So I recently saw the book light that Typerwriter Boneyard put together and really liked it... Except for the $140 price tag. So I decided to make my own. This was not a very technical build but was time consuming with getting the wiring channels cut out. Total cost was right around $35. $20 of that 35 was for the book alone. I also needed special drill bits (Forstner) which were $20 but I did not include that in the build price as they can obviously be reused. Total time was just under 3hrs.
Step 1: Supplies
Here is all you will need.
Book (make sure it is quite thick to handle depth of the socket)
6' extension cord
glue (I actually never used it)
The Forstner bit set was $20 at Lowes. It is very important to use this type of drill bit as traditional bits, paddle bits, and routers will make a very rough edge and will not look good. The two bits I used were the 1 3/8" and 1/2".
I have seen some people use a watered down Elmer's Glue solution on the page edges to keep them in place but I didnt want to take the chance it would ruin the gold look that is on my specific book.
Also, some people have used dry wall screws to hold the pages together. I have personally not tried this but I would consider it as long as you dont place them close to the page edges.