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makeasks MAKE Asks: Soldering Hacks
MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Soldering is a maker skill that seems to stand on its own. Maybe it’s the danger-factor, or because it requires such fine motor coordination. What is an unconventional method you use to make soldering easier for you?

I keep a big steel plate on my workbench. When I need to tin a wire I don’t bother taking out my panavise. I just pinch the wire between my iron and the plate, and apply the solder. This way my hands aren’t floating (I have a natural tremor in my hands) and the job gets done quickly.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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