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.

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