DIY LED Lights For Woodturning

A DIY project to provide LED light to my wood lathe. The LED’s were purchased from Ikea; The magnet was purchased from Harbor Freight. I woodturned small bases to hold the light and the magnet.

Both were turned from scrap offcuts: one is russian olive, the other is aspen.

Before turning, I drilled holes to match the bottom of the LED light. Then the bottoms were turned first to make a recess for the magnet and recess to use to remount onto a chuck. They are finished with a mix of mineral oil and beeswax. Tools used were a bowl gouge and a bedan.

11 Responses to “DIY LED Lights For Woodturning”

  1. Dave says:

    Nice shop project. I will be making a couple in the near future. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Randy Jones says:

    I like this vid. enough to find the lights or some like them and turn a base for them. I think I can handle the electrical (I’ve been an electrician for over 40 yrs. Ha Ha)
    Thanks for such great vids. I’m learning a lot of techniques from them.

    • Alan says:

      But if you do get bogged down with the electrical on this light, I’m afraid I can’t help you. :) You’d be beyond hope.
      You’re welcome.
      Alan Stratton

  3. Dave Cain says:


    Just some info for your subscribers. The Ikea LED light is called a JANSJÖ LED work lamp and comes in black or white: Item #: 201.696.58 or 902.142.33 respectively. They are both $9.99.
    The Harbor Freight magnet is shown as a 50mm magnet and is Item # 96651 and retails for $3.99


  4. John Bailer says:


    Do you use, or know somebody who does,a CBN diamond grinding wheel ? And does it work better at getting the wood out in bowl turning.

    Thanks, John

    • Alan says:

      I have purchased a CBN wheel but have not mounted it yet. It gives a nice fine grind to tools.
      As for working better, a properly sharpened tools is the best best. It can be argued whether the CBN wheel helps the tool be any sharper.
      They’re expensive and woodturning tools have been sharpened for years without. But, I’m going to give it a try.
      Alan Stratton

  5. Sam Bullard says:

    I’m always looking for new ideas Alan and your videos are the perfect place to find inspiring ideas. Thank you sooo much for you time, in the production of them.
    Sam B