It's that time of year again!

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Project by Brady posted 10-30-2019 07:11 PM 870 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas is coming so it is time to start making presents. This is a super simple project that make you popular during the Christmas season.

These “tumbleweed lights” are made from a big piece of reclaimed beam that I have had for several years. I cut it up to a usable size, used the router table to rout the bottom edges to create “feet”, then used my table saw to cut a dado big enough to hold the battery for the light.

Drilling holes big enough to run the light through and recess the four inch clear ornaments into, I epoxied the battery and the ornament in, flipped the switch and voila!, we have lights.

I did the same thing last year using some different wood that I had laying around, but this year I took advantage of some new low profile fairy lights that made the issue of hiding the battery a breeze.

I bought the lights and ornaments on Amazon and they arrived the next day so I could take advantage of a weekend in the shop.

You can get the lights here:
You can get the ornaments here:

Thanks for looking and yes, it is time to start thinking about a Merry Christmas!


-- Brady, Texas,

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#1 posted 10-31-2019 12:56 AM

A very bright idea. Cute too.

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#2 posted 10-31-2019 02:12 AM

I see what you did there! <chuckle>


-- Brady, Texas,

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#3 posted 10-31-2019 12:07 PM

Pretty cool idea!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 10-31-2019 09:11 PM

Those are nice. I’ve been churning those out in the shop this week at my wife’s request. after building a jig to make the recess for the battery compartment it takes me maybe ten minutes to turn one out.

Mine are cut from 4” barn beams and I add a 1/2 piece of ebonized wood on the bottom attached by one screw so it pivots away from the battery compartment. I put a bead of hot glue to hold globe in place.

I have both the low profile and the larger 2AA battery pack.

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#5 posted 11-03-2019 01:43 AM

Thanks, I’ve been needing an idea for Christmas presents this year. Yours came at just the right time.

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