Lighting is very important in any shop. Sometimes you don’t want to hardwire a light in or don’t exactly know how, but need that extra light somewhere. Here I show you an easy to install light.
As I get older my eyes seem to require more and more light to see fine detail. That is a problem when cutting on the chevalet, especially when cutting piece by piece (classic) style where line following is critical. After trying all sorts of floor mounted lamp solutions I finally decided to put a little thought into a chevalet mounted light source that would1) give good illumination from the left side of the blade,2) not interfere with my left hand manipulating the packet,3) not interfere wit...
After seeing Keifers nice light thought it would be good if some of the rest of us would share ideas. So here is some of mine. These can be used if you don’t have the best if lighting or your eyes don’t see as well as they used to or you just want work by spotlight.Drill Press spot lamp wired direct to DP switch for on/off. Arm is adjustable. Lathe spot lamp works well for the inside of bowls. Roll switch for on/off. Mounted on a hinged are and can be pushed back out of the wa...
I forgot to post a diagram of my wiring….(Thanks to Lumberjocks for helping me with this!) Today I’m going to work on the actual Softbox skin. I think this will be the most challenging part. I have a pretty good start already…. For the skeleton, I found some carbon fiber poles at a Big Box Store. It was an 8’ section of it with a flag on one end (I think used for putting on the back of a Snow Mobile). I cut the poles into 2 4’ pieces. I then mocked...
My wife and I have been getting into photography after buying the new Canon 70D. My wife would like to start taking more portraits (after being asked by several coworkers to take pics of their kids, etc). Since we don’t have a studio, and our apartment’s lighting is subpar for great picture quality, I decided to look into buying some Soft Boxes. Here is an example of a soft box (from google pictures).... I know you can buy some online for pretty cheap (but I’m su...
This ‘thing’ about getting really good light near and around the spindle on my CNC table has been a real PITA for me. I have tried various ideas from the web, and other places. Many worked reasonably well, but each had factors, shadows, etc., that I did not like. I think finally I have arrived at a very good solution that works like a champ, is easy to install, and the price is right! I have a “Kent’s” dust shoe on the base of the router (love that shoe!) but ...
I recently found some LED spotlights. 50w (equivalent, so they say, to 500W incandescent) Cool Daylight (6000K) at a reasonable sort of price. I’ve been wanting to make my photo lighting and work lighting both better and more permanent so I bit the bullet and purchased two. How to install them? We rent. I’m neither allowed to change the house (garage) wiring or make any permanent installations in there. I decided to make up a gantry, attached to my workbench. Each of the light sup...
It’s the middle of January , and I am itching to get out in the shop. Right now it is all packed up for the winter so we can park inside. I just added a bunch of new T8 lights to the shop. 5 new fixtures in all. I also recieved my brand new Veritas Router Plane yesterday. I am very excited to try it out. I guess I will spend the cold months sharpening my tools, and designing projects so I can hit the ground running as soon as the temps are over 40 all day long. I have a bunch of projec...
I had a ballast going out in one of my 8’ florescent fixtures in the basement so I decided to take the ballast out of an 8 footer in my workshop and put a new electronic ballast in it and use its old ballast in the fixture that’s having a problem. Shop upgrade! Then I got to thinking about HO (high output) florescent lights so decided to check them out. Turns out HO blubs are twice as bright lumen wise as regular ones and more efficient. 80 lumens per watt (110 watt 8800 lumen...
normally if you want to add lights to a shop you just add them in off the circuit breaker, but that would be the sensible thing to do. unfortunately i cant do that the breaker is too small on my house and i cant afford to have a new one put in. for my machines i use an extension cord from the house but my circuits can only handle so much load before they go so i cant have much more light than a single bulb shop light and if the circuit blows i have no lights and a running machine. enter ...
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