Soldering Iron Stand (Made Out of Wire)




Introduction: Soldering Iron Stand (Made Out of Wire)

Hello, I have a couple soldering irons, but no stand; I occasionally solder various stuff and i seem to always be using a make-shift, unsafe items to hold the iron.... When I saw this challenge it prompted me to build a stand out of wire. This is my first instructable, so any constructive critisism who be appreciated! Thanks!

This is a Soldering iron stand made out of 18 AWG wire.

Items you will need

- Soldering iron
- Solder
- Saftey glasses
- 18 AWG wire or larger.... it needs to be uninsulated wire!
- Ruler or alternate measuring devise
- A couple of heavy duty pliers
- optional ... a handy vise with alligator clips
- Wire cutters

Step 1: How to Straighten the Wire!

First off the wire needs to be straight. Do the following in order to achieve this!

- Cut off a couple feet of wire
- Grip one end of the wire with pliers, then wrap the wire around the pliers a couple times
- Then do the same thing with the other end of the wire and other set of pliers
- Put one end on the ground and stand on it
- Grab the other end with both hands and pull hard
- You will actually feel the wire stretch a little bit
- At this point you now have made the wire straight

Step 2: Assembling the Stand!

Now that we have straight wire, we can start cutting pieces. You can can make it whatever size you want to but I will give you the measurements of mine.

First off for the base I used

- 2 4" inch pieces
- 2 2" inch pieces

- Just make a rectangle and solder all four corners!

Step 3: Assembly!

- Now cut two 3" inch pieces and solder them on as the picture shows

- This is where the vise makes it easier to hold the piece of wire for you!

Step 4: Assembly

- Now cut another 2" inch piece

- and cut a 2.5" piece... on this piece I put a bend in it to cradle the iron, I bent it around the Iron.

Step 5: Assembly

- cut two 1 3/4" inch pieces and solder them on as shown in the photo

Step 6: Assembly

- now cut two 1.5" inch pieces
- cut one 2" inch piece
- solder them on as shown in the picture

Step 7: Last Assembly Step!

- cut two 4 1/8" inch pieces
- solder them on as shown in the picture

Step 8: All Done!! Disclaimer!


I built this stand for my soldering iron. No hot part of my iron touches the metal stand, so there's no possibility that the solder joints could melt. You can customize this very easily to tailer it to your Soldering Iron.

Good luck and thanks for looking!!

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10 years ago on Step 8

wow... if only i had a soldering iron stand while making this..


10 years ago on Introduction

Nice. This reminds me of my high-school electronics course. Our first project was to make a cube 3" on a side with just 14 gauge copper wire. Our teacher stressed that normally you would twist the wires together to make a sound mechanical joint, but this was a test of measuring and soldering.

He did show us how to straighten the wire. One end went in a vice and the other went into a hand powered drill. You would stretch the wire taut and then twist it with the drill a bit.

He did tell us how much each length had to be made, but give us rulers and told us we would have to measure wire thickness.

He also gave us a demo on how much solder a corner joint should have, and our grade was based on the measurements. He expected far less solder at the joints, but yours are not excessive.


10 years ago on Introduction

wow nice project, so simple yet effective
and this is like a textbook example of what an 'ible should look like
neat photos and clear step by step instructions!


10 years ago on Introduction

Commercial stands look like the one on the right. The one on the left I made before I got my stand, but I made it to resemble a commercial model. Works just like one too.


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Right on.... I just made it for the "wire" contest! This is the one I have at work! Its a really nice Hakko.


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I think I can see the resemblance.


10 years ago on Introduction

Nice job! I guess now the key is not to let the hot part of the iron touch any of the soldered joins!