Vanessa - check out my web site below - there are pictures of my
studio and soldering area. I find I like mine in a separate area, and
I like being able to leave it set up and ready to go all the time.
When I had it on my bench, I was constantly having to move things…
a pain. I have my station set up on an old heavy duty wooden sink I
already had, and have fire bricks down as the base surface, and as a
"backsplash". Both to reduce worries about flames on walls and the
wooden sink, and to use to redirect heat when needed. I really like
having everything in the one space, and not having to worry about
pickle splashes, or the pickle fumes near my tools.
I find that I mostly solder standing up… I’m told that is
uncommon, but for me, that works. I use the edges of the wooden sink
as arm braces when needed.
I think there is no ONE way to do it - what matters is that you are
comfortable with your set up, both in terms of safety and
If you have time, see if you can find some folks nearby who would
let you come and see their soldering areas, and maybe sit/stand at
them to see…
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio