This is a simply DIY to show you how to make a vintage-inspired Edison-style lamp. It looks a little rough and distressed, which is all the rage in decorating these days.
Warning - this DIY does involve some electrial wiring. If you are unsure how to do the wiring, please consult an expert.
For best results, upcycle a used junction box. If you have a salvage yard in you area, it can be a great place to find raw materials. Some sources in the San Francisco Bay Area are:
Step 1: Gather your materials
Step 2: Prepare the junction box
You'll see a number of circles indented in the sides, these are called "knockouts." Choose where on the junction box you want the power cord to exit, and the remove that knockout cover. Simply push on the circle from inside (using a screwdrive or othet tool if desired) until it is pushed out far enough for you to grab onto. Pull and twist (with pliers if necessary) until the circle breaks free of the box.
Attach your strain relief to this knockout hole if you're using one.
Prepare a hole in the lid of the junction box
The next step is to prepare a hole for the lamp socket to mount to the junciton box lid. If you have access to a sheet metal punch, it's perfect for this - I made this at TechShop, and they have a Rotex punch that works beautifully. If you don't have a punch, you can use a drill.
Select a drill bit slightly bigger than the diameter of the lamp base mounting post. Position your box lid on a piece of scrap wood, and then drill a hole through the center of the box.