Introduction: Industrial Desk Lamp

Hi Everyone,

This is an "Industrial Farmhouse" (could be a good band name?) lamp I put together using minimal tools and materials. Most if not everything in this instructable can be found on Amazon.com or at your local hardware store.

Step 1:

Bill of Materials:

-Architect Desk Lamp (2774CB-21-FBA)
-Glass Cylinder Vase (30GJAAC) 10.5" x 3.25" dia
-Antique Light Build Co. L4082 30 watt-Beacon-Smoke light bulb
-Small box of assorted springs

Tools

-Homemade center jig https://www.instructables.com/I'd/Make-a-Center-Finder/
-Power drill
-Duct Tape
-1 1/2" diamond glass cutting hole saw
-Water

Step 2:

Using the center finder tool mark the center of the base of the glass cylinder vase. My philosophy for drilling holes is "aim small, miss small." Once you start drilling the glass with diamond hole saw the water will get pretty obscured, but this center mark will at least give you a point of reference as you start drilling.

Step 3:

I had wondered for many days how the heck I was going to drill a hole in this glass vase....then it occurred to me that we live in a magical time where you can pretty much find anything on YouTube. A quick search on "how to drill a hole in glass" yielded several instructional videos. I decided to follow this one:

http://youtu.be/C5hy6SjajQY

...mainly because at the current time I live in a loft downtown and no longer have a shop...for now...so I don't have a drill press and this video shows you how to drill glass using a power drill. Most videos will tell you to use playdough or plumbers putty to form a barrier as shown in the video. I didn't have any plumbers putty...I did on the other hand have duct tape. As our friend, fictional character Mark Watney proclaims "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped..." Andy Weir-"The Martian" I too enjoy using duct tape whenever convenient.

Wrap the duct tape around the base leaving enough sticking up past the edge to form a reservoir. Pour water into the reservoir....drill.

I caution you to have someone hold the glass while you drill and use both of your hands to steady the drill. Like the video shows start off with the drill at and angle and as you grind tilt the bit up until it's flat against the glass as you continue to grind through. Add water more water as needed. Also, let the drill bit do the work. If you push too hard the glass might chip out.

Step 4:

Clean the glass thoroughly, then dry. Gather the light, bulb, and glass cylinder.

Step 5:

Place the shank of the light fixture through the freshly cut hole in the base and of the cylinder and tighten down the threaded collar/nut. Again, wipe away any finger prints/smudges on the glass. Then screw the bulb into the socket.

Step 6:

I assembled the light into it's base and noticed "hmmm, I have kind of a droopy light...that won't work" luckily...like all good Engineers I happened to have a box of small springs. I removed to "factory" springs from the upper arm and replaced them with 4 of these smaller springs of equal gage. That fixed the lights "saggy-ness".

Step 7:

Good luck! You can of course use different length combinations of both light bulb and glass vase to achieve your desired look.

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amberrayh (author)2015-11-20

I like it! Thanks for sharing how you made your lamp. I hope we see more from you in the future!

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