I have a small lamp with a magnetic base that I use at my drill press, bandsaw, and other metal machines. With its adjustable gooseneck, it’s a great task light for all sorts of chores. Unfortunately, I couldn’t put it to use on my wooden bench because the base isn’t heavy enough to prevent the lamp from toppling. I was getting ready to buy another work light when it occurred to me that all I needed was a portable metal base of some sort. I bought a 69-cent steel cover for an electric box, and screwed it to a scrap of plywood. Now I can use the light wherever I can clamp or hang that piece of plywood.
—Ken Burton, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania