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A LITTLE MORE HELPFUL

January 05, 2011
by: jovial_cynic
Last week, I put some time into upgrading my workspace, and one of my upgrades was the construction of a "helping hand":



As useful as the helping hand tool was, I noticed its limitations immediately. The swinging arm had a full 360-degree range of motion, but no matter what position it was in, I couldn't easily get to the back of any piece of metal that I was welding. An upgrade to my upgrade was needed.

Here's version 2.0:



This helping hand has four separate joints!


This is the main pivot arm.


This is an "elbow" of sorts, that gives me the ability to place the workpiece wherever I want it on my welding surface.


This joint is analogous to a wrist, and allows me to point the workpiece in any direction, either facing me or away from me.


On the same joint as the wrist is a secondary joint that rotates the clamp along the vertical plane.

And here's a little video of the helping hand in action:




All of this was put together with some 1" square tubing, a 220v stick welder, and a few nut/bolt assemblies. Not bad. Very useful.
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COMMENTS for A LITTLE MORE HELPFUL


jill said:
where's the "like" button?
January 07, 2011


jovial_cynic said:
Over here!

Like!

January 07, 2011


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