Step 3: Adding power cord and switch

A warning: playing with electricity from your outlet is dangerous...I was mildly electrocuted here and, though it went great lengths to wake me up at 3 AM, it should be avoided.

I wanted electricity from the wall to go directly to the station via an indoor-type extension cord. The cord would pass into the station and it's plug would lie flush with the wooden face. The soldering iron is plugged in here. The switch's position determines whether the extension cord is hot or not (and thus when the soldering iron is on).

The switch I used is supposed to light up when the circuit's live...this worked sporadically at first and then ceased to function. I don't know why. The light's a nice function as it lets you know immediately that your soldering iron is heating up even though the tip still looks cold. I'm fine without the light since my iron has a little ring of indicator LEDs that come on when it's plugged in.
<p>Hey, Thanks for this great idea, i made it too :D</p><p>From A 15 years old boy from Norway! Have A Nice day :D</p>
<p>Very nicely done! Think I might make one myself. </p><p>Did you consider using a length of copper pipe in the inside for the hot part of the iron to rest in? I think that might be a bit easier to do. If sized sufficiently large it would contain enough space around the iron to keep from being heated too much. You could also drill a few ventilation holes through the copper tube to increase air flow.</p>
i have single piece soldering iron so i can save many steps , <br>any how very nice model!!!
Personalized to my needs.
Very different to your model. A bit personalized to my needs.<br>
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.
Absolute brilliance...love it. :)
<strong>Thanks...</strong>. This design is what I 'm looking for, compact and have everything at hands. May be for moving around with a handle added. :)
Great idea for a soldering station. thanks for sharing.
Just an idea. Maybe use a hollow brass (or other metal) tube from the &quot;eye&quot; to the support block to help guide the iron.
muy interesante
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.<br>
Put two draws in side by side and electronic components that you use often use in one and the sponge in the other&hellip;
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...???
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what do u mean???????
spell properly
whats a proplom?
i have some spelling mistakes but u can still read it lol
no i cant plus,you hurt my eyes
wanna know what hurts my eyes? soap
&nbsp;you know what also hurts my eyes...acid
The goggles. They do nothing!<br />
druggie...<br />
A soldering iron is not going to shatter a wood holding station.
You have the same iron as I do!
yay i have the same iron as you aswell
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lol i don't
&nbsp;aparently that brand is cheaper
Great Job!!!
Nicely done. I might do one if I have time :)
thay have that alreay
A suggestion, add a potentiometer to control heat
your potentiometer will catch on fire :)
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
that's different from a potentiometer, because it has circuitry that switches the power
actually its just higher wattage. Well actually i think you're right, let's go with the circuitry and the switching of power. ( :
If you were to wire a potentiometer to AC voltage, it would literally melt unless it was rated for a few hundred watts. Resistors turn excess energy into heat, whereas a light dimmer uses a small potentiometer to control a simple circuit which varies the duty cycle of the AC coming out the other side.

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