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Building a better woodshop #3: MagLight ;)

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 05-18-2013 11:35 PM 928 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Quick post on improving the short-range working conditions in the shop: overhead fluo lights are okay but I’m getting old and need a boost when working close-in with the bandsaw or the drillpress. A smack in the forehead lead to this: I snatched one of my old spot lamps, got one of the computer drive magnets kept aside in a box, three screws, a chunka plywood, and a few minutes later I exclaimed: LET THERE BE LIGHT \m/

I like it so much that after a while I thought: F*k it, I’m gonna hack my bandsaw and DP and install fixed flexible light fittings on each one. And they happen to stock them where I work. Greatness in the workshop sometimes lies in small details. Hope it can inspire others ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!



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#1 posted 05-19-2013 11:14 AM

Nice setup Thomas

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 10:42 PM

If you are old, I am ancient, but I have to agree that good lighting (along with some good tools) is everything.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 11:39 AM

;) I was feeling old, probably because of the thick gray clouds coverage we had all along the three weeks I spent there (we had three partially sunny days). And guess what? back to Paris, same crappy weather!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 10:51 PM

Ohhh yes nothing like good light, as important as good tools.
I have made exacty the same, but used rare earth magnets that I epoxyed in place, but last time I took of the light, the magnets pulled out the base… So your version is better.
Let there be light.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 07:27 AM

Hey Mads :) Yes, the glue is not enough for these guys. They are way too strong!
Best thoughts!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 11:35 PM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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