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Project by Campzeke posted 05-02-2013 06:51 PM 1315 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not a woodworking project but it is one that helps me in the shop. I needed more light on my band saw table but did not want to fork out the bucks for one of those fancy lights the manufacturers want to sell you, so …. I went shopping. I came home with a run of the mill desk lamp. I cut off the plug and removed the base. I attached the lamp to my band saw using a scrap piece of angle iron I had laying around. I had to do some drilling and fitting to get it where I wanted it but the end result is exactly what I needed. I ran the wire from the lamp into the switch on the saw and wired it to the hot side of the switch so the lamp will stay on until I turn it off. The whole thing worked so well, I also added one to my drill press too. On the drill press, I had to drill and tap the mounting holes in the side of the casting. Total cost for each … about $10. Just the cost of the lamps plus a little time.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 07:41 PM

I have been needing the same thing on my Delta bandsaw. In looking at your pictures I wondered how you attached it to the saw? I see the bracket, but can’t tell how you attached it.

Thanks for sharing this

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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mariva57

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 08:28 PM

Great idea, when you work the light is never enough.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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Surfside

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 09:38 PM

Smart idea. Nice work on that.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 01:45 AM

Nice job on that dedicated light. I need to do that too and have been thinking about it for a long time. I’m looking to put an LED light there. I want to replace the one I built for my scroll saw too because the vibration there kills the filament!

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

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NonnoTony48

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 12:34 PM

Great Idea, one to copy for sure.

Cheers Tony.

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Campzeke

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 02:54 AM

@ Hawaii … I drilled theough the metal housing and used a couple of short 1/4-20 bolts. I also used a couple of nylon spacers between the housing and the angle iron bracket to keep everything lined up.

@Jim …. I have a viberation problem on the band saw too so I used a 100W CFL bulb. I actually like the bright white light better so I did the same on my drill press.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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Sodabowski

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 11:55 AM

OMG Triforce bandsaw! ;)

It’s funny ‘cause I made a similar stuff for my own bandsaw around the same time you did yours (without checking out what was up here on LJs). Great minds think alike ;) It does make a huge difference when working, right?

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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