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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    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.

    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.

    That is a good idea. Thanks!


    Yes. Yes.

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