How to make a cheap as free, and easy "helping hands" for small parts.

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Well, this morning (2.23.08) and yesterday (2.22.08), I was trying to solder something, but I didn't have a helping hands, so I made this this morning. (2.23.08)

It works GREAT for me, usually no problems.

VERY easy to make, basically free, all you need is less than 10 seconds (unless.... look at next step) of your life.

I hope you like it!
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Step 1: Gather your materials.

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Get your simple and free materials.

  • Box. Any size, big or small.
  • 10 or less (or maybe more unless you have problem finding a box.) seconds of your life.
  • Something to poke holes with.

What you don't need.

  • Vacuum cleaner.
  • 3 oranges.
  • Video camera.

After that, move on!

Step 2: Poke any hole(s).

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Now is when you actually do whatever you want.

Poke the hole(s) wherever you need to do it, just make sure you'll be able to solder the two things together.

Step 3: Add in whatever.

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Well, basically you're done!

Add in whatever you wanted to add in to solder, and solder away!

I hoped you liked my Tool-Tip Instructable!

Step 4: Extras.

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As said above...


Well, here's some extras.

In the picture below, those are some solder blobs that landed on the floor (good thing I don't have carpet anymore).

You do NOT want this to happen to you.
Unless you want to have chances of burning down the house!

Step 5: Fixing up.

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Did you see those two resistors I soldered together?
You might have been wondering: How is he going to solder it to something else like that?"

Well, here's the answer.
Bend it, obviously.

Step 6: Why?

You might have been wondering why I soldered two resistors together.

Here's the answer: look at the pictures below.

Yeah. I carved a Lego figurine head. Here's the original idea from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Here's the linky link link!
Yes, I know. They did a wonderful job, and mine sucked. At least I did it though. And yes, I used a smaller LED.
simharry5 years ago
but i like oranges!
Default1176 years ago
You wouldn't happen to watch homestar runner do you? XD
Strongbad rocks, dude. Trogdor!
Lol. Cheat commandos, ROCK ROCK ON!
iBurn6 years ago
Well...unlike the other lamoids...I find amusment in your reminds me -- I don't have ADD, I just think faster than you.
kd1uc7 years ago
Dude, If you have that many solder blobs dropping then you are feeding WAY too much solder, therefore over heating the joint and promoting future failures. Also lead is toxic and these splashes put small amounts of lead dust in the air that you breath. It may be small but how many solders have you done (100-1000 -10,000), the effect is cumulative. I do like the tool tip, very frugal and it works.
GorillazMiko (author)  kd1uc7 years ago
I know. I wasn't feeding too much solder, I wanted to see what would happen. :P

Good thing I'm not dead.
I used to collect the best looking splats from my first job, lol. Not due to over feed, but our solder tip was old so some solder would build up on it as you went along. Just tapped it on the desk. Used to have a splat looked like Scooby Doo. Ahhh, sometimes I miss being a kid. (Even if I was a dork.)
Redgerr7 years ago
i like the randomness lol-- THE PEN IS WATCHING >:O
Redgerr Redgerr7 years ago
oh and no carpet(ANYMORE)!? what happened to the old carpet? burned it off mabe?
Joanassie7 years ago
Quick tip: Instead of putting "free, cheap" in the title of something, try something that's not somewhat contradictory to an extent. Try using "Cheap as Free."
You put WAY to many yellow boxes. Most of them dont have to do with the instructable. 1 outof 5 stars
I think that it was just so people don't post comments asking about what something was, wasting the comments area like your post and mine. Quick tip: learn the differences between to, too and two. Quick tip: there's an apostrophe ( ' ) in don't. Quick tip: outof is not a word without a space between out & of.
i dont see any hands in this instructables except for yours...
This is crap. For one, the cardboard could burn, second, there were too many tiny little boxes that were totally unrelated. 0 stars.
w00ty327 years ago
you really like putting those little yelow boxes in your pictures on random stuff.... simple and cool, though
A good name7 years ago
great idea. Whats with the lego head? lol.
gamer7 years ago
what is the music player? nice idea, really! i love it! -gamer +1
GorillazMiko (author)  gamer7 years ago
Music player?
step 6 second pic
It's a dynex speaker
sideways7 years ago
I save styrofoam packing for same purpose. Put a sheet of aluminum foil over it and just poke in whatever I need held steady.
Firebert0107 years ago
Awesome idea! This makes for a pretty cool impromptu helping hands. I also love the LED Lego guys, please post the 'Ible soon!
napalm0087 years ago
hey nice idea but with all the resistors and the capacitors?
GorillazMiko (author)  napalm0087 years ago
Hey, I have that same dynex speaker. Also, cool instructble! Very easy!
Dynex speaker?
That Mp3 music player thing, it is the guts from a Dynex Ipod Speaker.
Oh yeah. How did you know?! :-O
Because, I took mine apart to get the female USB ports. And I remember what the insides look like.
Bite Half7 years ago
nice instructable ummm stupid q were do i rate!!!!!
GorillazMiko (author)  Bite Half7 years ago
Hahaha. It's at where the "stats" are. On the right side. Of this page. There is a plus. With numbers. :-O
Gjdj37 years ago
Nice job. All of your instructables are awesome!
nice instructable! you deserve a one-up rating for all your great ratings and comments and especially the instructable. good work, gorillazmiko
Kiteman7 years ago
Nice quick trick, GM.

Working your way up to a big 'ible? ;-)
Brennn107 years ago
Nice job Michael! I am still waiting for the Instructables robot...
GorillazMiko (author)  Brennn107 years ago
It got canceled. Read my new forum... :-(

It might be posted in the future.
Cancelled!!! I was hoping that would arrive soon!!!!