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This project came about when i recently ordered some Shape Lock. Shape Lock is a durable plastic with a low melting temp. At about 150 F it becomes very pliable and can be easily shaped by hand. It is sold under a few different names but the pricing is about the same for all of them. Best of all the stuff is reusable. Just heat it back up and its ready to become something new. So i have been looking around the house for good uses of the stuff when i saw my set of Helping Hands. I realized i could use this stuff to help make them more useful.

My biggest complaint about Helping Hands is the small and often unstable base. I didn't want to make a larger base for it since that would get even more in the way. I decided that a good set of hands is nothing without a good arm behind it. So i went online and found the cheapest swing arm desk lamp i could find. I figured with the help of the Shape Lock i could create some sort of coupling part to join the Hands to the arm.

Here is how i improved on my set of Helping Hands.

Materials Needed:

- Helping Hands ($7 http://www.amazon.com/Helping-Third-Magnifier-Magnifying-Glass/dp/B0015YJV7S)
- Swing Arm Desk Lamp ($12 http://www.amazon.com/Swing-Desk-Lamp-Clamp-Black/dp/B004MH9A2Q)
- Shape Lock ($15 http://www.makershed.com/product_p/mkshl1.htm)
- Flashlight (any will do as long as it offers the lighting you want.
- 2x screws/bolts w/ nuts (your choice in size but you won't need anything over an inch long. I used what i had on hand)
- Box Cutter

Tools Needed:

- Drill
- 3/16 inch Drill Bit
- Screw driver/wrench (whatever is appropriate for the screw/bolt your using)
 
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Wow! This is great. I wonder with a drawer track attatched to the front black length. (essentially the 'forearm' before the 2 alligator clip 'hand) Anyways with a drawer track attatched to that and then a dremel hose clamped to the sliding part of the drawer track, I think that would work as an angleable drill press for electronics. Now why you would need to drill an angled hole in electronics I'm not sure but If it were more heavy duty slightly but the same design it would be good for woodworking, etc.

Take a look at;

http://www.exltek.com

http://www.exltek.com/Products/Lookup.aspx?ItemNumber=Clip_Sticks_63
pfred23 years ago
I find two helping hands better than one.
HelpingHands.jpg
mpilchfamily (author)  pfred23 years ago
Nicely done!

Is that Acrylic they are attached too?
Some kind of scrap clear plastic I had laying around. I made it so long ago it was when I had less ability to work with metal than I do now. Seems close to a quarter of an inch thick to me. 6.35mm

Having lived with mine I see better possibilities that could be done with 3 helping hands to work with. So far I've only accumulated two, and what I have works well enough for my purposes I suppose.
profpat3 years ago
great project!
mpilchfamily (author)  profpat3 years ago
Thanks for the comment
Dinesh babu3 years ago
nice projet all the best
mpilchfamily (author)  Dinesh babu3 years ago
Thanks for the comment