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Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

07-02-2016 01:17 AM by MadMark | 50 comments »

I make a lot of boxes & cabinets and have long wanted to put pictures and words on items. The latest thing in the tool catalogs are ‘affordable’ laser engravers / cutters that start at several thousand and go up rapidly from there. Obviously that’s out of reach for a dabbler. Searching the internet shows lots of units for between $100 and $200 – all from no-name Chinese cos. Gearbest listed several models from 200mw to 5w. I settled on the 1600mw unit as the bes...

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LED T8 replacement shop lighting

LED T8 replacement shop lighting

07-10-2016 06:40 PM by greatview | 16 comments »

I just finished replacing all my shop T8 bulbs with these which are directly replaceable for modern T8 ballasts. However, they also work without a ballast directly from 110V or 220V. I started by simply removing the old T8’s and replacing them with the new. I then got rid of the ballasts altogether which took about 10 minutes per fixture. They have more light and really white light (5000K) which I really like. Amazon has them on sale for $34.99 for four or less than $9.00 per bulb!

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