I have had several requests for a tutorial on creating a lamp. You can create a lamp from cookie jars, mason jars, bird cages, teapots old books glued together and so many more things!
The latest lamp Mr. Comforts made for me was the old porch balustrade lamp for our master bedroom.
Here is how it was done.
You Will Need....
A Lamp Kit
Drill a 1 inch hole, 1/2 way through the base. This creates an inset to be able to secure the rod with a lock nut and washer. (The four smaller holes are where the base was screwed and glued into the balustrade. Notice how they were counter sunk so the base will rest flatly on a surface.)
In the middle of that 1 inch hole, drill a hole all the way through the balustrade and base with a long 1/2 inch drill bit. That hole is for the threaded 3/8 inch rod that you will be inserting.
Next, drill a hole in side of base to the center hole, for the cord.
Insert threaded rod into lamp, add washer, lock washer and nut to threaded rod at base, but do not tighten to much. You will be cutting the threaded rod to height. You need to measure where to cut. To do this add spacer and base of socket to threaded rod. Then add painters tape to mark the spot (see picture below).
Saw off excess threaded rod with a hack saw, file off burrs with metal file. Tighten washer, lock washer and nut.
Thread cord through SIDE hole on base.
Add a plastic protector to rod at base and another plastic spacer to rod at top of lamp. This will protect the cord from fraying.
Slide the cord through the bottom of the rod until it comes out of the top of the rod. Then add spacer.
Next add harp holder.
Next comes the base and socket.
Attach the wire to the socket following package instructions. Pull any slack wire back through the bottom of the lamp base.
Add socket cover and harp.
And you are finished! What your lamp base is made of, will determine the length and type of drill bit. If you are drilling through ceramic or glass you will need a diamond tip bit.
Now go make yourself a lamp!