Sunday, May 20, 2012

Magnetic Shop Light

finished light

I still haven't set up the lighting in my shop.  So I needed a small spot light that I could mount to my mill and/or lathe to provide extra light when needed.  I had all the parts lying around; total cost $0.00.  This was a pretty simple project so I'll let the pictures do the talking.

rescued from the trash
the parts; lamp and Harbor Freight magnet

gently coaxed from the base and disassembled, had to desolder
the wire from the light socket
epoxied piece of threaded tube from old pedestal lamp into neck
milled hole in neck for power cord

drilled magnet to fit over rod and fastened it in place
finished product in action

The light works great.  The magnet is ridiculously strong; it's not coming off until you want it to.  Now I can actually see what I'm doing.