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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.
 
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Step 1: Dis-assembly

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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.

Step 2: Illuminate it

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I used a single candelabra base for the light, which I found in kit form at a local builder's store.  The kit came with a cord and an in-line switch, which I discarded (i did keep about 5 inches of the cord).

I enlarged a large washer to accept the candelabra base (photo 1), and hot glued the the candelabra base into the blender's base (photo 2), with the candelabra base flush with the top of the blender base (photo 3).  I used a very slim candelabra blub (shown in photo 3) that would fit through the very narrow hole in the glass part of the blender.

Next, I wired the switch to the light (photo 4).  The switch was an off/on/on switch, so I wired both "on" positions to one side of the light fixture, and the ground wire to the other connection.  This way there is no dead position on the switch, and I was able to use the original blender switch instead of having to replace it.  I soldered all connections and insulated them with wire nuts.

Since the original blender power cord was in excellent shape, I used it.

Step 3: Plug it in & turn it on!

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After testing the wiring with a continuity tester, I plugged it in and turned it on!

This entire project was pretty simple, and took only about an hour to build -- most of which involved figuring out how to mount the candelabra base to the blender base. 

In terms of materials, I used a candelabra base, a small length of wire, some solder and wire nuts, a large steel washer, a bulb, and an old blender.

The tools used were a screwdriver, a rotary grinding tool to enlarge the hole in the washer, a continuity tester, and a soldering iron.
parisusa10 months ago
Finally! Mood lighting by which to mix my smoothies in my New Super Bullet! :) Haha. Just love this! My kitchen is somewhat vintage thanks to my grandparents 1960's chrome & enamel kitchen table chairs! (Like Everybody Loves Raymond's mom's kitchen set!). This blender would look sweet on my table!
Hey! Gorgeous Golden Age Deco on a home appliance is a design ethic that has not just fallen by the wayside, but has been fatally mistreated in the generally all-encompassing loss of pride in the design work of itself, and nearly everything else produced these days. That blender was meant to be an elegant accessory at the ubiquitous 'Cocktails before a late dinner' that has been brutally trampled by supposedly socially 'reforming' movements that have left us with nothing to replace what was meant to be a casually chic, universal bow to the opulence that we all deserved, regardless of weather we are Old Money Snob, or just a working couple who deserved a taste of the good life,if only for a minute after work.
Enough rant. Enter Envy. That's an absolutely gorgeous lamp! So hey- break out the Ardweenies, add the RGB ambiance, add a second interior blender container,
and have your new intelliblender make your drinks as it hears the garage door opener, and (through a passive IR sensor in the Kitchen) announce: Youah Drinks,Suuh!
knife141 (author)  obsoehollerith2 years ago
Interesting comment -- thank you!
foobear2 years ago
cool, love the metropolitan effect
knife141 (author)  foobear2 years ago
Thanks for your comment!
rimar20002 years ago
Good idea!
knife141 (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you for the kind words, Osvaldo!
Winged Fist2 years ago
Wow! What a sp-BLEND-id idea;-) This blender has a great Art Deco look to it... Kind of reminds me of the Empire State Building back in the 30s, the first time King Kong came to visit;-) 5 star-worthy!
knife141 (author)  Winged Fist2 years ago
Thanks! I bought this blender at an estate sale because of its design, and as soon as I saw it I immediately thought of a lamp. Thanks for the kind words and the rating.
ironsmiter2 years ago
Simple, but a beautiful final product.

If you ever get sick of it being a lamp, remove the lid, and mount it to the ceiling, or wall(in a hallway). It'd look fabulous as a downlight.
knife141 (author)  ironsmiter2 years ago
Thanks for the comment. It would indeed look good as a down light, but mounting the glass securely onto the base might be a challenge. It simply sits on the base and is very heavy. I think more modern blenders may have a way to lock the container to the base, but this one does not. Thanks again for your comment.