Fixtures…

A fixture is something that holds the object you’re working on in place, while you work. Now it may involve clamps but the simplest fixtures (like the one I use) are held by locking the object in place using a corner. This locking allows you to steady the work with one hand whilst working on the object with the other hand. A fixture of this kind is especially useful if you’re muscularly challenged like myself. Your strength isn’t being used to hold the object in place giving your other arm some spare power to complete the task! This method is brilliant for drilling metal plates, boxes and also very small pieces that would otherwise spin out. It also saves you hours, as you don’t need to be unclamping and reclamping all the time. It will also always provide you with a suitable surface to drill on, so long as you don’t go through it!

Fixture viewed from the top.

To make this fixture you need to purchase some wood. You should be able to get all the parts for this in B&Q. You will need a flat sheet of about just over 15″ by 15″, I chose this size as it was about the maximum size metal plate I’d have to drill, you may want bigger or smaller. It needs to be less than your arm length from your chest to your wrist, you don’t want to be leaning too far over your work. But it’s personal preference, just remember it’s going to sit against the edge of the desk. Next take 1 piece of flat wood strip, you want this to be able to cover 2 edges of the flat wood. It should also be >50mm thick so as to make a good enough lip.

Side View of Fixture showing the rear lip which holds it snug against the desk.

For the rear lip that sits against the desk you will want to use a larger thickness so as to give more support. Now using a battery drill screw the smaller pieces as I have done onto the flat sheet. For the left handers out there, you’ll need to change the rectangle so you hold the piece in the corner using your right hand not your left.

Once you’ve done all that your fixture is ready to be used! All you need to do now is mind your fingers.

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