Helping Gorilla Hands

Helping hands are a common soldering aid. These inexpensive devices usually have a substantial base, a pair of alligator clips to hold a workpiece, and sometimes a magnifying glass. [Yonatan24] (who happens to be 13 years old) built his own set using a siren horn as a base. Lately, however, he decided to enhance it quite a bit to use Gorillapod arms and incorporate a solder cleaning and a variety of other features. Of course, there is a magnifier along with a solder waste collection bin.

The build is well-detailed, although since [Yonatan24] salvaged some of the parts, you might have to make adjustments to match the parts you use. The Gorillapod arms are from a cheap tripod, but a lot of the material was left over or stripped from junk (like the lead weight).

We’ve seen workbench PCB holders before (including a 3D printed one), of course, but you have to admire the look of this one, as well as the overboard set of features.

19 thoughts on “Helping Gorilla Hands

  1. The best hacks are the hacks that were made within a few seconds due to a sudden need for a solution or fix. This is the kind of hacking I like most: you have a problem, think about a solution and imagine all the crap you have and how you can modify it to suit the situation you’re in. Using those tripod legs is brilliant, why didn’t I come up to that? They can be bent way easier than those metal 2-joint arms AND are insulated. Wouldn’t be the first time welding something that wasn’t supposed to be welded (read: shorted).
    This is also the alibi I use to explain why I keep such a load of stuff in the attic. Wife calls it crap, I call it useful things. The above story will be used to prove her wrong.

  2. There’s a tremendous satisfaction in bodging together a tool that’s *exactly* what you need. This even has that charming, busy, whatsit factor–the kind of aesthetic that makes people describe it as a “doohickey.”

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