Portable Soldering Station in a Toolbox

I spent all summer scratching my head over how to improve the way I store my soldering tools. Getting things set up and put away had always taken a while, and I had settled on essentially a metal bucket for lack of a better system. I had seen Ben Heck’s portable workbench, but it was beyond my needs — not to mention beyond my skills and resources.

About a week ago, a friend told me about this soldering station project by ‘laxap’ and it gave me the Eureka Moment that I needed: put the iron underneath.

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Audio a/b/c/d Switch for 3.5mm

I needed a way to switch the audio inputs to the speakers in my living room between the TV, phone, etc. After seeing 3.5mm (stereo miniplug) A/B switches online that cost between $25 and $40 — not kidding, look it up — the sensible thing to do was to make my own for about $8 (with 2x the capability).

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