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How to Wire a Turned Wooden Lamp

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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.
 
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Step 1: 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

Step 2: Insert the Threaded Nipple

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The wooden lamp base should have a through hole drilled through it (11/32"). Use a custom built hand tap to thread the wooden lamp base. Screw the threaded nipple into the base. Leave about 1/2 inch showing.

Step 3: Insert the Electrical Wire

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Fish the wire from the bottom up. You may need to tape the wire to some string or a thin stick, if the through hole is not wide enough.

Using the wire strippers, expose about 1/2 inch of copper at both ends.

Step 4: Add Ring and Harp

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You don't have to add the check ring if you don't want to. But I've found that the lamp not only looks better but it makes for a more robust base for the harp and lamp socket. And you don't need to add a harp if your intended lamp shade does not need one.

Place the check ring over the wire and threaded nipple.

Remove the base piece of the harp and place it over the wire and threaded nipple.
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)  Nemesis2010771 year ago
I actually drill a thru-hole near the bottom that I feed the cord through. The lamp does not sit on the cord.
lb19501 year 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
jwoodnik5 years ago
Very cool, do you or would you make them for others?
blightdesign (author)  jwoodnik5 years ago
I make lamps that are for sale here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6293038
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.
gmjhowe5 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)  gmjhowe5 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)  avaistheone5 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
Chicken22095 years ago
These bases are quite intriguing did you make them yourself?
blightdesign (author)  Chicken22095 years ago
blightdesign.comYes, you can see more here:
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