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Portable Telescoping Shop Light
Charles Sorensen, Corwith, Iowa: "I used galvanized steel pipe, a disk blade, and an old Teflon frying pan to make a portable, telescoping shop light that also doubles as a bolt or tool tray. The light can be adjusted from 4 to 7 ft. high. I welded the bottom of the 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe to the disk blade to make the main stand, then inserted a smaller diameter pipe inside it and mounted a Halogen light at the top of it. I drilled a hole in the side of the 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe and welded a nut onto it, then screwed a bolt that screws against the inside pipe to hold it up.
"I mounted an electric outlet at the bottom of the 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe and use it to power my shop tools. A wire runs from the outlet up inside the pipe to a switch, and from there to the light.
"The pan eliminates the need for a can to throw bolts into. It's bolted to a steel ring that slides over the 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe. The ring allows me to turn the pan at any angle."

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2