EMRFD Message Archive 7775

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7775 2012-09-13 14:16:19 pauldebono@rocket... SMD jig
I am looking for a home made or commercial smd jig to hold an smd component in place for soldering .
Any ideas please
7776 2012-09-13 15:33:15 peter oesterle Re: SMD jig
A small touch of crazy glue applied with the tsharp tip of a wooden toothpick works for me , down to a certain size anyway.

73 pete ve3hoh/w3

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Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:16:18 +0000
Subject: [emrfd] SMD jig

I am looking for a home made or commercial smd jig to hold an smd component in place for soldering .
Any ideas please

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7777 2012-09-13 16:14:35 Kerry Re: SMD jig
I use a microscope and a small skewer/toothpick; the skewers come in a plastic case like a salt-shaker with perhaps 50 or 100 in the case.

The skewers are about 2.5 mm diameter; they are bamboo but wood would work the same;


I snip the tip off with wire-cutters to make a "foot" at about 45 degrees;


The angle is just right for pressing-down on the component with the skewer held in my left hand.

The slight "roughness" of the bamboo (wood would be the same) helps to hold the component; smooth metal tools can slip and flick the component away.

I use other tools such as tweezers sharpened & stoned to have pointed & flat tips, a variety of scalpels and a sewing needle adapted to fit a hobby-knife ("Exacto") handle but the skewer is my usual tool.

I haven't used this clever tool but it looks very good;

7778 2012-09-13 20:47:11 AD7ZU Re: SMD jig
a couple of hints i have read about, tried and would recommend:
1.  add a touch of wax to the tip of the skewer or toothpick and you can select and lift smd parts into place
beeswax seems sticker than paraffin and works better for me...but either will work.
2.  work over a shallow pan like a cookie sheet to keep all the small parts close in case you drop one, sneeze, or in general lose one.  tape white paper to the bottom of the pan so you can see them easier...since most are black.

7787 2012-09-17 11:30:39 w5ida Re: SMD jig
7790 2012-09-18 08:41:23 f2dc2003 Re: SMD jig
Have a look at my home made SMD holding tool :


73 Roland F2DC

7791 2012-09-18 10:27:48 ve7cqy Re: SMD jig
I copied one from someone else's design shown at a conference a while back. See below. It's hardly required for the current "boat anchor" I'm working
7792 2012-09-18 11:14:00 bobtbobbo Re: SMD jig
I built the SMD jig described in QST, July, 2000, pp 56-57, by K1BQT. It is all one piece and adapts to most SMD soldering situations. Never needed anything else. Good luck.

Bob, K1AO
7793 2012-09-18 13:17:14 N7gtb Re: SMD jig
Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet (please excuse if so), but Bob Miller -KE6F described one for QST not too long ago...called "The Beast"
-73, Vern - N7GTB

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7804 2012-09-21 19:51:55 Reginald Beardsle... Re: SMD jig
Very nice!