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Wait, so why are soldering iron holders, helping hands, and solder dispensers not bundled together? I work all over the room/house/town and don't want to have to rummage about, looking for helping hands then solder then a place to put my hot, kinda crappy iron... And the soldering station was born.

Step 1: Hunting and Gathering

Picture of Hunting and Gathering

I also wanted some mobility and storage--the station I designed has a hinge and latch. My meager electronics gear can then be tucked away and I can high tail it to the next pair of bare wires, wherever they may be.

Materials
plywood
scrap wood
small hinge
small latch
rod (for solder spool)
metallic ring
switch
extension cord
two small bolts and matching nuts
assorted washers
two coat hangers
two alligator clips

Tools
soldering iron
hot glue gun
super glue
drill
coping saw
pliers
vice

I made a very rough model of the station's base out of paper and duct tape. It would have been cool to have something shaped like this (trapezoids when viewed from the side and triangular from above) but the angles were too much for my woodworking abilities. I settled on a face angled at 45 degrees with a flat back and sides.

Step 2: Thou art sad; get thee a box


The first picture shows one of two sides of the box. The panel's about 5" tall, 9" long with a 45 degree angle cut as shown. I chose this inclination because it was easy to work with provided a fairly comfortable angle at which to replace the soldering iron. I guess a shallower angle would have been more natural to me but that would have decreased the box's storage capacity...unacceptable!

I used a table saw to cut the pieces. The station's width is about 6". Things are carefully balanced in the second and third images--nothing's been glued yet. Every panel (except the bottom) will be modified in some way so they need to be left disconnected and alone.
 
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nibir10 months ago
Instead of the coil, you can attach a soft drink can in the iron holder. It also helps to trap the heat of the iron.
JoSte04211 year ago
Absolute brilliance...love it. :)
park472 years ago
Thanks.... This design is what I 'm looking for, compact and have everything at hands. May be for moving around with a handle added. :)
CamoBedding2 years ago
Great idea for a soldering station. thanks for sharing.
Mr. D.3 years ago
Just an idea. Maybe use a hollow brass (or other metal) tube from the "eye" to the support block to help guide the iron.
triodo3 years ago
muy interesante
yaly3 years ago
you could add something like a drawer to put a sponge in it but pad the interior of the drawer with fiberglass or rubber to avoid the wood sucking the water.you could add a nose to the face and from the two nostrils one is for wick and the other for the wire.you may also add adjustable ears and at the end is some LEDs popping out when the lid is opened and a switch beneath the main one and a wall-wart adapter for the leds and two dimmer switches for the LED brightness and temperature control.
drawer attachment.bmp
Put two draws in side by side and electronic components that you use often use in one and the sponge in the other…
what do u do if the soldering iron gets to hot and itberns the wood then it brakes would that make a proplom with ur soldering station...???
ERROR The words itberns,proplom and ur are not recognized. Trying to read... ERROR The word brakes is misspelled. Trying to read... Meaning was not conveyed properly.
what do u mean???????
spell properly
josh1324 Derin3 years ago
whats a proplom?
i have some spelling mistakes but u can still read it lol
no i cant plus,you hurt my eyes
qballcat Derin5 years ago
wanna know what hurts my eyes? soap
 you know what also hurts my eyes...acid
The goggles. They do nothing!
druggie...
lol
A soldering iron is not going to shatter a wood holding station.
bylerfamily5 years ago
You have the same iron as I do!
yay i have the same iron as you aswell
omg me 2
lol me 3
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lmfao me 5
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lol i don't
 aparently that brand is cheaper
Great Job!!!
amorarun3 years ago
Nicely done. I might do one if I have time :)
R.A.T.M3 years ago
thay have that alreay
bombmaker25 years ago
A suggestion, add a potentiometer to control heat
your potentiometer will catch on fire :)
huh?
if you wire the potentiometer to the Soldering iron, it will catch on fire
odd. I did it once and it didn't even get hot.
are you talking about a light dimmer, or a regular potentiometer?
light dimmer
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