Moving Right Along and Giving Miss Liberty A Hand

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 01-17-2018 07:31 PM 1098 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend stopped by the other day and asked if I could repair something for her 93 year old father. Seems his plastic molded model of the Statue of Liberty met with some unfortunate accident and lost her hand. I know glues generally don’t work well on these types of plastics, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.

So I first cleaned up his glueing attempt. Then I cut a small piece of bailing wire and drilled both the hand and the arm to receive it. Then I used some Fastcap 2P-10 with accelerator to affect the fix. I have to say it worked out well. It took a little gap filling and sanding, but the final repair is almost undetectable. :)

Today I started working on something I’ve not had time to deal with – LEDs for the garage. Weeks back I removed about half of the 4’ (2) tube) fluorescent fixtures and well, it’s been a bit dim in the garage. I stored all of the boxes that contain the stuff I moved from NY in there and it’s a bit tough to see. lol So today I thought I’d do something about it.

I purchased 1×4 flat panel LED fixtures for this a while ago, but they’re intended for a suspended ceiling. The ceiling in the garage is cementitious board and plaster. So I made some frames that will give me something to mount the fixtures to and accommodate the handibox that protrudes from the back of the fixture. I only had enough material on hand to make four of the twelve, but this is a good start. :)

Oh yeah, those are the bookmatched honey locust slabs I intend to make my dining table from, under all that junk. Ah lots of stuff to do before I get back to fun woodworking :(

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 01-17-2018 08:03 PM

Yup, drilling for 1/16th wire and gluing back together… I do this a lot with my kids’ toys. It’s to the point where if it breaks, they just assume I can fix it! I even re-painted the face of a lego character with a sharpie pen, then sealed the ink with a thin layer of superglue.
And painting over the imperfections too… fun!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 10:26 PM

I think my kids break stuff on purpose just so they can watch me try to fix it.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 11:20 PM

Nice fix Bill! Looks like you are hard at getting that shop going. I have florescent lights in my shop and my wife bought a LED double strip for me for Christmas. I put it over my work table. Quite a difference.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 01-18-2018 11:07 PM

Wow, nice match up Bill! Well done. You will love the led lights.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 01-19-2018 02:43 PM

Well no kids here to break stuff, but as a kid I was always tasked by my folks to fix stuff lol

Thanks Jeff and yeah you’ll love the light that LED provides. The house is 90+ percent converted, both inside and out.

Thanks Duck. I have to say, these flat panel LEDs and the panels I installed in the shop are very illuminating ;)

I was only able to get three mounted before I had to meet someone for dinner. I did pick up more material for the remaining fixtures and should have everything done this weekend. Only 9 more to go lol

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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