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Low angle light

by DaveV
posted 02-06-2018 04:54 AM

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:35 AM

Hard to be specific about it. Low enough to get a clean reflection off the surface. You’ll know when you get it right.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 07:08 AM

Kidding aside, the low angle is to produce shadows in the imperfections making them easier to see. A handheld light is easiest since you can change the angle up and down and left and right to get the best view depending on ambient light.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 08:02 AM

You can also use trace coatings as shown by Charles Neil’s video.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 09:33 AM

This is typically called a Raking Light. If you have a workbench, you can fabricate an adjustable arm worklamp to fit the dog holes on your bench. This works very well, and it also helps to have the direct light available when doing fine chisel work too. Here is a method to convert a standard base lamp to a 3/4” dog hole.

-- Breeze

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 01:24 PM

Get a flashlight and play around holding it across a surface from you, at various angles. The glossier a surface is the better it works. For a sanded surface try it dry then wet it down with ms.

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