As I was reading through many of the helping hands Instructables, some of the parts I could not easily get my hands onto. So, I think in bed, travel to hardware stores, and what do you know, I found an easy way to make some helping hands.
They are made from mainly parts you can find in a workshop or house, though the alligator clips may need to be bought at a hardware store.
Anyway, this is a quick and easy way to help you out as you are working with your electronics innovating!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- Alligator clips I got mine here
- Coat Hanger
- Wire Cutters
- Block of Wood
- Glue (optional)
Step 2: Cut the Hanger
Get your coat hanger and cut as many strips of hanger wire as you want. I used three on mine, but it is your choice. You can choose the straight sides, the long sides, it doesn't matter. Whatever floats your boat!
I used wire cutters for this, but whatever cuts the hanger wire is fine.
Step 3: Slide Clips On
Slide the clips onto one end of each of the pieces of hanger wire you cut.
Step 4: Clamp Down
Take your pliers and clamp down the ends of the alligator clips onto the hanger wire.
Put some elbow grease into this, because you don't want them to slide off. My wire cutters had some pliers on them, so I just used those.
Clamp in a full rotation, making sure to get the alligator clips secured tightly on the piece of wire.
Step 5: Drill Holes in Wood
Find a drill bit for your drill that is a little bit smaller than the hanger wire itself. If you do not want to glue, this is the way to go.
I drilled three holes for my three pieces of wire.
Put the wire into the holes, and voila! You have a set of extra helping hands!
Step 6: In Action
I added an Instructables sticker to my hands just to make it looks a little less boring.
You can use these whenever you are working with electronics, and you need something to be held.
I know, when I make my Altoids chargers, it is a pain having only two hands. Hopefully this will help me out, as well as anyone who reads this Instructable!