritonbirds (author)2016-03-31

Why the paint? In my experience with welding it is common practice to tack your piece to the table to work (more versatile than clamps).

taloskriti (author)tritonbirds2016-03-31

You mean the paint brush? To apply the wood glue evenly to the surface of the wood. I don't know why you are mentioning welding, as this is a soldering related instructable.

Sevens Lab (author)taloskriti2016-03-31

hey I noticed that exact comment from them on a different instructable on building a welding table. seems all they can do is criticise others and add nothing of their own. BTW, totally building this solder box, looks good!

taloskriti (author)Sevens Lab2016-03-31

Thanks for your support! Have fun building your own soldering station! Post a photo of your build in the comments if you want.

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