Board Slotter Light

April 22, 2009



I bought this small led light at a local hardware store.  Not only does it come with three batteries, a ball head and a magnet, but it only cost USD 2.99.  It is easy to either clip on to around the blade guards, or the magnet will stick to any steel nut or bolt.  It is obviously not extremely well made, and the vibration of the machine causes it to vibrate excessively, but it is quick to take it on or off.  It would also be fairly easy to make a small stand, out of binders board to mount it on. This light could be useful in a number of instances where one needs a simple, quick way to get a little more light and color temperature is not important– into the gutter of a signature while sewing?




Added on May 6, 2009

I guess I’m not the first one to want more light while sewing.  The illustration below is from C.E. Prediger, Der Buchbinder und Futteralmacher, Vol. II.  Anspach, Frankfort & Leipzig, 1745.