Its mostly a wooden replica of the kind of light used by dentists (see picture 2 below). This one has been modified to be better, cooler, and more adapted for the workshop environment. It is designed to stand on a desk like a normal light instead of being mounted to the ceiling or wherever else.
I don't have enough info or any pics of me actually making it, but too much for it to just be like a slideshow... However, this project is pretty self-explanatory and very customizable
Step 1: Wood Work
pretty straight forward -- cut some wood, glue it, drill holes for machine screws... make it work
mine mainly uses 4 sticks to create a 3 range motion of forward back and up down
i used a craftsman drill to make the holes thus i am able to enter this contest...
Step 2: Electronic Parts
still working on this being complete
but basically from goldmine elec
4 rainbow leds (pack)
1 high output warm white led
1 turkey sound box (gobble)
some computer speaker cable (3 conductor)
more so dont order until u have read the whole instructable
Step 3: More Work
the 1st pic shows the endpiece i made using another oiece of wood and a small plastic sheet; there is a hole in the side for the power cabling...
next 2 pics show the machine screws abd thus the ability to move the "arm"
Step 4: Electrical
wire the positive contact of the battery clip to the grounding(uninsulated) wire in the cable wire the negative contact into the middle pin of the 3 position spdt switch
wire the other 2 pins on the switch to the remainig 2 wires (insulated) in the cable
switch is shown hot glued in
Step 5: More Electrical
there are five leds (!colorful!) inside a box. there 4 rainbow and 1 white
in my case I used two yellow leds (one of which had a clear lens) and a bright blue led in the center
connect all 5 positive leads to one colow wire
connect the 4 negative leads from the rainbow to another color wire, and the white negative is the third wire... wire these into the box, the white led in the center and 4 rainbow around it... hook it up to the 3 conductor cable and wire the rest so that it is hidden and looks nice.
make the other part of the box (part with battery pack) connect to this in the same way if u ever need a portable version
u can use headers or some other quicky way to switch between desk and portable power , wire in a nc reed switch so it can also be used as a cool drawer light, or wire in a toroid and additionally power it as a joule thief
see -- custumizabilty???
Participated in the
Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest