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12volt Task Lamp for Miter Saw

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 10-03-2018 07:02 PM 1046 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Reality check, none of us are getting any younger. Where we once could see in the dark we now drag out a flashlight. Same is true when making cuts. You want to see the line, clearly. Okay see it at all some days. Task lamps are easy enough to buy but rarely fit where we want them. So enter 12 volt fog lamps. 30 watts of very bright light in a small package that is meant to survive outside and mounted on a bumper being bounced around in the outback. Or Georgia roads, take your pick.

The lamp arms are 9 ½ inches long. Inside each arm a channel was made to accept the wiring. While I was unable to hide all the wiring, most of it is and that means less to get stuck or grabbed by something. The arcs of the swing portion were cut offs from aluminum seat pieces my Dad gave me, I believe from a 737. These fit nicely and give it a tad bit more swing back into the window when not in use.

12 volt power is supplied by a power source I build some time ago. I currently have 3 in use in the shop for other task lamps or LED strip lights I installed.

The lamps do not come with a on off switch. For this I used a car alarm valet switche and grafted the wires into place then put covering over them. Had to be creative and make a small switchblade then JB weld in two studs for mounting. Perhaps not pretty but for this application it works well.

Enjoy and be inspired.

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





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pottz

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#1 posted 10-03-2018 07:47 PM

totally agree about having proper lighthing, not that im “old” but good lighting sure helps.i have retractable led lights on 3 of my machines that i got from amazon pretty cheap,so no more missing the line.good innovation.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 10-03-2018 07:52 PM

COOL way of mounting the light…

LED’s… the ONLY way to go…!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-03-2018 09:41 PM

Nice adjustable light, Gunny. You are right about needing light when you get older. To see the angle graduation on my metal lathe compound, I use a flashlight and 2.75 diopter reading glasses to distinguish the marks!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 10-03-2018 09:58 PM

That is perfect. We get older and I have to get my glasses and a light. Lol. Well thought out design. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 10-04-2018 12:12 AM

Thanks guys, getting reading glasses was only the beginning.. LOL

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

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majuvla

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#6 posted 10-04-2018 05:02 AM

Great idea, very practical….I also have light on every maschine in my workshop-great help!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-04-2018 05:37 AM

A brilliant project in my mind.
I think my Ute is about now about to lose a light for the cause!
Hey! BTW how is the Space ship progressing?

-- Regards Rob

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AJ1104

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#8 posted 10-04-2018 12:23 PM

Great idea that we all need!

-- AJ

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 10-04-2018 01:34 PM

A Fuente fan (sweet!).

I mounted a small “sewing machine” LED light directly above my blade as a poor mans laser cut guide (based on another LJ’s project). Per the Amazon revues, the light failed after a few days. Now I see your effort and I’m inspired again 8^)

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lew

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#10 posted 10-04-2018 02:17 PM

Cool idea!

Nice build on the power supply.

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

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ANATOLII MATIASHCHUK

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#11 posted 10-04-2018 05:32 PM

This is a great solution, buddy.

-- Anatolii UKRAINE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJuV0Qghalv8QkgY8XJPkSg

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 10-04-2018 07:27 PM

Nice way to extend a light to any wall mounted or even a rolling base tool. Just need a little patch of real estate to attach, and fashion the arm to your advantage.

Faggedabout making better cuts, this is purely safety at it’s most common denominator.

I’ve gotten lights like this from Ikea which can be fashioned onto a mount bracket to become portable, or directly at the source.

Plenty of magnetized lights, some for very small $$$$$$ to attach to band saws. You’ll be surprised at the increased accuracy of your cuts.

Nice job, thanks for posting, and congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 10-05-2018 01:04 AM

Thanks!! The Bandsaw is my next build. Prototype is in the drawing stage but I already have the 12volts so only the lamp to design and build.

I agree many different options for lighting are available. Just like to make my own…. LOL

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 10-05-2018 04:49 AM



A brilliant project in my mind.
I think my Ute is about now about to lose a light for the cause!
Hey! BTW how is the Space ship progressing?

- robscastle

Completed

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

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robscastle

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#15 posted 10-05-2018 05:50 AM

The modifications look good, what did the kids think?

I would like to see a project post covering all the good work, preferably this time by yourself instead of your friend Bearpaw.

-- Regards Rob

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