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Old Oct 15, 2010, 9:13 PM   #1
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As you know, I got a new strobe light the other day. Well I was thinking of buying a light stand for it but, then I got to thinking... I have a backdrop set I got a few months ago. I got the 20 ft wide set with three stands. for most indoor work I'd only use two stands and a 10ft cross bar so, I'd have an extra stand not doing anything. I pulled out the stand to see if it would work.
Well, yes and no. The stands have a 5/16th stud and wing nut on them to connect the cross bar and the light wont fit. Well when I got home from work today I got inspired to do something about it and here is what I came up with. I took a piece of aluminum stock about 1" square and 4" long and chucked it up in my lathe...


Here is a shot with the lathe running and shavings flying.



Finished product. The original stud and wing nut on top, and light mounting stud on the bottom.



Its so nice to have a lathe. Instead of going out and buying an adapter for $6.99 I made my own and it only took about $200.00 worth of time!
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 3:56 AM   #2
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hehehhe
maybe make another one and sell it for $400 to get your money back?
i would buy one, but i dont have lights sorry

gee a long time since i have seen a lathe, let alone used one
you have me now sitting trying to remember all the parts lol
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Oh yes , DIY saves the day ! even if not the pocket book!
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And there is the added satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.
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Turned out nice (pun intended)! Oh how I wish I had a lathe and a small milling machine to make things with.

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Thanks guys,
John, I'd be happy to make you some as soon as you get some lights!

Bock, You're right. didn't really save anything this time but, Like Ira said there's the satisfaction!
Thank you for pointing that out Ira, I knew there was some reason I made this.

Very funny, Lou.
I've always wanted one and finally got one about 8 years ago. This one is a lathe and milling machine combo. I think it was around $1800 usd. one of the few pieces of machinery I haven't been able to bring myself to sell even though I don't use it all that much, it doesn't cost me anything to keep it and its there if I need it. It really has saved the day several times since I've had it.
I even used it to mill the heads on my motorcycle a couple years ago. Not to mention the milling work I did when I put the final drive and rear wheel from a 1998 GL1500 Goldwing into my 1985 GL1200. Yeah, its really nice to have when you need it.
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Whoa now....you're stepping into my territory...course I still use the company lathes for my "Government" work. Nice job there GW.
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Hey ED, I didn't know you were a machinist. I can't make that claim, just a hobbyist
It sure is nice to have the tools at hand when you need them.
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Great 'thread', GW. I dabble a bit , myself. Bought one of the multipurpose machines nearly twenty years ago to make up repair parts for my hydroelectric plant. Still use it occasionally. Came in handy when I got a T-mount lens that wouldn't focus to infinity, and needed to take a bit off the adapter.

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Hey ED, I didn't know you were a machinist. I can't make that claim, just a hobbyist
It sure is nice to have the tools at hand when you need them.
When I retire I'll have to get a lathe and a mill to go with the welder (Stick, Tig, and mig) so I can keep the projects going! LOL Not a machinist but a Jack of all Trades and Master of None.
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