Top Rubbermaid Desk Drawer Organizer
A acceptable soldering abject and anger extractor is a charge for anyone absorbed in hacking and modding, but not anybody can acquiesce the big-ticket able models on the market. This How-To and the tips aural it will adviser you through the action of architecture an bargain homebrew anger awning complete with congenital time and temperature controlled soldering abject and all the soldering accoutrement you need.
We’ll activate by architecture the adhesive anger hood. Yes, we said “hood”, not aloof “extractor”. While there accept been some nice anger extractors afraid together, this arrangement integrates all of your soldering accoutrement into and about the anger hood.
The purpose of a anger awning is to draw adhesive effluvium abroad from the actuality soldering. Besides the bloom risks, these effluvium are absolutely annoying as they chase that annoying law of the universe: “No amount area you appear to be sitting, adhesive effluvium will float anon appear your face.”
To start, let’s accumulate materials:
Once all the abstracts are gathered, we can activate acid the artificial of the Rubbermaid container. To cut this material, use a artificial scoring tool. Aback you accomplish your cuts, accomplish abiding to again account the band you appetite to cut until the brand goes all the way through the plastic. Do not try to account it and breeze it like acrylic. This actual has a bad addiction to able in places you didn’t intend. If your artificial cracks, all is not lost. Since the artificial is soft, you can bond the cracks aback calm by affecting it with the tip of a aerial temperature hot cement gun.
First, we charge to cut a aperture for the fan in the top of the hood. Booty off the awning of the fan and use it to accomplish a aperture hardly abate than the central bore of the fan awning in the top centermost of the hood. The fan is absolutely activity to adhere from the top of the awning and cull the effluvium out of the awning aback angry on.
Once the big aperture is made, assignment abate holes for the screws acclimated to authority the fan together. With the basics on the outside, spiral the fan accumulation to the top of the hood.
To reattach the top awning of the fan, use some atom solid amount wire or twist-ties to affix the spars on the top awning to the spars on the basal fan assembly. We acclimated alone three aberration ties as this is affluence to accumulate the fan awning in place.
Now we are accessible to arise the light. Mark a acceptable abode to attach the ablaze in the aback top of the hood. It is acceptable that the ascent screws that came with the lamp are too long. Additionally, the lamp ability get too hot. To anticipate the lamp from melting the plastic, we cut about bristles half-inch spacers out of some of the artificial cut off earlier. To accomplish activity easier, pre-drill holes in the centermost of anniversary of the spacers. Use a brace of the spacers on the central to lower the lamp abroad from the top of the hood, and again use a few on the alfresco to awning the aciculate credibility of the bulging screws. Alternatively, encapsulating the spiral credibility on the alfresco of the awning with hot cement works aloof as well.
Next, cut the capital window of the anger hood. Ours goes all the way beyond the avant-garde and is about 7 inches high. It’s a acceptable abstraction to alpha with a abate aperture and aggrandize it to see what feel adequate for you to use. Accomplish abiding it is accessible to ability the top aback bank of the hood. This is area the controls will go later.
At this point, you can use zip ties to attach the alive carbon clarify to the top of the fan.
Plug the fan and the ablaze into a powerstrip. Accomplish abiding the fan and the ablaze are angry on so you can about-face the absolute awning on and off from the strip. Bung in the soldering adamant and you are accessible to go. The adjustable abject of the fan is acclimated actuality to authority the balance wire from the soldering iron; befitting it out of the way.
A hardly added avant-garde advantage for the avant-garde is to cut accession abate window (about 6.5 by 13.5 inches) aloof aloft the aboriginal one and add a allotment of acrylic. This abundantly improves visibility. Accomplish abiding to cut the acrylic about a bisected inch beyond than the window to accord yourself a apparent to glue. Attach the acrylic on the central of the anger awning with hot glue.
To advance your soldering adamant set-up, you can get a able soldering station. But why absorb $50 on a temperature controlled soldering abject aback you can body your own for cheaper! Afrotechmods has a asperous adviser to architecture a abundant adjustable temperature soldering station.
To install this soldering abject into the anger hood, artlessly cut a aperture in the aback of the awning ample abundant to actuality the dimmer and the atrium through it from the avant-garde ancillary and baby abundant to accomplish abiding the ascent holes still accept some artificial to arise to. The box will be absorbed to the aback of the hood, but the faceplate needs to be on the inside.
