Picture of How to Wire a Turned Wooden Lamp
Steps on how to wire a turned lamp.

This instructable assumes you have a turned wood lamp base (or something similar) already made and finished.

If you haven't ever turned anything on a lathe, I highly recommend it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
You'll need the following materials:

- Lamp Socket, I get mine from Grand Brass
- Lamp Harp
- Check Ring
- Threaded Nipple (that's what it's called)
- Electrical Cord
- Turned Wooden Lamp Base

You need the following tools:

- Wire Cutters
- Wire Strippers
- Phillips Screw Driver
- Custom built Hand Tap
Hi, These look really nice.
In the bottom of the base do you add feet or carve a channel for the cable to run under the lamp so it doesn't sit on the cable and wobble?
blightdesign (author)  Nemesis2010772 years ago
I actually drill a thru-hole near the bottom that I feed the cord through. The lamp does not sit on the cord.
lb19503 years ago
Dear blightdesign,

Do you know if there there are any code or standards that require some type of jacketed wire or other insulation over the lamp wire when the wire is going through a wooded lamp?

If so, what type of wire/jacket would you use?

Thank you
jwoodnik6 years ago
Very cool, do you or would you make them for others?
blightdesign (author)  jwoodnik6 years ago
I make lamps that are for sale here:
Wow, I've following your site for awhile now and your projects are simply inspired!, please keep up with the instructables for your future projects. I fully intend to get a lathe simply because of some of the wonderful works you have turned.
gmjhowe6 years ago
Aha! a completed one, very nice, i love the look. Explain the lamp harp? is it just for putting the shade on?
blightdesign (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Yup, you can get different length harps for different sized lamp shades. You'll need a finial too.
Did you use old harps or new? They really have a nice look.
blightdesign (author)  avaistheone6 years ago
These are new harps, I bought them to match the lamp sockets.
wow, lamps just reached a whole new level.. Truth is, i kinda like the look of them shadeless.
I do too. I think as long there is not too bright a bulb being used they look cool shadeless. Sort of architectural
Chicken22096 years ago
These bases are quite intriguing did you make them yourself?
blightdesign (author)  Chicken22096 years ago
blightdesign.comYes, you can see more here: