Grabber (Picker, Reaching Claw) Tool




This tool already exists in the market with variety of shapes and sizes.
It is handy and useful to reach those out of the way light items and picking up those difficult bits and pieces from low down.
From your recycled items with the least work effort you can make one costs nothing.

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Step 1:

This step by step project shows how to utilize recycled materials to have one.
- Obsolete CD’s.
- Cardboard sheet or metallic tube.
- Elastic band or small spring.
- Suitable wire.


1-With the use of a Fret Saw cut CD’s to make clamp parts and joints,  and drill 8 mm holes

Step 2:

2- With the use of a cardboard sheet and glue make a tube with 4 cm x 3 cm cross section and 40 cm long.

Step 3:

Cut suitable size handle.

Step 4:

Cut sheet as figure to form gripper hand.

Step 5:

Assemble the clamp with the help of pins same as figure.

Step 6:

Assemble the hand and its moving arm (stem) to the tube with pins.

Step 7:

Attach the wire to moving arm from one side and to the rubber band (or spring) to the other side.

Step 8:

Final Product.

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    10 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I don't get how to do this stuff


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a really cool DIY...........I have a science project on levers. Is this a good example of a first class compound lever?!

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very good instructable. The pictures are excellent. This is a good way to see how the mechanism of the grabber works. It is then a matter of creating the same using wood or metal or plastic/resin. This is a good excuse to try out a 3-D printer.

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I just wanted to share the concept, it may inspire someone to enhance it.
    Thanks for your comment.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Your instructables looks creative and endless especially Small-scale wave-power.
    Thanks for your word.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    One of those tools you never knew you needed untill you get one, and then don't know how you managed without (I admit to being lazy enough that the ones i have are bought (and also a bit smaller, for picking up tiny bits/screws where you cant reach) - they come quite cheap) This one you build could also make for a nice "robot hand" for a halloween-type costume. very clean build and a good way to reuse/recycle something that would otherwise end up on a trashheap somewhere.

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    We realize the value of any thing in hand when we try to imitate it.
    Thanks for your comment.