Well, here goes for my first 2mm area group post...
In my few recent spells in the workshop, I've been getting frustrated with the usual problems of holding together hot bits of metal at 90 degrees long enough for the solder to set. In the past I've bodged up the usual wooden right angle jigs, used bits of Blu-tak and tape, built up a little stock of clamps etc., but it still seemed a bit haphazard and disorderly.
So a few weeks ago I spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon putting together this soldering jig which might be of interested to some of you. It's basically an offcut of 25mm MDF windowsill material, drilled with clearance holes for M5 screws (5mm, not surprisingly) and with the ends of the holes counterbored (8.5mm I think) to take an M5 nut which press-fitted by being wound into the hole with a screw - it's a tight enough fit in the MDF not to turn, and the forces involved are fairly light.
|The underside of the tool|
|A selection of bolts, studs and clamping blocks|
|Clamping block fixed down with long bolt etc.|
|The tool in use, holding a bufferbeam at 90 degrees|