Make Your Own Lampshades

Written by Dean Novosat

When redecorating your room, you may be faced with looking for new lampshades (or perhaps a lampshade you currently have has gotten damaged). So why not make your own!

If your lamp currently has a lampshade on it, half ofrepparttar battle is already won! You have a base to start building your new shade. When selecting a material for your new shade, you can use paper, fabrics, plastic, or any heat-resistant material. Do keep in mind though, thatrepparttar 151120 surface of a 100-watt light bulb can reach over 200 degrees and could cause a fire hazard. Make surerepparttar 151121 material you choose for a lampshade is either far enough fromrepparttar 151122 light bulb, or is fire-resistant.

Next, have fun! Take a trip to your local craft store or fabric store and get some ideas for your fabric or other material for your shade. Remember,repparttar 151123 more transparentrepparttar 151124 material,repparttar 151125 morerepparttar 151126 color of your light will change byrepparttar 151127 material. If you use a lightweight, transparent green sheer material, your finished lamp will give off a greenish glow. Onrepparttar 151128 other hand, a heavy piece of velvet (or how about some thin strips of tree bark) won’t allow much light through at all. Light will escape fromrepparttar 151129 top or bottom ofrepparttar 151130 lamp only. Keep this in mind as you plan your new lampshade.

What to Look For in a Drill Press

Written by Kaitlin Carruth

A drill press, also known as a pillar drill, isrepparttar stationary form of a hand-held drill. The advantage ofrepparttar 150991 drill-press overrepparttar 150992 hand drill isrepparttar 150993 tool's accuracy and power. A drill press is a very valuable tool with several different types and models of drill presses to choose from. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your own drill press.

Floor vs. Bench-Top Model

A floor model is set directly onrepparttar 150994 floor whilerepparttar 150995 bench-top model of a drill press is set on a table top. The floor models are typically better buys with more accessories and attachments and are able to handle larger projects thanrepparttar 150996 bench-top models. The floor model is always a good pick unless you are looking for something that is a bit more compact to save space for a smaller shop.

Multiple Spindle Speeds

If you plan on using your drill press for woodwork and metalwork, it is important that your drill press has several speeds to suitrepparttar 150997 project you are doing. When working with metal you will want to use lower speeds while wood projects need to be inrepparttar 150998 medium to high range of speeds. For maximum versatility, look for a drill press that can operate between 500-4,000 RPM (a machine that only reaches to 2,000 is suitable if you will only be using it for drilling and not for other projects).


Just like with a car, you want a power tool that has some power. Greater horsepower allows you to drill larger holes through tougher material. You should look for a machine that has at least 3/4 HP.

Drill Press Table

Good drill presses have tables that can be raised, lowered, and swiveled 360 degrees aroundrepparttar 150999 column ofrepparttar 151000 drill press. This allows greater flexibility with your work.


The depth-stop managesrepparttar 151001 depth ofrepparttar 151002 hole being drilled by controlling how farrepparttar 151003 quill descends intorepparttar 151004 material. Depth-Stops are a must for projects with repetitive boring in order to keep consistency. Look for a drill press withrepparttar 151005 "Easy-to-Stop" drill feature.

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