I was probably in junior high when I bought my soldering iron. It's a simple, 35W pencil style iron that probably cost all of $15 at Radio Shack. For 30 years, I've used it with the tiny little support that it came with to keep the hot iron from lying on the workbench. All the while, I prayed that nobody would walk by and bump the power cord, dragging the iron onto the floor in the process. After seeing a much better holder design for sale commercially, I decided to make one of my own using some scraps I found in my garage. It only took me about 30 minutes to make (not including drying time for the stain) and didn't cost me a cent.