Scratchbuilt Shop Lighting

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Project by SawdustEngineer posted 10-13-2010 03:00 AM 4197 views 19 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed extra lighting around my walls over the workbench so I built these fixtures using scratch pine and a cheap two bulb florescent light fixture. I made two of them. Since I built my garage walls of 1X6 pine that is lipped at the top edge, I can mount these lights literally anyplace in the garage. They pivot up and down and are easily removable and can be placed on the floor for auto work or when I’m making very short-legged projects (LOL). I will probably make more as I need all the light I can get.
ADDITION – Some folks asked about my walls. I got the idea from Workbench Magazine, Apr 2001. If you can get it, that will explain it all. I just went a step farther and covered my entire garage with it. See the additional photos that will hopefully come out good enough to see. Thanks for the comments. God bless..Mitch

-- Mitch, Prince George VA

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 03:09 AM

cool build! can never have too many lights

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 03:12 AM

There never seems to enough light. Good idea to make them mobile. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 03:21 AM

Just beautiful, and … nothing I would have EVER thought of !

Thanks for sharing. Let there be LIGHT :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 04:01 AM

Now that is simply brilliant! I personally would love to hear more about how you did the walls of the shop. How you hang the lights etc….

This is most definitely something I will seriously look into in the future. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 05:16 AM

Clever, and very envious of those walls with built in french cleats or similar.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-13-2010 11:23 AM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-13-2010 12:21 PM

Now there’s a bright idea!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 10-13-2010 01:21 PM

Great lights, but it’s the walls I realy like!

-- Joe

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#9 posted 10-13-2010 01:58 PM

I’m with Joe. I was eyeballing the pine planking on the walls. Has a nice rustic look. The light brackets go excellent with the “decor”.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#10 posted 10-13-2010 02:06 PM

I love the walls, very comfortable looking, rustic, just like a shop should look but I gotta ask

why not hang them on the ceiling?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 10-13-2010 02:14 PM

Nice build. Gives me some ideas for improving my lighting.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#12 posted 10-13-2010 02:44 PM


Great idea for task lighting. Hope you don’t mind if we copy your design.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#13 posted 10-13-2010 04:48 PM

I guess you can say you had a ‘bright’ idea? lol

Well done. I just may have to plagerize! My shop is waaay too dark. I currently use a 500W halogen when needed.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 05:53 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I had no idea I would get this kind of response. It is a first for me. In response to a comment, I didn’t put them on the ceiling because I already have two 4-tube lights there and some room for two hanging wood supports. Just don’t have the room and I wanted to keep them mobile anyhoo. I will cover how I did the walls tonight when I’m not at work. Thanks again everyone. Mitch

-- Mitch, Prince George VA

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#15 posted 10-13-2010 06:00 PM

Munch this lighting would be ideal for my shop, I work in my two car garage and therefore cannot mount anything to the ceiling. I have wanted to updated the ligthing in my shop for quite some time and especially now with the longer nights approaching, opening the garage door won’t be an option.

Great way for me to add lighting by attaching it to the walls!

Excellent look and design.

-- Mike, Florida,

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