Possible lighting for desk
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I an in need of better lighting at my desk, for some reason every small lamp (very little room as I use a drawing board a lot) they are never bright enough, even with max W bulb.
I have about 150 bright white leds, and was thinking of maybe carving a small whole or two, installing leds then using those embedded covers for ceiling spotlights (no idea what they are called but will get pic if needs be) to tidy it up. There is a socket behind the desk and I have an old power supply that I could hide behind it.
I have the tools needed, and I have carved many times in woodwork, so I would be able to do it.
What do you think? Should I do it? Any help is appreciated, especially with the finishing and polishing it off, I really want it to look good.
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My flat has a fluorescent light in the middle of it. It has four tubes in it and it's incredibly bright. Oppressively so. We never use it, we have lamps.
So I want to hang one of those paper lanterns in the middle of the ceiling and the closest power source is this light, so I'd like to just take power from there. Problem is, I don't want them both on at the same time and I don't totally want to disable the big light (you know, in case we want to use it while vacuuming or something).
So I think it would be nice to install a dual-throw switch on it. Problem is that I can't really drill a hole in the metal housing for it, the powers that be would not like that. When I move out I've got to put it all back how it was.
So I guess the best thing to do would be to mount the switch inside the fixture itself without making any holes, so that to switch between the lamp and the big light I'd have to open it up (it's not that hard to do, there's a latch not screws) but I'm not totally satisfied with that solution.
The electrical specifics are no big deal, I've been working with that stuff for a while and I know how to do it. I'm just looking for ideas here on how I can make it nice and clean and something I can easily undo when we move out.
Here's a picture of the light fixture.
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Hey doers. I've come to you with a little project.
In infamous second son, the chain around the protagonists arm recoils back onto his arm after he's done smacking things with it.
It make look like video game magic or whatever, but I'd like to be able to reproduce it.
Here's what I'm thinking.
A chain, with a pre-formed coiled rod that's woven in the links or attached some other way.
When there is an electrical current to the rod, it's rigid, and when the current is halted, It goes limp, allowing the chain to be swung around or drag on the ground.
Turn on the current and it returns to it's static state and coils up on your arm, just like in the video game.
Is this doable, and what material is it that does the rigid/limp reaction to electrical currents?
DIY Christmas Gifts
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This thread is for DIY Christmas gift ideas since I know most of you motherfuckers are poor like me.
I live on my own, paycheck-to-paycheck, so my Xmas ideas this year have to be cheap. Here's what I've got so far for my parents (note that I will be buying other small gifts, but I'm only posting the crafty ones):
>Custom binder with sudokus/crosswords, intended to be done one-a-day (or maybe one a week if 365 individual pages ends up being too much) with a quote/memory and possibly a horoscope on each page. The binder cover will be drawn by me.
>Crocheted scarf with cute cat head on either end
>Custom basket of different coffee/tea flavors and other little coffee accessories
I need another crafty idea for my dad. He doesn't wear scarves or beanies and he already has a pair of nice leather gloves so I can't really crochet him anything. I've already painted a picture he wanted, so it has to be something else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, please share any DIY gifts you'll be doing.