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    I remember seeing a very simple gizmo for making sure one piece wonít move on another when soldering. It was a short bar of metal with a bent arm attached to it with a small weight towards its end. The way it helped was that the end of the arm could rest on one piece holding it onto the other. Does that make sense? Cant find one illustrated anywhere....any ideas please?
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    This what you are looking for https://www.lionpunchforge.com/tools...old-down-ckzzf
    Borrowed from the welding industry, I made one at welding school 30 years ago, personally I would not pay the asking price very simple to make, although I have a workshop and can easily make one, I have one at my soldering station ( I am not at home so I can't post a pic) very simple version here Click image for larger version. 

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    Brilliant. That is a very de luxe version of what I remember. Yes I will certainly be making one unless there are cheaper ones available. Thanks.
    Just found titanium rods on eBay for peanuts......think I am in business.


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    Have you considered making titanium soldering clamps? they can be shaped into many useful shapes to make soldering easier.
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    Soldering aids can be made from old flat files, heated and the tang bent while red. Also by gripping a nail in some cheap to buy haemostats.
    But ultimately you are best to buy a pack of titanium blanks, which are rectangular (Cookson have them) and making up a selection of James' soldering clamps. Dennis.
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    Thanks....I now have a titanium rod arriving plus some titanium blanks I already have so now to get making to these illustrations.


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    With a bit of butchery of an old third hand and inspired by Dennisís photos....the titanium vertical can of course be shaped as one wants.


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    That's a step in the right direction.

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    Necessity is the mother of invention!

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