An extremely simple, cheap and practical lamp for when you are trying to draw and your own shadow is bothering you. also good as an adjustable reading lamp. I didn't actually need tools to make it.
The idea is the main thing, because it's not much to put together.
-Lampshade (purchased at flea market for $1.99)
-Small Tripod (free from a friend, but $20 at radioshack)
Step 1: Lefty Loosey
Tighten the crank on the side of the tripod. Then turn the entire camera platform counterclockwise.
Step 2: Righty Tighty
Place your light on the bare bolt, and screw the platform back on. TA-DA!
mine is anywhere from 1-5 feet tall, basically it's not more useful than a levering desktop lamp, but it looks pretty cool and can be set up all kinds of places. I'm debating mounting the legs to the ceiling, just because.