Step 7: assemble lamp
Put the lamp together. Thread the cord up through the base holes, screw the thing on top. You can put a switch on the cord too, if you want. I'm not getting into wiring here. If you don't know what you're doing, ask someone who does.
Use a bright bulb. I found this fluorescent (incandescents will get the thing really hot - better to use compact fluorescents (and less energy!). This bulb is a 150 watt equivalent, which uses 32 watts. The shade will block a lot of the light.
Notice that you can see through the shade on the thick piece of glass (even when switched off!)
Ok, you're done. Please, if anyone is crazy enough to try this, let me know how it goes.