EDSG 5th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest (Handmade) Pipe Dream

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EDSG 5th Annual BLF / Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest (Handmade) Pipe Dream

Hey folks so this is my entry to this year scratch made contest. I am all for handies if you know what i mean Silly
I am bit out classed but i will see what i can come up with. I feels i am a bit better prepared then last years attempt. I have picked up a few more skills in the time since last years effort! Well at least this is what i like to think.

My theme is recycling i am trying to use as many second hand parts as i can. Not to give a sob story but money is a tad tight right now. I would love to build a 20k lumen light but no chance right now with my budget. So i will do what i can with parts i have and buy as little as needed.

I have no solid plan yet as of what i want to build only a few ideas in my head. I am more of a practical person design is not my strong point but i like pushing my self to try new things.

We have a slight start of some thing i guess lol. Brass and steel fittings.

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Hahaha i do not have a drill press but i have a drill vice i use as my standard vice (bench to small). Trying to drill a 10mm hole here and the drill bit got caught on a chip and spun around the vice and flung every thing of my work bench. This is what i am dealing with so far. Yes i should have drilled a pilot hole first but i was being lazy.

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Trying out optics
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Drilled another hole lol
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Yep i drilled a hole lol knock of time!

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Good luck with your build Thumbs Up

…even better luck if the neighbours see you walking around the back yard with that…. The bomb squad will be knocking at the door! Big Smile

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Should be cool Thumbs Up

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Good luck with your build Thumbs Up

…even better luck if the neighbours see you walking around the back yard with that…. The bomb squad will be knocking at the door! Big Smile


You know, a simple pipe bomb can be made with not much more than a pipe and a 18650! Here’s hoping the driver doesn’t short on this one! Shocked

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I like it. Thumbs Up

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Thanks lads and good luck every one! I look forward to seeing the lathes at work.

As you can see i have already put in a venting hole Silly

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Slightly updated so i have ran into a few bumps lol.

I should also say this is only the inside of the torch it will have a different outer shell.

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Looking good !

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Its a rush to get this done

I cut both ends shorter
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made it flat and pretty on the threads took of heaps of stock
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20mm partition board
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This was meant to have a wooden outside but i dont think i will have time to complete.

Angle grinder makes such a difference much better then using my reciprocating saw on smaller stock easier to handle besides the sparks going every where. I cut some M8 bolts with the reciprocating saw it works like a charm on bigger item plus no sparks.

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Just a few days left – no pressure! SillyWink

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I must have missed this the pipe bomb light..
1 weekend left you can do it

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Yea i am trying lol. Just done 3 hours or so now. I will eat dinner at 10:30 and go back out. I ran into a few issues.

Making the heat sink and shelf
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Close enough right? lol
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Almost got it!
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press fit shelf lol mallet time
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Drilled wire holes and now i am trying to deburr them?
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Just a light touch with a bigger drill bit.will take the bur off

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Thanks for the tip! I ended up going .5mm bigger in size i was having trouble getting the wires through but they are 22 gauge lol. All that is left is the tail cap but it does work all be it dodgy lol

I glued the optics in place only way i knew how to make it work and be water resistant.
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Hahahaha don’t ask! This needs some TLC.
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Tested with a safer cell first lol
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Tested with a 18650 this time so much brighter.
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So i had to shave down a 20mm board i have no 16mm MCPCBs so i done this lattice bright first. I could not do this to BLF so i shaved down an alloy board XPL-HI even though it pained me lol
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The optics are random ones from Fasttech Ultrafire brand i think. So throw heavy!
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I really wanted to add some wood but i have none and i know nothing about wood so i will see what happens. I want to make this look prettier i will polish it up a tad but i like the rough look of the brass fittings.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:

I really wanted to add some wood but i have none and i know nothing about wood …

Buy some toothpicks, the tapered flat kind would be best I think. Glue them around the pipe, alternating pointy end direction. Predation or dye them different colors or TRY to find colored ones.

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Thanks don that is an awesome idea! I just bought a glue gun the other day lol.

I just cleaned up and 5 mins later it looks like this Sad
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Needed to use my good soldering iron to get enough heat into the brass for the driver. 450 degrees Celsius
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Making the switch retaining ring from 1mm aluminum its easier then the 3mm pill i made.
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That is done i just have to widen the middle a tad bit
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This XPL-HI has seen better days lol. I am not sure where i got it from?
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So the light powers on so technically all that is left is aesthetic work. I want to add some tape here and there and maybe some plastic in case of shorts. I think its to late for wood but i may add wood in the future or another scratch build coming up maybe?

We need beam shots! I was thinking about running the XPLHI direct drive and just using a partition board but its on an alloy board so it wont last long.

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Hahahaha i was fishing on the Haweskbury river at Brooklyn and i went past some ones house and they where throwing out some old tree wood and i was like on the way back its mine. Then when i was back in Sydney i remembered about the wood. It had a sign and all saying free wood that was my one shot lol.

Might as well add some fishing pics. This is Brooklyn NSW. These pics are a tad older when i went the other week it was raining but fishing time is fishing time rain hail or shine lol.

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Bliss!
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Nice shots .havent been fishing since i left gladstone in central queensland.
Bit jealous.

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So mine is done for now! Its not what i wanted but it works and functions as a torch.

I stuffed up the tail cap kinda i could not decide what i wanted so i went for a more classic look. I think the rubber boot doesn’t suit the light. So i made another tail cap ending from scratch but didn’t like that so i cut out PVC instead of an aluminium gasket.

I painted the battery tube in and out so its none conductive
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I put some plastic around the driver as isolation
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I wanted to paint it red but then didn’t like it so i stuck with the primer but you can still see some red lol
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I will add beam shots tonight.

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Beam shots here! Its actually better then i thought at around 800 lumens i am happy!

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Pics at the usual ISO800

High mode
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Medium mode
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Low mode
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Trees at 70m
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Congrats on finishing the build Thumbs Up

p.s. I reckon you could do with a larger lawn mower WinkSilly

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I love this type of build edsg. The creativity used to build a light like this has to be admired.
I spot more than a few trips to Bunnings here. Did you ask them for sponsorship? Smile

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Looks super strong, like you could run it over and not even flinch Crazy Nice smooth beam too.

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No point in posting the video now seeing as the comp is over.

This is the video on the build its not every thing i skipped some of the build and part 3 will be out soon.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 will be out soon been lazy!

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Sometimes when I wander through the plumbing aisle at a hardware store, I wonder what kinds of lights I could build with the parts. Now I know!

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Thanks for posting this up on a rainy day Thumbs Up

I liked the sections with power tools the most Big Smile

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Nice vids and love the commentary Chris. Thanks for posting it up. Smile

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Cool! Thanks.