LaRue of Oakville, Ontario, Canada
AOL Canada CD Lamp
submitted his entry with this letter:
is giving away *PRIZES* for using up all those crappy old
you look, there's more of those dumb disks. Looking at a stack
of them gave me an idea... I'll make a lamp. So I took up
a collection at work and amongst friends & relatives, until
I had accumulated an eight inch stack of disks.
not just ANY AOL cd's. These are AOL Canada disks. Kind of
a quaint Northern version of your AOL.
work with computers by day, but my hobby is collecting and
using antique tools.
bored out the hole in the centre to 41/64 inch (the biggest
bit I had) using a 120 year old handcranked blacksmith's drill
glued the disks face-to-face using a slow setting cyanoacrylate
glue. Which oddly enough didn't do a very good job. I reglued
about half the disks to get the stack to hold together long
enough to bore a hole for the wiring (with my trusty circa-1890
Millers Falls brace and a 1/4 inch auger bit).
I diassembled a small fluourescent light, that had an eight
inch long 5/8 diameter bulb. Slap together a few scraps of
pine for a base, some half inch dowel to hold everything together,
and another block of wood on top to hide the wiring and upper
One CD Lamp.
the logos are not visible on the CD's, but I mounted an extra
on top, which isn't shown in the picture. When you turn the
lamp on, the light shines out through the edges of the disks.
This effect is lost when you aren't looking straight on from
the side, so that's why the top cd isn't visible.
replace the wood with some brushed aluminum or stainless steel,
but it looks fine for a prototype.
the very least I've kept a large number of these disks out
of the landfill. I haven't counted them but the stack is 7.5
inches high. I'd guess 150 disks, and if anyone wants to count'em
the picture Darrell included:
Darrell, that's a damn fine piece of work. A bit crooked,
but not too shabby for something made with 20th century technology,
19th century hand tools, and god-knows-what-century wood.
This sort of craftsmanship and attention to detail is what
caught our eye, and it is the main reason why we are awarding
your entry first place! Well done.
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