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    Over bench crane

    Hi again,

    Here is strange gizmo I came up with visiting my scrap box.
    I needed something that could serve as a third hand in order to hold different things over the bench, while I'm working with the other two (hands).

    So I found in the scrap pile the relics of an old wooden sunshade. As I can never come to through out wooden pieces, this one eventually found a new life.

    So here it is :

    You can hold nearly what you want until it's not too heavy, but the reason why I wanted it is to hold the heat gun over the bench, while I'm gluing with hot hide glue. Keeping the work pieces warm gives you more open time.

    Note : the heat gun is fixed with a band of bicycle air chamber.
    Next time, I will try to adapt the camera on it.

    And the beauty of the thing is that : it is foldable and can be forgotten in a corner of the shop when not in use.

    This is high tech...

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    Last edited by Christophe Mineau; Sep 28, 2014 at 08:28 AM.
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    Great job repurposing the sunshade frame. Can be swung in or out of the way. Collapsible to boot!

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    Great idea as usual, Christophe.

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    Thanks Christophe! I've added your Over Bench Crane to our Workholding category, as well as to your builder page: Christophe Mineau's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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