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Author Topic: $10 Steamjob: Pistol-grip flashlight (WIP)  (Read 1238 times)
Yehoshua
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« on: November 19, 2009, 11:43:05 pm »

So I was bored and decided to give myself  a $10 maximum on spending, to see how well I could steam up my Noma double-flashlight. It's the kind that recharges through a normal outlet, no batteries involved, and has a dual head so you can flip the beam from LED to Xenon instantly.

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To make the flashlight even more Jules Vernian, I actually typically use it while exploring storm drains underneath the city's core; so it's fairly dear to me, and it was important that although I was going to take this opportunity to take it apart and put it back together anyways, keeping the flashlight in working order was important to me.

Now my original idea was actually to encase it in a beautiful wooden box, but keeping the pistol-grip was important to me, and I shuddered at the idea of that kind of woodworking, so I resolved for the simpler route. I invested in some Hammered Copper paint, some "scrapbooking" finials, two drawer pulls and a pair of magnetic brass doorstoppers with a beautifully "Buck Rogers raygun" kind of feel to them. I also butchered a small cap from a broken television by the side of the road which I used to replace the sliding Xenon/LED switch on the back of the unit, and used some left-over faux green leather from a sword scabbard project.

Here's the current state of the flashlight;

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Still to do:
-mount the two "receiver" ends of the doorstopper onto the flashlight, and protuders onto the wall above an electrical socket.
-find a pretty wooden bead to replace the ugly plastic knob on the D-ring at the top of the flashlight...or alternately just wrap it in some cheap crafting leather
-fix the seams on the leather, right now it's not really wanting to stay flush since the plastic body and rubber head are not equal
-adapt the electrical transformer, taking it apart and finding something pretty to put it inside (I'm back to thinking wood, on this)
-ye olde shoelace trick for the recharging wire
-post images of finished project and demand accolades and applause
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 09:38:08 am »

'Steamjob' just sounds incredibly rude.  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 10:08:41 am »

'Steamjob' just sounds incredibly rude.  Shocked

And painfull.

Still, good job on the pistol!

Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 10:41:23 am »

'Steamjob' just sounds incredibly rude.  Shocked

And painfull.

Still, good job on the pistol!

Smiley

Painfull - probably...

Rude - definitely...

But I can't help thinking a steamjob would probably involve the long slow satisfying process of -

'Getting up a Good Head of Steam'

Meanwhile - back to the lamp, very well done sir - cracking steamjob on the mod!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 11:03:21 am »

'Steamjob' just sounds incredibly rude.  Shocked

But maybe such should be included when referring to a spending cap of $10?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 05:27:40 pm »

*Pre-emptive applause*

Lovely.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009, 07:47:15 pm »

It's the kind that recharges through a normal outlet, no batteries involved,

Lovely flashlight, but I think someone needs a remedial course on electricity.  Cheesy
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heavyporker
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2009, 02:52:34 am »

Not too shabby thus far, but methinks you need to put some of that green leather upon the handle as well, the back part with the indentations.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2009, 12:47:44 am »

Yes, a leather grip would be nice.
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