I usually work with an Xacto or a precision knife to do detailed paper cutout work and at times the detail is so small that the eye gets tired of trying to focus. Also, my aged grandfather hard a hard time reading the papers without a magnifying glass and then an even harder time trying to balance the paper with just one hand.
Thus is came up with a product designed as such
Step 1: Reference
I Googled a few images for a desk mounted magnifying glass holder.
Turns out the cheapest mount comes for about $50 atleast, which was not something that my father, or my aged grandfather would be comfortable using. So, I decided to check the next best alternative... TO MAKE MY OWN!
Step 2: Material Requirement
The basic thing to get for this project are:
- 5nos. X 3cm wide X 5mm thick wooden strips each of 1' length
- 3nos. X 1/4" wide X 1" long carriage bolts
- 3nos. X 1/4" wide wing nuts (I used self made nylon ones)
- 1no. X 1/4" wide X 12mm long nut & bolt
- 1no. X 2" wide G clamp
- 1no. X 3" wide paper spring clip
- 2" X 1" rectangular piece of Etherflex/ any synthetic padding
- Assorted screws
- Sander/ sandpaper
I didn't have to look around for too much, I had all this lying around my house after some of it got discarded and ended up at the bin. So there might be minor changes in the dimensions
Step 3: Making the Wing Nut
When I was looking for wing nuts, I was unable to find any and so had to fashion then out myself.
I acquired these few nylon buffers that are used in furnitures and cut them out in the desired shape.
Step 4: Preparing the Wooden Arms
On each of the wooden strips, take points 1.5cm from both ends which run and drill 2 holes along the centre of the strip. Sand the edges to round them up.
Fix the arms in the formation shown in the sketch, where the middle member on the lowermost section can be ignored, but a spacer will need to be fixed in place of it.
Pass the bolts though the holes and fix the wing nuts on the other end. The wing nuts allow manual adjustment of the arm angles.
Step 5: Preparing the Bottom Unit
Take a 5cm long segment of a wooden strip and screw it to a metal G clamp with a 1mm thick bolt. Use a square nut to fix it in place.
Screw a wedge to the top of the wooden strip segment and bolt the lower part of the arms to the wedge.
NOTE: The bolt should be fixed upside down, i.e, the head of the bolt should be on the bottom and inside the clamp. Fix a sponge around the screw so that when it is fixed to a table, it doesn't scratch the surface or wobble on the it.
Step 6: Preparing the Top
Fix the metal paper clamp with a bolt to the topmost arm with the 1/4" wide X 12mm long bolt and clasp it in place with a nut.
Fix a piece of padded flex between the arms of the clamp and paste it in place with an adhesive so that it doesn't scratch the magnifying glass or its handle.
Step 7: Finished Work
You now have a finished magnifying glass stand which has a universal mount.
And it costs just a bit more than $3.