Introduction: Retractable Helping Hands (My Mini Soldering Helper!)
Most of us "electronics people" know that 2 hands usually isn't enough while working with electronics, It isn't surprising when you mess up because you have to hold a Circuit Board, Components, Soldering Iron, Solder, Wire Cutters, and a million other tools, With only two hands!
And for that exact purpose, The Helping Hands tool was invented. The only problem is that they can be pretty expensive.
That's why I decided to make a Retractable Helping Hands Tool using parts of an old IKEA reading lamp, Which means it was FREE!
Time to start making!
Step 1: What You'll Need:
A Flexible (IKEA) Lamp
Epoxy Putty (Vinyl Gloves and a Utility Knife are recommended to use with Epoxy Putty)
Note: You can always use a small, cheap spring clamp if you want. It might look like a small version of this
Small Hammer (optional)
Flat Screwdriver (optional)
Step 2: Removing the Lamp Parts
Not all lamps are the same, But most lamps should be easy to take apart:
After removing the light-bulb, Cut the cord with wire cutters, And un-screw the reflector-protector-cover-thingy!
You should be left with the flexible arm, And the spring clamp (Picture #1)
Step 3: Clamp Holder
This isn't pictured, But I took the "reflector-protector-cover-thingy" apart and inside of it, I found another piece of metal that I thought could be useful (Picture #3). This part reminds me of a 110V plug, But DO NOT plug it in to an outlet! I said it reminds me of one!
I screwed it in to the flexible arm, And bent the prongs around the clamp. (Picture #1)
This can easily be done with Needle-Nose Pliers, A hammer might also come in handy
Step 4: Epoxy Putty
I decided to use Epoxy Putty to help strengthen the connection between the clamp and the flexible arm.
I kneaded the Epoxy Putty until I got the 2 chemicals mixed properly, And applied it on to the both parts. I made sure that the Epoxy covered everything
You might also be able to use a welder for this, But I don't have one, So I don't know...
Step 5: More Pictures/More Uses
Here are a couple more uses for my Retractable Helping Hands!
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