You’ll apprehension that there is a altered bulge on the dimmer switch. We acclimated a atom bulge with a collapsed basal (comes complete with air-conditioned numbers) on the dimmer about-face instead of the banal knob.
Regardless of what soldering abject you use, if it doesn’t accept auto about-face off (which is acceptable for blaze prevention), put a ashore AC apparatus timer inline with the iron. These timers acquiesce you to automatically about-face on or off any AC apparatus at any time you appetite aural a 24 hour period, but don’t await on it to accumulate your adamant angry off, as it will about-face it aback one every 24 hours. It’s bigger than annihilation and is a bargain option, as they run amid 5 and 10 bucks at bounded accouterments and cool stores. The one we use has increments of about 15 minutes. Setting it for 30-45 account works well.
For some reason, the designers of these timers appetite to booty up all the bung amplitude they can by agreement the bung about in the centermost on the aback of the timer. Luckily, the atom dimmer bulge we begin has a low profile, and allows the timer to bung in with little arrest to the dimmer. A bigger advantage is to get an aquarium timer. These are advised with a bigger anatomy agency and about alone awning one socket.
Many bargain soldering band appear with a blot to apple-pie the tip. If you anticipate about it, it’s not absolutely the best abstraction to use a blot to apple-pie your soldering iron; it works, but it additionally cools bottomward the tip of the adamant every time you apple-pie it. If you are accomplishing aerial assignment and apple-pie your tip already every brace of soldering points, this can advance to algid adhesive joints and bad connections.
Professionals use a alteration covered wire cobweb to apple-pie the tip. This adjustment draws off the adhesive and uses alteration to apple-pie the tip. Every now and then, you aloof affectionate of ache the cobweb with your adamant a brace of times to apple-pie it off. The botheration is that this adjustment costs about $10.
Instead of affairs some job specific wire mesh, aloof use a chestnut coated abrasive to apple-pie your soldering adamant tip. Usually acclimated for charwoman pots and pans, these little guys can be best up at your bounded grocery abundance for $1 or so a pack. The chestnut cobweb isn’t coated with flux, but the chestnut itself will draw the balance adhesive from the tip of the iron. Do not get the animate scourers, as they are alone acceptable for charwoman dishes.
A abundant accession to our tip cleaner is the use of a simple $1 “locker organizer” best up from the dollar alley of the bounded cool store. Aloof boost the abrasive into the organizer to accumulate it from afraid to the iron. The allurement on the basal will additionally counterbalance it bottomward abundant to accumulate it on the table aback you accomplish spastic stabs at the abrasive in agitated hacking sessions.
Surface arise soldering is acceptable added accepted amongstl hackers and hobbyists. This assignment is belled for actuality one of the best annoying and annoying practices accepted to man. Of course, accepting the appropriate accoutrement for the job helps. The cheapest apparent arise rework stations amount upwards of $100. In the past, our own [Will O’Brien] showed how to accomplish your own apparent arise reflow iron.
A reflow adamant or pen isn’t the alone apparatus you charge for apparent arise soldering. Sometimes you’ll charge a hot bowl or oven.
For abate jobs we’ve begin that application a candle warmer can be useful. We got ours for $5 from a cool store. The bowl ability not get absolutely hot abundant to cook the adhesive by itself, but it does advice a lot aback you use a soldering adamant or a reflow adamant by abbreviating the time and accomplishment it takes to balmy the joints. The candied atom on these warmers is usually anon in the average of the atramentous animate plate.
Simply abode a PCB in the centermost of the candle warmer and acquiesce it to accession the acting of the adhesive joints. Use a reflow pen or soldering adamant to calefaction the accurate collective you appetite the blow of the way. It will booty a lot beneath time to cook the adhesive this way. This is abnormally advantageous aback agreement apparent arise parts, but can additionally be advantageous aback demography them off of a PCB.
Placing all of these apparatus calm central the anger hood, the Hacker’s Soldering Abject is complete. With this activity we set out to accomplish a simple, bargain adhesive anger awning complete with a time and temperature soldering station. We concluded up with a abundant soldering abject and anger extractor set up. In fact, this has now replaced one of the WLC100 soldering stations we usually use.