DIY Flexible Third Hand From Gorilla Tripod

Got some gorilla tripod without a nut lying around the house but I was hesitating to throw it away because I know I can use it somehow. Seeing a third hand with goose-neck I got the idea of replacing it with a gorilla tripod.

Here are material I've used:

  • Gorilla tripod
  • Alligator clips
  • Drill and bits
  • Glue
  • Screw and nuts
  • Soldering stand or any base plate

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Step 1: Drilling the Hole

Make a hole at the end of the gorilla tripod. I only have two alligator clip so I drill two holes with exact diameter of the clips.

Step 2:

Put a glue to secure the clips. It so happen that the diameter of the hole is exactly the same size of the clip and they are coated with rubber that is why I decided not to put any. Without the glue I have the flexibility of rotating the clips and I can remove them and replace them later.

Step 3: Secure the Tripod on a Base

Since I plan to use the third hand for soldering, I have attached it on a solder iron stand by drilling a hole on the base and relocate the solder holder to accommodate the tripod.

Step 4: Testing

Now my soldering iron stand with third hand is ready for testing.

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    FrankM220

    1 year ago on Step 4

    I'm going to attempt to express my feelings about this very clearly so there can be no misunderstanding.

    You, sir, are a GOD!

    Yup, that about sums it up! Great idea - simple and brilliant! Nicely done and thank you for posting it!

    I'm off to go "borrow" an old tripod from my friend who owes me some cash... :)

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    oragamiunicorn

    1 year ago on Step 2

    I had an alligator twist and break on my third hand recently, so I's suggest glueing something like a cocktail stick inside the stem of the clip for support. It shouldn't be any bigger than before so should still fit in the hole fine.