This instructable is inspired by the beautiful jar lamp built and sold by B.Light Designs (http://blightdesign.com/lamp_jar.html). I was determined to create something similar. I wanted a lamp that produced light for reading and warm ambience, but even more important was that it was interesting (aesthetically and smell). And finally, I wanted a low wattage bulb so you can look at the filament wire inside bug bulb without scorching your eyes.
If you can get your hands on free oak wood, as I was able to do, the remaining materials for this lamp cost me about $20 and took about 3 hours to build.
This instructable shows the steps to build an oak jar lamp that releases the aroma of Bourbon when used.
Step 1: Gather materials and tools
- * Block of oak (or other hardwood) that is 4.75" x 4.75" x 2" (I had 2" white oak planks left over from building a boat.) NOTE: I had to glue-up two pieces of oak to get the right size oak block. I'm recommending a block that is about 1" wider than the selected jar's diameter.
- Wood glue (Only if oak requires glueing to form required oak block)
- Glass Jar (Paid $2.99 from Michael's craft store for item #31009281633. This glass jar comes with a lid that is discarded. The jar is about 5.5" tall and has a diameter of about 3.75".)
- Porcelain keyless socket (I paid $2.48 for a Westinghouse 70409 from Menards)
- SPT-2 6' lamp cord (I bought for about $5 from Menards)
- Edison-style bulb (I originally paid $8.97 for an "The Original Vintage Style Bulb" from Menards, but later replace it with a 25 watt Bulbrite for $8.69 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Bulbrite-132520-Nostalgic-Edison-Loop-style/dp/B001EFYVHS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1333779136&sr=8-4). I prefer the lower watt bulb.
- Felt for bottom (Paid $.99 from Michael's craft store for a green 8.5" x 11" felt pad with a peel off sticky back)
- (Optional) Bourbon to scent lamp. I had this, but you will be looking at something around $30 at least if you have to buy it
- Linseed oil for finishing the base (only if you do not plan to allow bourbon aroma to be released when heated)
* Ideally this wood is salvaged from a bourbon fermentation tank. The top and bottom would be the easiest wood to reuse for this instruct able. See tanks available from Kentucky Barrels (http://www.kentuckybarrels.com/wholebarrels.html). If you do not have the ability to use salvaged bourbon fermentation oak wood, as was the case for me, I will include an optional step of soaking your oak wood in bourbon to achieve a similar effect.
- Table saw to rip and cut oak
- Wood lathe & lathe tools to turn oak block into a disc
- Compass to draw circle from center point
- Clamp (needed if you are gluing your oak to make your initial block and if you chose to use it to hold your block while cutting on a table saw)
- Pliers or a vice
- Tape measure and ruler
- Drill (preferably a drill press, but hand-held drill will suffice)
- 1/4" wood drill bit
- 1/8" wood drill bit
- 1-1/2" Forstner wood drill bit (this has to be a flat-bottom bit)
- 5/8" wood drill bit
- Dremel tool
- Dremel 1/8 inch Round Carbide Cutter bit such as Dremel 9905 (cheaper options exist such as http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/dremel-burr-cutter/D-AM18)
- Dremel 678-01 Circle Cutter (http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-678-01-Circle-Cutter-Straight/dp/B000HI5WTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333779820&sr=8-1)
- Dremel cutting disc bit (for cutting metal)
- Sandpaper to finish lamp base (150 or 220 grit)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- (Optional) spray bottle to spray Bourbon on lamp for scent