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.
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
a replacement lamp socket, replacement lamp cord, and I found this cool dimmer switch.
Step 3: The Bulb
old style bulb. they are a little expensive but the warm glow and the style is wonderful.
Step 4: Make a Hole!
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
disconnect anything you don't need... with a rotary tool if necessary.
Step 6: Fit It In
and glue it into place.
Step 7: Another Hole
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!
might plug it in too. That usually helps.
Step 9: Variation : Dual Light
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.