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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

2 years ago

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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threeoutsideYonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

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

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Yonatan24threeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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

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threeoutsideYonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

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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Yonatan24threeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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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Yonatan24threeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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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threeoutsideYonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

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

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

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

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threeoutsideToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

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_Danthreeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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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threeoutsideToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

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_Danthreeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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

sketch would help me see whatcha say.

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threeoutsideToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

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

2 years ago

drill a hole in the table.

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threeoutsideToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

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_Danthreeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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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Yonatan24Toga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

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

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caitlinsdad

2 years ago

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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threeoutsidecaitlinsdad

Reply 2 years ago

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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caitlinsdadthreeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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

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threeoutsidecaitlinsdad

Reply 2 years ago

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

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caitlinsdadthreeoutside

Reply 2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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