Introduction: Simple Box Lamp

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I found these old style lightbulbs and really wanted to showcase them for a themed party I was throwing. However this is a great basic template that begs to be embellished especially for a steampunk theme.

Step 1: The Box.

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the right box is important. I got mine at hobby lobby for five or six bucks, but you can get one anywhere. you want an unfinished wooden box.

Step 2: Other Stuff

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a replacement lamp socket, replacement lamp cord, and I found this cool dimmer switch.

Step 3: The Bulb

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old style bulb. they are a little expensive but the warm glow and the style is wonderful.

Step 4: Make a Hole!

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in the top center of your box. I made mine just a little smaller than my socket and used a rotary tool to get it JUUUUUSSST right. This is a good time to wipe it clean and stain the box. I used a clear polyurethane on mine.

Step 5: Prep the Socket

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disconnect anything you don't need... with a rotary tool if necessary.

Step 6: Fit It In

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and glue it into place.

Step 7: Another Hole

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I drill two small holes and connect them together. Feed the plugin wire through it. The bare wire screws into the socket terminals.

Step 8: Screw the Lightbulb in and Enjoy!

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might plug it in too. That usually helps.

Step 9: Variation : Dual Light

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used a smaller socket and wired both plug wires to the first socket. then ran two wires to the second socket. like the sockets were rungs on a ladder. This is called wireing in parallel.

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seamster (author)2014-10-31

These lamps look great. Very simple, but quite striking!

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