by Jason Becker
A great tool that everyone should have in their shop, is a 3rd hand. They are great for holding small parts in place so that the welder can tack them in place. They are very simple to make and you can build them as basic or as extravagant as you would like.
In this episode, we show two different variations of the 3rd hands and how to make them from scrap metal around the shop.
I have used these countless times throughout my career, and when I was an instructor, I had each of my students build one as a simple fabrication project. They would use this tool on a daily basis, especially when we got into TIG welding and they needed 2 hands to make a tack on their t-joints. The 3rd hand would be set up on the vertical plate and would hold it in place so that they could make the necessary tacks on either end of the coupon. I have used them to hold miscellaneous parts like nuts, bolts and washers in place so I could get a weld or tack on them. I highly recommend that you build one for yourself, they are a great tool to have in your collection and you will find that they are extremely helpful, especially if you are working by yourself.
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