Bandsaw Box Bandsaw light

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-11-2013 05:02 PM 5227 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some fine bandsaw cutting to do and I always have to turn the bandsaw around to avoid shadows and get good light on the cutting area. Friday I stopped everything to finally make a band saw light. I had this gooseneck laying on the bench for over a year and put it in the project. I needed a bright light that would not get hot in a wooden shade and I found a 25 watt Led bulb from Menards that used 2W to run.

I had all the other stuff laying around. The box was a block of pretty maple that I cut out on the band saw and the shade was turned from a piece of pecan log laying in the barn. I always save power cords off discarded appliances and I had a box of them. I used 10-32 T- nuts in the bottom of the box before I glued the bottom back on. I buy old lamps at garage sales and take the goosenecks off of them and have used quite a few so far. In other words, I’m a a scrounger and this whole light cost me a little over $7.

I just noticed in taking the picture that some of the knot popped out of the shade and lets a little light through. I think I’ll just rotate the shade!!

I used clear lacquer for finish on all the parts.

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

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Izzy Swan

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 05:05 PM

Rock on with shop made solutions! Love it!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 05:13 PM

I love these kinds of projects Jim. Nice job. And you’ll NEVER see another one like it. Customization at its finest.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 05:38 PM

very cool Jim. you can now see what you are doing. nice turning.
I recently took the flex light of my bench grinder and wired it in to my b/s just above the power switch.
bandsaws need lights.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 05:58 PM

Ok Jim….Its official…you might be a real woodworker if you cut out your own junction boxes and turn out your own light shades….lol Much nicer than my solution and quite a bit cooler as well. I have a clamp on quartz light on my bs. Great build Jim

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 06:18 PM

Hey Jim nice job. I like the amount of light that is put out with that LED. Are you taking orders. LOL

-- Ron Campbell

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-11-2013 06:48 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.
Hi Ron, I’m all out of goosenecks right now!! that was the last one. but My drill press needs a light too so I’ll have to go to some garage sales soon!!

Hi Buster. I was looking at quartz light but they might burn up my lampshade. The plus with them is they are much smaller for the amount of light you get.

I just used it to resaw some mesquite. It sure is nice to have direct light and I can now use it without all the ceiling lights on in the daytime!!

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

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 07:19 PM

Just because it’s a shop accessory is no reason not to be creative about it.
Gotta say the junction box is outside the usual (junction) box though. .... :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 07:37 PM

Great lamp shade! Love your customized approach to shop accessories.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 08-11-2013 08:43 PM

I see you finally seen the light. Now what do you use for an excuse when something turns out bad? Glad to see someone’s always thinking. Nice job Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 08-11-2013 08:43 PM

Very GOOD, Jim!

A few years ago, Lee Valley had a Sale on adjustable Mag-Mount lamps & I bought one… seems like it was around $19.95, etc. Works GREAT… just like yours! LOL

Yours only cost $7.00

Mine cost $19.95 PLUS Shipping…

Bottom Line:
You Win!
Super Project! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 08-11-2013 09:02 PM

Far more elegant than my clamp light on top of a 2×4 stand! lol Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 08-11-2013 09:33 PM

Very creative Jim.

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#13 posted 08-11-2013 09:35 PM

Way too cool.
A real Jim light.
Good light is a must by the bandsaw, I use a cheap battery light there to avoid shadows, but see now I should step up a level like you.
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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#14 posted 08-11-2013 09:47 PM

You’ve always got an answer Jim, that is one cool solution mate,
These low wattage lamps have really come down in price & sure fix heat problems.
Nice job mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 08-11-2013 10:06 PM

There’s a Bright idea!
Well Done Jim!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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