Sunday, November 09, 2008

table lighting.

today, my dad and i made table lighting. we followed these instructions, with a few modifications. it's not competely right yet, the light is a little too yellow, as you'll see in the pictures. i'm going to get some different light bulbs, and something more transparent than the tracing paper i used.

what we used:

100watt energy save bulbs, tape, tracing paper, cross stitch board, dowel rods, and a lamp kit.and particle board. first, dad cut grooves into the particle board.

then we did as the instructions said and cut a hole in the board and inserted the light socket.

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but neither a regular bulb or a energy save bulb fit.

so dad modified.

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he made a little ledge to put the light socket on and then cut a hole so we could put the wire through the back.

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he then cut holes in the bottom for the dowel rods and and we slid them through. these are great, because you can lower the light if you need to.

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i then taped the tracing paper on the cross stitch board. the tape didn't hold it well enough, so i ended up stapling it to it.

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we taped white paper to the board behind the light so it wouldn't reflect the brown wood.

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here's what the finished product looks like. i slid the cross stitch board in the grooves and then taped it.

like i said, it's not perfect yet, i'm still going to make some modifications. but overall we spent about 15 bucks. which is much better than the 250+ you'd spend if you bought it already made.
i'm going to post some photos i took using it in a seperate post.


thanks for all the help dad, you're the greatest!




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