I am sorry to say that I was too eager to build my design to remember to document the building stage with a camera, but I will do my best to explain my design to you with the pictures I have.
Step 1: The Components
I roughened up the surface of the wooden panel and the lexan surface that would be interfacing it before I wood glued the two surfaces together. By doing so, I was able to create a stronger bond at the interface.
Lexan Cover on Wooden Panel: The lexan cannot withstand the head of the soldering iron for long periods of time, but it provides a smooth surface which I can easily remove solder from (if any solder happens to drip onto it, although I don't expect this to happen often).
Next, I screwed the wooden post to the wooden panel. In order to do this, I first drove the screws through the post until their pointed ends poked out of the wood at the other side. I then impressed the wooden panel with small holes by pressing the post against it. Next, I drilled into the panel at these holes so that the screws' pointed ends could get a grip on the panel. Finally, I finished screwing the screws into the through the post and into the panel.
Helping Hands: I made the bendable component of the helping hands out of .5 mm, solid copper wire (it was what I had on hand). I bent the wire 6 times over at a length of 130 mm. I then twisted it tightly to give it strength and stiffness and then heat shrunk it. (Later on, I realized that this was too weak, and I add 5 extra lengths of 130 mm wire to strengthen and stiffen it sufficiently. Altogether, I had 1.43 m of .5 mm copper wire bent into 130 mm helping hands.) I attached the helping hands to the post via screws.
Solder Spool: Because it was a useful addition, I included another screw on the post which I wrapped the solder around.