This is a custom made lamp based off of tim-1138's instructable found here. I first made one with three bulbs as a gift, and decided once I found the box this one is using, to make another, and document it.

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Step 1: Supplies

Here is the list of supplies:

Vintage Lightbulb
Extension Cord
Lamp Socket
Dimmer Switch (Cut the green ground wire from the dimmer, it is not needed)
Box (I used a cigar box)
Wire Nutes (The ones I used came with the dimmer)

Wire Nuts
Circular Drill Bits
Various Drill Bits
Glue (May not need it)

Step 2: Find The Right Circular Drill Bit

I have a set of circular drill bits of various sizes. I drilled into some plywood to find the right size.

Step 3: Measure, Drill, Sand

Find where you want to drill into the top of the box for your socket. I wanted mine centered towards the top. I used a square to find the center and a pencil to mark a template. Then you just drill, and there you go, you have your hole for the socket. Now, once I had my hole drilled, I had to use some sandpaper to open up the hole a little bit for the socket. The plus side to that,is that I got it to fit snug, and ended up not needing glue, which I had to use on the FIRST lamp I made.

Make note of where the dimmer will be in relation to how far the socket goes into the box. I ALMOST had to move my dimmer down, because the socket went down right onto it, but it went down far enough.
BaldwiJ7 (author)  Ben Reeder1 year ago
Those are pretty cool! The drawback to using the bulbs I use is the cost, basically $8 a pop. Share pics when you finish yours!
Flying Ace2 years ago
Very nice design. Where did you find the bulb?
BaldwiJ7 (author)  Flying Ace2 years ago
I got most of what I used from can find the bulb here...Fashion Bulb
Nice! I really like that box you used for the base :)
BaldwiJ7 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! I really like it too. I just happened to drop by a shop when I was finishing my Christmas shopping and the sold a lot of different cigar soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to buy it.