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One of the small frustrations of drilling holes is aligning the bit to the x on the item to be drilled. I know from experience that a single source light on the work causes shadows and can block the center of the x. So I decided to build a 360 degree light source for my drill press. It uses cheap white LEDs purchased on Ebay for $2. A switch and a 5 volt "wall wart" power supply does the trick. The holes for the LEDS is drilled into a round piece of 1/2 inch plywood at a 10 degree angle to focus the LED lights at about 8 inches below the mounting point on the drill press quill.
First picture is the typical shadow seen
Second picture is the 31 LEDs
Third picture is the circuitry Leds and 100 ohm resistors and switch.
Fourth picture is the resulting clear view of the x to be drilled.
Total cost was about $10 for everything.

Now I can see clearly the x on the work to be drilled.
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I like it..
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Very clever. I can never get enough light on my workpieces.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
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A picture of how it is mounted on the Drill Press would be nice. I like the results of the light, though.
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Amen to 'never enough light'!
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Like Herb said I like the light but how did you mount it.
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A great solution. The older I get, the more light I need.
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+2 on all the above.

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I agree with others you made a nice light. I had to look up a "Wall wart" I have not heard of that before.
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That would be why they call you 'Hawk Eye"?
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