Magnetic Lamp and Tool Holder - Using Microwave Salvage Parts

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There never seems to be enough light in the shop, and when working with a band saw or drill it can be very important to clearly see what you are doing.  I had an old broken lamp hanging around thought it would be good to adapt it to a magnetic base, that would let me stick the light on my tools and shine the light just where I need it.  Here is how:
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Step 1: Step 1 - Tools and Materials

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  • Sheet metal ( ferrous, you want it to be magnetic ) – mine came from the case of a microwave magnet.  Microwaves are often a source of parts, search the web, instructables, or as a sample see this:  Taking Apart A Microwave by dog digger
  • Donuts magnets from a microwave oven
  • ¼ inch hardboard or plywood ( mine was salvaged from old flooring )
  • Epoxy
  • Remains of a lamp or other tool to mount
  • Drill
  • Saw to cut the sheet metal and hardboard

Step 2: Step 2 - Prepare the Base

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Cut the hardboard so the two magnets can sit next to each other with room for a mounting hole between them.
Then cut one or more pieces of sheet metal to pretty much cover the surface of the hardboard.  I used 2 layers.  This material is to let the magnetic flux “flow easily” from one magnet to the next, this will increase the strength that the base holds on.  Glue up ( with the epoxy) so the metal is on one side the hardboard.  Use clamps and let it harden well.  When the glue has set drill a mounting hole for the lamp between the space for the magnets.

Step 3: Step 3 - Add the Magnets

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One face of the magnet is south the other north, glue the magnets on the sheet metal so one has its north face on the sheet and the other its south face. ( you can check this easily because 2 north faces or south faces repell each other )  Again clamps are a good idea so the magnets stay were you put them until the epoxy is hard.
I would be concerned about adding more magnetic fields around that analog meter movement, but if it works for you and there isn't any change in calibration I guess it's OK ...
You are right, the VOM is more of a prop than a useful application, it will probably go onto a less sensitive tool in the shop.
hjjusa2 years ago
I was looking for a lamp to mount on the side of my computer. LOL
profpat2 years ago
Very good idea! now i know what to do with the broken desk lamps in my shops, got lots of magnetron lying around my shop that i salvage from some microwave i scrapped.
we could also use magnets for broken tv or cassette radio speakers..
thanks for sharing!