After much veiwing of instructables I wanted to make a hybrid. I would mount a spindle for wire, soldering Iron rest and a helping hands onto a 10' x 16' x 1/4' copper plate.
The soldering station would still have room to tinker on though, plus it also would have little feet to keep the heat off you desk.
See the Soldering Group for more Ideas
I also used Build a Pair of Helping hands
Step 1: The surface
Its best to have a larger surface then you think you would need because the soldering station is very easy to upgrade.
I used at 10"x16"x1/4" copper plate.
When my dad gave me the piece it was super sharp and the edges were covered in burs. I used a sander to round and remove the burs. The corners were very pokey too so I got a file and rounded them off.
Step 2: Feet
So I found some composite Board (wood) laying around.
So I cut 1"x1"x1/2" squares out of the board to make feet.
I then marked the feet in the center and marked the copper surface 1" off the corners using a carpenters square.
The copper was surprisingly difficult to drill through due to the dull bits. My dad told me to cross cut the holes, meaning use a bigger bit to drill out a portion of the hole. Thats to keep the screws flush with the copper.
The screws were just normal 1/2" wood screws.