Claro Walnut Flashlight

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Project by rustfever posted 02-05-2012 07:02 AM 2697 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I was in Home Depot and found an 8 pack of LED flashlight for $8. When I got them to the shop I noted they were .986” OD. I got thinking and found my 1” D Forsner bit drilled a hole of .997”ID. So, I took a chunk of Claro Walnut and preped it for use on my pen turning mandrel. I had to make a couple of stepped fittings out of Oak to use the mandrel. 40 minutes later, ‘Viola!’ the workd first LED flashlight. I use a few drops CA medium glue to make the .997 ID sleeve fit tightly to ther .986” OD x 3” L flashlight.

The the Claro Walnut sleeve is 1.121” OD [‘997” ID] x 3.05” L The Flashing is .986”D x 3.27”L, including the screw cover to access the batteries.

Wife asked if she could have it to put in her purse.


-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 07:09 AM

That’s unbelievable a way cool flash light.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 08:23 AM

Very cool Flashlight! All ways great when the wife likes it.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 02:54 PM

Great way to transform a simple cheap flashlight,


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 03:52 PM

Clever and bright! I like the idea.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 04:33 PM

Ira: A great looking light. Built like a big pen.

Nice job on the imagination and turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 04:43 PM

well you did beat them

by joining them

great light !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 06:17 PM

Sweet, what a cool idea!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 10:17 PM

Go back to Home Depot and ask for a refund… the price tag should be way up by now :)

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#9 posted 02-06-2012 03:42 AM

SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#10 posted 02-07-2012 04:06 AM

very cool idea and classy. I will have to steal your idea if you don’t mind. I always carry a flashlight with me and have one in all my coat pockets and both truck consoles. Great idea

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 06:15 AM

Wow Ira, this is fantastic! Just gotta go try this now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 06:28 AM

You need not steal this idea. I put it up here so all of the lumber jocks could try the same. Hope you can still find these flaslights at HOME DEPOT. I see the list price is $14.99, still less than $2 each.
GO Fer It!
I found this image on the Home Depot email site

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 11:02 AM

these r neat i am going to make a couple,where is the switch on yours

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 11:39 AM

the switch is on the end opposite the light.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#15 posted 02-09-2012 01:51 PM

thank you, wish i didnt live so far from a home depot,mi really want to make some of these,,,, live in a small town and have to travel 40 miles for any thing even a decent eating place,,,,but it is quiet and peaceful.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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