Coat Hanger Helping Hands


Introduction: Coat Hanger Helping Hands

As I was reading through many of the helping hands Instructables, some of the parts I could not easily get my hands onto. So, I think in bed, travel to hardware stores, and what do you know, I found an easy way to make some helping hands.

They are made from mainly parts you can find in a workshop or house, though the alligator clips may need to be bought at a hardware store.

Anyway, this is a quick and easy way to help you out as you are working with your electronics innovating!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Alligator clips I got mine here
  • Coat Hanger
  • Wire Cutters
  • Block of Wood
  • Drill
  • Glue (optional)
  • Plyers

Step 2: Cut the Hanger

Get your coat hanger and cut as many strips of hanger wire as you want. I used three on mine, but it is your choice. You can choose the straight sides, the long sides, it doesn't matter. Whatever floats your boat!

I used wire cutters for this, but whatever cuts the hanger wire is fine.

Step 3: Slide Clips On

Slide the clips onto one end of each of the pieces of hanger wire you cut.

Step 4: Clamp Down

Take your pliers and clamp down the ends of the alligator clips onto the hanger wire.

Put some elbow grease into this, because you don't want them to slide off. My wire cutters had some pliers on them, so I just used those.

Clamp in a full rotation, making sure to get the alligator clips secured tightly on the piece of wire.

Step 5: Drill Holes in Wood

Find a drill bit for your drill that is a little bit smaller than the hanger wire itself. If you do not want to glue, this is the way to go.

I drilled three holes for my three pieces of wire.

Put the wire into the holes, and voila! You have a set of extra helping hands!

Step 6: In Action

I added an Instructables sticker to my hands just to make it looks a little less boring.

You can use these whenever you are working with electronics, and you need something to be held.

I know, when I make my Altoids chargers, it is a pain having only two hands. Hopefully this will help me out, as well as anyone who reads this Instructable!



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    19 Discussions

    That's a good idea... I cant afford helping hands, therefore I can make my own.

    Not to be mean or anything but i think you should proof read your ible before posting.

    Wow! Great idea, thank you so much for your brain storming! I have a handicap (Not very handy if you ask me!) that leaves me one-handed and this is just what I need!! I'm gonna put my husband right on it! This would be a great tool for many in my situation, if you could get this idea out there ! Again thank you sooo much!

    Great instructable. How about making the block heavier, to help stabilize larger/heavier PCBs?

    THANK YOU!!!!! for this great idea. After a recent stroke and dislocated left elbow, I have one functional hand.

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    Thank you sir! I am sorry about your stroke, they are tough. I hope you remain healthy, and continue your DIY! Thank you.

    i made these a while a go. i shrink-wrapped over where you crimp the alligator clips.

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    It really is not very hard to bend, you just might need to use extra elbow grease than other helping hands.

    Wow Brenn, you and your coin collecting skills. I know coins have nothing to do with this Instructable, but awesome! This helping hands Instructable looks much more simple and easier to make than others, and it saves much more money too, unless you spend rare coins as your money to buy the items. :-) (favorited)

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    Haha thanks Miko. I would never spend the coins I collect. Maybe when my brother and I are 70 years old we might sell our collection. In fact, this morning we went to an antique mall and bought some coins to fill in spots on our books.

    Awesome, lucky. I would never sell my coins either, maybe when I get old, I might sell them or pass them onto my children... if I have children. What kind of coins did you get at the antique mall?

    A V-Nickel, BU 1970 Lincoln Cent, 1976 Quarter Bicentennial Edition, and two buffalo nickels for my book.