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No luck on Amazon. I even contacted Stiffel directly and they didn't have an answer. I then contacted a few antique lamp supply houses and they couldn't help. I cannot believe that I'm the only person on the planet that has had to replace this part. Crazy!
Nope. Vintage and modern didn't agree with each other. However, I will not be defeated! I'll rig this mother somehow!
I gotta remember that phrase! Nice!No Go?
Thanks Phil. I've posted a question. We'll see what happens.
Some of these switches have knobs on a thin shaft with threads on the end. It may be some of the switches available have knobs that are removable and you can screw on your original brass end. Amazon allows shoppers to post questions in either a Q & A section on each product or as a comment to a specific reviewer. You could ask if the factory end can be removed and replaced with what you have.
I can't say if you want to retain the original part for authenticity sake or just want to get the lamp up and running again. If you were to frankenstein the the lamp, it is way easier to figure out how to fit the old knob to a new shaft than to rebuild the switch. - caitlinsdad
Right. I three-way bulb. @Downunder35m and Toga_Dan, it's a good bet that I'll need to "Frankenstein" this thing. The real issue is the 1/8" dia brass nipple at the top of the switch. There is a brass knob that attaches to this on the outside of the lamp. Modern switches appear to use plastic now. The brass knob won't work well, or for long, installed that way. I really appreciate the helpful responses. Instructables is a great community!
One reviewer at Amazon used this switch to replace a switch on his 3-way Stiffel lamp.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HEKSB0/ref=pd_sim_60_1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000HEKSB0&pd_rd_r=MZQGCP1B7ZWAW6CBH9J0&pd_rd_w=tPhXt&pd_rd_wg=vXGiN&psc=1&refRID=MZQGCP1B7ZWAW6CBH9J0 - Phil B
I am guessing the wires connected to the parts of the Bakelite that are broken away. You said it is a three-way switch. is that for a three way bulb? - Phil B
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stiffel-Lamp-Parts-Socket-...That may be the same. Your contacts inside may be worn and that old bakelite plastic is disintegrating so it might be better to replace with a modern switch for safety. Good luck. - caitlinsdad
Years ago I had a very similar but 4-way switch that was broken.Inside was a copper "finger" that was attched to the contact by a central rivet.The 4 contacts to switch were simple copper strips with the ends coming out of the bakelite.I was fortunate enough that all broken pieces remained inside the switch enclosure so I used supeglue to get them back together to a get a mould.After making a negative with this I used normal fibreglass resin to make new piece to hold the contacts.Of course I had to do some drilling and filing for the contact openings but it worked quite well.Once I was certain the switch performed as planned I added some fine fibreglas strips and resing for added stability. - Downunder35m
Not the same. Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I cannot use a modern switch for this set-up.
I got it! Fun and rewarding project. Make it easier by buying your square and round dowels at your local home improvement or hobby shop. Thanks for uploading Paoson.
Did you ever mention how tall the bench is? I'm tall as well and would like to know. Thanks brother!
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