My whatamacallet project for the shop

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tdump
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First Name: Mack
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My whatamacallet project for the shop

Post by tdump » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:41 pm

I have been brain storming this object for about a year now. I need better lighting in my shop but things just aint worked out for that to happen. BUT I have several old 4 foot lights laying around. I went to a body shop a few weeks ago and saw a light they had rigged up to shine along the side of a car they were working on and it was on wheels. Well, after cutting a peice of pipe for a tongue on a mortor mixer the other day, I had this peice left. Things just kinda happened. I found some old dolley wheels, some Telespar left over from junk we threw away at work 20 years ago, various other things and here it is. I think the 2 grinders I have about 40 bucks in as I bought the big 1 used at a scrap yard. The light,metal pipe and other stuff was literal scrap I had laying around. Paint came from freinds cleaning out garages. I have about 10 bucks in the electrical as I used part of a old heavy drop cord for power. I do alot of my work sitting down in different hieght chairs and stools as I have balance issues. So this gives me light over my work table, and the most used tools will be handy without getting up 14 times. I have a few more refinements, like some tool holders and another tray on 1 side or a couple pound cake size parts bins or something but for the most part I will call it far enough along to show off and maby give someone else some ideas.The vise is plugged into a tube along with the stainless tray. Removable and the light can be took off from above and plugged into those tubes to shine on a car body .But honestly,i like this portable light idea so much I think I will make another 1 alot simpler,mostly just a light to shine further over a project,say shine above the center of the Model T chassis while i am putting in the engine or something. Please forgive the shop mess
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Re: My whatamacallet project for the shop

Post by wayne sheldon » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:55 pm

Looks great! Can I borrow it?
Just kidding. You are too far away to be practical.
Actually, I have a good portable lamp my grandfather built (probably before I was born!) using one of those wonderful old flying saucers and a 300W bulb. I don't use it very often, but when I do, it does a fine job! And I always treasure it, along with the wire brush wheel on old steel casters that he made (which I use a LOT!).

By the way, my grandfather's first name was "Mack".


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tdump
Posts: 426
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:00 pm
First Name: Mack
Last Name: Cole
Location: North Carolina

Re: My whatamacallet project for the shop

Post by tdump » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:44 pm

My grandfather Cole's first name was Mack and my grandfather on my mothers side was Jefferson,so my first and middle name are after my grandfathers. I brainstormed some additions today as I mowed grass. Some muffin tins from the dollar store will wind up on a rack to hold screws and bolts from whatever I am working on. Trying to come up with a good idea for holding screw drivers,pliers and such.
For bases for bench grinders I use for heavyer stuff, I use semi brake drums. A bit hard to move around,but they STAY put while in use.
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