I am sure you have all heard of helping hands (no, not your seven year old grand child) which is a tool to aid soldering operations. The instructable site has literally hundreds of ideas for various types. Here is the link:http://www.instructables.com/id/Third-H ... r-electro/
I got an idea from there for a free standing type (photo below) and am in the process of completing it now. The photo is of one I built with the exception of the alligator clip which is currently in shipping. A nice thing about this version is no threading or drilling is required as in most of the other ones.
Parts are as follows:
1. Black iron floor flange (1/2" FIP thread). $2.89 direct from China (Ebay) but twice that locally.http://www.ebay.com/itm/322353665488_tr ... EBIDX%3AIT
2. Blue flexible pipe assembly. $3.73 from Amazon.com (includes shipping but is a 2 week wait) thread size may vary. Link below. Thats for six 12" assemblys.https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... dition=new
3. 1/2" X 1/4" black iron adapter. $1.50 each. I got 5 of these in brass for less than a dollar each direct from China Ebay but have not received them yet so can not guarantee it is the correct item.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/151314160116?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
4. Banana clip end. $2.25 each. The kind from R/S have threads and unscrew from the insulated part. I do not have a cheaper source. It is supposed to be a tight fit into the flex line tip but was not so after finally inserting it into the tip I used Shoe Goo glue to fix it in place by filling up the tip.
5. Alligator clamp. 10 cents each non-insulated direct from China Ebay. Slides over the banana clip piece.
Height from tip to base as pictured is 9". This is a good height for my current radio project in the vise on my bench (photo below). The blue segments are removable so the flex line can be shortened or lengthened. The flex line is very stiff so holds the shape very well. The base of this project is heavy enough to hold the work even if it is was not attached to a vise and the base has holes so it could easily be attached to a piece of wood for even more stability.
Total cost to make one like this was about $7 but with a little imagination that could be cut to less than $5. Substitute something salvaged for that flange would cut down the price but without threads you would have to use glue. You could also eliminate the banana clip part if you modify the hose tip and glue in the alligator clamp without the banana clip part. Shoe Goo would work for that. I am gonna try it.
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