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“Desk Squid” magnetized helping hands

“Desk Squid” magnetized helping hands

We’ve covered a number of these “helping hands” jigs, but as far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many, or too many “arms” on the ones you have. This one uses the Snap Flow/Loc-line hosing for the arms we’ve been seeing a lot of lately and magnetized bases so you can move them into different configurations.

Desk Squid – “Helping Hands” improved. – Link


  • Magnifying finger attachment – Link
  • Cool Tool: Third Hand – Link
  • 3 degrees of freedom positioner for soldering / gluing small parts – Link
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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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