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Magnifier lamp base broken - how to make replacement? Answered

I have one of those handy articulated-arm magnifier lamps but the TOTALLY CHEAP INADEQUATE CRAPPY clamp base not only broke but gouged my desk as it did. I have beginner woodworking skills and tools; can someone make an Instructable on building a better replacement? The lamp and the arms and everything are fine, it was just the cheap plastic clamp that broke.

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Yonatan24 (author)2016-07-04

Connect the body of the lamp to a REAL C-Clamp with hose clamps. I recently did something similar to that.

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threeoutside (author)Yonatan242016-07-04

I can't quite picture that. I"ll work on it, though! Thanks!

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Yonatan24 (author)threeoutside2016-07-05

Imagine that the rod in the picture is the lamp's body/stand:

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threeoutside (author)Yonatan242016-07-05

Ah, yes, now I see. But you still have the problem of a big, gangly, heavy thing pivoting around on a tiny little base, don't you? Seems like...

Thank you for the picture! You went to a bunch of trouble to help! Very kind of you.

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Yonatan24 (author)threeoutside2016-07-06

Glad I maybe somehow might have helped! This wasn't made for a lamp, it was for something else that failed. The only trouble was to find it in my camera, and post it here :)

I have an idea for making something similar (I've already tested it, and it works), but it will require more work, and will be better. I can send you the link the the future Instructable when it will be made :)

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threeoutside (author)Yonatan242016-07-06

Ooh! That would be great! Thanks!

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Yonatan24 (author)threeoutside2016-08-07

I wanted to make something, but I don't think I will in the end. I'll show you these pictures of my homemade stand for SpectrumLED, since I've already showed them to someone else. It can move up/down, turn right/left, and swivel because of the thin metal of the lamp. Just a matter of time before that breaks...

Hope this helps! :)

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threeoutside (author)Yonatan242016-08-08

Hi and thanks! That's what I need, ideas to chuck in the skull and let simmer...

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Yonatan24 (author)threeoutside2016-09-26

Changed my mind, again, and again...

This might help: https://www.instructables.com/id/Articulating-70W-S... It's similar to what I planned in the beginning...

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-08-07

if u driill hole in 2x4 then clamp 2x4 to table...

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threeoutside (author)Toga_Dan2016-08-08

That's an idea, too. Not sure if I have adequate clamps, though. If/when I come up with something I'll post a photo on my blog or something, and put the link in this thread, in case anyone's interested.

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Toga_Dan (author)threeoutside2016-08-08

I did this once with two 2x4s. one above the table, one below. They extended past the edge of the table. Screws from through the 2 boards clamped them together onto the table.

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threeoutside (author)Toga_Dan2016-08-09

I've been thinking of something similar, only using two identical square boards, with a spacer between the same thickness as the table ledge (remember my table is a nice teak one), and blocks to butt up against the table corner so a corner of the - what to call it - the frame? sticks out, off the table corner. I thought I'd drill a hole through both squares to put the lamp post in. I also wondered if it would make it more stable to angle the post-hole a little bit, off the table corner, angling from "away" on the top board to "closer" in the bottom board. I'd have to make sure the post would have some kind of support that would be flat on the top board. Any thoughts?

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Toga_Dan (author)threeoutside2016-08-10

1 picture=10,000 words (inflation donchaknow?)

sketch would help me see whatcha say.

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threeoutside (author)Toga_Dan2016-08-11

Unfortunately, my drawing/design skills are even worse than my descriptive skills. I did try to do a sketch but couldn't get the translation from the inside of my head to the paper. This project is going to have to wait awhile anyway, I've got a couple of busy weeks coming up. Thank you for your interest!

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-07-05

drill a hole in the table.

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threeoutside (author)Toga_Dan2016-07-06

If it was a workbench I'd be able to do this, unfortunately it's my Danish teak dining room table I have to use for crafts & stuff. I like your direct approach, though!

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Toga_Dan (author)threeoutside2016-07-06

altho I was mostly joking, here's another option: drill a hole in a sheet of plywood. When u wanna use table for craft, toss a blanket, then the ply on top.

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Yonatan24 (author)Toga_Dan2016-07-06

That's what I did to hold my drill. Well, until it broke 3 days ago...

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caitlinsdad (author)2016-07-03

You could post a pic of the broken clamp base to see why and where it broke.

The base probably could be repaired and beefed up for further use or replicate it in a more durable material from wood to metal. The lamp fixture itself probably just plugs into a hole and some screw/nut/bolt provides the clamping action. Make bigger pads and support the fixture with a deeper mounting hole or side bolsters. Good luck.

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threeoutside (author)caitlinsdad2016-07-03

Unfortunately, the broken bit is long gone. But I've been thinking along those same lines ... maybe a couple blocks of wood with a hole drilled into the top one, and a bolt to clamp it on the table edge - with some rubber to cushion the desk. I've looked at a lot of these lamps online and they all have those really tiny, ridiculously small clamps - makes the things wayyyyy top-heavy. The lamp & arms have to weigh over five pounds, and they've got maybe a 2" x 2" footprint for the clamp. Thanks for answering! If I get around to doing it I'll see if it's worth an Instructable post.

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caitlinsdad (author)threeoutside2016-07-03

Just find a big heavy rock and drill a hole in it. Do post an instructable.

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threeoutside (author)caitlinsdad2016-07-04

LOL! I'm afraid I don't have any tool capable of drilling through stone. Great idea, though!

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Lorddrake (author)threeoutside2016-07-06

two words .. duct tape :)

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threeoutside (author)Lorddrake2016-07-06

How could I have forgotten duct tape!? LOL

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caitlinsdad (author)threeoutside2016-07-04

Hammer and chisel or a masonry bit in a regular drill or hammer-drill or a bunch of rocks glued together...

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Yonatan24 (author)2016-07-06

Glue/Screw/Mount a block of wood to your table, and drill a hole in it. Then place the lamp's stand inside.

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