If you have ever done much soldering, then you are probably familiar with the “Helping Hands” tool. Essentially, it is a pair of articulated clamps on a base that sit on your desk and hold a circuit board while you work on it. It may also have a few additional tools — such as a magnifying glass — mounted to it. This kind of tool is pretty useful, but due to its size its potential applications are very limited.

So I decided to build a bigger and stronger version of the helping hands tool using an adjustable floor lamp and some large spring clamps. This lets you hold larger and heavier objects and gives you a much greater range of motion.