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  • Alanganes: Nice project for a good reason. Nice to have something like that you can trot out when asked to justify your shop....or maybe that's just my issue!

    Well, the paint's dried so this is what I was up to yesterday. I bought a mag-base mounted LED torch with a gooseneck as a work light for the lathe. The shop lights aren't bad but they don't get into a bore and sometimes you just need more light when something's in shadow. Concept worked quite well but I then got some better torches which became even better when powered of 18650 cells. So I tried bending the clamp so it held the new torch but it just didn't cut it. Also found the mag base lacking if you wanted it on a vertical surface. I had a spare (cheap) mag base but it was an M8 thread instead of M6 so I turned this adapter as a larger version of the original:




    Painted it to match - the screw is just to mask the threads and to be something to hold it by when spraying.




    These are the original parts:




    And this is my new upgraded version. Lapped the base of the mag base as it wasn't quite flat. Shiney-smooth may not be ideal but I didn't go that far and more contact area seems to be better than it was previously.




    Just about got away with putting a 12mm spotface on the torch and then tapping the hole M6. There might have been as much as a whole thread's worth of meat left to tap - this was more seat-of-the-pants than thought out and planned - but it seems to be enough to hold it and some Loctite 638 seemed to do a nice job of locking the stud into the torch (not into the gooseneck). Wasn't sure it would set with only one thread but it's gone off like rock. If I were doing it again, I'd only put a narrow flat on for the gooseneck to seat against rather than a full spotface - wouldn't look quite as nice but there's be more threads to hold the stud securely.

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    • Originally posted by bborr01 View Post
      Matt,

      I'm looking to do pretty much the same thing in our kitchen to replace some 18" flourescents that I have as indirect lighting over some cabinets. Can you tell me what you used for components to build them?

      Thanks, Brian
      for sure!

      LED strip - this is worth the extra over cheaper offerings, really lovely warm white and good colour reproduction as far as I can tell. The cheaper strip ($3!) that I got has a much pinker hue.
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/High...60e84c4dJpYxRd

      dimmers
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LED-...60e84c4dJpYxRd

      50W power supply
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&th=1

      the large power supply runs all the lights bar the ones under the island that's in the picture in your post. Those run off a small 120VAC->12VDC/350mA LED driver - you can get those from all over the place. Or you can use a wall wart that puts out sufficient current at 12VDC. The strip consumes 6-8W per meter (2-3W/ft), so you can work it out that way.

      I'd recommend sticking the LED strip to some alu sheet or strip, both to provide some heatsinking and also as it'll stick better to metal than it will to wood or paint. If you have any Qs feel free to shoot me a PM.

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      • Checking the driven end of my snowblower's impeller shaft the other day I noticed it had a lot of play at the rear bearing behind the impeller. Upon closer examination I noticed that not only was the bearing toast, but due to the bearing being the type that can't be locked to the shaft it had also worn the shaft to the point it would need to be built up and turned down. Not something I wanted to do as it would require removal of the auger, gearbox, and impeller plus all of the remedial work to the shaft itself.

        Gong through my collection of drive-line hardware I spotted a pillow block bearing of the right size that can be locked to the shaft with an eccentric collar, just what I needed plus there was just enough room to mount it between the two halves of the snowblower.
        The bonus is that it is also closer to the drive pulley than before and the bearing is substantially larger than the old one. It is definitely much better than new.

        Now as long as I don't have to use it for a while I'll be happy.



        Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
        Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

        Location: British Columbia

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        • Tonight I took out the shelving in the corner and installed three additional 64-bin units. I just need to install another light for the three new units.



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          • Originally posted by Willy View Post
            Checking the driven end of my snowblower's impeller shaft the other day I noticed it had a lot of play at the rear bearing behind the impeller. Upon closer examination I noticed that not only was the bearing toast, but due to the bearing being the type that can't be locked to the shaft it had also worn the shaft to the point it would need to be built up and turned down. Not something I wanted to do as it would require removal of the auger, gearbox, and impeller plus all of the remedial work to the shaft itself.

            Gong through my collection of drive-line hardware I spotted a pillow block bearing of the right size that can be locked to the shaft with an eccentric collar, just what I needed plus there was just enough room to mount it between the two halves of the snowblower.
            The bonus is that it is also closer to the drive pulley than before and the bearing is substantially larger than the old one. It is definitely much better than new.

            Now as long as I don't have to use it for a while I'll be happy.
            Excellent!

            We've only had 3-4 light frosts this entire season... Going to be some great snow blower deals in the spring.

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            • I posted my video of the cut off tool holder today.
              https://youtu.be/rRP_cZPZzXA


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              • Spent the day building a support structure for the outside unit of a Mini-Split . Welding outdoors and warm enough for a "Bomb Can" paint job.

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                • Originally posted by lakeside53 View Post

                  Excellent!

                  We've only had 3-4 light frosts this entire season... Going to be some great snow blower deals in the spring.
                  Thank you.

                  Yeah I'm liking this winter a whole lot better than the last couple. By this time I'm usually looking at 3-6 ft. snowbanks next to my driveway from where the snowblower piles it up.
                  So far this year I've only had to use it twice, a 6" snowfall and maybe a 3 or 4 inch one the last time, the rest has been cleaned up with a broom and sunshine. That's the way it should be.
                  Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                  Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                  Location: British Columbia

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                  • I added a light for the new storage bins and finished moving all of my small hardware into the bins. I've got plenty of unused bins for additional hardware as it comes in. I also made myself a ~1/2lb cheese burger on a sub-roll for dinner tonight





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                    • Messing with spill proof oil cups again This is a take off of the tuna can style. I used a can that used for mushrooms, removed the lip, the machined a piece of scrap delrin. The delrin fits the ID of the can and bored to use a 1/2” PVC pipe it’s held together with 5 minute epoxy.

                      Like I need more oil cups


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                      • Originally posted by jdedmon91 View Post
                        Messing with spill proof oil cups again. I used a can of mushrooms
                        Just say no to Psilocybin....

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                        • I finished the gas tank for the engine I am building. Wasn't going to paint it.--But it looked ugly. So off I went to Canadian Tire and bought a spray can of Rustoleum paint, more or less the same color as aluminum. Didn't take the receipt or the Canadian Tire coupon money. Got home, shook it, grabbed the plastic top and wrenched it off, and so doing broke the damned spray nozzle off flush with the top of the can. Drove back to Canadian Tire, ready for a big song and dance show. Went to the returns counter, told the girl what happened. she asked for a receipt, and I didn't have one. She just laughed and said "Go grab another one off the shelf."--and that was all there was to it. Came home and got my painting finished.
                          Brian Rupnow
                          Design engineer
                          Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                          • Originally posted by brian Rupnow View Post
                            ... wrenched it off, and so doing broke the damned spray nozzle off flush with the top of the can. ...
                            You broke it and returned it? Chutzpah

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                            • I sorted and labeled all of my 1/4" hardware today. I still have to label and sort the 5/16" - 3/4", and the M8-M16+.

                              Sorted from top-to-bottom: Nuts, washers, shorter to longer lengths:

                              Full size: http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/hw1_full.jpg

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                              • I'm cooking supper after working all day while my wife is out to a "business diner".
                                Andy

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