Brilliantly simple idea for 3rd hand on tool stand assembly

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Forum topic by Madmark2 posted 07-08-2020 10:58 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2020 10:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stand assembly magnetic pickup tip

Was putting together the latest in a seemingly endless series of stamped sheet metal stands when I dropped a screw for the umpteenth time. I recently bought a set of three telescoping magnetic picker-uppers and grabbed the biggest to catch the stray hardware.

Holding two brackets, the screw, washer, and nut with just two hands is more than a chore – then it hit me – use the magnet to hold the screw in place in the mounting holes!

The magnet holds both itself and the screw in place even upside down!

This made the stand assembly job a lot easier and faster than the last few I’ve built.

This stand assembled in 1/3 the time of the last one, 1/3 the agita too!

Talk about a Homer Simpson “Doh!” moment.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 07-08-2020 11:02 PM

Nice! Hopefully I can remember that one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-09-2020 12:24 AM

Good idea , this is what I have for smaller hard to reach places.

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#3 posted 07-09-2020 12:31 AM

Tada! That’s way smarter than anything Homer would ever come up with…but all he had to do was manage a nuclear reactor.
Funny how we suddenly figure out some of the simplest techniques/fixes/workarounds even after we’ve been doing this stuff forever. Nothing DOH! about it, sometimes things just click, sometimes they don’t…. ; )

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#4 posted 07-09-2020 01:47 PM

That’s a good tip. I wonder if you could magnetize the fastener with one of those magnetize/demagnetize things?

I’ve also use a little spot of grease or hot melt glue to temporarily hold a fastener.

Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 07-09-2020 01:53 PM

The magnet I used is strong enough to hold itself and screw to the frame. The “pass thru” magnetism was strong enough that the washer and nut became “sticky” and prevented annoying part drops.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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