I usually break my prototypes on purpose to see how strong they are. Wood glue is pretty strong in the end, but those nuts are probably going to end up being stronger.
If I had to evaluate your design for any potential weaknesses, it might initially be the lack of a crossbrace. but on closer inspection I think your wire guide bit might give it the support you need against lateral shear forces.
On the other hand, if you’re experiencing shear forces on the lamp, something’s gone pretty wrong
First time seeing the captive nut method and I think it could really add to the look of some things to really make them pop! Not to mention being able to disassemble and reassemble over and over can be huge! Thanks for sharing!
Well, the little through-hole LED in the Stanford design really doesn’t throw much light. Even with 3 of them.
So I re-engineered the lamp to use surface-mount LED’s on strips and upped the count to 9 in total. It is much better and brighter. Used a piece of of semi-transparent white acrylic under them to diffuse the light into a pleasing glow.
That mare is my world. Took me many years, a lot of money, heartbreak and mistakes to find her, but she and I are a force to be reckoned with in jumper competitions.
Of course, horses in general are a prescription for financial ruin. But as Winston Churchill is supposed to have said “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”