Here is a quick how-to on building turnbuckle mini jacks.  These are surprisingly useful little things and can be made in minutes.

The version I built can be any length between 9.5" to 12".

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:

a turnbuckle, I used a 3/8" from Home Depot
two rubber stoppers, I got mine from a chemistry lab supplier
and a long bolt with the same threading as the turnbuckle, I used a 6" long 3/8" bolt

You'll also need the following tools:

a hacksaw
a drill
<p>great idea... these will come in handy on my laser cutter.</p>
Nice design. I use something similar to this to hold up the &quot;lid&quot; on some typewriters when I'm working on them. These can be very handy.
Those look really useful, thanks for the idea.

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