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
- 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
Step 3: Insert the Electrical Wire
Using the wire strippers, expose about 1/2 inch of copper at both ends.
Step 4: Add Ring and Harp
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.
Step 5: Add the Lamp Socket
The lamp socket is composed of 4 parts: the ring, the bottom socket cap, the socket interior, and the socket shell. Place the ring over the wire and threaded nipple. Screw on the bottom base to the threaded nipple. Tighten the set screw when the base is secure.
Tie the ends of the wire into what is known as the underwriter's knot, this prevents it from being pulled back through the lamp.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to find the hot and neutral wire (the neutral wire often has ribbing on it). Connect the neutral wire to the silver screw on the socket. Connect the hot wire to the gold screw. Tighten the terminal screws, making sure all of the wires are under the screw head.
Place the socket shell over the socket interior and tighten the ring.