Step 1: Supplies
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)
Circular Drill Bits
Various Drill Bits
Glue (May not need it)
Step 2: Find the Right Circular Drill Bit
Step 3: Measure, Drill, Sand
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.
Step 4: Mark Spot for Dimmer
Be careful when marking a template on the outside for the screws. Mine was off, and I ended up having to drill into the metal of the dimmer plate to get the screw to go in. I then had to use a large drill bit on the center hole to make sure I could use the dimmer switch.
Step 5: Put in the Power Cord
Step 6: Wire It All Up
I am not an electrician. Wire and use the lamp at your own risk. Make sure the lamp is NOT PLUGGED IN when you are wiring it up.
Take the white wire from the socket, and using a wire nut, connect it to one of the wires from the power cord.
Take the black wire from the socket, and using a wire nut, connect it to one of the black wires from the dimmer.
Take the other black wire from the dimmer, and using a wire nut, connect it to the other wire from the power cord.
If you are using more than one bulb, just connect the sockets white wires together, with the last one connecting to the power cord. The same goes for the black wires from the socket, just chain them together, and follow the above steps.
Step 7: Plug in and Enjoy!
Plug in, turn on, and enjoy.
My first one had three bulbs and a clock in the front. I started with a plain pine box and stained it.
This is my second one now, and I enjoy making them. If you want me to make you one, email me at Baldwin.James17@gmail.com and lets talk! Maybe you have a cool box laying around that you want to turn into a lamp?