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Old 2nd September 2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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just wondering what type of suports or stands are most commonly used at hobby level, I am looking on builing my own mechanism to hold pcbs so references, requierements and ideas are welcome.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
One of these
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just wondering what type of suports or stands are most commonly used at hobby level, I am looking on builing my own mechanism to hold pcbs so references, requierements and ideas are welcome.
Depending upon the size of the board something like this is pretty common.

PanaVise Circuit Board Holders for less at Howard Electronic Instruments, Inc.

Not an endorsement of the seller or the particular holder - just intended as an example. Let the internet be your friend and look around. A good magnifier glass is a big aid too.

HEI Magnifying Work lights with optional 3 or 5 diopter lens and fluorescent bulb.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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One of these
I have one just like that, but i always manage to tip it over ..i guess i could add a flat piece of board and glue the base but then, the little clips scratch the boards...i am not really fond of this design. Thank you for the refference.

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Depending upon the size of the board something like this is pretty common.
those look very nicely made, board size will not be bigger than 20x20cm ...

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Old 3rd September 2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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I use the PCSS/2 http://www.mikrocontroller.net/attac...57741/pcss.pdf . Out of line, $wise, for hobby work, but a Xmas present to self? E
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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
I often just use green masking tape to hold components in place.

I've used a PCSS holder, but the foam doesn't do a great job of holding small components flat on the board.
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Old 3rd September 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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I use the PCSS/2 http://www.mikrocontroller.net/attac...57741/pcss.pdf . Out of line, $wise, for hobby work, but a Xmas present to self? E
I have access to this monstruosity, which i is great for large pcb's or large production...it looks similar to the PCSS you mention, bit it is way too big for my needs.

I want to make a simple diy solution, as an exercise of design and fun...so I am looking for inspiration
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Old 3rd September 2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
for smaller boards I like to use a small multiangle hobby vice
but also have one like shown in post2

don't need anything for bigger boards
when soldering bigger caps I sometimes use the caps to 'carry' the board on the table
and level it with whatever matches

I would certainly like to have one of those stand mounted magnifier
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Old 3rd September 2013, 08:02 PM   #9
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...gravity and the other fingers!

Three go for the soldering iron,
two for the solder,
you have five left.
That a hand's worth
(although both thumbs are taken).

Just joking.

Not recommended.

But my guitar playing technique got better



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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
I also tend to use electrical tape to hold components neatly against the board as I solder them in place.
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