This project demonstrates a simple soldering iron stand that you can build using a piece of thick wire and some basic tools. It could come in handy as a quick replacement for a lost stand, or you can go crazy and make a really pretty one to decorate your desk. Thanks to Mitch Altman for the idea!
Step #1: Next
- Find a coat hanger. Thinner metal is easier to work with. Cut a 10" section of wire off of it.
Step #2: Next
- Bend the wire at a 90 degree angle, about 1/3 of the way along the wire.
Step #3: Next
- Bend the longer side into a circle, oriented so that the shorter side points straight into the air (perpendicular to the table, for you geometry whizzes).
Step #4: Next
- Make a 120 degree bend in the straight side, pointed towards the middle of the circle. Make a second 60 degree bend in it directly above the center of the circle, so that it forms a "V" that the soldering iron can sit in.
Step #5: Next
- That's it! Try it out with your soldering iron. Enjoy the convenience of a strong soldering stand!
- Optional: Experiment with different wire shapes. I made a fish; what will you make?