Adjustable workbench light – ceiling led lights
I needed an adjustable workbench light that I would be able to hang off the roof of the shop. I also wanted to be able to attach it to the workbench. I wanted that the adjusting to be done in all directions (height too).
After several tries, I ended up with this design. I finally built it out of ash wood, although my first attempt was to make it out of fir wood.
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I followed the next steps to built it:
Building the wooden pieces for the adjustable workbench light
1. I wanted to build the work light out of fir wood but, because this type of wood is too soft and the hex screws started to move in the holes after some changes of the position of the work light, I ended by building it out of ash wood (a type of hardwood). Of course, because I needed small pieces for the project, I used only scraps. I always try to waste as little wood as possible. So, every time, when a project allows me to use scraps, I use them.
I started the project by choosing some pieces of ash scraps:
2. I cut them to 4,5 cm width. I wanted to get them to 4 cm width and 1,6 cm thick. After cutting them I planed them using the Metabo thicknesser. I didn’t need to square them.
3. I cut them to length. I needed 4 pieces 40 cm long and 3 piece of 15 cm. I planned to use these 3 short pieces this way:
- one piece for the top end of the workbench light (secured with screws to the roof or the workbench)
- one piece for the bottom end of it (secured with the screws to the led light support)
- one piece for changing the direction, used in the middle of the workbench light
These are the 7 pieces of ash wood needed for my project.
4. Of course, I wanted to make everything look as nice as possible. That’s why I looked for a way to do it. So, I found a bottle cap to draw the ends of the pieces of wood. It just happened to have the right size. I took the cap and I drew almost all the ends of the wood pieces. I left one end of each of the the two small pieces (except the one used for the changing the direction)
5. I cut their rounded ends with the bandsaw.
These are all the ash wood pieces of my adjustable workbench light.
6. I made a special cutout for the small piece used for changing the direction:
- I measured 4 cm from the end of the board
- I measured the distance between the blade of the bandsaw and its guide (it had to be equal to the thickness of the board)
- I made the cutout with the bandsaw
This is what I’ve got:
The connecting system consisting of M6 bolts, hex nuts, fastener nuts and flat washers
For the connecting system, I chose to use M6 bolts, hex nuts, fasteners nuts and flat washers.
In order to use them:
1. Before starting to drill all the holes, I sanded the ends of the boards. This step is very important for the final look. Sanding helped me align the boards when drilling their ends.
2. Before drilling the needed holes, I took two pieces of wood. I secured them with clamps, to the bench drill stand. Their position was chosen so that the holes to be centered to the ends of the boards.
3. First of all, I drilled large holes using a 35 mm diameter forstner drill bit for some decorative caps. In the end, I decided I like the industrial look of the screws. Yet, the larger holes complete the look.
4. Then, I drilled a 6 mm hole in the middle of the large hole. These holes were used to connect two wooden parts with hex screws, nuts and washers.
In the edge of the small board used for changing the direction, I drilled that 6 mm hole as you can see in the pictures below. Before that, I marked the center of that cutout.
I made the same thing with all the pieces. After I prepared all the connection accessories, I realized that there was one more thing that had to be done: to drill the holes for the cable.
5. So, I drilled holes with an 8 mm drill bit next to each end, to run the cable through.
6. I sanded all the pieces with 120 grit sandpaper with the belt sander and I lightly sanded the sharp edges by hand.
7. For the stand of the led fixture, I took another ash wood scrap and I drew the shape. I wanted to look similar to the other pieces, and to be as light as possible:
- I drew the rounded ends and I continued the drawing until I got a circle
- I trace the lines between the two circles
- I cut the shape with the bandsaw
- I sanded with 120 grid sandpaper and I sanded by hand the edges
8. I applied a layer of mineral oil.
Assembling all the parts to get the adjustable work led light
1. I drilled 2 holes with a 5 mm drill bit (next to the straight end of the two small pieces) and I countersunk them. The holes drilled in one small piece were going to be used to secure the adjustable light to the roof or the workbench. The other ones in the light holder piece were going to be used to secure the led light.
2. For each connection I used:
- one screw bolt M6 x 40 mm
- one hex nut M6
- one fastener hex nut M6
- two 6 mm flat washers
This is the way the connections look:
The entire adjustable workbench light and the wooden stand for the led light fixture:
After I tested the entire wooden ensemble, I run the cable through and I started to use it for my future woodworking projects: