Discussion in 'Modding' started by Nexxo, 7 Jan 2018.
Next some sanding to finish the rough edges, and make the mounting hinge.
Excellent work so far, metal work is top notch as is the overall style, one thing I would add to the stand is a place for sponge and maybe another one for spare tips. The only let down is a choice of soldering pencil - there is really no point in going for non-cartridge based ones nowadays, especially if you building whole soldering station from scratch.
Projects such as these make me really long for a lathe/mill.
Also lovely. (That's all I can say because a guy on a 2+ year hiatus of his own project can't prod you back to Ada without looking like a total goober.)
Regrettably the circuit was designed for an Antex TC50, which is a cheap but good quality reliable iron with a wide range of easily obtainable tips. It is almost like a cartridge unit; the heating element needs five contacts desoldering to swap out (why they didn't simply create a plug for it I'll never know. But yes, normally I'd go for a Hakko...
The stand will have a sponge set in it. Another one for spare tips... good idea. May make one.
Lathes and mills are awesome. Don't know how I coped without them.
Well, I'll be getting back to her soon. Work has been demanding (I'm typing this in my "lunch break") and I hit a bit of a wall around the nixie tube circuit... but I've got it more or less worked out now.
Cartridge does not mean swapable heating element, it means tip and heating element is a single swapable unit (Hakko T12, Chinese TS100 (a must have for pretty much everyone), JBC T245/T470). The pros are pretty much instant heating up, better heat transfer and a lot more precise temperature reading.
Wouldn't call Antex tip range "wide" (at least from looking at their page), not then compared to weller/JBC/Hakko.
As for electronics - there are tons of OS projects nowadays raging from arduino based ones, to this monstrosity.Though I can understand if you just wanted a working kit.
The beauty of having a lathe is that I can make my own tips. In copper.
But yes, although I'm comfortable with making my own PCBs and stuff, I was looking for something that is straightforward, has a toroid transformer, elegant controls and display (no fiddly up/down buttons --that was a deal breaker) and takes locally sourced components. It will do for now.
Monstrosity looks nice. I like the way it recognises whatever is plugged into it. But I would have gone for a bigger display and a rotating temperature knob.
Understandable. I hit a similar wall with a USB3 double stack connector. I can't even SEE the pins, much less mill a board for them.
Today I have finally managed to finish the stand.
The cut out parts drilled and countersunk:
And the pillar top shaped and drilled:
Marking out some brass rod for the thumbwheels:
And the thumb wheels turned and knurled:
And the whole set complete (except for the feet):
Not a bad result, if I say so myself. Learned a lot.
It's very pretty.
Have you treated the metals to prevent tarnishing or is a tarnished look part of the endgame?
I'm undecided. But I do have some lacquer which is a reproduction of the stuff they used to coat brass scientific instruments with back in Victorian times. A German paint company still makes it.
Got a link for that? Know a few that might be interested in getting their hands on some...
Looks lovely. Smart bit of metalworking there.
Just need to make a cover to replace the plastic on the iron now
Finally got a shot in proper daylight that shows the real colour of the LCD display:
Is that a little kiln in the earlier post?
It is my wife's enamelling kiln. I have to make a thermostat control for it. Will probably steampunk that too.
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