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Polar-Coordinate Adjustable Bench Lamp

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Project by vakman posted 10-26-2012 08:55 PM 1732 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After working at night with only back lighting for about one month now (just moved to a new apartment), I decided enough is enough, because my young eyes were feeling old.

This is quite a simple design. A 3’ long boom is attached to a hinge, the axis of which is perpendicular to the ground plane. The fixture is attached to a wood sheath which, with the aid of a tapered cylindrical handle, can slide along the boom.

The hinge pin is a stainless steel rod I salvaged from a junked toaster.

Being able to swing the light to the left and right about the pivot point is particularly useful for cutting with the miter saw, when you can have cut lines on either side of the blade.

Of course, simply having a well lit space is preferable in a shop, but this is my bedroom, so I’m keeping the double 48” fluoro tubes out of the equation.

I may modify this slightly by adding a hinged half-cylindrical shade, as the light is in my eyes a bit much. Not an issue if I keep my eyes on the work I guess!

Pine scraps with a light tung oil finish.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -





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#1 posted 10-26-2012 09:03 PM

I like the volute at the boom base. That’s a nice touch.

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 09:06 PM

Well done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 09:23 PM

Very nice work. Ditto Woodwrecker.

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 09:48 PM

Thanks! It’s pretty unrefined, as are my carving/engraving skills, but I like using shop projects to practice skills

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 10:24 PM

Why did “polar coordinates” jump right to my eyes? Like I didn’t have enough with today’s maths and electromagnetics at the university… ^^’

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 11:06 PM

Hahah! I was going to call it “Turny Slidy Lampy”, want me to change it up? E&M is fun, good for spatial thinking

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 09:38 PM

Nah leave it as is, it’s always nice to see some nerdy title ;)

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 11:57 PM

Precision work deserves a precise title. Perhaps I’ll start naming projects accordingly…the more precise the work is, the nerdier the title

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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