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Project by rustfever posted 867 days ago 2979 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I posted a project report upon the construction of ‘Wooden’ flashlights. I have since spent more time to prefect the art and now have produced an additional 30 of these. I have worked with many different woods including: Olive, Claro Walnut, Carob, Red Gum Euclyptus, American Cherry, Juniper, Bird’s Eye Western Maple, Curley Western Maple, Mesquire Burl. Aligator Juniper Burl, Cork [White] Oak, and several other.

I started with some inexpensivie flashlights I found at Home Depot for $8.00 for a set of eight flashlights with AAA batteries. I found them to be .986” OD. I used a 1” [.997”] Forstner bit to core a hole thru the center of a piece of wood, aproxximaterly 1.5” x 1.5” x 3.17” L. I built stepped bushings out of Oak and them chucked them upon my pen mandrel. I turned the ‘sleeves’ to 1.18” OD. I finished as if they were a good pen.

The flashlights were wiped down with alcohol, then the wood sleeves were sliped over, attached using with medium CA glue. An hour later, the flashlights are ready for use. The rest is history.

The woods are: Top row, Cherry, Juniper, Olive & Carob. The lower row is: Madrone Burl, Cork Oak, [2] Mesquite Burls, and finally Pistachio.

-- Rustfever, Central California





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ugoboy

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#1 posted 867 days ago

Nice Idea. I really like them

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#2 posted 867 days ago

Wow how cool are those. Nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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majeagle1

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#3 posted 867 days ago

These are really neat Ira! I went to 3 HD’s and none of them had the flashlights…... I’ll keep looking !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 867 days ago

These are great, if you need me to test one out just let me ko, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 867 days ago

Cool flash lights.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jamie

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#6 posted 867 days ago

Good looking and Great creativity! How much time do you have in each one?

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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rustfever

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#7 posted 867 days ago

I spent about several hours selecting wood, trimming and drilling the centers on 17 pieces of wood. Each light now take about 6 or 7 minutes to turn and finish. I can assemble in just 2 or 3 minutes.
The first one took hours. But now, it takes only minutes to turn, finish, and assemble.

Gene, I have an extra 8-pac of lights. We need to get together!

BTW, the very light woods look great on the blue flashing lites. The very red woods look great on the red lights. The others do great on the black and pewter lights.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 867 days ago

Now that is really unique.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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JohnMeeley

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#9 posted 867 days ago

At a buck a piece! Incredible! Resale value twenty bucks! Can you say ROI?

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 866 days ago

cool :-)

thanks for sharing

Dennis

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McLeanVA

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#11 posted 866 days ago

What an incredible idea. Excellent work. Love the wood choices and I also appreciate the fact that you kept the original lines of the flashlight. Nice and clean. Beautiful presentation.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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Napaman

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#12 posted 866 days ago

these are super great…

I hope you would consider posting a blog on how to make these…great idea! I would especially like to see how the flash lights looked before you started and how you attached them to your pen mandrel AFTER you bore the huge hole…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Rob_n_Wood

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#13 posted 866 days ago

marvelous idea, nice job

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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medsker

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#14 posted 866 days ago

I echo everyone else. Great Idea!

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hunter71

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#15 posted 866 days ago

How cool is that.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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