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Nov 04, 2015 12:34 |  #1

Time to put my college electrical degree to use. So far I cut out my wooden donut and got all my hardware.

Im going simple


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Nov 04, 2015 14:06 |  #2

Did you make plans that you're working from? It looks like it could end up a bit on the heavy side, but has a lot of potential for weight reduction if you have a jigsaw, depending on what you're planning to mount between the lights.


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Nov 04, 2015 18:41 |  #3

Yea I like having the possibility but I dont really think its that heavy.


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Nov 04, 2015 18:44 |  #4

Dry fitting


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Nov 04, 2015 18:45 |  #5

And starting it off


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Nov 05, 2015 09:43 |  #6

Looking good, is there a reason you did not just drill out the center under the light fixture and run your wires on the backside eliminating the fixture standoffs?




  
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Nov 05, 2015 09:50 |  #7

I wanted to hide the connections I thought drilling out the back would expose the wires. Id rather use the spacers to make room for the connections and hide them.


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Nov 05, 2015 10:02 |  #8

DThriller wrote in post #17773191 (external link)
I wanted to hide the connections I thought drilling out the back would expose the wires. Id rather use the spacers to make room for the connections and hide them.

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Nov 05, 2015 13:12 |  #10

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Looking good, is there a reason you did not just drill out the center under the light fixture and run your wires on the backside eliminating the fixture standoffs?

I was wondering the same thing. Wouldn't it be much cleaner to hide all the wiring on the back side, and leave both the inside and outside edges of the wooden ring free to attach whatever will support the front diffusion panel; I'm assuming this is going to have a softbox-like front diffusor, as a bunch of individual CFL bulbs reflecting in your models' eyes would not be a ring light (or good) look.

Mounting the sockets flush to the wood will also make them less likely to crack. These types of fixtures aren't meant to be screwed down unsupported, especially not with a power tool, which is probably why that one in the bottom of the photo broke.

If you decide to stick with the spacers, the screws should go through the middle of the standoff blocks, so that you're screwing the socket down to a solid surface, not folding it into the gap between the spacers.


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Nov 05, 2015 13:23 |  #11

Right you are they break easy! Ya'know I didnt really think of any diffusor alot I have seen are just bulbs.


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Nov 05, 2015 14:15 |  #12

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Nov 05, 2015 14:26 |  #13

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Nov 05, 2015 15:03 |  #14

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In?

He just wants to follow the thread...like I am. But I just clicked "Follow Thread" at the top. :lol:


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Nov 05, 2015 15:10 |  #15

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He just wants to follow the thread...like I am. But I just clicked "Follow Thread" at the top. :lol:

Yes, but my method also encourages the OP that people are interested in seeing more.  :p


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