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Xmas Ornament - JIT
Dec 24th, 2012 at 12:04pm
 
Finally had time to finish this idea I had for a Christmas ornament, Just In Time Too.

Holly and Walnut

Next up, I have to go out and buy my lovely wife a Xmas present.
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Re: Xmas Ornament - JIT
Reply #1 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 12:32pm
 
Beautiful Ron. I really like that idea.
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Reply #2 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 1:46pm
 
Way cool idea Ron    smiley=thumbsup.gif

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Reply #3 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 2:54pm
 
Super nice Ron...
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Reply #4 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 3:47pm
 
Very nice!

I've wanted to make a string of birdhouses that would fit on the LED lights so you'd have lights coming out of the doors. I love your idea too.

You are the master.  smilies=bowdown
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Reply #5 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 5:01pm
 
It's great idea, and it is wonderfully executed.  Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #6 - Dec 24th, 2012 at 10:29pm
 
impressive work lovely piece.
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Reply #7 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 6:21am
 
That's a real beauty, Ron... and I can see a number of variations you could do to make a really fantastic "string" of lights. Maybe you will show that to us next Christmas?
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Reply #8 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 7:23am
 
Thanks everyone for your kind words

Robert Harper wrote on Dec 24th, 2012 at 3:47pm:
I've wanted to make a string of birdhouses that would fit on the LED lights 

That was my original intention, I have two sets of strings one of 10 and another of 20

Don Davis wrote on Dec 25th, 2012 at 6:21am:
I can see a number of variations you could do to make a really fantastic "string" of lights. Maybe you will show that to us next Christmas? 

I already have two other shapes that just need a finish.

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Reply #9 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 11:21am
 
Very nice Ron, now some questions.
Did you use regular lights or led?
Is the ornament directly on the string or did you use a small extension or pigtail?
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Reply #10 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 1:58pm
 
Ed

The simple answer is yes. I tried everything you mentioned.

I started with LEDs and a pigtail and found out they must be inserted the right way (polarity) or they won't light. This worked ok with incandescent lights.

Next I wired up both types of lights inside of the bulb with the wires hanging out and a plug at the end. I found out all plugs are not the same. It would work on some strings and not others.

I tried to plug an LED into a incandescent string - bad idea - BFBF.

Then I measured the outside of all the lights we had at home and found that they all measured 3/8" (.375") and tapered towards the wire. So I drilled the cap with a letter T bit (.358) for a nice pressure fit.

So now they hang on either LEDs or incandescent lights.

The brightness of both types of lights shows through the wood because of how thin they are, so I lined the inside with reflective material.

Right now I have the bulb on a set of incandescent lights and yesterday the lights were on for 8 hrs. The wood, finish and glue joints handled the heat well.
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Reply #11 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 3:06pm
 
Thanks Ron,
I looked a few years back and could never find a good source for the pigtail extensions. Now everything is going/gone LED, I'll have to regroup and try again.
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Reply #12 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 3:41pm
 
Very nice Ron, thanks for hanging in there to completion, outstanding work smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #13 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 5:12pm
 
Very cool!
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Reply #14 - Dec 25th, 2012 at 5:32pm
 
Real nice Ron.
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