If I haven't mentioned this before, I love hardware stores. I also love making lamps. So as part of my holiday tree plan, I made the Star Light Tree Topper using only parts from my local hardware store. I'm so happy with how it turned out! (Almost as much as I love the disco gif of it turning on and off...)
Let's get to makin'...
- 1 3/8" x 1/16" x 14" punched flat bar zinc plated steel
- (5x) 1 1/2" phenolic candelabra sockets
- (5x) 1/8 IP x 3/4" threaded nipples
- (5x) 1/8-27 I.P.S. hexagon nut
- (5x) 1/8ips lock washers
- (5x) 5/8" or 3/4" 1/8 IP steel washers
- (1x) 2 1/2" long 1/4 / 20 bolt + nut*
- (1x) 15' transparent gold 18/2 SPT-2 cord set
- (5x) 15w tubular frosted candelabra bulbs
NOTE: My hardware store is a small mom and pop one and has a rad selection of lamp parts. If you can't find any of the above pieces at your local spot, I put links to where you can buy them online.
Optional wooden stand materials:
- 5" piece of 3/4" wood dowel
- 2" x 4" x 1" wood block
- (4x) wood screws
- wood glue
*I used a button socket cap screw.
- table mounted vice / or clamps and a strong metal work table
- metal flat stock saw*
- wire cutters
- wire strippers
- philips head screwdriver
- small flat head screwdriver
- reamer (not pictured)
- channellock pliers
- carpenter or machinist square
Optional wooden stand tools:
- hacksaw or chop saw
- drill press or hand held drill
- drill bits
- 3/4" forstner bit.
- tabletop vice
*Your hardware store should be able to cut it for you if you don't have access to a saw.