Your Father has been there for you and taught you so much. This Father’s Day pay him back with an extra pair of helping hands! by John Otto via instructables
With just a few items you may have around the house you can build a soldering, gluing, or assembly jig. Its an extra pair of helping hands.
Items required: a) 2 five inch pieces of 12 gauge copper wire which can be taken from home wiring cable, b) two solderless ring lugs, c) two mini alligator clips, d) a 3″ x3″ block of wood or decorative molding – available at your local home improvement store, e) one small wood screw (and a suitable drill bit for the pilot hole).
Step 1 – Crimp the solderless ring lugs to the wire. I recommend you crimp the lug in two positions for a secure connection.
Step 2 – Remove the rubber boots from the alligator clips as these won’t be needed. Crimp the alligator clips to the other end of the copper wire. You may need to solder this connection to insure strength and longevity.
Step 3 – Drill a small pilot hole in the center of the wood block. Use a wood screw (pan head type) to secure the two ring lugs to the base.
Step 4 – Use it as a soldering jig, gluing jig, assembly fixture, photo stand, or however you see fit.
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