After all these years, I finally found a good use for a blender -- it makes a great lamp.
I found this old blender at an estate sale, and what caught my eye was its style. The base was chrome plated steel, and the top part was heavy, fluted, slightly frosted glass. And instead of having a bunch of push button switches, it had one simple on/off rotary switch. As soon as i saw it I began envisioning a lamp.
Step 1: Dis-assembly
The first thing I did was to remove the rotary cutter from the bottom of the glass container, which involved unscrewing a retaining ring from the bottom, and sliding the cutter and rotating mechanism out the top.
The next step was to remove the motor from the base. Three screws held a cover plate to the base, four bolts held the three pieces of the base together, and four more bolts held the motor in place. Dis-assembly took only about ten minutes.
I left the original switch in place, since it would be used to control the light that I would install.