And Then There Was Light

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Project by PaBull posted 12-26-2012 03:25 PM 3066 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this desk light for years now. I have tried to use the little plastic clamp that came with it, but it always come loose at the wrong time (like with glue up time or sometime like that).
I have a dinky little workbench with 5/8” dog holes. So took a DF closet rod and stuck a 5/8 dowel in the bottom and drilled a 1/2” hole in the to for the light.
About 15 minutes later we are in business.

Why did I not do this earlier???


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:45 PM

Good move. Good thinking.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 03:56 PM

Yes that is one of those!
Clever idea, so simple solution to a ongoing problem.
O love the last picture with your wonderful old work table withe the nice big drawers and the handplanes on the shelf under – and yes right by a wonderful little window.
Tat is a place to stand and dream.
Merry christmas to you and all the family my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 04:04 PM

when it works it works

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 04:08 PM

I gotta go with mafe…I’m looking at the shop and workbenches more than the project (although I’m stealing the idea for my lamp that’s missing the base clamp.)
I like the dichotomy….hand planes….and laptop.
Merry Christmas as well.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 04:09 PM

Great idea.

I just drill a hole in a 2 X 4 and clamp it on. Sometimes I drill three for four holes and add lamps if I need more light.

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 10:06 PM

Russ, I could have gone with the 2×4, but i wanted something a little more aerodynamic. I might go for the 2×4 as my eye sight declines. Maybe one of those light with the magnifying glass in the center….

Pete, that sums up my shop: hand planes and laptop. And have at it, please take the idea. I did not post it because it was such a great project, I posted this so other could see…

Jim, it works, and with less parts, we have less breakage.

Mads, it is always nice to get your writing on my projects. And welcome to my shop on Christmas day.

Nomer, I don’t know about “good thinking”, I am getting too old for that.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 05:59 AM

Great way to fill a need

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-27-2012 12:49 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 12-27-2012 07:44 PM

Great idea.

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