Welcome everyone, this is my first Instructable so I hope you guys like it.
Today I will be showing you all how to build a soldering iron holder from a brick, a coat-hanger, and a few other bits and pieces you can find laying around the house.
What you will need:
- A brick
- A coat-hanger
- A lid from a used jar
- A sponge
- Super glue
- Hot glue
- Strong contact adhesive
- A small piece of wood
- Some carpet/felt/cloth
- A drill
- A masonry drill bit(long enough to go through the brick)
- A pointed head chisel
- A flat head chisel
- A hot glue gun
- A hammer
- A saw
- A vice or something heavy
- A marker
- Something flat to spread glue
- A broom handle or something similar in size
This Instructable involves using scissors, hot glue, and strong contact adhesive, make sure you have adult supervision when building this. Also if you are young, make sure you have an adult around when you are soldering as well.
Step 1: Preparing the Base
First things first we need to prepare the base, because we just can't stand not having a base(get it?).
First mark were you want to drill your hole, this is were we will pull the wire though.
Then set you drill to "Hammer" mode, if you can, and use the masonry drill bit to drill strait though the brick.
Next, take your chisels and hammer and carve out your pattern, don't worry if it chips a little, but if it cracks you might want to get a new brick.
Make sure the grove is deep enough that the wire doesn't stick out from the brick.
Now that the base is prepared, onward to the next step.
Step 2: The Wire. Part 1
Cut the coat-hanger near the twist, to get enough length. Straiten it out, and thread it trough the hole we drilled in the brick.
You will have to do this on the edge of the table, as the majority of the wire will be sticking out of the top(which is currently at the bottom).
Bend enough of the wire into your pattern, make sure that it doesn't stick out from the brick, we'll make it stay there soon enough.
Step 3: The Wire. Part 2
Once the wire is secure on the under side. We can start working on the actual soldering iron holder.
Give the wire a small bend forward, unless you want your soldering iron to stand up strait.
Give the wire a small 90 degree bend on the lower end.
Then take your piece of pipe, wood or whatever you have and twist the wire around it.
Make sure the object you use to twist around has a diameter less than the handle of the soldering iron but greater then the shaft(is that what you call it?).
Step 4: Test It
Now we can test to see if our soldering iron fits right.
If it does we can fix up the top of the twist to that it's more level, our soldering iron will sit better.
Step 5: Extras
Now for the extras.
Some of you may want a sponge to clean all that solder off the tip, luckily we'll be adding one of them too.
Take a lid off a jar, preferably one that's empty, you don't want mouldy food.
Trace the lid onto your sponge so you can get a nice clean cut, I forgot and traced it after I glued the lid down.
Use your hot glue gun, or the contact adhesive if you don't have hot glue, and attach the lid to the the brick.
Sorry I didn't take a photo of the hot glue, I have a cheap $5 gun and it stuffed up, so I had to get it set quick.
Next take your sponge, and cut around the area you traced, then see if it fits in your newly made sponge holding mechanism.
Step 6: Securing the Base
Now we'll secure the base of the brick and that little bit of wire that has been bothering you this whole time.
Take your small piece of wood, and trace the brick out on it.
Use a saw and cut out the area you just traced.
Give it a quick sand to prepare it.
Now take your contact adhesive and scraper/spreader thing, and follow the instructions on the tin, or just do what I did, and spread some of it on each surface.
Stick it together and put some pressure on it for 5 - 20 minutes, I used a vice but something heavy will do just fine, then let it set.
Once it's set you have a working soldering iron holder. This is all you really need to do, but continue onward to make sure it doesn't scratch your desk.
Step 7: No Scratchy & Finnished Product
Lastly, depending on were you're working, you may not want your new soldering iron holder scratching your desk. So let's fix that.
Take some old cloth, felt, or carpet, and super glue it to the bottom of your soldering iron holder, make sure you glue the corners properly otherwise it might start peeling.
That's it we're finished. I hope you guys enjoyed this Instructable.
I have a few more ideas lying around that I would like to share with you guys, so I hope to see you soon.