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Project by kiefer posted 07-31-2014 09:53 PM 2461 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like working in daylight as much as I can and even with the lights on in the shop it is hard at times to see the marks on a board or alignment when using my sled .
This is the answer that solved that problem ,I made up a wooden bracket out of some birch scraps and shaped it to attach on the sled fences anywhere I like and mounted a LED light with five bulbs to it .
The light can easily be tuned on and off by a light touch to the lens and it will also automatically turn off after about ten minutes .
I had previously thought of using a light with a cord but scrapped that idea as it would have been to much hassle and this light can be left on the sled when it’s not in use or be removed in seconds .
In the last picture is a knife line mark in a walnut board and it is almost impossible to see without this light shining up the sled .
Another little helper and certainly more and more needed as the eyes get older .


-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 09:56 PM

Great idea!

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 10:08 PM

Most of the good ideas have a big touch of simplicity to them, well done Kiefer, I think most of us “old farts” with our doggy eyesight will enjoy this one :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 10:35 PM

Pete is so right about that comment. The more light the bette for my doggy eyesight! Nice going Klaus!
I put a light on my Grizzly Bad saw because it didn’t come with one.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 11:07 PM

Now if we could make something like this to help the mind .

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 11:10 PM

Great idea—I’m all for getting as much help as I can.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 11:17 PM


-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#7 posted 07-31-2014 11:30 PM

Good job. I completely understand the need for the little task lights. When I get the chance to take pics of some of mine I will post them. I hope others post to this as well. I’m sure there is a bunch of inventive ideas out there. Thanks for sharing.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 08-01-2014 12:36 AM

Nice idea. I can always use extra light and this is a great idea too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 08-01-2014 12:59 AM

I like that!!

I thought I had my lighting all figured out when I built my shop, turns out the only thing I figured out was I don’t know the first thing about lighting a shop.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#10 posted 08-01-2014 01:01 AM

Another great ideal. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 08-01-2014 03:40 AM

The more light the better.
Nice job Klaus.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#12 posted 08-01-2014 03:58 AM

Great idea

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#13 posted 08-01-2014 04:05 AM


Nice carving on the lamp holder. I have the same issue. Many lights, often in my eyes and the led is a great solution.

What you are doing does help your mind, and ours. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 08-01-2014 02:08 PM

Nice looking Birch! Might have to add one of those lights to my new sled if I get around to building one, I really liked the design of yours.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#15 posted 08-01-2014 09:16 PM

Great idea Klaus. Good lighting makes a big difference in the shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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