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Jansjö on steroids

Remember my broken Jansjö work lamp from Ikea?

The clamp snapped and I was left with a flexible lamp with nothing to connect it to…

Then I remembered that I have these lying around.

These clamps were used for umbrellas for the balcony.

But I had a better idea.

First a little JB Weld and a fitting nut at the top…

Resolder the wires and run them through the inside.

And lastly….

…getting the colour scheme right.

Better than the original. 😀


Furniture from salvaged hardwood boards.

I had a pile of salvaged glossy white hardwood panels.

I was surprised to see how easily it all came together.

What do you think?

A little Ikea hacking

I love those Jansjö led lamps.

I have one on my bandsaw and one at my desk for soldering.

Sadly the clamp decided to break.

Even if I glued it using epoxy, I’m sure that it would break somewhere else because I assume that this part is engineered to fail.

I freed the lamp from the broken clamp and am looking for a place to permanently attach it to.

But I already know what I can do with these suction cups.

Get some superglue.

Glue them as shown…

…so that both sides are level.

Put one side on the screen…

…and the other half on a smooth surface.

Take your selfies hands free. B)

Coming soon…

Here are a few photos of projects to come.

I can’t wait to see them finished. 🙂

You can do nothing with half a grill? 

Except make a awesome fire basket. 🙂

Restoring a old fan

A couple of days ago, my neighbour was throwing away his old fan.
I asked him if I could have it for the parts and he gladly handed it over.


After opening the controls, I realised quickly that I just needed to resolder some existing connections.


I completely disassembled the fan, put the housing and all non electrical parts in the dishwasher to remove the caked on dust.


I then decided to repaint the entire device.


I replaced the broken base with a modified board originally used for  wheeling plant pots.


The result speaks for itself.


DIY Kitchen Shelf

Well. This one does explain itself. I used some scrap wood from an old wardrobe I disassembled years ago, cut the Base to fit over my heater and added angled uprights to store my cookbooks.

The wood was originally light brown so I painted the parts with whitewash before assembling it all.

It turned out better than I thought.


All it took was some wood and four screws.