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New Swing Arm Task Light

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Project by Woodknack posted 10-04-2015 05:43 AM 3022 views 18 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

18-ish months ago I made an articulated task lamp. No matter what I tried, I could never get that lamp to stay put when extended all the way out, the arm would droop. Finally I gave up and built a rigid arm swinging lamp. This lamp has one main arm and a lower secondary arm that supports the first. There are three notches in the upper arm about 3/8” apart but they allow 20” of vertical movement. I love this lamp. Love it so much I plan on building a nicer version for my office.

You can see more pics and details along with a free plan at my personal blog.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/





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oldnovice

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 06:11 AM

Tsk, Tsk, a CFL! Exposure to fluorescent light causes baldness …. just take a look at my avatar.

Nice job Rick.
I have a metal one that won’t stay put either.
I have been thinking of making one of these with a magnifying lens for my close up work.

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 10-04-2015 06:23 AM

That plastic is chintzy. I tried an incandescent and the plastic overheated and started warping. Someday I will make a wood—- whatever you call those things, that doohickey that surrounds the light bulb.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 06:28 AM

If you use an LED lamp, a plastic lamp shade will work fine.

Just don’t try to use it as a heat source to speed up epoxy curing time!
Experience is a good teacher.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 10-04-2015 01:06 PM

Looks good. I like to make a few that attach to the ceiling so I can pull them down when I need them and push them up out of the way when not in use.

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#5 posted 10-04-2015 01:10 PM

That will sure hold it now. It’s a great idea and will look cool in the shop.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 01:22 PM

Nice, simple solution. Made me think “Why didn’t I think of that”. :)

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Woodknack

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#7 posted 10-04-2015 05:05 PM


Looks good. I like to make a few that attach to the ceiling so I can pull them down when I need them and push them up out of the way when not in use.

- mrjinx007

Ah, a swinging lamp from the ceiling, I’d like to see that in action. My ceilings are too low for something like that. But you could combine it with HuckD’s ceiling mount and have a wide range of motion.

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-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 10-04-2015 05:08 PM

That is a nice project and very practical and useful for any shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 10-04-2015 05:10 PM

Clever idea. Always need good lighting. Well done.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 10-04-2015 05:40 PM

I remember when you made that lamp. I wondered if you added a few light-duty springs to the arms would it help? Maybe like carburetor springs from an auto parts house.

I was gonna make one myself but someone gave me a like new magnifier version before I ever got around to it.
.

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Woodknack

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#11 posted 10-04-2015 07:07 PM


I wondered if you added a few light-duty springs to the arms would it help?
- JoeinGa

I considered it but building the new lamp was quicker than experimenting with springs and I didn’t have to buy anything. I wouldn’t mind messing around with springs sometime.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 10-04-2015 10:01 PM

Good fix Rick, I like it.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#13 posted 10-04-2015 10:25 PM

nice work!
gonna try to make some using 10W cheap floodlight

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#14 posted 10-04-2015 10:26 PM

Good idea that got me thinking .
Another must have .

Klaus

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#15 posted 10-06-2015 04:04 PM

Good post.
It starts the “idea” juices flowing about how I can adapt it to my uses. This is one of the best things about this web site.
I have two inexpensive metal with spring lights now that don’t work well so I will replace them with modifications of your design. One immediate thought is to use a slot in the long arm and a clamping bolt to join the two so the elevation adjustment has a continuous and wider range. I might also make the mounting bracket from metal.

-- Les B, Oregon

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