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I've always wanted the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. Recently I was able to find all the pieces and make my own.

Here's what you'll need: I have direct links to the products I used if you go to the YouTube video I've attached

Mannequin Leg

Pair of black high heeled shoes (Size 6 if you use the same leg I did)

Lamp Kit

Gold Lamp Shade

Black Fringe Fabric

Fishnet Stockings

Step 1: Size and Cut to the Foot to Fit the Shoe

The shoe was the right size but the angle of the foot wasn't quite right so I had to cut it. There's a weight inside and I tried using a hacksaw and my bandsaw to cut through it. Neither seemed to be working very well so I cut away enough plastic to remove the weight entirely. This turned out to be a good thing later because then I didn't need to drill through it to run the wires.

Step 2: Cutting Out the Base and Positioning the Shoe

I used a compass to draw a circle a little bigger than the shoe and then I used my jigsaw to cut it out. I shaped it and cleaned it up on the bandsaw. Then drilled pilot holes for the screws that would hold the shoe in place. I screwed the shoe to the base so I could drill a larger hole through the show and the base to run the wires.

Step 3: Finishing the Base

I used my router to make a grove in the bottom of the base to run the wire. Then I used a round over bit to soften the top edge of the base. I would suggest rounding over the edge first because the guide in my router bit dipped into the hole and took a notch out of the top of the base.

After I got the shape right I finished it with a few coats of spray lacquer.

Step 4: Preparing the Mount for the Lamp Kit

I cut out a piece of clear acrylic sheet to fit over the opening of the leg. This is what I attached the lamp kit to. I placed the acrylic piece over the opening of the leg and marked a good place to drill the mounting holes. I drilled the holes and then used the holes to mark where I needed to drill through the top of the leg. After drilling the holes in the top of the leg I found the mounting piece for the lamp kit and drilled an appropriate size hole in the middle of the acrylic piece.

Step 5: Attaching the Shoe and the Leg

I predrilled some screws into the holes that I made in the shoe earlier and then attached it to the base. I sanded the rough edges on the bottom of the foot so it wouldn't rip the stocking and then I put the stockings on the leg. I snipped a small hole in the bottom of the stockings so I could run the wire.

Step 6: Running and Attaching the Wires for the Lamp Kit

I ran the wire through the base, up the leg and through the mounting assembly. Then I tied a loop in the wire so it wouldn't fall through while I was wiring it up and also to kick it from coming out if the cord gets pulled. I connected the wires according to the manufacturers instructions and finished assembling the socket.

Step 7: Finishing the Lamp

I used super glue to attach the black fringe to the inside, bottom lip of the lamp shade. Then I installed the bulb and the lamp was complete.

nice, my father in law would love this. any chance you can provide links to get the right items?
If you click the video at the beginning of the instructable I have links in the description. I wasn't sure if direct links were allowed on instructables.

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