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Old Jan 3, 2011, 3:41 PM   #1
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I've made a little more progress on my soft box.
I also took a step backwards when the light fixture base fell off the bench and I broke one of the socket housings. So, I have to pick up a new one before I'm done. I'm also machining my own light stand adapter, as I think the plastic ones arn't going to be able to stand the weight of this thing.
Anyway, here are a few pics of what I've done so far.


I was having trouble finding a suitable box to mount three sockets on and three light switches. and since the soft box housing was already done, I was stuck with a 6x6 opening. I finally saw this gray box that was a good fit.


I mounted the three way fixture after making a hole big enough to put the wires through.



I cut out a hole just big enough so I could mount the switches by drilling 1/8th holes. the stock screws fit perfectly.



Front view, with mounted switches and cover plate.




before mounting the completed fixture, I covered the inside of the light box with aluminum foil, using a spray adhesive.




here's a shot of the hollow aluminum bar (that I had laying around the shop) mounted for main support of the whole apparatus. It has a matching bar on the inside

Now I gotta get busy and finish the mount...
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 8:00 PM   #2
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Wow GW, that is some rig! You are way ahead of me in your DIY abilities.
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That was my thought, too! Looks very nice, not at all like a cobbled together DIY project that I would be likely to come up with.
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Old Jan 4, 2011, 3:00 PM   #4
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Thank you both. I was really wanting to do a little better job on the switch box portion but at the same time, I'm trying to spend as little as possible to get it done. this is what happens when you don't have anything on paper, just an idea in your head.
Anyway, it was a learning experience. The next one will be much better and lighter too.

Well, back to the shop to try an finish up.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 7:05 AM   #5
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Looks great & very professional to me!
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 5:20 PM   #6
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Thank you, Mole.
This one has turned out to be a little bit heaver than I wanted it to be but, it should work fine as a studio light. I'm thinking about making a track in the ceiling that I can mount it on where I can move it around easily in the studio.
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Wow, looks good so far.
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I'm impressed.....you aren't an Electrician by any chance are you ?
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looking forward to seeing some prize winning shots from this rig!
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I'm impressed.....you aren't an Electrician by any chance are you ?

No, Less, not a licensed one anyway. I have been doing all kinds of electrical work since I was 12. I have wired several houses and workshops. I know just enough to keep myself out of trouble... I think.
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