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I needed a lamp and the amount of brain power and labour I was willing to devote was about five minutes.
Choosing items close at hand and making it up as I went along, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the five minute lamp.

...a perfect Christmas gift for the people you forgot about until Christmas morning.

Step 1: Tools and Materials.

My starting point was this old cable , which is missing the threaded collar and means of attachment.

I looked for a base; this is a left over from a pallet that I dismantled.

Oh yes, the Red Stripe that I had last night will make a lovely shade.

Two screws should do the job.

The tools were a pair of tin snips ( scissors would do ) and a screwdriver.

Step 2: Making a Hole in the Can.

I punched and snipped a big hole in the base that just fits snugly onto the glass of an eco bulb.


Step 3: Cutting the Top Off the Can.

Fairly self explanatory . . . I snipped the drinking end of the can off.

Step 4: Cutting the Down Lighter.

Neatly cut about a third of the can away and save the removed panel.

Step 5: Affixing the Shade.

I took the part of the can which was left over and folded it back to leave just the logo; then I  simply used two self tapping screws to affix the light fitting.

Put in the bulb and gently push the shade onto it.

Step 6: Finished.

Yes, making a lamp is about the easiest thing in the world do but for five minutes I think that this turned out quite well... um ...   that is all.
A thing of beauty; don't know how it didn't win the Turner Prize. Now if you start drinking Red Bull instead of beer you can whittle it down to 4.5 seconds. Seriously, though, nice job and really useful!<br><br><br>
Thanks. . . . and if I start drinking Dragon Stout or Special Brew I can get the assembly time up to about 3 hours.

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