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This instructable will show you how to build my version of the helping hands tool. 

Now I must admit that I did not think of this myself exactly.  There are a lot of Helping Hands ibles out there.  What I did was I took three ibles, and took what I liked out of them and put them all together.  

The three ibles that I am talking about are,
Improved GorillaPod Helping Hands Tool
Third Hand++
Illuminated Helping Hands

For the first link I liked how a GorillaPod was used for the arms,  The second I liked how there was three hands,  and the third I liked that there is a LED to light up what you are trying to solder.
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Step 1: Parts and tools

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The parts and tools you will need are as follows.

Block of wood (for the stand)
GorillaPod or a cheaper brand
3 alligator clips
2 bright white LEDs
100 ohm resistors
2.1mm power jack
USB to 2.1mm power plug
Epoxy and hot glue


Step 2: Take apart the GorillaPod

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For this ible I used a GorillaPod because the top of it did not work very well.  If you need to buy one for the project I would recommend that you buy off brand.  It will be cheaper and the quality is about the same. 

All you need to do is use some strength and pull apart the legs form the top part.  Also pull off the rubber bottoms.

Step 3: The Base

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Take a block of wood.  Mine is about 7 by 4 inches but it can be any size you like. 
Fist we need to drill holes in the wood base for the three arms.  Mark where you want the arms to be attached and drill a hole that is just a bit larger than the base of the arm so it fits in. 
Next fill the hole will epoxy and then place the base of the arm inside, support it with something so it does not move and let the epoxy harden over night.
nice ible it would be really cool if you had a variable power supply that ran to the alligator clips