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DIY band saw light1/20
Having tried several different lighting setups for the band saw over the years I recentlyI found a simple and relatively easy solution. My complaints over what’s available have always been they’re too big and in the way, not flexible enough for different situations and especially unwanted shadows.
Using a chunk of scrap 2x4, a 1/2” drill and great little AAA flashlights, I fashioned lights for my three band saws, plus a couple for a mini drill press. The flashlight is wrapped a couple times around with masking tape to provide a snug friction fit in the 1/2” hole but easily removed if needed. A pair of neodymium magnets were polyurethane glued to the back surface (lightly abrading both faces gives the glue a better grip and the fixture more grab on a metal surface). The flashlight is by Olight, readily available for about ten bucks. I use high quality rechargeable batteries for everything and keep a supply of them charged up and ready for replacing. The fixture mounts to the lowest point of the band saw top door (0820) and the angle precisely directs the light at the blade/work point of contact with no shadow. I find the pinpoint light is all that’s needed and superb for fine detail work. The flashlight on/off is a minor twist either direction of the lens end, easy as flipping a switch. Photos 0824 and 0825 show the work lit and unlit. For the two 10” saws I did some minor surgery on the bottom edge of the blade guards; they obscured the light beam (and IMHO were overkill unnecessary safety-wise).
I also crudely rigged up similar lights for a mini drill press dedicated for only one operation where precise positioning is important. The machine’s body is non-magnetic pewter; a couple steel can lid centers cut out, smoothed edges and gently bent to fit the machine contours, polyurethane glued onto strategic areas provided a magnetic surface for the fixtures to grip. Additional photos available.
Will post 3 pictures here and 3 more in the next posting.
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Nice idea, but I do everything possible to eliminate little batteries. Way too many of them end up in landfills!