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Project by OSU55 posted 07-10-2016 05:35 PM 778 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No matter how much ceiling lighting in an area, there are always shadows just where you need to see. Years ago I put LED gooseneck style task lights on my bandsaw and drill press. When I got a lathe a few years ago, the search for lighting turned up the Ikea Jansjo desk lamp, p/n 201.696.58, still ~$10 plus shipping each. I really like the light color, more like the yellowish incandescent color vs the bluish light from most LED’s.

I made 2 of the round base straight mounts initially, and they work great for spindle turning and the outside of bowls. For the inside of bowls, though, I was always having to rig something up to get light in just the right spot. Then I came up with the tombstone shaped mount that sits right over the spindle, with the gooseneck/lamp mounted at a slight upward angle. It can be rotated a few degrees to either side, and the gooseneck extends far enough out even for 8” or 9” deep bowls. The gooseneck is ~ 11” above the spindle center, providing clearance for up to ~21” diameter turning.

The 4th pic shows the 25 lb pull 2” diameter ceramic magnet used for the round mounts. These were glued in a recess in the bottom with a hot melt glue gun. The center is hollowed out leaving about 1/2” thickness at the top with 2 holes drilled through for the lamp mount. Pic #5 shows the lamp mount to the tombstone, with the 2 screws. Pic #6 shows the 3 CMS Magnetics counterbored disc, 1” OD, 39 lb pull magnets screwed to the back of the tombstone. The magnets mount just below the wood surface. They allow plenty of holding power but allow easy lamp removal and positioning.





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lew

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 06:14 PM

Cool! I really like those lights and should get a couple more.

Instead of buying magnets, I have a large stock of really old computer hard drives. Rip them apart and salvage the magnets. Not as pretty as yours but it works.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 07:03 PM



Cool! I really like those lights and should get a couple more.

Instead of buying magnets, I have a large stock of really old computer hard drives. Rip them apart and salvage the magnets. Not as pretty as yours but it works.

- lew

Good idea, old speakers have large magnets that work as well. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 07-10-2016 08:45 PM

Where are you finding these for $10? Everywhere I look I see prices starting at about $19.50 and then up.

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OSU55

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#4 posted 07-10-2016 09:03 PM

Ikea website. http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/20169658/ Plus shipping. Saw them on Amazon for $17 shipping included. If buying several at one time try Ikea. For 1 or 2, total price will probably be the same wherever.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 07-10-2016 09:48 PM

That is a great idea. I’ll have to get one for my drill press!

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jeff_in_LSMO

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#6 posted 07-11-2016 02:25 PM

Good idea. Reminds me of aliens from War of the Worlds.

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 04:59 AM

Good one

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