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Loc-Line is an amazing technology. It is a modular, flexible hard plastic hosing system used in machining and other industrial and shop applications to deliver coolant and other liquids where it is needed. The sturdy, flexible, and very customizable system also means that it is used in many other applications. Years ago, at Maker Faire Austin, I did a workshop on using the Loc-Line system to create your own customizable helping hand tools for electronics work.

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In this Tested “One Day Build,” Adam Savage shows how he used 3/4″ Loc-Line to create an LED workbench light for well-lit close-up work. The light basically consists of the Loc-Line, some armature wire inside for added rigidity, and a $34 LED video light which allows you to adjust brightness and color temperature. This is a really great feature to have when working on tiny objects, like painting miniatures. With this type of bright and adjustable light, and a infinitely repositionable arm, you have an extremely versatile work light.

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Gareth Branwyn
Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.