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Project by allwood posted 12-18-2016 04:29 PM 1042 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i needed new work site lights as my old ones had finally wore out their welcome, i was tired of having a stand that stopped at 5 feet which put the lights in your eye balls every time your turned around. I wanted a way to raise them up to the ceiling so they shone down on the work and minimized glare to the top of my head. I also wanted them compact to fit in my truck with other tools and be easy to carry in. I had built a telescoping stand before for a quick support so i went with that idea. I routed in a t-track slot in the inside piece and built a box around it, the feet had to be able to support and yet compact for travel, so they became the handles as well. The lights i picked up at costco and they even come with dimmers built in. I used some poplar wood i had milled up many years ago from an acreage i owned and the cherry was left over from a project. The feet/handles, corner splines, top mount and knobs are cherry, the main body is poplar. there is a recess in the bottom so that the top cap slides in and locks the columns together so they carry as one unit. This is also the first project in a long time that wasn’t a rush for necessity, i got to enjoy building it.

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 07:52 PM

Great idea!
The pictures of the feet on the floor makes them not look wide enough to do the job but looking at them on the table top they look much wider and workable.
I say this cause I have to do all my work sitting down in a office chair so I’m always backing into my tools trying to get around.
Again really like this!

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 09:14 PM

Thnx, the longer legs are 15 inches and the shorter are 11 inches, they seem stable enough but could easily be adapted for individual preference. For me it works as they usually are farther away to gain advantage of height to light up the space.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 02:16 AM

Great idea, nice looking!

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 05:47 AM

+3 on the great idea, and nicely done. Are those the Snap-on lights from Costco?

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#5 posted 12-25-2016 02:39 AM

Thnx and yes they are the snap on lights from Costco.

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