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Wood Manikin Figure Lamp with iPad - A DIY tutorial

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Step 9: Final assembly of the Manikin Lamp

It's time to solder the wires back together. You could use wire nuts but I like soldering to save room. Strip the ends a good 3/4" each, wrap them around each other and then solder them together.

Make sure you match up the correct wire to the correct wire.  One of them has little ridges on it, and one has writing.  Pay attention and line it up correctly. Be sure to put heat shrink tubing or electrical tape over the exposed bits.  

Once you have done that you can test the lamp and see if it works!  Put in a bulb and plug it in.  Oh no, no light!  Try the on/off switch.  Hey, now it lights up!  Yay team. 

Tie a knot in the wiring and put that next to the channel you carved into the bottom.  At his point, flood the bottom with hot glue to hold it all in place, making sure the wires don't stick out above the hogged out area.  There should be plenty of room.  

Finally, cut some of that 2mm black foam sheet to about 3.75" x 3.75".  Stick it on the bottom of the base to cover over the hole and the wiring and the hot glue, and to give the base a pad to rest on.  At this point, the lamp is done.   Now it's on to finishing up the iPad prop.  


 
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