Introduction: Fidget Light

A Fidget light!

I had this great bicycle wheel hub left over from the Softbox Light project, just kicking around the workshop...

...I kept picking it up to admire it and enjoy clicking the cassette hub...

...I wonder if a lamp bulb connector would fit...

Step 1: Get Your Bits Together

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You will NEED

An old bicycle rear wheel hub with a working cassette hub for the ultimate fidget

A metal standard lamp fitting thread size to fit wheel hub - this projects was 10mm

Some electrical wire suitable for a lamp

Black spray paint if you want to colour the electrical wire

Epoxy glue

8mm steel rod 350mm long - stainless steel looks great

M10 nut

A vintage laboratory stand!

LED filament style light bulb

Plug

or - Vice stand

A pillar drill vice

M12 threaded rod 450mm long

Cutting oil

or - Timber stand

Block of wood of choice - approx. 50mm x 200mm x 300mm long

Hardwax oil

M12 threaded rod 450mm long

Cutting oil

or - Fidget spinner wall mounted

6mm birch ply - 100mm square piece

22mm sealed bearing

Card for stencil

Spray cans - colour of choice

TOOLS

Pillar drill or electric drill

Drill bits

Forstner bit

General tools - files, plane, saw...

Bandsaw [or jigsaw] for fidget spinner

Metal vice [vise]

Step 2: Cut Up a Wheel

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If you haven't already made the Softbox Light project...

...cut out the spokes of an old bicycle rear wheel to get to the wheel hub...

...make sure the cassette hub is nice and smooth for a satisfying fidget click!

Step 3: Armature

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Place the hub in a vice...

...mark a position centrally on the hub...

...and drill through the outer wall of the hub.

Don't drill through the inner parts.

Check that the steel rod will snugly fit.

Step 4: Glue It Up

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Mix some epoxy glue...

...and glue the rod to the hub...

...make sure they are at right angles to each other.

Add some glue to the top end this will stop the bulb from spinning around...

...and leave to cure.

Step 5: Wire It Up

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Strip back the electrical cable the length of the hub and a bit more...

...and thread the inner wires [still with insulation] through the hub...

...screw on the lamp holder onto the thread of the wheel hub...

...and wire the cable to the lamp holder connectors...

...screw on the top of the lamp holder.

If you are unsure on safely wiring up the lamp gain advice from a professional.

Step 6: Black

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I wanted to have black wire to match the black end of the wheel hub...

...If you don't have black coloured wire...

...just get out the spray cans!

Thread a M10 nut onto the bottom of the hub...

...mix up some more epoxy glue...

...and add to the end to secure the cable in place.

Step 7: Lab Stand

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Grab a vintage laboratory stand that you conveniently have to hand!

I was super lucky to pick one up from a skip...

...they can be purchased online.

Attach the fidget light assembly to the stand...

...screw in a light bulb...

...and switch on.

Step 8: All Done

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Find your favourite place...

...switch on...

...and have a fidget!

But what if you don't have an antique lab stand?...

...do not worry...

...we have some more cool alternatives...

Step 9: Drill Vice Stand

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Grab a M12 threaded rod and cut to length, about 450mm...

...drill a hole approximately 320mm from one end through the threaded rod...

...so the 8mm steel rod of the fidget light can nicely slide through it...

...make sure it is nice and square to each other.

Clamp the threaded rod in the pillar drill vice...

...for a funky industrial looking stand.

'Too Industrial' I hear you say...then lets make another one...

Step 10: Timber Block Stand

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Grab a nice piece of timber...

...about 200mm wide and something around 50mm thick.

Drill a 11mm hole centrally at one end, about 50mm in from the end...

...cut the board to around 300mm long.

You can go for the rough sawn look...

...or plane the board flat...give it a sand...

...and finish off with an oil finish.

Screw the threaded rod [from the pillar drill vice stand] into the drilled hole...

...slip in the fidget light...

...looking cool.

'But I want it wall mounted!'...really?...okay....

Step 11: Wall Mount

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Super cool fidget spinner wall mount!

Grab a scrap of 6mm thick ply...

...drill a little pilot hole in the centre.

Make up a bandsaw circle cutting sled...[check out Bonus Content at the end of the Instructable]

...attach the ply and cut the circle...super simple + easy.

A jigsaw or coping saw will do just as well.

Drill out the central hole with a 22mm forstner bit...

Step 12: Fidget Spinner

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Add somecool graphics to the ply...

...I like to make card stencils and spray stencil.

Push in a 22mm bearing...epoxy glue if needed.

Enjoy fidget spinning!...

Step 13: Fix to the Wall

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Drill a 8mm hole in the masonry wall...

...hold the fidget spinner up to the hole...

...and poke the fidget light steel rod through and into the drilled hole.

Just a drilled hole will work just fine though the fidget spinner just finishes it off really nicely.

Switch on...and ENJOY!

Step 14: ENJOY!

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This was a great project to make...it was super easy...with loads of alternative options...

...and it looks really cool...

...as well asyou can have a little fidget whenever you so desire!

I am entering this project into the Lights Competition. If you have enjoyed this project, I would really appreciate your vote. Many thanks.

This project is part of my YouTube channel where I try to make cool and interesting projects.

Please check out my channel if you want to see more of the projects, if not there will be more coming to Instructables soon.

Why not check out what I am up to with pricklysauce.com

And also catch me on Facebook + Twitter

and now on Instagram!

Step 15: BONUS CONTENT! Bandsaw Circle Cutting Sled

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Make a bandsaw circle cutting sled...easy

Cut a piece of MDF that is a little larger than the bandsaw table...

..cut two battens to go along the right hand edge and bottom edge...

...screw to the MDF

Step 16: Sled Set Up

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Push the sled hard up to the right hand side of the bandsaw table...

...switch on the bandsaw...

...and push forward until the bottom edge batten stops the sled...

...the bandsaw will have cut a slot.

TURN OFF THE BANDSAW

Mark a squared line to the right of the blade...

...from the front of the blade...

...this will be a guide for screwing the piece to be cut

Step 17: Cut the Circle

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Drill a small pilot hole in the ply to be cut...

...measure the radius that is required...

...and measure from the bandsaw blade and mark on the sled [on the line]

Screw the ply to the sled making sure it can freely rotate.

Make sure the right hand stop is hard against the bandsaw table...

...turn on the bandsaw...

...and carefully slide the sled forward...

...cutting into the ply until the bottom stop engages.

Spin the ply in a clockwise direction to cut the circle.

Carefully pull the sled backwards following the original cut line.

Turn off the bandsaw and remove the screw...

...you now have a perfect ply circle...

...super easy.

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