Like it? Lets bild one!
Step 1: Want Vs Need.
I bought this stand for about 10$ from ebay, it's aluminium, good quality, but I cannot use it a lot... I have 3 soldering irons (30W, 60W, 100W) and a pistol style soldering iron and only one of those, the small 30W one wich I use a lot less than the other ones fits into the holder, so the bigger and more frequently used irons are homeless :(
As I was cleaning around the garage I found some iron pieces that didn't serve for anything else and I decided to make my own soldering iron holder.
This is what I used:
Materials: (aproximate sizes, feel free to create your own design)
- 50cm 40x40mm square iron bar
- 20x20cm 5mm thick sheet for the base
- Ruler and marker
- Angle grinder
- Wire brush
- Arc welder
Step 2: Get Started!
Use the angle grinder with sand paper on it to clean any rust from the iron pieces (if you reuse old stuff) and polish the sharp edges.
With a ruler and a marker draw some lines where you want to make the cuts. You need a couple of bars 10-15 cm (depending on the size of your soldering iron) with one straight end and the other one at about 30 to 45 degrees. The esaiest way to do this is to cut one 30cm (one foot) bar with both ends straight and make the angle cut in the middle.
I also cut a smaller piece, about 5cm (2 inches) wich will hold the steel wool.
After all the pieces are cut, check if there is any rust on the inide of the bars and clean it with a wire brush. Also check for sharp edges too.
Step 3: Weld.
Check if everything is ok. You can mark where all the pieces need to be welded. If you don't know how to weld, find someone who does :) it's a dangerous and quite difficult step.
Step 4: Final Touches.
Check again and clean any rough or sharp edges and put some paint on that baby!
I didn't paint the inside of bars that hold the irons because it might stick to the tool when it's hot and you don't want any impurities when soldering stuff...
I also glued a cork pad in each corner so it wont wiggle or make scratches my work table.
Aaaand you are done. Go ahead and test it.
Feel free to comment, criticise or share your own ideas :)