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Are you fed up with crocodile clips holding your PCB and moving at the critical moment you need to solder a component or that to turn the board over you have to unclip and then reclip the board?  Well hopefully this instructable will be of benefit to you.  This device is capable of holding your board and once you have placed the components in their correct place will hold them all in!  Turning the board over is as simple as loosening the wing nuts and flipping the board over!

All parts for this project I already had lying around my workshop, so it cost me nothing to make.
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Step 1: Skills required

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Construction of this device is relatively simple, if you can use a drill, dremel (mini drill)+attachments and sander you pretty much have all the skills you need.

Although I have used aluminium for this project you can use wood, steel, plastic or any reasonably sturdy material to make this device.

Below is a picture of some of the components I used:

Step 2: Some parts

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The base is a drill bits box, it had cheap chinese drills which have now been used!

Step 3: Making the frame

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Cut your alumininium channels to the size you want your frame to be, mine was approximately 30cm by 20cm, the top and bottom channels have a slot cut into them, you'll see why later.  The corners are cut to 45% and screwed to the scrap aluminium corners I made, this step is fairly straight forward.

Step 4: PCB holder

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Once your frame is assembled you need to make the PCB holder attachments.  Taking two tubes that fit snuggly into the channels of the frame cut a groove into each tube to hold the PCB and sand the ends at right angles to the groove so the when the tubes are in place they won't rotate. (The pictures should help you) At the corners of the frame are protruding screws and also screws are protruding from the tubes. Loop the elastic band around the screws so that the tubes meet in the middle of the frame - the tubes can then be pulled apart to insert your PCB.
DJ-AS3 months ago

Excellent job!

bricabracwizard (author)  DJ-AS3 months ago


This is a truly excellent instructable !

Commercial units similar in size & capability to this sell for AUS$561 for the smallest unit. Google IDEAL-TEK pcsa-1 pcb assembly jig for a laugh !

Great job !!
bricabracwizard (author)  Gomi no Sensei3 years ago
Thanks, I did! I never realised they were that expensive!
atga123 years ago
Awesome idea! I never would have thought so something like this - yet at the same time so obvious! Brilliant!
bricabracwizard (author)  atga123 years ago
Every home should have one! lol
canucksgirl3 years ago
Cool idea. You sure know how to tug at the old heart strings with your intro message. ;)

Good Luck in the contest!
bricabracwizard (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
I would love to see these guys benefit, they're very creative!
Ya, I looked at the link you gave, and it sounds like a great organization.
dmhead3 years ago
Great concept to help with the annoyance of your PCB moving. And the fact it cost you nothing to make only adds to the perks :-)
I've been waiting for this for a long time!
good concept
bricabracwizard (author)  awais mughal3 years ago
ajoyraman3 years ago
The "Component Holder" is a very good concept. It would prevent the components from falling off when we reverse the board for soldering. Great Idea !
bricabracwizard (author)  ajoyraman3 years ago
Thanks! I enjoyed both of your instructables, you've given me great ideas for creating more presentable enclosures with your magic tape idea.